Applying for College

  • Applying for college can be a stressful, time-consuming process. Below you will find information that will hopefully make the process a little easier for you. 

    How to Pick a School

    • Focus on Match & Fit
        • Match - GPA & SAT/ACT Test Scores
        • Fit - Other important factors (location, size, financial aid, major, etc.)
      • Use SCOIR, BigFuture, or CFNC to help you build your college list! All have awesome college search tools that let you plug in your match & fit criteria.

    College Rep Visits

    Throughout the fall, we will host virtual events in which a college admissions representative will give an overview of their school and provide time to answer student questions. This is a great opportunity to learn what you like and don't like about various schools and to get your application questions answered.  

    You'll register for these events in SCOIR: Instructions to Register for a Visit. 
    Go to your page in SCOIR to sign up today! 

    Application Process

    • 4-year College Application includes:
      • Letters of Rec
      • Essays
      • Application
      • Application fee or a fee waiver
      • Transcript
      • Test Scores
      • Residency Number
    • Community College Application includes:
      • Free application
      • Transcript
      • Test Scores (only used if a student qualifies to waive the placement test)
      • Residency Number
    • Where to Apply:
      • Common App
      • CFNC
      • Individual College Websites
        • Always check the college website to find the application! 
    • Letter of Recommendation Guidelines 
    • Send a Transcript 

    • Send ACT/SAT scores


    Residency Number (RDS)

    • An online application process that all students applying for admission to a North Carolina public college or university and/or who are seeking to be eligible for a NC State grant as part of their financial aid is REQUIRED. This form determines whether they are deemed a NC resident for tuition purposes.