College & University Guaranteed Admission Programs

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Guaranteed Admissions

The guaranteed admission programs offer a structured pathway for progressing directly from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree. Students who participate in one of the guaranteed admission programs are considered fully admitted to the community college and conditionally admitted to either ECU, NC Wesleyan, NC State, or UNCW. Successful completion of any college transfer degree program grants the student guaranteed admission to the four-year institution. Note: Competitive programs are not guaranteed.

Student Benefits

  • Waived transfer application fee
  • Access to advisors at the transfer school
  • Baccalaureate degree program planning and preparation for successful transition
  • Visits from transfer school representatives including admissions and financial aid
  • Access to select campus facilities at transfer school
  • Access to campus programming and student activities and organizations

Participating Universities

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East Carolina University Pirate Promise

Prepare for your future: join the Pirate Nation with Pirate Promise. ECU extends an invitation to participate from your community college before you graduate and transfer. Pirate Promise is the starting point for full-time
community college students to attend special events,
get advising and have support as you transfer to ECU.

Get these benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to ECU with a completed associate degree (see link below for list of approved associate degrees)
  • Waived ECU application fee
  • A dedicated transfer coach
  • Joint academic advising
  • Joint financial aid counseling and RaiseMe micro-scholarship opportunities
  • Eligible to purchase an ECU 1 Card to get access to:
  • Access to ECU Libraries
  • Access to Virtual Job Shadow, ECU Career Services’ virtual workshop series
  • Participate in select campus activities including “invitation only” Pirate Promise events at ECU.
  • And much, much, more at Student Affairs

By participating you will have a seamless degree-completion pathway to graduation at ECU.

Meet these requirements to be eligible:

  • You are enrolling or already a full-time student in your first year at one of the NC Community College Pirate Promise schools in an associate degree program (AA, AE, AFA, AAS, AS, Early Childhood Education)
  • You are a full-time student (minimum 12 hours a semester) unless you are an Early College or Career and College Promise student
  • Early College and Career and College Promise students are eligible if pursuing an approved associate degree and in their junior year of high school.
  • To retain eligibility, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

The Pirate Promise program does not guarantee admission to a specific major or program. The Pirate Promise is not an application to ECU.  Students are encouraged to submit an application to ECU six months prior to graduating from WCC.

Click here to apply to the ECU Pirate Promise program.

The Pirate Promise application is open August-September (Fall) and November-January (Spring)

Please note, your community college will verify your eligibility.

NC State University — Community College Collaboration(C3NC State logo)

NC State has partnered with Wilson Community College to offer the Community College Collaboration (C3) dual-admission, dual-enrollment program.

C3 is intended for community college students from low-to-moderate income backgrounds with demonstrated potential for academic success who aspire to transfer to NC State after completing their associate degree.

C3 provides academic and program support for students during their time in community college and prepares them for a successful transition to NC State and timely completion of a bachelor’s degree.

Get these Benefits:

  • C3 students will be assigned an NC State academic advisor upon admission.
  • Students will have direct access to NC State’s specialized online advising and course planning tools.
  • Students are able to enroll in designated NC State courses while enrolled at WCC without paying additional tuition.
  • Students will have opportunities to attend networking programs and specialized C3 activities.

Click here to apply to the NC State C3 program.

NC Wesleyan College — Wesleyan Works

North Carolina Wesleyan CollegeWesleyan Works is a transfer program designed for community college students who plan to continue their education at North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC).

Get these Benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to NCWC for WCC’s AA, AS, and AAS graduates
  • Access to academic advising and financial aid counseling through NCWC
  • Access to attend events on NCWS’s main campus in Rocky Mount, NC

Application & Acceptance

  • Students are able to apply for admission to NCWC at any time during their program at WCC, gaining access to advising and a waiver of the application fee.
  • NCWC guarantees acceptance upon completion of an eligible associate’s degree.

Requirements of the program include:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA and in Good Academic Standing
  • Be at Least 21 Years of Age – The Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies has the right to waive this requirement upon successful completion of the age waiver process.
  • Complete NCWC’s Free Application
  • Complete Your Free Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA School Code 002951).

You can add up to 10 school codes to your FAFSA without impacting your financial aid at the attending Community College.

  • Complete the AA/AS/AAS Degree with the Attending Community College
  • Submit an Official College Transcript from Each School Previously Attended

For more information, visit Wesleyan Works.

For a list of Wesleyan Works degree programs, visit NCWC’s Adult Degree Programs

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 UNC-Wilmington & WCC Pathway to Excellence

The Pathway to Excellence program is a partnership between UNCW and WCC. It is a pathway for guaranteed admission to UNCW for students completing an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Engineering
with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in transferable, college-level coursework from Wilson Community College. Guaranteed admission to the university does not constitute admission to a professional school or specific program. Students entering the pathway will be expected to indicate their plan by submitting their letter of intent to UNCW Transfer Admissions; 601 South College Road; Wilmington NC 28403-5904 or

Get these Benefits:

  • Students will be provided with a UNCW Transfer Student Success Advisor.
  • UNCW will host WCC students annually in an Open House event.
  • Events will be held each Spring on the WCC campus in which the application fee will be waived for students applying for transfer.

Click here to download and print your letter of intent for the Pathway to Excellence Program.

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