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3505 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557-2989
p. 252-222-6000
w. www.carteret.edu

Carteret Community College

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Carteret Community College, founded in 1963, is located on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead City, North Carolina. It provides more than 100 fields of study to choose from that lead to a certificate, diploma, or Associate’s Degree so students can obtain the skills needed to enter the workforce soon after graduation or apply to a four-year college or university and transfer their credits over.

Students have the option of attending classes full time on campus, entering the distance learning program, or combining the two into a hybrid course model. However, those interested in the distance learning should note that the program is available only to residents of North Carolina.


Students can work toward a certificate, diploma, or Associate’s Degree in a number of different following areas, including: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Culinary Technology, Electrical/Electronics, Esthetics, Fine Arts, Information Systems, Therapeutic Massage, Therapeutic Recreation, Welding, and a wide range of Health Science programs. This list is just a short survey of the many offerings available.


Each field has a faculty member assigned to the department who works as an academic advisor to students. This faculty member helps students achieve their academic and career goals by directing them to the most beneficial courses as well as working with students to establish a schedule that fits with their schedule, whether they’re a part-time or full-time student.

Continuing Education

The school has a vast range of topics in their Continuing Education program. There is the Adult High School program which is geared towards students who need or want to complete their high school education diplomas. People who need a certificate to advance their careers can enroll in a course or two, and others who are interested in enriching their lives with classes in the arts can apply as well. Community members who want to learn how to run their own small business or perhaps become a real estate broker should consider attending the classes here. Also, since North Carolina is famous for it’s boating, the Marine Trades are well represented in this program.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The school operates under an “open door” admissions policy, meaning it accepts all applicants who meet basic admissions requirements. Each applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school equivalency.

General application requirements are as follows:

  • Fill out an online application. At this time, you can meet with an academic and career planner at who will help you better identify your academic and career pursuits.
  • Provide official high school transcripts, adult or high school GED, and all transcripts from colleges attended prior to seeking admission.
  • Take the College Placement Test.
  • Apply for financial aid.
  • Meet with the CAPS Center, Career and Planning Services. They help you determine academic and career pursuits during the admissions application process.

Financial Aid

Once students are admitted they meet with a financial aid representative from the school. The representative works with you to find ways to finance your higher education, whether it’s through federal aid or department scholarships.

Students seeking admission are required to fill out the FAFSA, which determines their need as defined by federal aid requirements. This aid can come in the form of grants, low interest loans, or work-study opportunities.

Scholarships are available to students pending certain qualifications. They are typically based on academic achievement and improvement.

Another form of financial aid available are the Child Care Assistant programs. Funds are provided to student parents who are searching for funds to pay for childcare. This enables students with children to realize their educational pursuits.

The college has a strong commitment to providing the financial assistance to enable students to realize their academic and career dreams. Financial aid representatives work relentlessly to find ways for students to financed their higher education.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5006th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in North Carolina.


Over 90% of the Carteret Community College student body is from North Carolina. Roughly half of students attend part-time, meaning most students are working while attending classes.

Students can get involved in a variety of organizations like horticulture club, interior design, and various honor societies. Athletic organizations include the Outdoor Recreation and Coastal Action, which strive to get students involved in outdoor activities. There is also a Surfing Team that caters to the large surfing community present in the school and in Morehead, North Carolina.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Information Summary

Ranks 63rd in North Carolina and 1942nd overall
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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 N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 53 0.60
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 7 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 151 1.72
Larceny 400 4.56
Vehicle theft 15 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Morehead City, NC 28557-2989
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population13,164 (12,005 urban / 1,159 rural)
Households5,809 (2.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,615
Families3,684 (2.76 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Small
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 4050th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,574 $2,574 $7,182
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $84 $84 $84
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $69 $69 $263
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 $4,158 $4,158 $8,766
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,241 $20,241 $24,849
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,142 $11,142 $15,750

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,261 $2,271 $2,261 $2,271 $8,597 $8,415
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,060 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,670 $9,997
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,766 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,766 $4,158

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)

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 1 25 23 2 1 350 3 412
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 4 4
Aquaculture 6 8
Business Administration and Management, General 8 8
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 4 27 31
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 9 11
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 10 12
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 4 5
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 1 7
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 5 6
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 10 11
General Studies 1 4 5
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management 2 1 3
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 3 4
Information Science/Studies 6 6
Information Technology 2 10 1 13
Interior Design 4 4
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 9 9
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 7 9 2 117 136
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 2 3 5
Marine Maintenance/Fitter and Ship Repair Technology/Technician 9 9
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 8 12
Medical Office Management/Administration 1 2 1 7 11
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 21 23
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist
Office Management and Supervision 7 7
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 17 1 18
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 3 12 16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 16 17
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 3 8 11
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4061st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $44,191 ($42,536 male / $43,847 female)
Number of FT Faculty 61 (26 male / 35 female)
Number of PT Faculty 85
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $1,360,364

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