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1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28204
p. 704-330-2722
w. www.cpcc.edu

Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College Rating: 3.6/5 (10 votes)

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For over five decades, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) has worked to meet the educational needs of the Charlotte, NC community. With six locations throughout the Charlotte area, students have access to an affordable, quality education regardless of where they live. In order to support student development, the curriculum utilizes four core competencies. The college believes that critical thinking, personal growth and responsibility, communication and information technology and quantitative literacy are infused into every program in order to learn the techniques necessary to advance in the workplace and society.

There is an active student life on campus that encourages leadership, personal growth and diversity. In addition to over 40 student clubs and organizations, the college offers service learning opportunities that address a local need while improving academic skills and learning the value of community service. There is also a minority male mentoring program that sponsors leadership workshops, team-building exercises, social skills seminars and other activities that teach skills that students will need to be successful both professionally and personally. In addition to these programs, there is a theatre program, a summer theatre program, and an opera theatre program that students interested in the performing arts may audition for.


There are many different programs that are designed to meet the needs of a diverse population. Students may choose to earn an associate’s degree or professional certificate/diploma by participating in one of many organized, accredited programs. There is also the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. CPCC offers distance learning via online classes so that students may learn at their own speed and in their own time.

For high school students that wish to get a head start on college careers, the dual enrollment program is ideal. In some cases, students may actually have an associate’s degree when they graduate from high school. Another learning opportunity is designed to meet the needs of adult students who need professional continuing education credits or who just wish to take a class or two for personal growth.

Students have opportunities to participate several different programs that provide study-abroad and global learning opportunities. Both the Global Learning and Resources Program and the International Business Program offer students the opportunity to learn about their fields from a global perspective as well as the opportunity to study abroad. The school also offers a Foreign Language Division and a Language Lab that teaches students languages that they will need in order to succeed in a global marketplace. Finally, There are numerous student clubs and organizations that focus on international study and cooperation.

For all students, there are numerous support systems including student counseling, disability services, family services and computer labs throughout every campus so that students may use state-of-the-art equipment in order to research and complete assignments.

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For traditional students seeking a degree, certificate or diploma, admission is a simple process with very few requirements. Applications may be submitted online via the website and an online account needs to be created in order to complete the registration process. After establishing the online account, students are required to register for a PEP session which will explain the registration and testing process among other things. After the PEP session is complete, placement tests, if required, may be taken. At this point, students should submit high school and college transcripts and apply for financial aid.

Next, students will meet with an advisor to evaluate placement tests, create a schedule for the coming term, be assigned a faculty advisor and register for orientation. Finally, students may register for classes either on-campus or online and get a student ID. After orientation is complete, the student has completed the admissions process and may start classes.

For students that wish to simply take a few personal or professional enrichment classes, this process is simplified and the student simply needs to apply and register for classes.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of private and institutional scholarships, grants and federally subsidized loans. Scholarships are available to both need-based students and merit-based students. In order to be eligible for any form of financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online beginning every January. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible because many scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to complete the FAFSA, financial information for both the student and family will be required.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5387th for the average student loan amount.
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Though Central Piedmont Community College doesn’t participate in an intercollegiate sports program, they do offer men’s and women’s intramural soccer. There are also three fitness centers that students may utilize with a student ID.

Local Community

Charlotte, NC has a plethora of exciting activities for students to participate in. There are hundreds of businesses open to offer an active nightlife for every interest including unique bowling, sports bars where students can root for their favorit teams, pubs to gather and play pool or darts, movie theaters and nightclubs of every sort. Charlotte also offers several unique attractions including the roaring roller coasters of Carowinds, the Belk Theatre and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens to name just a few.

There are also numerous shopping opportunities and world-class restaurants as well as white-water rafting, and access to over 210 public parks provide students with recreational opportunities to suit every desire.

Information Summary

Ranks 99th in North Carolina and 2674th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 8 0.04
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 2 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.02
Arrest 9 0.05

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Charlotte, NC 28204
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population4,900 (4,900 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,294 (1.87 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,006
Families821 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large 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 District3709

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3778th 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 $273 $273 $273
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 $4,061 $4,061 $10,205
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,944 $17,944 $24,088
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,104 $10,104 $16,248

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,450 $2,481 $2,450 $2,481 $8,594 $8,625
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,315 $1,488
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,026 $8,375
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,575 $9,445
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,575 $9,445

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2446th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,517 ($58,782 male / $52,355 female)
Number of FT Faculty 377 (183 male / 194 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,242
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $10,821,732

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