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We're the right choice right now!

Whether you want to start your journey to a four-year degree; are ready to continue your education with personal, low-cost classes that are guaranteed to transfer; or have decided it’s time to go from having a “job” to building a “career,” College of The Albemarle (COA) is the right choice for you. Let us tell you why!


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NC chartered comprehensive community college
*Data reflects information from Summer 2022 – Spring 2023 terms


Of students take at least one online class
*Data reflects information from Summer 2022 – Spring 2023 terms


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*Data reflects information from Summer 2022 – Spring 2023 terms


Why COA?


Save Money

A typical three-credit class at a UNC school costs $623. At COA, you pay just $228 — that’s almost $400 less. Savings like that can help you avoid the mountains of student debt you could be paying on for years. Read more about costs and paying for college.


Guaranteed Credit Transfer

All approved credits — which is most of our general education classes — are guaranteed to transfer to all 16 UNC schools and many private colleges. Plus, smaller classes mean you’ll get more personalized attention from your professor. Learn more about transfer credits.


40+ Programs of Study

No matter your interests, COA has a program of study that’s right for you. And if you’re not sure what direction you want to head in, we can help with that too. Types of programs include:

  • Business and Computers
  • College Transfer and General Education
  • Health Sciences
  • First Responders and Public Safety
  • Hospitality and Public Services
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Transportation
  • The Arts

$300,000 in Scholarships

In addition to state and federal financial aid, each year the COA Foundation awards students more than $300,000 in scholarships — and they still have more available. Apply by filling out just one application.

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Start by completing the FAFSA — it’s the first step for all financial aid, including scholarships.

Graduate Career Ready

From Aviation Systems Technology and Emergency Medical Science to Information Technology and Welding, COA has Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that can get you qualified for a great paying, in-demand career in two years or less. Explore CTE programs.


Student Support

COA is committed to ensuring that you have the necessary support during your educational journey. Learn about some of our services:

If you’re struggling with class work, the tutors at the COA Academic Support Center can help with a variety of subjects. Current COA students have access to our free services, including

Your advisor will be one of your most important partners at COA. Staying in touch with your advisor throughout your college career will help you navigate your educational experience, understand education and graduation requirements, explore academic and career options, set goals and make informed decisions.

COA advisors offer career services to help you with decision making and career planning. The extra time and effort you take now can pay off with a lifetime of job satisfaction and income. Career planning involves learning about yourself, exploring different careers, and using tools and resources to help you find your niche — the best career fit for your unique talents, abilities, skills, personality, interests and values. COA Career Services also offers:

  • Career counseling
  • Interview workshops
  • Resume writing workshops

Financial Aid Office

If you need money to pay for classes, COA can help you apply for grants, scholarships, campus employment, or a combination of these.

COA Cares

COA Cares is a program created in partnership with the COA community. COA provides support and resources to help ensure success on your path to graduation and as you enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution.

COA Cares helps by:

  • Maintaining on-site food pantries accessible from our four campuses
  • Stocking a Career Closet for interviews and other employment needs
  • Coordinating internal and external referral services
  • Providing school supplies
  • Offering a daycare assistance program

COA’s campus libraries collect and act as a gateway to recorded knowledge in all formats, including electronic media, regardless of location or ownership, and provides services, resources, and instruction to meet the curricular, research and informational needs of the college and the community. Learn about other COA library services:

Welcome! Active duty, retired or military dependent? Military service members and Veterans might have benefits to use toward classes at COA. We can help you identify your educational benefits and explain how to apply and use them.

COA’s Student Assistance Program is a college-sponsored benefit that offers the support and resources you need to address personal or school-related challenges and concerns. It’s confidential and free to you and your household family members.

  • Assessment and counseling
  • Legal services
  • Financial services
  • Online and confidential

For more information about the Student Assistance Program, call 800-633-3353 or visit, click on My Portal Login, Work-Life.
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Aviso™ Resources

COA also offers access to Aviso’s community resource guide.

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