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Next steps after applying

Now that you have applied, be looking for emails and letters from our Admissions and Financial Aid office with more information. These letters will lay out the next steps for you to go through.

If you want to learn more while you wait, here are a few things that may apply.

  • Financial Aid

    If you have applied for your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) and an Expected Family Contribution from the Department of Education within a few weeks.

    Please contact the Financial Aid Office at or 828-395-4198 if you have questions.

    Financial Aid Application

  • Placement Testing

    More great news!

    Unless you graduated from a foreign high school, chances are you will not have to take the placement exam.

    The placement test (or parts of it) can be waived with the following:

    • High School transcript less than 10 years old will place you in appropriate classes. Students with high school transcripts more than 10 years old can opt-out of the placement exam and take transition courses OR take the placement exam.
    • Previous ASSET, Compass, or Accuplacer scores no more than 10 years old.
    • ACT Scores (English = 18+, Math = 22+, Reading = 21+) (no more than 10 years old).
    • SAT Scores from March 2016 and future: (Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 480+, Math = 530+) (no more than 10 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 directly from the issuing institution to or (in a sealed envelope from issuing institutions) to the Admissions Office, Isothermal Community College, PO Box 804, Spindale, NC 28160.
    • Our academic advisors are happy to talk to you about your options. If needed, schedule your placement test once all the relevant documents mentioned above are received at Isothermal Community College.

    Placement Testing 

  • Registering for Class(es)

    You can register for classes after the above criteria are met. Access your Academic Advisor’s name under your Watermark account.

    Make an appointment with your academic advisor to register 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.

    If you do not know in which division your program is in, please contact the Admissions Office at or 828-395-4193.

    Learn more about the Advising Center

  • Orientation

    Complete your mandatory orientation online through your Moodle account.

    More information about mandatory orientation.

Academic semesters are defined using the general timelines listed below. For the most current dates for your preferred academic year, please refer to the College Calendar. Also, note that there may be shorter terms within the full semester to best meet the needs of our students.

Fall: August 15 – December 31
Spring: January 1 – May 15
Summer: May 16 – August 14

Contact for information

Student Center, 18
Office: 828-395-4193
Fax: 828-286-8109
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.