Admission to the College Procedures

I. General Rule

The College has an open-door admission policy for applicants who are legal residents of the United States and who are either high school graduates or are at least 18 years of age, and whose admission eligibility conforms to State Board of Community Colleges Code (SBCCC) 1D SBCCC 200.95, 300.4, or 400.2, and North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) directives.

Central Piedmont Community College prohibits the use of commissions, bonuses, or other incentive payment programs to employees or contractors for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members to the institution.

Central Piedmont Community College prohibits the use of high-pressure recruitment tactics for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members to the institution.

Admission to the College is open without regard to race, creed, disability, national origin, gender, or age to students who meet the graduation or age standard, unless otherwise provided by law or State Board of Community Colleges Code. Central Piedmont also provides courses and programs designed to serve students who seek basic skills and high school credentials, high school students who wish to begin college-level work while in high school, and adults who wish to take non-credit classes, either through a Workforce Continuing Education Pathway or to improve their knowledge and skills. The Central Piedmont Board of Trustees does not allow the admission of any applicant during any period of time that the student is suspended or expelled from any other educational entity without the written permission of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

II. General Enrollment Procedures

A. Admission to the College does not imply that a student will be admitted immediately to a College program that has specified admission requirements. Before a student is admitted to a curriculum program, a series of placement tests is scheduled and an academic advising interview is arranged. Placement tests determine skill levels in mathematics, English, and reading.

B. All applicants and students who are not continuously enrolled for 12 months or more are required to complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service interview online at

C. All degree and diploma programs require high school graduation or the 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), from a high school recognized by the North Carolina State Board of Education, from a high school accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), a certified home school, by possession of a State High School Diploma Equivalency (GED Diploma), or by possession of an adult high school diploma.

D. Some degree programs have specific requirements for admission to the program. Such requirements can be obtained from the associate dean responsible for the program or a College counselor.

E. Requirements for admission to non-credit continuing education courses vary. Specific information may be obtained about these courses by contacting the Office of Corporate and Continuing Education, or by visiting the College website.

III. Specific Admission Procedure

A. Enrollment in a Curriculum Program

Applicants seeking enrollment in any curriculum program for credit offered by the College shall adhere to the following:

  1. Submit a properly completed application to the Admissions office at any campus, and complete all residency determination requirements.
  2. Request that official transcripts of all high school, pre-college, and college work be sent to the College. The Dean for Admissions, Registration, Records, and Graduation may elect to waive the need for a student to furnish an official high school transcript, as long as such waiver does not supersede any federal or state requirement. Written electronic waiver records will be maintained in the student's record.
  3. Take the appropriate pre-enrollment test battery, if applicable.
  4. Have an interview with a College counselor and/or academic advisor, during which the applicant's test scores and previous scholastic record will be evaluated and interests and aptitudes will be appraised. The applicant also will be advised regarding eligibility to enroll in the desired curriculum.
  5. Register for the suggested schedule during the appropriate registration period. Each student must have his/her College-issued student ID number available at the point of registration.
  6. Enrollment in a program is required for eligibility for a certificate, diploma, or degree.

B. Enrollment as a Non-degree Seeking Student

The College recognizes that many adults will wish to register for one or more courses without following a specific curriculum. In order to encourage this type of interest, a qualified person may be admitted to the College and enroll for courses, provided the person satisfies the high school graduation and/or age 18 criteria; completes a pre-enrollment test battery, if applicable; and has the pre-requisites required for each course in which enrollment is intended.

Related Policies

Policy 3.00 Admission to the College