How To Apply

Welcome to Admissions at Carteret Community College.
The first step to becoming a college student is to be admitted. Follow these steps to get started.

Step One: Complete an Online Application for Admission

Step Two: Obtain Your Residency Certification Number (RCN)

A Residency Certification Number (RCN) is required to submit a Carteret Community College application for admission. Effective September 11, 2017, Carteret Community College will no longer be allowed to validate residency status for in-state or out-of-state tuition charges or to make changes to residency status.

The North Carolina State Legislature has established the RESIDENCY DETERMINATION SERVICE (RDS) which will serve as the single authority for determining residency for tuition purposes.

To begin the residency process, enter the RESIDENCY DETERMINATION SERVICE (RDS) and select COMPLETE RESIDENCY DETERMINATION. For documents that you may need to complete the RDS process, click on the INITIAL CONSIDERATION link.

The Carteret Community College Admission’s staff is able to assist with the initial RDS process and provides access to a scanner/fax system for the submission of requested documentation. Carteret Community College cannot provide assistance with the completed RDS interview, password resets, or a reclassification/appeal status.

For assistance with these type issues, please refer to:


(844) 319-3640 (toll free)
(910) 835-2427 (fax)
Monday – Thursday (8:00 AM until 8:00 PM)
Friday (8:00 AM until 5:00 PM)

PO Box 41940
Raleigh, NC 27629-1940


Step Three: Finance Your Education

Step Four: Determine Course Placement

Step Five: Attend Orientation

  • Schedule your New Student Orientation. New students must attend a New Student Orientation BEFORE registering for classes. Students have a choice of completing orientation online or face-to-face.*Due to COVID-19 Carteret CC  is only offering New Student Orientation ONLINE at this time.

Online New Student Orientation  Schedule Seated Orientation

Step Six: Select Classes & Register

  • All students attending college for the first-time must schedule an appointment to see a counselor for approval to register. Contact the Advising and Counseling Center at (252) 222-6060 to make this appointment.
  • Transfer students and students returning to Carteret Community College should contact their assigned program advisor to schedule an appointment for advising and approval to register. Advisor information can be found under My Profile in your WebAdvisor account.
  • Register online for your counselor approved courses using Carteret Compass.
  • Go to Carteret Compass and use the login you were given in your welcome letter.
  • For more information on how to register for classes and plan your academic success. See the linked video on Carteret Compass.
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