Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC)

Charlotte, NC

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Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College Student Essentials

Central Piedmont Community College Student Essentials
Region: Southeast
Setting: Large City Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Very Large (+10,000 Undergrad)
Website: www.cpcc.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: No
Parking Permit Required: Yes
Selectivity: Open Admissions
In-State Tuition: $2,481
Out-of-State Tuition: $8,625
Retention Rate: 56%
Enrollment: 18,608
Year Established: 1963

About CPCC

The Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, provides students of Mecklenburg County with learning-based academics and partnerships with local industries so that they can receive the education necessary to gain entry-level employment in the community.

To enhance your college life, CPCC brings in world class music, theatre and visual arts throughout the year. Performances and exhibits at the school’s Halton Theater and Elizabeth Ross Gallery are open to both students and the community.

One of the most notable events of the year is the Sensoria experience, a weeklong event of cultural enrichment and community service where you can meet artists and scholars.

A wide range of extracurricular activities are offered by CPCC to make your college experience dynamic and exciting. From student clubs like Clay Bodies and the Criminal Justice Club to service learning opportunities like alternative spring breaks, there’ll be a program designed for your interests.

An extensive range of two-year degrees and certificate programs are available at CPCC, including:

  • Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Construction Management Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Mass Communication and Journalism

North Carolina residents receive discounted tuition, although Central Piedmont makes financial aid available to all students who qualify through scholarships and federal grant and loan programs.

Admissions require that students take a placement exam before enrollment unless they submit satisfactory ACT/SAT or COMPASS and ASSET scores.

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CPCC Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 9 Reviews

67% of students gave Central Piedmont Community College 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

CPCC has a wide variety of degrees to choose from. I was shocked to learn some of the courses that are offered at the school. I have enjoyed attending classes here because they are not too crowded, and I feel very personable with faculty. Financial aid covered everything for me for the semester, which allowed me to concentrate completely on my studies. I am 100% satisfied with the courses that I have been taking and even took some that just caught my interest.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

overall this school is not extraordinary great community college, but it is fine for a community level.

CPCC Map & Location

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235

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Getting Around CPCC


Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.


CPCC Students

Total Students 18,608

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 8%
  • African American: 35%
  • Caucasian: 48%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 8%
Latino 8%
African American 35%
Caucasian 48%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 8%

Undergraduate 100%
Graduate %
Full-Time 38%
Part-Time 62%
International 4%
Domestic 96%

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