411 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Cape Fear Community College Photo #1 - CFCC's Union Station Building is one of the college's newest facilities in downtown Wilmington.
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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 8,680 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,680 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,425
  • Out-state tuition: $8,569
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 21%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Cape Fear Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 910 teachers has grown by 105% over five years.
Cape Fear Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
910 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Cape Fear Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has increased from 9:1 over five years.
The Cape Fear Community College diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,680 students
2,259 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,054 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,626 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
625 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,054 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
5,626 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
5%
10%
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% Black
11%
18%
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% White
79%
60%
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% Two or more races
n/a
2%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score
0.36
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
6.93%
1.51%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.63%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$31,600
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,425 is less than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,569 is more than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,425
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,569
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
53%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,166
$11,865
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,750
$5,846
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
82%
SAT Reading
n/a
488
SAT Math
n/a
498
ACT Composite
n/a
20
ACT English
n/a
13
ACT Math
n/a
16
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cape Fear Community College cost?

Cape Fear Community College's tuition is approximately $2,425 for In-State students and $8,569 for Out-State students.

What is Cape Fear Community College's ranking?

Cape Fear Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Largest student body, Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation) and Highest completion rates.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 8,680 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,425
  • Out-state tuition: $8,569
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 21%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,531 per year for in-state students and $8,245 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $27,763 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Durham Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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