Admissions Process

Admissions – Application Process

South Piedmont Community College subscribes to the “open door” policy established by the North Carolina Community College System. The College will admit all applicants who:

  • Are 18 years old or older and/or
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency.

Please note that admission to the College does not guarantee admission to specific academic programs of study at the College. Students must meet additional requirements for the programs. These requirements can be found in the Admissions Procedures section below.

The College serves all students regardless of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age, or disability.

Pursuant to the State Board of Community College Code (1D SBCCC 400.2), SPCC reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant or student:

    • during any period of time that the student is suspended or expelled from another educational entity.
    • to programs offered where high school students reside (physically or virtually) that require compliance with the Jessica Lunsford Act;
    • when there is articulable, imminent, and significant threat to the applicant or other individuals;
    • who is not a North Carolina resident who seeks enrollment in any distance education course only if that applicant resides in a state where the college is not authorized to provide distance education in that state.

For enrollment in associate degree programs and all health programs, SPCC will accept transcripts only from secondary (public, private, home school) and post-secondary institutions that are regionally or nationally accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education and/or recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Students who graduate from non-accredited or non-recognized secondary institutions may enroll at SPCC, take the College Placement Test (CPT), and may be admitted into some diploma or certificate programs; however, those students may not qualify for financial aid. These students may opt to obtain a high school equivalency, i.e, GED, which will make them eligible for all SPCC programs.

If you are applying to a SPCC Health Program, please refer to the Health Programs Admissions Requirements for the admissions requirements for that specific program.

Admissions Procedure
Students interested in pursuing a program of study/major MUST complete all admissions requirements prior to first-time enrollment. Once all admission requirements listed below are complete, the student will be moved to his/her program of study and may receive financial aid if eligible. Anyone wishing to register for classes prior to completing his/her admissions file may do so as a Special Credit student. Special Credit students are not eligible for financial aid. To ensure your financial aid is in place, make sure your admissions file is completed at least two weeks prior to registration

1) Complete Residency Determination System.

Beginning October 23, 2017, all new students will have to complete the Residency Determination System before completing an application for admission. Your Residency Certification Number must be provided on your application.

2) Complete the SPCC Application for Admission.  
* If you already have an account with CFNC, use your login information to fill out SPCC’s application. If you do not have an account with CFNC, you may create one prior to filling out the application. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may use our library to complete this part of the process or visit your local public library.

3) Apply for Federal Financial Aid Assistance (; apply for SPCC College Scholarships.

4) Submit official high school or high school equivalent transcripts to the SPCC Admissions Office, P.O. Box 126, Polkton, NC 28135.

  • It is your responsibility to request this transcript from the appropriate educational institution and pay any applicable fees.
  • Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the high school, high school equivalency office, or adult high school to SPCC. Unofficial (student issued, faxed, or e-mailed) transcripts will not be accepted.
  • If you graduated from the high school equivalency program at South Piedmont Community College, you may request a copy of your scores from SPCC’s Basic Skills Department in lieu of an official transcript.
  • If you plan to submit a high school transcript from non-public institutions or online high school programs, you must contact South Piedmont Community College’s Admissions Office to determine if the transcript is acceptable for admission into your program of study.
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher that submit official college transcripts showing degree completion are not required to submit high school transcripts.

5) Submit official transcripts from all colleges listed on your application.

  • Electronic Transcripts sent through a secure site (ie. Scrip-safe, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.) are considered official.
  • A Request for Transcript Evaluation Form must be completed and sent to the Registrar for evaluation of prior course transfer credit.
  • All foreign transcripts (secondary and post-secondary) must be evaluated and translated by an authorized evaluation company at the student’s expense. If you need a listing of evaluation agencies, contact the Admissions Office.

6) Prepare for and take the College Placement Test (CPT).We strongly recommend preparing for the test using the study guide. The purpose of the College Placement Test (CPT) is to enhance your success as an SPCC student. It helps you, as a new student, determine your skills in reading, English, and math. Skills identified through the test, along with advisor guidance, will help place you in the most appropriate course for your success. Placement test scores are valid for five years.

7) Complete the online orientation. The orientation provides new and returning students with valuable information and tips on being successful at SPCC.

8) Register for classes as a new student with the Advising Center.

9) Pay for your classes at the Business Office.

10) Have your Student ID made and get your parking sticker at the library and purchase your textbooks.

New students are urged to complete admissions requirements two weeks prior to registration. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements; see Admissions for details.

Special Circumstances (High School, Home School, and Foreign students)

      • Home-schooled students must provide documentation that the home school is listed with the Department of Non-Public Education for that state.
      • High school students who meet the appropriate criteria may be considered for tuition-free admission to some college level courses through the Career and College Promise program. Prerequisites and course admission requirements for high school students are the same as adult college students.
      • Permanent residents and foreign nationals must complete the system data gathering form, and residency application, and provide a copy of a current permanent resident card or other acceptable documentation to complete their admissions file.
      • Foreign students without documentation must have graduated from a United States high school prior to enrollment. Out-of-state tuition charges will apply. Undocumented foreign students are not eligible for Federal Financial Assistance.

Special Credit Student Status
A student may enroll as a special credit student without specifying a program of study. However, a special credit student who wants to graduate with a degree or diploma must meet all appropriate admission requirements before changing/declaring that program of study. A special credit student is not eligible for any type of financial assistance and must meet all course prerequisites prior to enrollment.


If you have not enrolled for two consecutive semesters (spring and fall), you must reapply for admission to the College. Copies of academic transcripts and placement tests may be required. If you have been suspended for academic or disciplinary reasons, you must consult with the Vice President of Student Services.

SPCC does not offer international student visas at this time. Students with international student visas from neighboring institutions may enroll at SPCC with official verification of full-time attendance at the original institution. SPCC does not have housing facilities, living accommodations, or associated support programs for individuals from other countries. Students are responsible for their own transportation.