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***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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 testing. Effective 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).
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.
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.