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Westmoreland County Community College

Learn what degree programs Westmoreland County Community College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial info to make an informed education decision.

About Westmoreland County Community College

Westmoreland County Community College is located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, six miles south of Greenburg. The campus sits on 80 acres and was founded in 1970. The college is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academics

Westmoreland County Community College students can earn associate's degrees, certificates and diplomas in topics ranging from allied health to horticulture. Many of its associate's degrees are transferrable to 4-year colleges, while the diplomas and certificates are geared toward students looking to enter a career directly after program completion. When it comes to associate's degrees awarded in 2011, health, business and liberal arts were the leading programs. There were 92 full-time and 433 part-time faculty members at the college as of 2011.

Westmoreland County has unique opportunities available, such as distance learning and weekend-evening courses. There are also remedial services, employment services, placement services for completers, on-campus daycare and academic-career counseling for students to participate in on campus.

Admissions

Westmoreland County Community College is an open admissions institution. The admissions application is available online at the college's website, and there is a $15 application fee. In order for applicants to gain admission to the college, they must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. If applicants don't possess a high school diploma or GED, they may be admitted if they can show the ability to thrive in a college atmosphere. High school students who are at least 16 years old and juniors or seniors may earn college credit by gaining a recommendation from a high school principal or counselor. Before enrolling for classes, students must also take a placement test, which is used to determine eligibility for certain classes. Some programs, like the dental assisting and diagnostic medical sonography programs, may have additional admissions requirements.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For full-time enrollment in the 2012-2013 school year, Westmoreland County residents paid $1,350 per semester, while non-county-residents paid $2,700 per semester. Residents from other states paid $4,050 per semester. Part-time students paid on a per-credit basis of $90 for county residents, $180 for non-country-residents and $270 for non-state-residents. Those who exceeded full-time status paid these per-credit rates in addition to the full-time tuition amount. Other costs include technology-service, student-service, facilities and lab fees. Books and supplies were estimated to cost $1,400 in 2011-2012. Students can obtain financial aid through federal grants and loans, state grants, scholarships and work-study. Those interested in applying must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate's, diplomas and certificates**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 6,943 (all undergraduates) in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None*
ACADEMICS
Programs 54 associate's degrees, 13 diplomas and 48 certificates**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Medical insurance coding (21)
Diploma: Licensed practical/vocational nursing (15)
Associate's: Registered nursing (112)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students starting in Fall 2007:
4% in normal completion time
15% in 150% of normal completion time
21% in twice the normal completion time*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,853 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 50% of full-time students and 33% of part-time students (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2012-2013) $1,350 for county residents, $2,700 for non-country-residents, $4,050 for out-of-state residents (full-time, per-semester tuition; excludes fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (45%), Pell grants (43%), federal student loans (26%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 69% of full-time, beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for College Statistics, **Westmoreland County Community College , ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Westmoreland County Community College, Admissions Office, 145 Pavillion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697
  • Phone: 724-925-4077
  • Website: www.wccc.edu

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