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Cape Fear Community College

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Community colleges are well-known for offering a quality education at the fraction of the cost, and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is no exception. Serving students from all walks of life, this school offers a wide range of programs for the traditional and non-traditional student alike.

Founded in 1958, the college is located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Named after the Cape Fear River, CFCC is home to the Sea Devils, its mascot. There are three campuses in total – the Wilmington Campus, North Campus, and the Burgaw Center.


Classes are offered throughout the week and even on weekends, from morning until evening. Class formats available include a mixture of online, hybrid, and more “traditional” classroom settings. Students must take 44 hours of general core classes for all majors with only a limited number of exceptions. These courses fall under the following categories: English composition, humanities/fine arts, speech/communication, social and behavioral sciences, natural science and mathematics.

Students can earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in programs such as criminal justice, social work, and art education. AA degrees are normally designed to be transferable to four-year institutions. At Cape Fear, Associate in Science (AS) degrees are offered in general studies. There is also an Associate in Fine Arts and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The Associate in Fine Arts is designed to transfer, while AS and ASS degrees are normally designed for a student to enter the job market directly after completing his or her degree.

In the Arts and Sciences Department, there are a variety of programs offered including communications, religion, history and physics. The other main academic department is the Technical and Vocational Departments. Here you will find a public services division, business technology division, vocational division, engineering technology division, health sciences division and a marine technology division.

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Unique Programs

The Gateway program allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credits. Three main programs fall under this option: Early College, Huskins Classes and Concurrent Enrollment.

Concurrent Enrollment allows high school students to take college level courses. The Early College program gives high school students the ability to take classes on the college campus and earn two years of college credit while finishing their high school diplomas. This program is open to ninth graders. Finally, the Huskins Classes are for high school students who enroll in college level courses especially designed for them, different from Concurrent Enrollment, which allows high school students to take classes especially designed for adult learners. To be admitted, a student must be at least 16 years of age and obtain certification from his or her high school principal.


This school has an open door admission policy. Students who have earned a GED or high school diploma are eligible for admission. In order to be accepted, a prospective student must submit an application and transcripts from high school or proof of passing the GED. Students are also required to take the Accuplacer placement test. Exemptions are possible. Those who have a certain score on the SAT and ACT may be exempt. Those transfer students who have completed college level math and English also may meet exemption. Other ways exemption from the Accuplacer test may occur is if the student has cut off scores from another university or has taken similar developmental courses at another community college.

Financial Aid

The first step in determining financial aid eligibility is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Cape Fear highly encourages new applicants to submit their FAFSA information before July in order to receive financial aid for the upcoming fall term. The federal funding mentioned in the paragraph below cannot be obtained without first completing the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal funds.

Financial aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (FACG), Federal Work Study, North Carolina Student Incentive Grant, North Carolina Community College Grant, and the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship. The Financial Aid Office can provide information about application deadlines.

There is also a separate scholarship application for students that can be found online and should be printed and submitted to the financial aid office as soon as possible. The priority deadline is mid-May. By filling out this form, you will provide the Financial Aid Office with data that will then be matched to the criteria of available scholarships.

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Ranks 6386th for the average student loan amount.
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There are numerous student organizations and clubs on campus. There are clubs that are based on academic majors such as the Mathematics Club. There are clubs that are based on special interests, such as the Multicultural Club, and then there are clubs that are based on media groups such as the Portals Literary and Arts Magazine Club. To facilitate club meetings and to have a central location for questions and concerns related to student activities, there is a Student Activity Center which is housed in the Allied Health Building. The Activity Center also serves a similar function as a student union would on another campus, providing students a place to intermingle, socialize, and relax.

Student Services

An abundance of services are offered for students from all walks of life, including assisting students with disabilities and returned veterans, for example. Like most community colleges the school does not currently provide housing for students, but it does offer counseling services, tutoring in the learning labs, and career services to all interested students. There is also a program known as Align Your Sails, which is offered as a mentoring/coaching program to assist in the college adjustment period.

Through career services, you can receive assistance in creating a resume or have your resume critiqued by an employee of career services. Networking workshops and general information regarding job interviews and professionalism is also available through career services. Students unsure of a career path can also seek help from career services. This is especially important prior to transferring for knowing which career goal you are aiming towards will help you better choose a major that will help you achieve it.

Additional Services

There are also various retention programs for target populations such as the 3MI. 3MI is a “program that is focused on increasing collegiate minority male retention and graduation.” 3MI stands for the Minority Male Mentoring Initiative.

Student Enrollment Demographics


As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association-Division I (NJCAA) students involved in competitive sports possibly have the chance to compete in conference championships. Sports are an important part of college life here and students enjoy a wide array of options including golf, tennis, softball, volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Additional School Information

As mentioned before, it is the school’s mission to stay relevant and connected to the community. The school sponsors a Child Development Center which serves as child care and a place of learning not only for the attendees, but also for students who are engaging in early childhood studies. The college also sponsors a dental clinic for eligible patients, a service provided through the Dental Hygiene program.

Caper Fear also offers small business seminars and professional development training. Furthermore, Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses are available to anyone looking to strengthen their reading, writing and math skills. Individuals interested in pursuing a GED have only to contact the ABE program to enroll. Also English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered to those individuals in need of improving their basic English skills. Community colleges do not solely exist to produce college-ready students, but also to serve the community at large. Hence, individuals, no matter what stage of their career or life aspirations they consider themselves, can find something here that suits their needs.


The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Information Summary

Ranks 72nd in North Carolina and 2186th overall
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Cape Fear Community College

Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 6 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 366 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 32 0.03
Robbery 254 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,454 1.35
Larceny 3,843 3.56
Vehicle theft 411 0.38

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wilmington, NC 28401-3910
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population21,799 (20,982 urban / 817 rural)
Households9,650 (2.11 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,204
Families4,820 (2.87 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3859th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,288 $2,288 $8,432
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $137 $137 $137
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,725 $3,725 $9,869
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,525 $15,525 $21,669
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,975 $9,975 $16,119

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,265 $2,345 $2,265 $2,345 $8,409 $8,489
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,312
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,780 $5,542
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,500 $6,248
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,500 $6,248

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 189 61 11 14 1,368 68 1,739
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 4 1 10 1 16
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 1 1 15 2 19
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 4 4
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 7 9
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 11 1 15
Business Administration and Management, General 7 21 28
Carpentry/Carpenter 1 9 1 11
Chemical Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 1 8 1 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 4 2 18 2 26
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 3 3 70 84
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 3 4
Construction Management 8 1 9
Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 12 4 3 38 1 59
Criminal Justice/Police Science 9 6 1 1 93 111
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 15 17
Dental Assisting/Assistant 16 16
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 7 1 8
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 6 6
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 15 5 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 7 8
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 9 1 12
Electrician 4 10 14
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 3 4
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 1 9 2 14
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 5 1 22 28
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 10 11
Information Technology 1 11 1 13
Interior Design 4 1 5
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 3 4
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 6 26 1 33
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 13 4 1 1 87 5 112
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 59 29 7 4 489 23 623
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 8 9
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 32 32
Medical Office Management/Administration 6 17 2 25
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 11 3 15
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 5 19 1 25
Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician 1 19 1 21
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 20 1 22
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 1 34 2 38
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2 1 1 6 2 12
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other 15 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 43 1 45
Surgical Technology/Technologist 4 5
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 30 4 65 5 106
Welding Technology/Welder 3 7 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3050th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,790 ($54,357 male / $47,502 female)
Number of FT Faculty 292 (145 male / 147 female)
Number of PT Faculty 744
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $6,329,118

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