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: Obtain Your Residency Certification Number (RCN)
A Residency Certification Number (RCN) is required to submit a Carteret Community College application for admission. Community colleges in North Carolina cannot validate residency status for in-state or out-of-state tuition charges or make changes to residency status. The Residency Determination Service (RDS) can only determine residency. RDS is extremely secure and it is important that students enter correct information and complete all the questions to avoid errors and an out-of-state determination. The most common reasons students receive out of state determination is incorrect SSN or DOB entered, not providing enough information, and identifying information is not keyed correctly (Driver License Number). Upon completion of RDS, RDS will give you an RCN number which you will need to use to submit your application to the college in Step 2.
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:
RDS – STUDENT FAQs
RDS CALL CENTER / HOURS OF OPERATION:
(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 Two: Complete an Online Application for Admission
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.
- Students will access the online orientation through Moodle (an online learning platform). Your log-in will be your Carteret Community College email address, which is your first name, middle initial, and the last four digits of your student ID. Example: Name: John Kevin Smith Student ID: 0568426 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a middle name or did not enter it in your college application then your e-mail login for the example above would be “john8426” and your e-mail address would be email@example.com. For more information, refer to the Welcome Letter you received, which also contains your log-in information. You must complete the entire online orientation in order to receive credit and finish this step in the admissions process.
Online New Student Orientation
Step Six: Select Classes & Register