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.
The best way to learn more about Wilson Community College is to spend time on campus. We invite you to visit and discover what makes this a college with something for everyone!
We offer RSVP Campus Tours on the 2nd and 4th week of every month. On Thursdays we offer a tour at 3:00pm and on Fridays we offer a tour at 11:00am. The tours will begin in F-100 (building F, suite 100).
Our campus tours typically last one hour, which includes time with an admissions counselor to talk about programs and the admissions process and a walking tour of the campus to highlight buildings and programs. We ask that you “RSVP” and let us know you will be coming for the tour.
Step 1: Eligibility
Determine your eligibility for admission
You are eligible for admission to Wilson Community College if you:
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. The Special Credit Application (pdf) may be downloaded, completed, and mailed or turned into Student Development (F-100). The application is also available on campus through Student Development.
Admission of International Students
& Permanent Residents
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.
Must have attended and graduated from a U.S. public high school, private high school, or home school that operates in compliance with state or local law. Graduates of Adult High School programs are also allowed, but GED certificate holders are not.
Are not eligible for federal or state financial aid.
Must be charged out-of-state tuition.
May not displace any student that is legally in the U.S. from any course or program of study when space limitations exist.
Note: When considering whether to admit an undocumented immigrant into a specific program of study, community colleges shall take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants.
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 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.
If necessary, schedule and take necessary placement tests.
The first step toward successful completion of college coursework is knowing where you need to begin. These assessments enable the student to enroll in subjects at a point that is aligned with his/her achievement level as indicated by the placement test score. The scores are used for academic placement in English, math, reading, computer skills, and biology courses; they are not used for admissions decisions.
All students who wish to enroll at the College must take these placement tests, unless the following allow for exemption:
All testers are encouraged to take placement tests seriously and to prepare in advance as you may have only one attempt prior to your target enrollment date. The results of these tests may also extend or expedite the length of your program.
Step 5: Counseling
There's no time better than the present…
Talk with a counselor about programs of study
The final step for admissions is to meet 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.
In-State v. Out-of State Residency for Tuition Purposes
Tuition costs differ for In-State and Out-of-State residents. 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.
Enrolling in classes and earning a college degree at Wilson Community College is more affordable than you might think! Let us help you begin the process today!
Step 7: Financial Aid
Apply for financial aid
Student financial aid is available to those with demonstrated need. In the most recent year, approximately $6 million dollars in student aid was administered annually through the College Financial Aid Office, with approximately 65% 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 on campus and online) 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. Online registration is available after discussing academic placements with the academic advisor and being released for online registration. If you wish to register online, you must contact your academic advisor first.
In 2011, the NC Legislature authorized the State Board of Education and the State Board of Community Colleges to establish the Career and College Promise program, effective January 1, 2012. Career and College Promise provides seamless dual enrollment opportunities for eligible NC high school students through college transfer and technical education pathways in their junior and senior years and through cooperative innovative high schools in grades 9-12.
Note: Enrollment in college courses requires demonstrated “college readiness” as defined by state Career and College Promise standards.
Wilson Early College Academy (WECA)
The Wilson Early College Academy is a Wilson County Public School located on the Wilson Community College campus. WECA is an extension of the high school academies and a partnership between Wilson County Schools and Wilson Community College. Rising high school freshman will enroll in a five-year dual enrollment program, which includes high school courses needed to meet North Carolina graduation requirements and college courses to meet requirements of an associate degree or college transferable credit.
The school's mission is to offer accelerated academics in both high school and college courses in small, learner-centered classes. Students will have equal access to highly challenging coursework and innovative learning experiences that build upon their passions and interests. Students will be afforded unique support to demonstrate genuine concern for the whole person. Academic, emotional, and social interventions strive to build integrity, self-confidence, and character in WECA students, which will ensure their ability to graduate from high school and college and become productive 21st century citizens.