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Quick Reference:

Admission to the College
First Year Experience / Orientation
First Year Financial Aid
International Student Admission

Admission to Programs of Study
Career and College Promise (high school enrollment)
College and Career Readiness Programs
College-Credit Curriculum Programs
Corporate and Continuing Education
Program Changes

College Admission

Central Piedmont Community College follows an open door policy that welcomes all students without regard to color, creed, disability, race, national origin, or gender. Steps for admission vary, depending on the learning goals of each student. An admissions office is available on every CPCC campus. On Central Campus, it is in the second floor (ground floor) lobby of the Central High Building and can be reached by phone at: 704.330.6006. 

Students may enroll throughout the year, but the College has Admissions Priority Deadlines. Use the deadlines to allow time to register for classes in the next upcoming term. Find updated deadlines and detailed information about admission processes at: . New college applicants are encouraged to contact the College early in order to complete enrollment steps before the class registration period begins.

ENROLLMENT STEPS ARE FOUND AT . A short demonstration video accompanies each step. 

Tuition and Fees

For complete information regarding costs to attend the college see the Tuition and Fees section of the catalog.

First Year Experience (FYE)

The First Year Experience program provides support for new and returning students. The program is designed to help students get started, be comfortable on campus, and connect with student services. Find complete information under First Year Experience / Orientation section of the catalog.

First Year Advising

The Office of First Year Advising serves the academic and course needs of all first-time in college students. These services are available in Room 122 of the Central High Building on Central Campus or by calling 704.330.6454.

First Year Financial Aid

The First Year Financial Aid Office helps students create a personal education plan, evaluate costs and apply for financial assistance. Visit the First Year Financial Aid office on Central Campus in the Central High building, Room 112 or call 704.330.2722, ext 3671.

Career and College Promise (high school enrollment)

Students currently enrolled in North Carolina high schools who want to take courses at CPCC may call 704.330.6637 or visit this website: .

College and Career Readiness Programs

Several programs are available to assist students in completing high school credentials. Find complete information about these programs under these sections of the catalog:

Adult ESL-English as a Second Language
Adult High School Diploma (HSD) Program

High School Equivalency Test
Pathways to Careers
Pre-High School Preparation

Admission to Programs of Study

Admission to the College itself does not mean students are admitted immediately into a program with specified admissions requirements. All degree and diploma programs require high school graduation or its equivalent. The high school graduation requirement is considered to have been met by:

  • Graduation from a high school recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE)
  • Graduation from a high school accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA)
  • Graduation from a certified home school
  • Possession of a High School Equivalency Diploma
  • Possession of an Adult High School Diploma

College-Credit Curriculum Programs

Non-Degree Students
Students who want to take college-level courses but do not plan to pursue a degree, diploma, or certificate should follow the enrollment steps for Non-Degree Seeking Students at .

Degree-Seeking Students
All new students who plan to enter a degree, diploma, or certificate program for college-level credit need to follow the enrollment steps listed for College Credit at: . Help in completing the enrollment steps is available through First Year Experience at 704.330.6100 or by emailing

Corporate and Continuing Education Programs

Students may choose non-degree courses and programs  from beginner to more advanced – for personal enrichment or career enhancement. Most continuing education courses and programs are open enrollment and do not require prerequisites, enrollment applications or transcripts. Registration is ongoing throughout each semester with registration dates and new classes typically announced in late April, early July and late November.

See the Corporate and Continuing Education section of the catalog or visit the website at .

Program Changes

  • Students who want to change their program of study must meet with the academic department offering the new desired program or with the Counseling and Advisement Office before registration begins. Veterans Affairs students must contact the Veterans Educational Benefits Office (VEBO) at CPCC in Terrell Building on Central Campus before making any program changes.
  • Students receiving Financial Aid should consult the Financial Aid office prior to making a program change to determine if the program change will affect their eligibility for financial aid.