Central Piedmont Community College.

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, NC2 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College (Central Piedmont) is a public community college in Charlotte, North Carolina. With an enrollment of more than 56,000 students annually, Central Piedmont is one of the largest community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. The college has six campuses and three centers and offers nearly 300 degree, diploma and certificate programs. The college was founded in 1963, the year the North Carolina General Assembly passed the state community college bill. It is the result of a merger between Mecklenburg College and the Central Industrial Education Center.


  • Offers certificate, and associate degrees
  • 17,538 students
  • 0.15 faculty staff per student
  • www.cpcc.edu

Notable programs at Central Piedmont Community College

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Accounting, Elementary Education, Education, Electronics Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Welding.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Central Piedmont Community College was $8,936, while for in-state students it was $2,792. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $5,635.

The average financial aid at Central Piedmont Community College is $4,796. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $4,140 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Central Piedmont Community College

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

54% of undergraduate students at Central Piedmont Community College received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Central Piedmont Community College

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,495.

Diversity at Central Piedmont Community College

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017