New Students

Welcome to Western Piedmont Community College!

WPCC puts an affordable, quality education within your reach. Our classes give you hands-on experiences and our instructors work with you personally to reach your goals.

A better job, new skills, or transfer to a 4-year college or university? All of these are possible at Western Piedmont.

Don’t wait to get started. Select from the 4 categories below and begin your journey at WPCC!

Choose A Category…

Select the one that best describes you and start to Find Your Way at WPCC.

You’ve Never Attended WPCC

There are four easy steps to help you as a new student Find YOUR Way to an exciting future at WPCC! If you need help completing any of the steps please visit us in the Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall on our main campus or call us at (828) 448-6046.

1. Apply

  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Declare A Major
    • You’ll need to decide what program of study you’d like to pursue when you fill out the application. Check out our Programs of Study page to find out what programs and services we offer.
    • Contact the Career Center at (828) 448-3565 or visit their web page for more resources that can help you figure out your interests and career path
  • Receive Your Acceptance Letter
    • Once your application is received and approved, you will receive an acceptance letter.  This letter will include your student ID number and WPCC student access ID.

2. Placement Tests & Transcripts

  • Take the Placement Test
    • Recent North Carolina high school graduates may be exempt from the placement test under the Multiple Measures guidelines.
    • Contact the Advising Center (828) 448-6046 to schedule an appointment for testing.
    • Contact the Director of Career & Testing Services at (828) 448-3155 for more information.
  • Request Your Official High School, GED/AHS Center, and/or College(s) Transcripts
    • Have all high school and college transcripts mailed to our Admissions Office at 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655.
    • Official electronic transcripts should be sent to officialtranscripts@wpcc.edu.
    • If you received your Adult High School Diploma from WPCC, please download, fill out and submit a Transcript Request Form (PDF file open with the free Adobe Reader software) and have the transcript sent to the Admissions Office
    • Request your official high school equivalency transcript by going to the GED Testing Service website and selecting the state where you tested. if you have the option to submit the transcript electronically, have it e-mailed to officialtranscripts@wpcc.edu.

3. Plan to Pay for College

  • Contact our Financial Aid department at (828) 448-3151 to find out about what types of financial assistance are available and if you qualify for financial aid. You may also visit the Financial Aid web page for more information.
  • If you do not qualify for Financial Aid, we offer a convenient monthly Tuition Payment Plan.

4. Register

  • Meet With Your Advisor
    • Your advisor 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. Your advisor’s contact information can be found in your academic profile in Pioneer Pass.
  • Register for Your Classes

Earn College Credit in High School

High School students have several options to earn credit at WPCC. You can learn about what we offer If you have questions, please visit the Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall on our main campus or call us at (828) 448-6046.

Steps for High School Students

WPCC has three programs geared for high school students to earn college credit:

  • Career & College Promise High school juniors and seniors can take tuition-waived courses at Western Piedmont while in high school.
  • Burke Middle College Looking for a different high school experience? Attend Burke Middle College on the WPCC campus
  • Educational Talent Search ETS gives selected students the chance for help in preparing to be a success in school and life.

Class Schedules & Registration Information

You’ll find helpful information in our class schedule and the Semester Guide as you plan your curriculum classes. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Contact Us

Have a question, comment, or need more information? Get in touch with us by submitting a request below.

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You’ve Attended WPCC Before

First of all, welcome back! We’re pleased you’ve chosen to return to Western Piedmont to continue your education. Here is information on the steps to complete your enrollment. If you need any assistance, visit the Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall or call us at (828) 448-6046. We are here to help you find your way.

Steps for Returning Students

If it’s been:

1-4 years since you attended WPCC

5+ years since you attended WPCC

You’re A Veteran

Thank you for your service to your country! Now, let us help you get started on the next phase of your life. Need help? Stop by the Advising Center in Hildebrand Hall on our main campus or call us at (828) 448-6046.

Steps for Veterans

1. Apply

  • Complete an Application for Admission
  • Declare A Major
    • You’ll need to decide what program of study you’d like to pursue when you fill out the application. Check out our Programs of Study page to find out what programs and services we offer.
    • Contact the Career Center at (828) 448-3565 or visit their web page for more resources that can help you figure out your interests and career path
  • Receive Your Acceptance Letter
    • Once your application is received and approved, you will receive an acceptance letter.  This letter will include your student ID number and WPCC student access ID.

2. Placement Tests & Transcripts

  • Take the Placement Test
    • Recent North Carolina high school graduates may be exempt from the placement test under the Multiple Measures Guidelines (effective Fall 2016).
    • Contact the Advising Center (828) 448-6046 to determine which placement tests you will need to take and schedule an appointment for the testing.
    • Contact the Director of Career & Testing Services at (828) 448-3155 for more information.
  • Request Your Official High School, GED/AHS Center, and/or College(s) Transcripts
    • Have all high school and college transcripts mailed to our Admissions Office at 1001 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 28655.
    • Official electronic transcripts should be sent to officialtranscripts@wpcc.edu.
    • If you received your Adult High School Diploma from WPCC, please download, fill out and submit a Transcript Request Form (PDF file open with the free Adobe Reader software) and have the transcript sent to the Admissions Office
    • Request your official high school equivalency transcript by going to the GED Testing Service website and selecting the state where you tested. if you have the option to submit the transcript electronically, have it e-mailed to officialtranscripts@wpcc.edu.

3. Plan to Pay for College

  • Contact our Financial Aid department at (828) 448-3151 to find out about what types of financial assistance are available and if you qualify for financial aid. You may also visit the Financial Aid web page for more information.
  • If you do not qualify for Financial Aid, we offer a convenient monthly Tuition Payment Plan.

4. Register

  • Meet With Your Advisor
    • Your advisor 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. Your advisor’s contact information can be found in your academic profile in Pioneer Pass.
  • Register for Your Classes

5. Contact VA Certifying Official

  • Learn about how to apply for benefits, the various VA education benefit program, the VA Memorandum of Understanding, and more on our Veteran’s Affairs page or contact Dori Barron at (828) 448-3170 or via e-mail (dbarron@wpcc.edu).
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