Is your son or daughter thinking of enrolling at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College? Here are a few things that may help you help them.


  • DSLCC offers an excellent student to faculty ratio. Our current ratio of students to faculty is 12:1, meaning that your son or daughter will get the attention they deserve in order to succeed
  • Our average class size is 11 students, again allowing your son or daughter the interactive and engaging experience they may not receive from a larger and more expensive institution
  • The average cost for 2 years at a Virginia community college is $8160 for full-time study (15 credit hours per semester, 4 semesters of study), or about 37 percent of the average in-state tuition and fees at Virginia’s public universities (projected at $22,050 for two years).
  • Some of our academic programs are unique to our college, and unique to the Commonwealth. We are the one of two Virginia community colleges to offer Urban Forestry, and the only one to offer a course in Forest Mapping. Our Associate of Applied Science degree in Forestry Management Technology is also the only one in the Commonwealth, and even draws students from outside of Virginia.
  • Our campus is widely considered one of the most attractive community college campuses in Virginia
  • We offer a total of 10 degrees, plus 3 specializations, and 28 certificates and career studies certificates
  • DSLCC has a Writing Center and a tutoring program to assist students to achieve their absolute best
  • Our classes are taught by faculty, never by teaching assistants

Student activities

DSLCC offers more than just courses and programs of study. Student participation and involvement are essential to growth and creating a sense of community. We offer yearly events such as picnics and dances to bring students from all programs together. We also provide a myriad of clubs and organizations for students to join or participate in. Learn more about Student Activities at DSLCC.

Paying for college

Paying for a college education seems like a daunting task. Our staff of trained counselors and financial aid advisers are here to help you make the financially wise decisions. Visit our Financial Aid pages to learn more about paying for a college education.