General Admissions Information

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and other institutions in the North Carolina Community College System operate under an “Open Door” policy. In accordance with the North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 23, Chapter 2(c), Section .0300, the college shall maintain an open-door admissions policy to all applicants who are high school graduates or who are at least 18 years of age. Student admission processing and placement determination shall be performed by the college’s Admissions Office.

The degree, diploma, or certificate programs are taught at a level beyond high school. Therefore, a high school diploma or recognized equivalent is usually minimal preparation. If you have not completed high school, the college provides G.E.D. programs through the Pre-College Division.

In order to assure that your educational experience will be successful, counselors will assist qualitatively and quantitatively in determining your present academic preparedness for the program you have chosen. The college uses placement tests, academic records, occupational experience and/or other indicators to determine the student’s preparedness and potential for success.

All health programs contain additional admission requirements that must be met before the student is admitted to the program. All admission requirements are listed in the Programs of Study and the on-line catalog updates. If you have not successfully completed all the high school courses you need to succeed in the program of your choice, Rowan-Cabarrus will make the courses available to you. In certain occupational programs, students are enrolled on a space-available basis because laboratory space is limited. Applicants to these programs are encouraged to contact the Student Services Office as soon as possible.

High school seniors should apply during their senior year. New students are admitted prior to the start of each semester. Qualified students are accepted during each semester’s registration if space is available.

Pre-Curriculum Courses (Developmental)

To further assure your success, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College provides a number of services. When you contact the college, you will be provided information about the admission process. Placement testing will determine your academic strengths. If you need to refresh your skills, you will want to take some developmental courses. These courses (designed to improve reading, writing, spelling, mathematics and computer skills) are taught in small classes. Usually, students who take developmental courses will be advised that they can take one or two of their regular program courses at the same time.

Students register for developmental courses and pay tuition and fees as with any class. Developmental classes are considered non-credit courses and are not included in the Grade Point Average. Some college courses have satisfactory completion of a related developmental course as a prerequisite.

Every prospective student must complete an online Application for Admission.

Please complete a new application if

  • You are a former Rowan-Cabarrus student and did not attend the most recent fall semester
  • You are a new student at Rowan-Cabarrus

Some courses and training programs are offered through the Rowan-Cabarrus Corporate and Continuing Education department.