General Admissions Procedures

Craven Community College operates under an open door policy for applicants who are high school graduates and whose admission eligibility conforms to North Carolina law and North Carolina Community College System directives. This minimum requirement is met by graduation from high school or by possession of a state High School Equivalency Credential (GED or HiSet) or an Adult High School Diploma. Current high school students can enroll through the NC Career and College Promise program; see section on North Carolina Career and College Promise.

Some degree programs have specific requirements for admission. A physical exam may be required when deemed necessary by college officials, particularly in limited admissions programs.

Admissions Process

1. Complete Application

Students are encouraged to apply online at the Craven CC website.

Former Craven Community College students who were previously enrolled, but have not attended the College for one year or more, are required to complete a new residency and admissions application.

Important Note: Student Email

Each student applying to the College receives a student Outlook email account, which is the college’s official means for contacting students. Information about this email is included in the admissions next steps email sent to each applicant. Additional information critical to student success, financial aid, and academic standing is communicated through student email accounts. Students are responsible for regularly checking this email.

2. Residency Determination

Each prospective student must complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) application. RDS online application. This is used to determine whether a student qualifies for in-state or out-of-state tuition as defined per Session Law 2013- 360. Upon completion of the RDS application, students receive a personal Residency Certification Number (RCN). Students should retain this number for their records.

3. Provide Transcripts

High School, Homeschool, and High School Equivalent Transcripts: An official High School or High School equivalent transcript from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education is required. The transcript must show the official graduation or High School Equivalent certification date. In addition to the official transcript, home school students must submit a copy of the home school’s approved registration from the state in which the school is registered.

North Carolina GED transcript requests may be made by requesting your transcript online at the GED website (click “Request your official transcript here).

The requirement to provide a High School transcript or High School Equivalent certificate may be waived if an applicant has an Associate or higher degree that is demonstrated by an official transcript.

Please note: Official High School transcripts are those received by mail, email sent directly from a High School Representative (cannot be forwarded), or hand delivered to Craven Community College. Hand delivered and mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the awarding institution. Please have electronic High School transcripts sent to admissions@cravencc.edu. Transcripts submitted by email must be sent using an official system such as Parchment®, E-Script®, or Scribbles®.

College Transcripts

Prospective students must submit an official copy of transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions if they are using veterans’ benefits, applying for a health science program, or wish to receive transfer credit. Only previous college courses completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher will be eligible for transfer consideration. Please mail all official college transcripts to the Registrar’s Office.

Transfer applicants who have attended foreign institutions must submit their transcripts to a credential evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for translation and a course-bycourse evaluation. The evaluation agency must send an official transcript evaluation in English to the College. See a list of NACES member agencies.

Please note: Official college transcripts must also meet certain criteria. Hand delivered and mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the awarding institution. Please have electronic transcripts sent to studentrecords@cravencc.edu. Transcripts submitted by email must be sent using an official system such as Parchment®, E-Script®, or Scribbles®.

4. Take the Placement Test

Some students are required to take the College Placement Test prior to registering for courses. The Placement Test assesses students’ readiness for college-level courses by evaluating their reading, writing and mathematics skills.

The College Placement Test is computerized. Students may retake the test only once and only with permission from an Academic Advisor. Students with documented disabilities may make special arrangements to take the test by contacting the ADA Coordinator.

Placement tests may be waived based upon various qualifying scores, unweighted high school GPA, High School Equivalent score, SAT, ACT or College transfer credit.

5. Schedule and Attend New Student Orientation

Applicants seeking to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree are required to complete a new student orientation. During orientation, new students learn valuable information about Craven and the resources available to assist them in reaching their goals. Students will acquire tips to help them succeed in college and information to assist them with the advising and registration process. Students can register for an orientation session online. Students will receive a certificate to take to their academic advising session as proof of completion.

