Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College Photo #1 - CFCC's Union Station Building is one of the college's newest facilities in downtown Wilmington.
School Highlights
  • Cape Fear Community College serves 9,091 students (50% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 26% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 38%.
  • Cape Fear Community College is one of 2 community colleges within New Hanover County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Cape Fear Community College is Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (3.8 miles away).

Top Placements

Cape Fear Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in North Carolina for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 443 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Cape Fear Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty443 staff139 staff
This chart display total faculty of Cape Fear Community College and community college average number of faculty in NC by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.

Student Body

  • The student population of Cape Fear Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Cape Fear Community College diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,091 students2,380 students
Student:Teacher Ratio21:119:1
# Full-Time Students4,508 students1,019 students
# Part-Time Students4,583 students1,361 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Cape Fear Community College and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of NC by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.430.56
College Completion Rate (Year 2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,600$27,500

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,425 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,569 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,425$3,911
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,569$9,514
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid67%78%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$10,200$10,500
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$6,000
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cape Fear Community College has several locations in New Hanover and Pender counties. The largest campus is the Wilmington Campus is located in historic downtown Wilmington n the banks of the Cape Fear River. CFCC's North Campus is located in Castle Hayne, which is home to many of the college's technical and vocational programs. The College also has two Pender County facilities located in Burgaw and Surf City. Day and evening classes are offered at all campuses. Every year, over 27,000 people take classes at Cape Fear Community College. Students can train for a new career in one of CFCC's technical programs or earn a two-year college transfer degree to continue their education at a four-year institution. CFCC also offers a wide variety of adult education and continuing education classes for lifelong learning. CFCC has over 60 technical programs in a wide range of areas to give students hands-on training to get a job right after graduation. In CFCC's very popular college transfer program, students can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree at a fraction of the cost of attending a four-year college or university. Better yet, when they successfully complete their two-year degree, CFCC graduates can transfer to any four-year college or university in North Carolina. CFCC also offers hundreds of continuing education courses as well. Free programs include basic skills, adult literacy, GED preparation, job skills preparation, adult high school and English as a second language. In the college's Center for Business, Industry and Government, low-cost classes are offered in computer training, construction, foreign languages, leadership and management. The B.I.G. Center even runs customized seminars and specialized for individual businesses. Cape Fear Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. CFCC is one of the oldest and largest members of the North Carolina Community College System.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,911 per year for in-state students and $9,514 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,515 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.56, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.