How To Apply

Welcome to Admissions at Carteret Community College.

The first step to becoming a college student is to be admitted by following the admissions steps below. Brand new students must complete all the steps in the admissions process.  Students who have not attended classes at Carteret CC in over a year must complete RDS, the admissions application and send official transcripts (if this hasn’t been done before).  To check to see if Carteret CC has a transcript on file for you or if you need
to reapply, please call 252-222-6060.

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:


(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: Request Transcripts

  • Submit official high school, GED, or high school equivalency transcripts to show proof of high school completion or equivalency.
  • Submit official college transcripts if attended college before
  • For more information about types of transcripts, how to obtain transcripts and how to submit transcripts visit Transcript Information

Step Four: Finance Your Education

Step Five: Determine Course Placement

  • Students may be exempted from the placement test if they meet certain criteria. Visit the MAPS Center to see if you meet these criteria.
  • For further information, contact the MAPS Center at MAPS@carteret.edu or call (252) 222-6236.

Step Six: 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.
  • Students will access the online orientation through Moodle (an online learning platform). Click the Microsoft Button to the left (not the log-in that is for admin access only), log-in, and enroll yourself in the Orientation Moodle Course. 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: johnk8426@student.carteret.edu.  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 john8426@student.carteret.edu.  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               Schedule Seated Orientation

Step Seven: Select Classes & Register

  • Active students attending college for the first time should schedule an appointment to see an advisor in the MAPS Center for educational planning and registration. Contact the MAPS Center at maps@carteret.edu or (252) 222-6236.
  • Current students should contact their assigned program advisor to schedule an appointment for advising and approval to register.
  • After schedule approval with an advisor, students can register for courses using Carteret Compass.
  • For information on how to use Carteret Compass, access the video below or document provided here.
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