General Admissions Information
Western Piedmont operates under an “open door” admission policy. All people, 18 years of age or older, or who are high school graduates, and who are able to profit from further formal education, will be served by the College. The college serves all students regardless of race, religion, association, sex, age, disability, or ethnic origin.
- All entering curriculum students must submit a properly completed application to the Office of Admissions. Admission applications are processed online. If you have problems with the application or need assistance, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Entering students should forward transcripts of high school and all college work to the Admissions Office. Students must authorize in writing the release of transcripts from high schools and colleges. Admission to all associate degree programs and some diploma and certificate programs requires high school or GED completion. (Only the English version of the GED will satisfy proof of high school graduation)
- All students seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate at Western Piedmont Community College will be required to submit test scores to determine the student’s placement into college-level courses.
- Permission to register may be denied if all admission requirements are not complete after the student’s initial registration.
Residency Determination Service
In 2013 the North Carolina General Assembly (SB 402) instructed the educational entities in North Carolina to work collaboratively to create a centralized process for determining residency for the purpose of tuition and administration of state financial aid. These entities included the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNCGA), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA).
Under the leadership of the Higher Education Collaborative Advisory Committee (HECAC), representatives from the North Carolina education entities worked together for approximately three years to develop the Central Residency Determination Service. The North Carolina Community College System will implement the Residency Determination Service (RDS) in March, 2017, along with North Carolina public colleges and universities. North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities implemented the Residency Determination Service on December 5, 2016.
As a result of the legislative directive, College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) was selected to develop and administer the statewide Residency Determination Service.
The Residency Determination Service will provide separate processes to reach a residency classification. Most students will only be required to complete the Initial Consideration process. The Reconsideration and Appeal processes are for those students who experience a change in circumstances (Reconsideration) or who have not had a change in status and believe their residency classification is incorrect (appeal). It is a student’s responsibility to notify the WPCC Student Records office of any changes in residency status.
All students, parents, faculty, staff, and constituents of the North Carolina Community College System should refer to the Residency website at www.ncresidency.org for more current details regarding the North Carolina Residency Determination Service, processes and required residency guidelines.