Visiting or just testing the waters?

We’re glad you’re here! Whether you’re visiting from another college or university, here for a summer class, or just want to take a course for personal enrichment we couldn’t be happier you chose Carteret CC. Students who wish to take a class without declaring a major or who don’t plan on completing a degree, diploma, or certificate from Carteret CC can be admitted as Special Credit/Visiting (non-degree seeking) students.

Are you…

  • visiting from another college or university
  • taking summer courses to transfer back to your primary college or university
  • taking courses for personal enrichment
  • taking courses to meet program requirements at another college or university

If you answered yes to any of the above, then follow the steps below to apply as a Special Credit/Visiting student at Carteret Community College. Please be aware that Special Credit/Visiting students do not qualify for financial aid or veterans benefits. Students wishing to change their status from Special Credit/Visiting student to a degree-, diploma-, or certificate-seeking student must complete the full admissions process.

If you need assistance, we’re here to help you along the way. Contact admissions@carteret.edu or call (252) 222-6155. We look forward to seeing your application.



First, complete your North Carolina Residency Determination. This is required before submitting an application for admissions to Carteret CC and establishes whether you’ll pay in-state or out-of-state tuition. Once completed, you will be assigned a Residency Certification Number (RCN). Save this number! You’ll need it for the Carteret CC admission application.

Please note, there are some exceptions for in-state tuition such as military officers and dependents stationed in NC. Carteret CC requires documentation for these exceptions to be made. Requests for exceptions can be made by submitting a Waiver for In-State Tuition form.

We recommend you have access to the following information before you start your residency:

  • Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID
  • Tax Return Information
  • Vehicle License & Registration Information
  • Social Security Number
  • Voter Registration (if applicable)
  • Other Documents (Requested by RDS)
  • Immigration Documents (if applicable)

If you are under the age of 25, you will most likely need to complete residency with a parent or legal guardian.

Have questions about how RDS determines your residency? Contact the Residency Determination Service at 844-319-3640 or rdsinfo@ncresidency.org .

Need access to a computer? Visit Carteret CC’s Student Services in the McGee Building.

If your residency tuition classification changes and you need Carteret CC to update your student record, please email admissions@carteret.edu. Remember to include your RCN number in any correspondence.

For additional information about residency, see Residency FAQs.


Now you’re ready to complete the official admission application!

Things to keep in mind:

  • It’s free.
  • If you need to save it and come back later, you can.
  • Once submitted, allow one week for your application to be processed.
  • If you applied within the last year, you do not need to reapply. Please contact Admissions to confirm; it’s possible you can just update your start term.
  • When completing your application, please select “Visiting/Special Credit Student” as your program of study.

If you have questions or need assistance with the admission application, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@carteret.edu or call (252) 222-6060.

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Special Credit/Visiting students only need to provide a transcript if they are taking a course that has a pre-requisite course (a course that must be taken prior to take another course). If this applies to you, please send your transcript to transcripts@carteret.edu.



Voilà! Now you’re ready to register for class.

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