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What is a new student?

A new student includes first-time, degree-seeking students, students transferring from another institution, and students who were concurrently enrolled in high school and college.

Wilkes Community College has more than 35 programs of study. Learn more about programs within the academic divisions by clicking the links below:

Arts & Sciences / College Transfer: Students may complete an Associate in Arts, Engineering, or Science for a smooth transfer to a four-year institution. Students receive an education equivalent to the first two years at a four year institution and can transfer to complete a Bachelor's degree.

Business & Public Service Technologies: Students have the opportunity to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) in specific programs of study related to Business & Public Service Technologies. Courses are taught by qualified faculty who hold advanced academic degrees and experience. Degrees, diplomas, and certificates options are available.

Health Sciences: Students have the opportunity to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) in specific programs of study related to Health Sciences.

Applied Career Technologies: Students have the opportunity to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) in the exciting fields of industry and technology. The faculty have a wide-variety of technical interests, but share the common goal of educating the the best engineering technologists possible. The division offers associate in applied science, diploma, and certificate degrees with a stimulating educational environment with state of the art equipment.

College Readiness/Basic Skills: Students can take courses to improve reading, language, and math skills, increase English speaking skills, earn a high school diploma, earn a high school equivalency certificate (HSE), and transition to college or employment.

Workforce Development & Community Education/Continuing Education: Ongoing changes in technology, and career and job requirements, create the need for life-long learning for individuals in both occupational and vocational areas. The Continuing Education Division is responsible for responding to these needs by providing services to individuals, organizations, businesses, and industries within Alleghany, Ashe and Wilkes counties. Tailored to the needs of our service area, continuing education programs range from courses in basic skills to advanced courses in various technical fields. In addition, a range of vocational programs are offered that meet the needs and interests of the citizens of the region.

Transcripts must be sent to WCC directly from the high school and/or previous college(s) you have attended.

  • Contact your high school and/or any previous colleges you have attended and request them to send official transcripts directly to the WCC Admissions Office.
  • Wilkes Community College does not process requests for High School Equivalency transcripts. If you have earned a High School Equivalency in North Carolina, please review the following link for directions on how to request a transcript.  North Carolina Community Colleges High School Equivalency Records
  • If you are a home school student, the home school administrator must provide proof that the home school is certified by the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Instruction and standardized test scores.
By assessing your skills, WCC can determine which English, mathematics, and reading courses are most appropriate for you. A student may be eligible to exempt from placement testing by satisfying certain criteria. To find more information regarding placement testing, study guides, special accommodations, and testing hours, visit the Placement Testing page.

To schedule an appointment to take the placement test, contact

Wilkes Campus: Wendy Nichols, 336-838-6136

Ashe Campus: Angela McCrory, 336-846-3900, ext. 3115

Alleghany Center: Sabrienna Edwards, 336-372-5061, ext. 3140

Students interested in applying and learning more about financial aid should visit the Financial Aid page.
Attend a New Student Orientation and Registration Session

Entering students, including first time degree-seeking students, students transferring from another institution, and previous concurrently enrolled students, will be scheduled for an orientation/registration appointment after completing the placement test. Students exempting the placement test must call Student Services at 336-838-6137 to schedule an appointment for orientation.

Please Note: Transcripts and test scores received by the admissions office will be deleted two years after their receipt date if the applicant has not enrolled. 

For questions, contact Elisabeth Blevins, Director of Admissions, at ekblevins580@wilkescc.edu or 336-838-6145.  Request more information by completing this form.

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