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Admissions

Cleveland Community College is subject to the Open Door Admission Policy established by the State Board of Community Colleges. This policy provides for admission of any legal resident of the United States who is a high school graduate or at least 18 years old. Admission requirements for an emancipated minor are the same as for an applicant 18 years old or older. Admission to the College does not guarantee acceptance to the program of your choice or guarantee continued enrollment in the College. The College accepts applications continuously throughout the school year. Early application is advised for many programs.

The College reserves the right to refuse admission to a student if it is necessary to protect the safety of the student or other individuals. The College will only refuse admission to an applicant if there is an articulable, imminent, and significant threat to others. Any applicant refused admission for safety purposes may appeal this action by following the Non-Academic Appeals Procedure in the current Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook.

The College reserves the right to refuse admission to a student if it appears that such action is in the best interest of the College and /or the student. The College also reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any student wishing to enroll in online courses if the student resides in a state where Cleveland Community College is not authorized to offer distance education.

While admission to the college is open to all adult citizens, some programs of study require individuals to meet certain requirements, have limited enrollment capabilities, or have competitive admissions. Applicants applying to Competitive Programs as stated in the current Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook must satisfy additional admission requirements.

High school graduation or equivalence is required for all curriculum programs, except the following: A/C, Heating & Refrigeration Tech Diploma and Certificate, HVAC/R Control System Certificate, HVAC/R Automation Controls Certificate, Heat Pump Systems Certificate, Heating Systems Certificate, Carpentry Diploma and Certificate, Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Diploma and Certificate, Computer-Integrated Machining Diploma and Certificate, Computer Numerical Control Certificate, Facility Maintenance Diploma, Facility Maintenance Technology Certificate-Air Conditioning Maintenance, Facility Maintenance Technology Certificate-Electrical Maintenance, Industrial Systems Tech Diploma, Industrial Systems Tech Certificate-Electrical/Automation, Industrial Systems Tech Certificate-Instrumentation, Industrial Systems Tech Certificate-Mechanical/Hydraulic, Plumbing Diploma and Certificate, Welding Technology Diploma and Certificate (Basic, Gas, MIG, Stick, TIG, Pipe). Eligible high school juniors and seniors are able to enroll in certain diploma and certificate programs through Career and College Promise.

As part of the admissions process for curriculum students, placement tests may be required. Placement into specific courses is based upon standards that will help to assure student success. Students who do not yet possess the background required for these courses will be enrolled in developmental courses designed to provide this background. Online courses have additional placement testing requirements.

It is recommended that all new students and families participate in a free orientation program each Fall and Spring semester in order to promote adjustment to the educational programs and services of the College. Information on admissions, orientation and programs of study can be obtained by visiting the College’s website at www.clevelandcc.edu, by calling (704) 669-6000, or writing to: Student Services, Cleveland Community College, 137 South Post Road, Shelby, North Carolina 28152.