Gaston College

2014-2015 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
Welcome to the Gaston College Online Application
A message from the campus:

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY: 

***This application is for new Gaston College applicants or former students who have not attended Gaston College during the past two years.  Do not complete this application if you are a current Gaston College student or have enrolled in the past two years.

The Counseling Center can assist new students with selection of a program of study or current students who wish to change their program of study.  If you need to update your address or name please contact the Office of the Registrar.

For all programs leading to an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate credential, the following admissions steps must be completed prior to registration.  The preferred date to have all of these admissions steps completed is at least two weeks prior to the registration period for the term you intend to enroll**Please note that students choosing certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. 

While completing the admissions steps outlined below, we encourage you to contact us at admissions@gaston.edu if you have any admissions related questions.  

1.  Complete and submit this online admissions application.  

(When completing this application, please choose the major or program of study that you intend to complete at Gaston College.) 

VISITING OR SPECIAL CREDIT STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: Students intending to complete just one or two courses at Gaston College and transfer these credits to another institution should choose "Special Credit" or "Visiting" Student as their program of study.  Generally, Special Credit or Visiting Students are waived from the College Placement Test and are not required to submit a high school transcript.  Visiting/Special Credit Students may need to submit an official college or university transcript for evaluation to ensure eligibility for classes that require prerequisites. 

2.  Schedule your College Placement Test by clicking the yellow Schedule Now! button directly after submitting your online application.

3.  After completing the College Placement Test, you will receive instructions on how to complete the required online New Student Orientation.


Gaston College has adopted a new policy regarding placement testingEffective fall 2013, students will have multiple options for placement test waiver.

Recent high school graduate:
Applicants who are recent high school graduates (within the last 5 years) with an Unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher and an FRC Code* of 1 - 4 are eligible for College Placement Test waiver.  *(Only 2013 high school graduates will have an FRC Code).

SAT:
Students who test and score 500 or higher on the Verbal or Critical Reading portion of the SAT are not required to take the Reading or Writing portion of the placement test. Students who score 500 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the SAT are not required to take the Mathematics portion of the placement test.

ACT:
Students who test and score 18 or higher on the English and 20 or higher on the Reading portions of the ACT will be exempted from the reading and writing portions of the college’s placement test.  Students who score a 22 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Math portion of the college's placement test.  

- If you are exempt from the College Placement Test, please call the Office of Admissions at 704.922.6214 for instructions on how to complete New Student Orientation.

- You will be assigned a registration date when the orientation is complete.

4.  Submit an official high school, GED, or Adult High School transcript (sealed and unopened) to the Office of Admissions, 201 Hwy 321 S., Dallas, NC 28034.

 - If you have received credit from another college or university, you will also need to submit official transcripts from those institutions.  *If you have attained an Associate Degree or higher, then you will not need to submit a high school transcript.  

Please Note:   ***In accordance with the new Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-74), Gaston College has eliminated the Compass Placement Test ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternative for students planning to first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012 and who have NOT earned a valid high school diploma from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized equivalent (e.g., GED).  As noted in the law, neither ATB testing nor earning six credits applicable to a degree or certificate will satisfy the academic qualifications for receiving financial aid. Students who fall in this category and who wish to receive financial aid may establish eligibility by completing an approved GED or Adult High School program.

5.  Students may submit a financial aid application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Gaston College's Title IV school code if 002973. 

**Please note that students choosing certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. 

**Please Note: Select programs have additional admissions requirements.  Please refer to our website, course catalog and individual programs for specific requirements.

Applications without a social security number:

Applications submitted without a Social Security Number require significant additional processing.  If you choose not to disclose your SSN, processing of your application will be delayed significantly.  In addition, you should be aware that for some purposes, for example tuition tax credit documents (1098T) and federal financial aid, social security numbers are required.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed a particular program of study, and other important information related to choosing a program of study, please visit our student consumer information website at http://www.gaston.edu/consumerinfo/ and click on Gainful Employment.

Thank you! 


Last updated: 8/29/2013 3:50:00 PM ET



Application Instructions

Traditional Applicants:

  • Complete this online application. After you are finished, click the 'SUBMIT' button located on the left column of the application and follow the directions.
  • Print the application agreement statement that appears after you submit the completed online application and keep it for your records. (Additional instructions may be included on the submittal screen)
  • Make arrangements for official transcripts from all high schools and/or colleges attended and test scores to be sent to the admissions office.
  • Make arrangements for official test-score reports to be sent to the admissions office.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges from which you received college credit must be sent to Admissions regardless of the amount of time spent there. Transcripts become the property of Gaston College and cannot be returned or reproduced.

