Wilson Community College is a comprehensive community college and a proud member of the North Carolina Community College System. The College has an Open Door Policy, which means that students are assisted in selecting programs that serve their needs and objectives in life, consistent with their background, aptitudes and expressed interests. Some programs have additional admissions requirements.
Residents can enroll in classes at the College as Curriculum (degree-seeking), Special Credit (non-degree-seeking curriculum), or Continuing Education students. The admissions process described below refers to curriculum classes. For more information on continuing education classes, please call (252) 246-1287, (252) 246-1253, or (252) 246-1317.
NOTE: Wilson Community College reserves the right to refuse admission to an applicant if it appears such action is in the best interest of the College and/or the applicant.
Admission Under Special Provision
Students interested in taking curriculum classes but are not seeking a degree may enroll as a Special Credit student. Such students do not qualify for financial aid or veterans’ benefits and must meet all course prerequisites and/or corequisites with proof of prior coursework or successful placement test scores.
Wilson Community College is NOT authorized to issue I-20 documents, and as such cannot be a destination institution for international students wishing to come to the US for purposes of continuing their education. The College is however able to serve non-citizen residents who otherwise qualify for admissions and are able to document their legal status in the US. Some VISA classifications do not allow enrollment. Non-citizens are eligible to enroll in English Language Program courses without proof of legal status.
Students who have previously attended another college should submit official transcripts from ALL institutions they have attended to receive transfer credit for courses applicable to their chosen major. The Director of Admissions/Registrar, in consultation with instructor(s) and/or the associate dean, will evaluate all transcripts on a course by course basis. Evaluation criteria include comparable content and credit hours, grade, accreditation, and the number of years since the credits were earned.
The College will accept credit for those courses with curriculum validity with the credit hours adjusted to the Wilson Community College scale for students who transfer from other accredited post secondary institutions.
A letter grade of "D" is not transferable.
Quality points earned at other institutions will not be calculated in a student's grade point average.
A transfer student intending to graduate from Wilson Community College must complete at least 25% of the credit hours in the major course of study at Wilson Community College.
Students enrolled in curriculum programs who wish to take course work at another college for transfer back to Wilson Community College for credit toward graduation are strongly encouraged to discuss such with their academic advisor prior to registration at the other college. This is to better ensure transferability of credits. Also, certain key courses are required to be taken at Wilson Community College.
Courses with quarter hours credit may not transfer to Wilson Community College or another college or university
The first step toward successful completion of college coursework is knowing where you need to start. Placement tests give us that vital piece of information. The scores are used for academic placement in English, math, reading, and computer skills courses. They are not used for admissions decisions.
All students who wish to enroll in the College must take these placement tests, unless
You have transferable earned college-level credit in English, math, reading, or computer skills with a grade of “C” or better that meets the prerequisites for the Wilson Community College courses.
You have SAT scores of 450 or higher in math and/or English within the past three years.
The final step for admissions is to sit down with a counselor to discuss your educational goals and objectives. Often, your first contact with a counselor will be to discuss the results of your placement tests and the upcoming semester. The counselor, along with your academic advisor, will help you plan your program of study all the way through graduation, employment, or transfer.
Tuition costs differ for In-State and Out-of-State residents. To qualify for in-state tuition, a legal resident must have maintained his or her domicile (one’s permanent dwelling place of indefinite duration) in North Carolina for at least twelve months immediately prior to their intended date of enrollment.
Determining residency for tuition purposes can be tricky, but generally all students who graduated from a NC high school, have lived in NC for the immediately preceding 12 months, and claim NC as their legal residence are classified as NC residents for tuition purposes. If residency is in question, the student must establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the proposed date of enrollment, he or she was domiciled in North Carolina and has abandoned any previous domicile, and/or that any person on whom the student is legally and financially dependent is a legal NC resident.
Student financial aid is available to those with demonstrated need. In the most recent year, almost $3 million dollars in student aid was administered through the College Financial Aid Office, with approximately 60% of the curriculum student body on one form of student aid or another. The overwhelming majority of that aid is from federal programs.
You will register for classes during pre-determined registration periods before the beginning of each semester.
If you complete the admissions process early enough, you may early register for classes. If not, you will register for classes during regular registration just prior to the beginning of the upcoming semester.
The registration process includes Orientation for New Students (offered for both day students and evening students) and meeting with your academic advisor to plan your schedule of classes.
New students can register for classes in person with their academic advisor or they can register online, if their admissions file is complete, through WebAdvisor after discussing their academic placements with their advisor and being released for online registration. If you wish to register online, you must contact your academic advisor first.