Welcome to Coastal Carolina’s Admission page. This is where your educational journey begins and we are here to assist you obtain your goal. Whether you want to earn a diploma or a degree, learn new job skills, and experience hands-on training, Coastal has a wealth of programs from which to choose.

If you are interested in non-credit courses, please visit our Continuing Education page.

The Application Process

  1. Complete a Residency Determination Request
    All applicants (with the exception of Career and College Promise applicants) must complete a Residency Determination request to determine their tuition status (in state or out of state) prior to completing and submitting an Admissions application. Documentation may be required during this process. View the Helpful Hints Guide for Residency Classification on our web site for a list of information that may be required to submit the Residency Determination Application. Please have these documents on hand prior to starting your Residency Determination Application. You can complete your Residency Determination Request online through RDS.
  2. Complete the Application for Admission
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  3. Determine English and Mathematics Placement Requirements
    Assessment of each applicant’s competencies in English and mathematics is required for placement into college level courses. Students who can provide evidence of the following should meet with an academic counselor to determine if placement testing is necessary.

    • Former Coastal students
    • Students who have taken the SAT or ACT within the past five years
    • Students who have transfer credit in English or mathematics
    • Students who have recently taken a placement test at another community college.
      Note: Placement tests are valid for 5 years from the month of administration. Students may take the entire placement test twice under the administration of the College within a one-year period.

    Applicants who meet any of the above criteria should meet with an academic counselor. For applicants who are required to take placement tests, the college provides this service on a regular basis at no cost. Performance on placement tests in reading, writing, and mathematics determines initial placement into college level mathematics and English. Information about placement testing, including a study guide in mathematics, is available in the Admissions Office.

  4. Submit Transcripts
    Submission of official transcripts is mandatory for admission to a program. Send the Transcript Request Form  to your high school, or furnish the Admissions Office with an official copy of your GED scores. In addition, send a Transcript Request Form to all colleges you have previously attended. You are responsible for ensuring that the Admissions Office receives all of your transcripts. Students may be accepted under a provisional status and allowed to register for classes in cases where official transcripts will arrive after the semester begins.
  5. Meet with an Academic Counselor
    Visit the Admissions Office and arrange to meet with an academic counselor. The counselor will provide you with the college catalog; assist in planning a program of study, and help with class registration.

New to Coastal?

Come and join us for the New Student Experience. Visit the New Student Experience page to learn more about our New Student Orientation and other services offered to help new students navigate their way to success!

Admissions Policy

Coastal Carolina Community College maintains an open door admissions policy for all applicants. The College serves students regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap. Selective placement of individual students in the different programs of study within the College is determined by the Admissions Office, within the guidelines established by the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College System for each program of study and course offered.

Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for Coastal Carolina Community College will comply with current adopted rules under the State Board of Community College Code regarding open door admissions of applicants (1D SBCCC 400.2). The College serves students regardless of race, color, creed or religion, age, sex, national origin, political affiliation, or physical disability status.

An applicant for admission to a curriculum program of study at Coastal Carolina Community College must be a high school graduate (recognized by a state accredited provider) or have GED® scores (recognized by a state accredited provider) which qualify as a high school equivalency certificate within any of the fifty states or an equivalent secondary education approved by the Admissions Office. A “certificate of attendance” does not constitute high school graduation nor is the certificate deemed equivalent to high school completion. All other qualified applicants will be admitted as special credit students. Special credit students are not eligible to receive financial aid funds, veterans program benefits, or graduate from a program.

Selective placement of individual students in the different programs of study within the College is determined by the Admissions Office, within the guidelines established by the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College System for each program of study and course offered.

A student desiring to transfer to Coastal Carolina Community College
must be able to meet the admissions requirements in effect at the time
of application.

To enroll in courses offered in continuing education, a student should be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Individuals, ages 16 and 17, can be served, if a minor applicant form is provided before class. Certain classes require a background check, placement test, and/or high school diploma or High School Equivalency. North Carolina legislation states that a student enrolling in the same occupational extension course more than twice within a five-year period will be subject to additional charges.

Visiting Student

A visiting student is defined as a student who is currently admitted/enrolled at another college/university and wishes to enroll at Coastal. All visiting students must submit a visiting student form or transient study form obtained from their college, complete a Coastal admissions application and meet Coastal’s course placement requirements.

Visiting students currently receiving federal financial aid (Pell) or veterans’ assistance with their current college are required to also submit written notification from their school to both the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Veterans Programs, prior to enrolling.