680 Highway 74 West
Polkton, NC 28135
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  • South Piedmont Community College is a multi-campus institution serving Anson and Union counties in south-central North Carolina. South Piedmont is a comprehensive community college, one of 58 in the highly regarded North Carolina Community College System. The college offers traditional and unique programs, and prides itself on its focus on learning.

School Highlights

South Piedmont Community College serves 3,019 students (20% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 41% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 40%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,019 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,873
  • Out-state tuition: $6,481
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 41%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 254 teachers has grown by 60% over five years.
South Piedmont 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
254 staff
256 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Piedmont Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The South Piedmont Community College diversity score of 0.60 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,019 students
2,259 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
605 students
693 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,414 students
1,449 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
207 students
252 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
605 students
693 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
5 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,414 students
1,497 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
1 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
717 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
11%
10%
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% Black
19%
18%
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% White
59%
60%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.60
0.59
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.7%
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)
$25,500
$27,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,873 is less than the state average of $2,531. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,481 is less than the state average of $8,245. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,873
$2,531
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,481
$8,245
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
66%
81%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$11,865
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$5,846
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 Notes

  • South Piedmont Community College is located in one of the top five fastest-growing regions in the United States. We are convenient, with locations in Monroe, Polkton and Wadesboro. And we care about our students and the communities we serve. SPCC is learner focused and is dedicated to the success of all of our students, both the young and the young at heart. Being learner focused provides all students the opportunity to excel and achieve their goals. South Piedmont Community College offers credit and non-credit at three college-owned facilities and at dozens of off-campus sites across Anson and Union counties. The college is approved by the North Carolina Community College System and operates under the State Board of Community Colleges. South Piedmont offers more than 30 different credit programs. The college is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. L.L. Polk Campus is located at 680 Highway 74 West, Polkton. Credit classes are offered on the Polk Campus as well as a limited number of non-credit and Adult Basic Skills classes. South Piedmont Community College has a number of facilities available for community use, including the Conference Center at South Piedmont on the Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe and the Charles N. and Mary Alice Caudle Ingram Community Room at the Lockhart-Taylor Center in Wadesboro. Both rooms can accommodate up to 400 for events involving meals and approximately 600 for events set up auditorium style. South Piedmont Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does South Piedmont Community College cost?

South Piedmont Community College's tuition is approximately $1,873 for In-State students and $6,481 for Out-State students.

What is South Piedmont Community College's ranking?

South Piedmont Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in North Carolina for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 3,019 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,873
  • Out-state tuition: $6,481
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 41%
  • 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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