6. Meet with an Advisor

New students and enrolled student with less than 12 college credit hours must meet with an advisor to discuss their personal and professional goals and to develop an academic plan. Admissions personnel will direct students to the appropriate advisor. Walk-in service is available as well as face-to-face and virtual appointments. Advising appointments may be scheduled online.

Admissions Classifications

New and Returning Student: Students who have completed all admissions requirements and are enrolled in a Program of Study.

Provisional Student: Students who have not completed all admissions requirements may be admitted and enrolled for one semester, with permission of the Director of Admissions and Student Records. Provisional students will be allowed to register for subsequent semesters only upon completion of admissions requirements.

Special Credit/Visiting Student: Students not seeking a degree, diploma or certificate may be admitted and enrolled as Special Credit/Visiting Students. These students must complete the residency determination interview process, an application for admission, and provide evidence of prerequisite satisfaction through either official or unofficial transcripts.

  • Special Credit Students are students often enrolled for the purpose of gaining special skills or for personal enrichment. The prerequisite requirements must have been successfully completed at their institution with a grade of C or better.
  • Visiting Students are students enrolled at other institutions. They will be enrolled for the purpose of transferring courses to their current college or university.

A Special Credit/Visiting Student wishing to be reclassified as a Regular Student must complete all admissions requirements as indicated for New and Returning Students.

International Student: Craven Community College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. Separate application materials are available for students wishing to study under an F-1 visa only. All international student admission inquiries should be directed to internationalstudents@cravencc.edu or to Craven’s International Student Information.

Freshman: A student who has earned fewer than 30 semester hours of credit

Sophomore: A student who has earned more than 30 semester hours of credit

Full-time Student: A student who is registered for 12 or more semester hours of credit

Part-time Student: A student who is registered for fewer than 12 semester hours of credit

Residency Status

Students are classified as residents for tuition purposes if they have established the legal residence requirements determined by the Residency Determination Service (RDS).

Limited Admissions Programs

Students seeking admission to Limited Admission Programs must meet special admissions criteria and requirements. The following programs have limited admissions: Aviation Systems Technology, Basic Law Enforcement Technology, Cosmetology, Esthetics Technology, and Health Programs. Information on admission criteria and requirements can be found on the website for the specific academic program.

Application Deadlines

Esthetics Technology

Fall Admission 2021 - Accepted through June 01, 2021

Health Programs

All applications, transcripts, placement test scores and other documentation must be received before the applicant’s information will be reviewed.

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Fall Admission 2022: Oct. 1 – Dec. 18, 2021

LPN to ADN Transition

Spring Admission 2022: Aug. 1 – Sept. 10, 2021

Practical Nursing

Fall Admission 2022: Oct. 1 – Dec. 18, 2021

Health Information Technology

Fall Admission 2021: Feb. 1 – June 30, 2021

Medical Assisting

Fall Admission 2021: Feb. 1 – May 31, 2021

Physical Therapist Assistant

Fall Admission 2021: Feb. 1 – April 30, 2021

North Carolina Career and College Promise: College Credit for Traditional and Non-traditional (Private/Home-Based) High School Students

The North Carolina Career and College Promise (CCP) initiative gives motivated high school students a tuition free head start on their college and career. This program provides structured opportunities for qualified public, private, and home-schooled juniors and seniors to pursue one of three pathways that lead to college certificates, diplomas, or degrees and provide entry-level job skills.

Academic credits earned through the Career and College Promise Pathways enable students who continue into post-secondary education after high school to complete college degrees in less time than high school students without college credit.

Career-Technical Education Pathway

High school juniors and seniors may enroll in a Career-Technical Education Pathway Certificate Program at Craven Community College that aligns with their high school “Career Cluster.”

Freshmen and sophomores may qualify for certain Career and Technical Pathways based on completed criteria on the CCP application. “Career Cluster” refers to fields of employment or industries that lead to careers within related career areas. Many “Career Clusters” have been identified at the state level; however, not all clusters may be available at local high schools. High school students should consult with their high school counselors to learn about specific “Career Clusters” available at their local high schools. 

