Tri County Community College

Tri County Community College

Tri County Community College is a two-year, post-secondary college located in Murphy, North Carolina. It was founded in 1964 as Tri-County Industrial Education Center, and came to be known by its current name in the 1970s. The college's campus is spread over 77 acres. Tri County Community College offers certificate, diploma, and associate's degree programs in the fields of anthropology, biology, communication, cosmetology, criminal justice, drama, economics, healthcare, history, journalism, physics, plumbing, sociology and web technology. It also provides vocational, technical and adult education classes.

Tri County Community College is home to a diverse number of clubs and organizations, including the Student Activities Association, the Hiking Club, Students in Free Enterprise, the Accounting Club, thr Astronomy Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Its students can also participate in the national honorary scholastic fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa and a national business honor society, Alpha Beta Gamma. The college grants financial aid to students in the form of Academic Competitiveness Grants, North Carolina Community College Grants, North Carolina Student Incentive Grants and North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarships.

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Contacting Tri-County Community College

Tri-County Community College
4600 E US 64
Murphy , NC 28906
General Phone: (828) 837-6810

Tri-County Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts25liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Business and Management16business management, accounting technology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine13EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Education and Teaching7special ed, teacher aide
Office and Administration6executive secretary
Mechanics and Repair4HVAC, automobile mechanics
Computer Science and Engineering3information technology, computer networking
Medical Administration3medical office management
Security and Law Enforcement3criminal justice and administration
Construction Trades3electrician
Medical Support and Technology2medical assistant
Beauty and Cosmetology1cosmetology
Production Trades1welding

Number of programs and degrees for Tri-County Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree7716
Award of less than 1 academic year55
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years510

Tri-County Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Tri-County Community College had a total enrollment of 1,079 students (871 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 94%
Black 1%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 27%
18-19 19%
20-21 12%
22-24 8%
25-29 8%
30-34 6%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 6%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina93%

Tri-County Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %
Part-Time 41 %

Tri-County Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Murphy, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Tri-County Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,403
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,524
Books and supplies $ 903

Financial Aid:
Tri-County Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 943000)

Tri-County Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1716

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year17$44,07816$42,769
All faculty totalacademic year17$44,07816$42,769

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Tri-County Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Technology

Construction Trades

Education And Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Office Management/Administration

Medical Support And Technology
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

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What Sets Tri-County Community College Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 5%Tri-County Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in family and social work
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Top 9%Tri-County Community College % of degrees in family and social work
Number of degree programs
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Tri-County Community College Number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 13%Tri-County Community College Number of students
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Tri-County Community College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Tri-County Community College % of degrees in computer science and engineering

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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