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Becoming a Student

These are the steps to becoming a student at WPCC:

Complete an Application for Admission. You can apply using our online application or by printing the online application and mailing it in. You may also stop by or call Student Services (828 448-6046) to obtain one.

After your application is received and approved, you will receive an acceptance letter.  This letter will include the name of your college advisor and your student ID number, along with other valuable information and reminders.

Not sure about your major?  If you are not sure what you would like to study or which career to choose, you may wish to call (828-448-3172) or visit our Career Center.  They have many resources that can help you determine your interests and career path.  You might also want to view our overview of College programs and services.

Request your official high school, GED/AHS Center, and/or college(s) transcripts. Send to
WPCC Admissions Office, 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655.  Click here for Transcript Request Forms.  NOTE: If you received your GED or Adult High School Diploma from WPCC, you must still request for it to be sent to the Admissions Office.

Contact the Testing Center (828-448-3172) to determine which Placement Tests you will need to take and to schedule an appointment for the testing.  Most programs offered by WPCC require students to take all or part of a series of placement tests.  The purpose of placement testing is to determine the level at which you should begin your college course work.  For more information on this procedure, view the Testing Center web page.

Need help paying for tuition and supplies?  There are many forms of financial assistance for which you may qualify and it is important to apply early.  To find out more about the opportunities and application process, visit or call (828-448-3151) our Financial Aid Office in Student Services, or visit the Financial Aid web page.

Get to know your advisor.  Now is the time to contact your advisor.  He/she will be an invaluable resource in determining your schedule of classes and will be able to offer helpful hints for you to make the most of your time here at WPCC.

Register for your classes!  On registration day for the upcoming semester, come to WPCC during registration hours.  Registration dates and times can be obtained through your advisor, Student Services, the College’s main number (828-438-6000) or the online Class Schedule.

Your first stop will be your advisor.  He/she will help you set up your class schedule and register you.  You will then receive a printed copy of your schedule.  Take this with you to pay your tuition.

Buy your textbooks at the Book Cellar located in Hildebrand Hall.  Keep your receipts and do not mark in your books until you are sure that you don’t need to return them.  Many textbooks are now including an access code for their online component – be sure to keep that!  Learn more about the Book Cellar.

Have your student ID made in the AV Department located on the lower floor of the Phifer Learning Resources Center Library.

And finally, bring your talents and enthusiasm with you to the first day of classes.  We hope that your experience here at WPCC will be a rewarding one.  We look forward to having you as a student and will be happy to assist you in any way.