Isothermal Community College

Office of Admissions

Admissions Requirements

Step One - Residency 

Step Two – Application 

  • Submit an application to the Admissions Office (apply now).

Step Three – Transcripts 

  • Most programs require an official high school transcript. You may be able to request an official high school transcript through the CFNC application. You can verify if it was received through your Patriot Port under my documents.
  • Official college transcripts are required if you wish to receive transfer credit or be waived from the placement test.

Step Four – Placement Test

Schedule your placement test (called ACCUPLACER) once all the relevant documents mentioned above are received at Isothermal Community College. Perhaps you won't have to take the placement exam; check below to see if your placement test can be waived:

  • The placement test (or parts of it) can be waived with the following:
    • High School transcript (no more than 5 years old) with unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher, maths 1,2 and 3 (or Algebra, geometry, and advanced algebra) and a qualifying 4th math. 
    • Previous ASSET, Compass, or Accuplacer Scores no more than 5 years old
    • ACT Scores (English = 18+, Math = 22+, Reading = 21+) (no more than 5 years old)
    • SAT Scores pre March 2016 (Critical Reading = 500+, Writing = 500+, Math = 500+); March 2016 and future: (Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 480+, Math = 530+) (no more than 5 years old)
    • Previous English and math college courses (must be evaluated by ICC) with an official college transcript
  • If you would like to be evaluated for a waiver, please have official copies of your high school transcript and/or previous testing or courses sent (in a sealed envelope from issuing institutions) to the Admissions Office at Isothermal Community College. 
  • If you have taken English and math classes at Isothermal Community College in the past, contact the Admissions Office at 828-395-1442 to inquire about whether you qualify for a waiver.

Step Five – Registering for Class(es)

If you are a new student (never taken any curriculum classes at Isothermal Community College), submit your official high school transcript, then inquire if you need to schedule a placement test at 828-395-1436. You can make an appointment to meet with your advisor at any stage of the enrollment process. You can register after the above criteria are met.

If you have registered/paid for classes, then you are ready to begin attending classes when the new semester begins.

If you attended placement testing but departed before an advisor could register you, you need to make an appointment with your advisor to get registered for classes as soon as possible. Please contact the administrative assistant of your division to find out when the next registration period is for new students.

  • Business Sciences – Kathy Franklin ext. 1670 or Tammy Fowler ext. 1414
  • Arts & Sciences – Jennifer Henson ext. 1301
  • Applied Sciences – Linda Wright ext. 1441
  • Health & Public Services - Brenda McFarland ext. 1668

If you do not know in which division your program resides, please contact the Admissions Office at 828-395-1430. We will be happy to direct you to the appropriate location.

New students at Orientation

Step Six - Orientation

For more information on mandatory orientation select this Orientation Link.

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid requires a separate application and supporting documents. To apply for financial aid, a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at If you need assistance completing this application or computer access, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 828-395-4198.  Also, please be aware that if you want your financial aid to be available to cover your tuition when you register, you need to apply early. Otherwise, you may have to pay tuition out of your own pocket and seek your reimbursement through whatever aid you qualify for at a later date.

Also, if you have been deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes by the Admissions Office, your financial aid award will be based on out-of-state rates and you will need to be prepared to make up any tuition difference out of your own pocket at the time you register.