Central Piedmont Community College

  • Central Piedmont Community College is an innovative and comprehensive college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.
School Highlights
  • Central Piedmont Community College serves 19,957 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is higher than the state community college average of 19:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 38%.
  • Central Piedmont Community College is one of 5 community colleges within Mecklenburg County, NC.
  • The nearest community college to Central Piedmont Community College is King's College (0.5 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 662 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Central Piedmont Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty662 staff139 staff

Student Body

  • The student population of Central Piedmont Community College has grown by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Central Piedmont Community College diversity score of 0.64 is more than the state average of 0.56. The school's diversity has grown by 21% over five years.
Total Enrollment19,957 students2,380 students
Student:Teacher Ratio30:119:1
# Full-Time Students6,788 students1,019 students
# Part-Time Students13,169 students1,361 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
Central Piedmont Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2011-2013)
% Asian
Central Piedmont Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Central Piedmont Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Central Piedmont Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Central Piedmont Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Central Piedmont Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Central Piedmont Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Diversity Score0.640.56
Central Piedmont Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Central Piedmont Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,600$27,500
Central Piedmont Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,664 is less than the state average of $3,911. The in-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,808 is less than the state average of $9,514. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,664$3,911
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,808$9,514
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%79%
Central Piedmont Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$10,500
Central Piedmont Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,000
Central Piedmont Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1963, Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center were merged to establish Central Piedmont Community College, one the first of the 58 colleges in the NC Community College System. The substantial increase in the educational and training needs of the community since 1963 have required commensurate expansion of the College's instructional programs and facilities. In 1963, there were 23 degree and diploma programs; now there are more than 60, along with a comprehensive literacy program and an extensive array of corporate and continuing education offerings. In 1963, the College occupied the structures formerly used by Charlotte's Central High School. Recognizing that the Central Campus is experiencing maximum utilization, the College trustees in 1989 authorized the development of comprehensive campuses in other areas of Mecklenburg County to accommodate the ever increasing needs of the burgeoning Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The College provides educational programs and services in Business, Community Service, Health, and Technology Programs; Transfer Programs; Queens Bound Program; Basic Skills Programs; Corporate and Continuing Education; Community Service and International Programs and Services. The college was fully accredited to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in 1969 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Central Piedmont Community College is King's College (0.5 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • King's College
    Private, for profit
    395 students | 0.50 Mi322 Lamar Avenue
    Charlotte NC  28204
  • 486 students | 1.30 Mi1200 Blythe Blvd
    Charlotte NC  28203
  • 2,255 students | 1.60 MiAcademic Center, 801 West Trade Street
    Charlotte NC  28202
  • 1,129 students | 6.00 MiThree Lakepointe Plaze, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway
    Charlotte NC  28217
  • 448 students | 20.00 Mi401 Medical Park Drive
    Concord NC  28025
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Did You Know?
Charlotte community colleges have a diversity score of 0.61, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Charlotte is Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.