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Craven Community College

Craven Community College Rating: 4.9/5 (26 votes)

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Craven Community College is located in New Bern, North Carolina with a satellite campus is located in nearby Havelock-Cherry Point. The college has a balance of academic and career programs.

The college’s roots are in technical training and this tradition runs strong in the college, which still offers many practical courses intended. for students planning on quickly entering the workforce. In addition to the college’s degree programs, it also offers a number of continuing education courses.


Craven Community College was originally an extension of Lenoir Industrial Education Center in Kinston that offered blueprint reading and electronics courses to students across the county. In the 1960s, Lenoir expanded offerings, including a nursing program at the old site of St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bern.

In 1965, the state legislature officially created an Industrial Education unit as a formal extension of Lenoir. The original site of the school was the Harvey Mansion in downtown New Bern. Facilities included classrooms and a lab, and another facility housed a machine shop.

Two years later, voters in the county approved a bond issue that financed the construction of a new technical school. By the early 1970s, the college had settled in at its permanent campus in New Bern. Since then the main campus has grown from two buildings to nine and a satellite campus in Havelock-Cherry Point has been established.


Students wide variety of programs including college transfer courses, career certification programs, joint partnerships with four-year colleges and unviersities, workforce training programs and basic skills and developmental courses.

Academcic tracks include roughly 33 major areas of study. The most popular majors include:

  • Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services

The college’s flagship programs are its nursing and aeronautical technology programs.


The school has a good relationship with the nearby Marine base and offers courses at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. This partnership has led to a great deal of relevance and expertise in the college’s aeronautical technology program.

Other partners, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University, allow placebound students to study for four-year degrees from these institutions, reducing obstacles to students attainment of higher education.

There is also a unique program in partnership between the local public K-12 system. The Early College is a small high school on the college campus, where teachers have leeway to test innovative new education techniques. The school is well-regarded, and Early College students graduate with a high school diploma and two year’s college credit toward a two or four-year degree.

Business and Computer Programs

The college recently opened a 35,000 square foot building for its business and computer information technology programs and has also recently opened a manufacturing facility at the Havelock-Cherry Point campus to provide training relevant to local industries.


Accreditation is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits more than 13,000 colleges and schools.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are open – any student with a high school diploma or GED may attend. However, certain programs at the college may have special entrance requirements. Programs with entrance criteria include its pharmach tech, nursing, practical nursing, health information tech, and physical therapist assistant programs.

There is no admissions deadline. Students will need to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Some students will be required to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether remedial courses will be necessary.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state, the university itself, and other organizations that students may be eligible for. Craven’s website lists a number of scholarships available to students and the office of financial stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. To get priority consideration for financial aid, it’s important to get all financial aid information submitted by March 15.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4935th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body of 4,500 is mostly European American, and women make up about 62 percent of enrollment. The average age of students is 29.

The college has a student wellness and fitness center for students, and dozens of student clubs and organizations including professional and academic groups, religious organizations and recreational clubs such as the Book Club.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Athletic teams are known as the Panthers, and the school’s colors are blue and green. While Craven is a member of the NJCAA, the only intercollegiate sport the college offers is a men’s golf team. However, the college does offer club sports, including a men’s baseball team.

Local Community

New Bern is the second-oldest town in North Carolina. Originally established by Swiss settlers, it served as the colonial capital of North Carolina and was later the state capital for a time. The town is also considered to be the birthplace of Pepsi. Caleb Bradham invented the soda at a pharmacy there in 1898.

Information Summary

Ranks 113th in North Carolina and 2996th 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 N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 113 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 10 0.03
Robbery 51 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 714 2.39
Larceny 1,053 3.52
Vehicle theft 40 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New Bern, NC 28562-4900
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population27,949 (22,077 urban / 5,872 rural)
Households11,735 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$42,808
Families8,314 (2.80 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 4241st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,716 $1,716 $6,324
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $116 $116 $116
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 $3,102 $3,102 $7,710
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,257 $19,257 $23,865
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,080 $7,080 $11,688

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,712 $1,772 $1,712 $1,772 $6,320 $6,380
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,270(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,143 $10,674
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,004 $5,319
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,640 $3,910

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 3394th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $50,704 ($50,898 male / $51,637 female)
Number of FT Faculty 66 (27 male / 39 female)
Number of PT Faculty 275
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,734,718

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