Enrollment Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in a Career-Technical Education Pathway, high school students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior, and
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher on high school courses or have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee, if GPA is between 2.0 - 2.8, and
  • Meet the prerequisites for the Career Pathway (as defined by the college and the Career and College Promise operating procedures).

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

Career-Technical Education Pathways include:

  • Accounting: Small Business Accounting (C25100HA)
  • Automotive: Electrical/Electronic (C60160HB)
  • Automotive: Undercar (C60160HC)
  • Business Admin.: Customer Service (C25120HF)
  • Business Admin.: Transfer Prep (C25120HI)
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology: Basic Machinist (C50210HA)
  • Criminal Justice: Transfer/BLET Prep (C55180HE)
  • Early Childhood Education: Child Development (C55220HA)
  • Electronic Engineering Technology: Intro to Electronics (C40200HA)
  • Entrepreneurship (C25490HA)
  • Health Information Technology (C45360HA)
  • Information Technology: Productivity Software (C25590HB)
  • Information Technology: Java Programming (C25590HE)
  • Information Technology: Cyber Security Concepts (C25590HF)
  • Information Technology: A+ Prep (C25590HM)
  • Information Technology: Entry-Level Computer Technician (C25590HQ)
  • Medical Assisting: Transcription (C45400HA)
  • Medical Office Administration: General Medical Office (C25310HG)
  • Welding: Entry-level Welding (C50420HA)

College Transfer Pathway

High school juniors and seniors planning to attend a community college transfer program or a four-year college may enroll in a College Transfer Pathway at Craven Community College and complete some of the universal general education transfer core classes required during the first two years of a four-year degree.

The College Transfer Pathway leads to the completion of 30 plus semester hours of college transfer courses, including courses in English and math. Generally, 30 semester hours is equal to 8-10 college courses, depending on the credit hours required for specific courses.

Enrollment Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in the College Transfer Pathway, high school students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior, and
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher on high school courses, and
  • Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test (PSAT, SAT, ACT, Pre-ACT, or Accuplacer) by meeting or exceeding specific test scores in English, reading, and math.

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

Upon completion of the College Transfer Pathway, a student may continue to earn college transfer credits leading to the completion of the universal general education transfer component (UGETC) while enrolled in high school with the approval of the high school principal and the college’s chief student development administrator.

The College Transfer Pathways include:

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
  • Associate in Arts Pathway
  • Associate in Engineering
  • Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts
  • Associate in Science Pathway
  • Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation
  • Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation

More information on the North Carolina Career and College Promise Pathways can be found here.

Cooperative Innovative High School (Early College) Pathway

College Credits for Craven Early College and Early College EAST Students

Craven Early College (CEC) and Early College EAST (Eastern Applied Sciences and Technology) are headquartered on the Craven Community College New Bern and Havelock campuses, respectively, and were created out of a strong partnership between Craven County Schools and Craven Community College. Each school’s small size supports innovative ideas, creative teachers and attention to detail.

The structure of Cooperative Innovative High Schools fosters academic acceleration, personalization and connections to workplace knowledge and skills. Job shadowing experiences occur during years one and two and students will have internship and apprenticeship opportunities as upperclassmen. Extensive support is provided to each student and these schools are centered on improving graduation rates and preparing students for life-long learning and entry into high-skill careers.

Students who attend one of these five-year programs will have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit toward a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree (at no cost to the student) in one of the following pathways: Associate in Arts, or Associate in Science.

  • Both Craven Early College and Early College EAST are part of the national initiative of “new schools” championed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Craven Early College and Early College EAST enroll new classes of ninth-graders every fall; the application period occurs during the preceding spring. Acceptance is based on a lottery system.
  • Craven Early College and Early College EAST students do not have to pay tuition and are eligible for school system transportation.
  • These innovative programs follow the college’s calendar rather than the Craven County Schools calendar.
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