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One of 58 colleges in the state-supported North Carolina Community College System; Rowan–Cabarrus Community College or RCCC, is a large community college in Rowan County. It was established in the year 1963. The north campus is located in Salisbury, North Carolina. The Rowan-Cabarrus vision is to progress the lives of the inhabitants of Rowan and Cabarrus counties, and build a sustainable future through the power of education.


Rowan-Cabarrus is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), to award associate’s degrees. The institute also holds other discipline based accreditation from agencies such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the North Carolina Board of Nursing, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Rowan-Cabarrus offers associate degree programs in over 40 areas of study, such as arts and sciences, business, health and public services, information technology, engineering technologies, and biotechnology. RCCC also offers certificate and diploma programs focused on continuing education, career training, and basic skills education. The institute also provides transferable credits for students advancing to four-year colleges and universities and assist adults get the additional training they require to start or change careers.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers high school programs in partnership with Kannapolis City Schools, Rowan-Salisbury School System, and Cabarrus County Schools. These programs provide diverse opportunities for high school students to progress at the college level. The services include Huskins bill classes, dual enrollment, and early college. The institute also provides pre-college studies which includes basic skills education, English as a second language support, GED preparation, and so on.

RCCC Online

Rowan-Cabarrus offers online degree programs and courses for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to diverse personal and professional reasons. The institute offers more than 75 online courses within a variety of academic departments including business technologies, arts and sciences, health & public services technologies, general occupational technology, general education programs, and industrial & engineering technologies.

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Rowan-Cabarrus and other institutions in the North Carolina Community College System operate under an Open Door policy. Students seeking admission to the College must send the completed application form along with official transcripts of previous education, and ACT/ SAT score. Getting a transfer to the institute is easy, and students seeking transfer must send the completed application form along with the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. Rowan-Cabarrus also welcomes international students; however applicants from non-English countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide a proof of their proficiency in the language.

Financial Aid

Rowan-Cabarrus offers several types of financial assistance for students and parents who find it difficult to meet the educational expenses. The institute offers financial assistance through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work study programs. Students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Grants and scholarships are the type of financial aid that need not be returned. Some of them are PELL Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), North Carolina Community College Grant (NCCCG), North Carolina Incentive Grant (NCSIG), North Carolina Education Lottery Grant (NCELS), and Child Care Grant.

There are several scholarships available to incoming and existing RCCC students. These scholarships have different criteria and different application procedures. RCCC Foundation Scholarships and Continuing Education Scholarships are the two main types of scholarships available. Students can also opt for the Federal Direct Stafford loans, Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans, however this type of financial aid must be returned with interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4093rd for the average student loan amount.
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Rowan-Cabarrus boasts an active and vibrant student life. The institute provides students the opportunity to become involved in the college community through activities, events, clubs and more. The Student Government Association (SGA) acts as the link between students and the administration. It is the voice of the student body. The campus is home to several student clubs and organizations such as AHR Chillers, Cosmetology Club, M.I.S.T.E.R., Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Practical Nursing Program Association, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), RC3 Electronics Club, Rowan County Early College Club, and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The campus also hosts various events and activities such as Bobcats Basketball, Welcome Back Breakfast, Financial Wellness, National Society of Leadership & Success: Speaker Presentation, Student Business Meeting, Blood Drive, International Celebration, Heart Health – Lunch & Learn, Spring Fling, to name a few.

The student services department at RCCC prides itself on assisting students experience the most hassle-free transition to college life. It focuses on helping students with all appropriate steps they need to follow on the path to attaining their educational and career goals. It also covers counseling and career services, financial aid, admission and recruitment, cooperative education, records and registration, and student life and leadership.

Rowan-Cabarrus offers professional counseling services to the existing students, prospective students, and the entire college community in areas of academic, personal, and career counseling. The professional staff includes trained counselors who are trained to assist individuals evaluate and understand their personal abilities, aptitudes, issues, interests, and other characteristics during their stay at RCCC. The counseling services are confidential and are focused to encourage the growth and success of each individual.

Disability Services at Rowan-Cabarrus are offered to help students with documented disabilities in attaining their educational and vocational goals. The college aims to make RCCC accessible for all students, and reduce the effects of students’ disability on their classroom performance. Thus, it provides reasonable accommodation or adjustment and other special services for the disable students.

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Additional School Information

Rowan-Cabarrus’ Continuing & Corporate Education programs offer workforce and personal development opportunities in several locations throughout Cabarrus and Rowan counties. The institute seeks to deliver responsive and innovative programs for organizations and individuals, despite of where they fall in the education gamut. Some of the programs include Career Readiness Certification (CRC), EMT, Fire & Rescue Services, Health Occupations, Human Resources Development, Law Enforcement Certifications, Personal Enrichment & Healthy Living, Corporate Education, Corporate & Professional Development, Customized Training, Industry Certifications, Small Business Center (SBC), Personal Enrichment & Healthy Living, Pre-College Studies, Adult Basic Education, GED, Compensatory Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL).


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Ranks 106th in North Carolina and 2824th 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 1 0.01
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 124 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.01
Forcible Rape 10 0.03
Robbery 86 0.25
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 478 1.40
Larceny 1,697 4.98
Vehicle theft 89 0.26

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salisbury, NC 28146-1595
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population24,972 (9,775 urban / 15,197 rural)
Households9,895 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,776
Families7,300 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
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 offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3712

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3690th 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 $132 $132 $132
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 $4,420 $4,420 $10,564
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,020 $14,020 $20,164
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,520 $5,520 $11,664

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,250 $2,340 $2,250 $2,340 $8,394 $8,484
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800 $2,000
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $900 $1,000
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $900 $1,000

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 2999th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,311 ($56,587 male / $47,015 female)
Number of FT Faculty 171 (56 male / 115 female)
Number of PT Faculty 646
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,913,365

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1333 Jake Alexander Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28146-1595
p. 704-216-3602
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