- 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.
Central Piedmont Community College serves 16,668 students (38% 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 51% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.
Quick Stats (2023)
- Enrollment: 16,668 students
- In-state tuition: $2,664
- Out-state tuition: $8,808
- Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
- Minority enrollment: 51%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Central Piedmont Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in North Carolina for:
The teacher population of 1,735 teachers has grown by 162% over five years.
Central Piedmont Community College
(NC) Community College Avg.
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
The student population of Central Piedmont Community College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Central Piedmont Community College diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
The public in-state tuition of $2,664 is more than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,808 is more than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Central Piedmont Community College cost?
Central Piedmont Community College's tuition is approximately $2,664 for In-State students and $8,808 for Out-State students.
What is Central Piedmont Community College's ranking?
Central Piedmont Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Diversity in US community colleges, Largest student body and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).
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