Career and College Promise (CCP) Applicants:

  1. If your high school counselor has pre-approved you for participation in Career & College Promise, you may complete and submit your application. Otherwise, you must complete the CCP Status Form and select specific CCP Pathway(s) before completing this application.

  2. You will be required to provide your NC Student Number (formerly NC WISE ID) or Unique Identifier when completing the status form, if you do not know your NC Student Number, you will find it on your most recent report card, or you may obtain your ID from your high school counselor.
    • NC private school or home school students: If you do not know whether you have an NC Student Number, please take your next steps based on the following information:
      • If you were a NC public student in 2008 or later, please contact the school or district where you attended school. The district will have a record of your NC Student Number and can provide that for you.
      • If you are a current NC private school student who has not attended an NC public school since 2008, please check with the counselor at your private school; some private school students receive NC Student Numbers under certain circumstances.
      • If you are a NC private school or home school student and do not have an NC Student Number, you may obtain a Unique Identifier (UID) by contacting systems_accounting@dpi.nc.gov.

  3. Once you have completed the CCP Status Form and your counselor has approved your pathway selection, please review the information below carefully, then complete and submit your application. Your NC Student Number/UID also will be required on Screen 2 of the application.

Please be aware of the following:

  • You should identify yourself as a CCP participant on Screen 3 of the application.
  • You should print the application agreement statement that appears after you submit the completed online application and keep it for your records. (Additional instructions may be included on the submittal screen.)
  • During the application process, you will be asked to identify the College Transfer and/or Career & Technical Education, OR a Cooperative and Innovative High Schools pathway in which you wish to participate. If you are unsure, you may save your application and return to it later.
  • You will not be able to submit an incomplete application.
  • You should arrange for official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended as well as required test scores to be sent to the appropriate community college admissions office.
  • If you have additional questions about the C&CP program, please see your high school counselor. You may also find that the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides the answers to many questions.


High School Transcripts



Most North Carolina public high schools now have the capability to electronically send official high school transcripts to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities through CFNC.org. We encourage you to visit your school counselor to verify coursework and grades prior to requesting an electronic transcript.

To send an electronic transcript, you must:

  • Make sure you have entered the following information in your profile and/or CFNC.org online admission application:
    • First and Last name - This must match your legal name (use the name that appears on your report card, or check with your high school counselor).
    • NC Student Number (formerly NC WISE Student ID) - is your North Carolina public high school student identifier number and is only applicable to North Carolina High School students. Providing the NC Student Number is voluntary and if provided, will give you the opportunity to request your high school transcript electronically.
    • Current high school (or high school at time of graduation)
    • Date of birth
    • E-mail address
    • Gender
  • Be currently enrolled at or graduated from in 2013, a participating public high school in North Carolina that has converted from NC WISE to PowerSchool/HomeBase. If you are not sure about your school's current status or status at the time you graduated, check with your school counselor.

Important Announcement:

As of November 13, 2013, electronic transcripts for some schools are now being processed from NC DPI's new PowerSchool system. Please refer to the list of schools spreadsheet to see if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the new PowerSchool system, or if your school is in a district that has chosen to send from the NC WISE system. The differences are described below.

PowerSchool: This means that currently enrolled students can now send electronic transcripts that contain their current student information from PowerSchool.
Please note there will be a temporary process change for electronic transcripts until later this academic year for students who graduated in summer 2013 or before. NC DPI is in the process of migrating historical data from NC WISE to PowerSchool. If you graduated in summer 2013 or before, you will need to contact your high school directly to request a transcript.

NC WISE: This means that all currently enrolled students and former students can send electronic transcripts that contain their information from NC WISE. For currently enrolled seniors, please note that transcripts from NC WISE do not include any courses in which you are currently enrolled (Fall 2013).

Over the next few weeks NC DPI is working to transition all remaining schools to the new PowerSchool system. Please check this message area and the list of schools spreadsheet (link above) for the latest information.

If these conditions were met when you submitted your CFNC.org online application, you will then be presented with the option to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution.

If you submitted an online admission application through another website or university portal, we encourage you to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution from the CFNC Transcript Manager (located under the Apply tab → To College → Transcript Manager).


Gaston College Admissions
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas, NC  28034-1499
Website: www.gaston.edu
How to Use the Gaston College Online Application

To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal.

When you have completed the application please check your work. When you are ready, click the 'SUBMIT' button located on the left column to submit the application.

Click here if you have any technical questions or need assistance with this online application.

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