This is an archived copy of the 2021-2022 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.cpcc.edu.

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Quick Reference:

Admission to the College
International Student Admission

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

College Admission

Central Piedmont 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 campus. On Central Campus, it is on 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 on the Admissions, Records & Registration website. New college applicants are encouraged to contact the college early in order to complete enrollment steps before the class registration period begins.


Tuition and Fees

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

Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising serves the academic and course needs of all first-time college students. These services are available in Room 360 of the Central High Building on Central Campus or by calling 704.330.6454.

Career & College Promise (High School Enrollment)

Students currently enrolled in North Carolina high schools who want to take courses at Central Piedmont may call 704.330.6637 or visit the Career & College Promise website.

College and Career Readiness Programs

Several programs are available to assist students in completing high school credentials or prepare for a successful transition into a college-level study or the workforce. Find complete information about these programs under these sections of the catalog:

Adult English as a Second Language (Adult ESL)

High School Credentials
Adult High School Diploma (HSD) Program
High School Equivalency (HSE) Instruction
High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing

Workplace and Career Readiness
Accelerated Career Training (ACT)
Career Development
NC Works NextGen
Pathways to Careers
Rise 2 Work

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 from Get Started on the college website.

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 from Get Started on the college website. Help in completing the enrollment steps is available through Academic Advising at 704.330.6454 or by emailing academicadvising@cpcc.edu

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 Corporate and Continuing Education website.

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 Central Piedmont 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.