Admissions Process

1. Application

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New Curriculum Students

Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) interview process through CFNC.

Complete the online CFNC Application for admission and enter the RCN number issued to you from the RDS process.

New curriculum students are defined as not having taken a curriculum level course and received a letter grade of A, B, C, D, F, W or last enrolled as a Career and College Promise student.  

Returning Curriculum Students

*Please note that Career and College Promise and Early College students are not considered returning curriculum students and must complete the CFNC application after completing their high school program.

Complete the interview process for the Residency Determination System (RDS) online.

Returning curriculum students are defined as having taken a curriculum level course and received a letter grade of A, B, C, D, F or W. Complete the online reactivation form and enter the RCN number that was issued from the RDS process.

Additional Notes

Please note it takes a minimum of two business days to process your application, depending on the date you apply. After submitting, students will receive an email to the email address provided. While waiting for your official letter to come in the mail, please reference this email and follow the enrollment steps as outlined.

By signing or electronically completing and submitting the college application, the student acknowledges that all information is accurate and accepts the responsibility to be aware of and follow codes of conduct, behavior standards and all program specific rules, policies, and procedures. All students are expected to follow the policies and procedures of the college.

2. Transcripts

It is the responsibility of the applicant to request official transcripts from the last high school(s) attended.

Official high school transcripts are required for:

  • Applicants under the age of 18
  • Specific programs of study such as Nursing, Dental Assisting, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Radiography

Note: Transcripts for financial aid purposes must include the graduation date.

Choose one of the following options for submitting your high school transcript to Rowan-Cabarrus.

  1. If you did not request your high school transcript at the time of completing the CFNC Application for Admission, you may log in to your CFNC account and choose to have your high school transcript sent directly to Rowan-Cabarrus at no cost, and our office will receive almost immediately.
  2. Use the High School Transcript Release Form to submit directly to your high school for mailing to the Records Office at Rowan-Cabarrus Community at the address indicated below.
  3. Contact your high school and follow their procedures for requesting your transcript be sent to the Rowan-Cabarrus address indicated below.

Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the sending institution. Transcripts which have been opened or faxed are not accepted.

Mail transcripts to:

Records Office, Division of Student Success
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
P.O. Box 1595
Salisbury, N.C. 28145-1595

3. Testing

You must complete an application for admission prior to testing. Schedule an appointment to make the ACCUPLACER placement test (English, Reading and Math) Schedule an appointment.

You may be exempt from testing if you meet any of the following criteria and provide an official transcript for evaluation:

  • Graduated from a public high school or North Carolina private school within the last five years, with an unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher and passing grades grades in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a fourth higher-level math.
  • Completed transferable college-level coursework in English and math with a grade of C or better.
  • Received an associate degree or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completed SAT or ACT within the past five years.
    • SAT scores: Math (530) and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (480)
    • ACT scores: Math (22) and Reading (22) or English (18)

Special accommodations for placement testing due to a disability can be made with Disability Services prior to scheduling a placement test date. This exemption does not apply to applicants for the Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, and Radiography programs.

4. Advising Center

You are strongly encouraged to attend a GPS (Goals, Planning and Success) Session. GPS Sessions are for new students and designed to assist you in charting the way   through your desired program, establishing goals and pathways that will lead to academic success, and ultimately graduation. To schedule an appointment, please visit Student Advocacy Services.

5. Register for Classes

Use WebAdvisor to self-register for classes. Please visit our registration information webpage for registration details and dates.