Cleveland Community College

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Cleveland Community College
Cleveland Community College
  • The College’s mission is to help students achieve professional and personal goals by providing quality, accessible educational programs and services; to serve as an agent for economic development by responding to the educational and training needs of business and industry, and to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Cleveland County by actively participating in collaborative community initiatives.
School Highlights
  • Cleveland Community College serves 2,990 students (34% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 37%.
  • Cleveland Community College is the only community colleges within Cleveland County, NC.
  • The nearest community college is Gaston College (17.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 197 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
Cleveland Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty197 staff139 staff
Cleveland Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,990 has declined by 12% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has declined by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,990 students2,380 students
Cleveland Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio15:120:1
Cleveland Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,029 students1,019 students
Cleveland Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,961 students1,361 students
Cleveland Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Cleveland Community College Enrollment Breakdown NC All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Cleveland Community College Asian (2007-2010)
% Hispanic
Cleveland Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Cleveland Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Cleveland Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Cleveland Community College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Cleveland Community College Non Resident (2011-2012)
% Unknown races
Cleveland Community College Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.380.55
Cleveland Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Cleveland Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$27,000$27,500
Cleveland Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,398 is less than the state average of $3,904. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,542 is less than the state average of $9,565. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,398$3,904
Cleveland Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,542$9,565
Cleveland Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%78%
Cleveland Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$10,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$6,092
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cleveland Community College – established in 1965 by and for the people of Cleveland County – is a comprehensive, public two-year college and member institution of the North Carolina Community College System. Programs of study include college transfer Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees; Associate in Applied Science degrees; Associate in General Education degree; technical and vocational diplomas and certificates. Support services include academic advisement, developmental support, library/media services, and instructional technology. Cleveland Community College's transfer program includes many courses designed to prepare students for upper division study in such fields as business, education, engineering, dentistry, law, and medicine. Cleveland Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

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Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,904 per year for in-state students and $9,565 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,754 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 scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Fayetteville Technical Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.