How to Apply to CFCC

How do I apply for admission to Cape Fear Community College?


1.  Complete an online application at  New to all North Carolina schools' students will be prompted to complete a Residency Determination prior to the CFCC application.  All applicants must complete a Residency Determination request to determine your tuition status (in state or out of state) prior to completing and submitting an Admissions application. Documentation may be required during this process. View Tips for Completing Your Residency Determination for a list of information that may be required to submit the Residency Determination. Please have this information on hand prior to starting your Residency Determination.

NOTE: A CFCC admissions application must be on file prior to placement testing and registration.  Applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to registration.

2.  Request official transcripts from high school (or equivalent from an accredited institution recognized by the Department of Education) and any colleges attended.  High school/Equivalent transcripts must indicate the date graduated. Official transcripts are those received either by mail, by hand-delivery to CFCC in the original, sealed envelope from the awarding institution or agency, or electronically submitted via Parchment or eScrip-Safe.  North Carolina public high school graduates may request their official high school transcripts be sent electronically to the Admissions Office via the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) website at  Home schooled students must submit a copy of the home school’s approved registration from the state in which they are registered (if applicable) and an official transcript of all high school courses, grades, graduation date, and unweighted GPA.  

3.  Take the Placement test, if applicable, by registering for a test date on the web page Applicants to degree, diploma, and certain certificate programs are required to have placement test scores on file prior to being accepted at CFCC.  The test is given several times each month, free of charge to CFCC applicants with a photo ID, at both campuses.  CFCC will accept official copies of placement tests taken at other colleges (ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER).  Placement testing may be waived with official SAT or ACT results meeting the minimum scores listed below. Score reports must be mailed directly from the College Board or ACT.  Contact College Board (SAT) at 866-756-7346, CFCC Code 5094), or American College Testing (ACT) at 1-319-337-1000 (CFCC Code 3185).  The placement test may not be necessary if the applicant meets one or more of the following requirements:

  • A NC high school graduation date less than 5 years old with an unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher and the successful completion of specific math classes while in high school.
  • Successful completion of comparable writing and reading and/or math developmental courses at a school in the North Carolina Community College System. 
  • Achieved CFCC’s cut-off scores for desired curriculum programs by submitting official ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER (CPT) scores taken within the last five years
  • Achieved the following minimum scores within the last five years: SAT Reading OR Writing – 500 (Prior to March 2016); SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing 480 (Tested March 2016 and Future); ACT Reading – 22 or English – 18; SAT Math 500 (Prior to March 2016); Math 530 (Tested March 2016 and Future)  or ACT Math – 22; and has submitted an official copy to the Admissions Office.
  • Satisfactorily completed a college-level transferrable English Composition and/or Mathematics course above the developmental level at a regionally accredited college or university

Start the application process early so you can take advantage of these features: 

  • financial aid
  • early registration
  • course selection

4.  Check the status of your application online via the portal.

5.  Have questions?  Email,,,

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For more information, come by or call:

Admissions Office, Wilmington Campus U-102 or North Campus NA-100A 
411 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 or 4500 Blue Clay Rd., Castle Hayne, NC  28429
Admissions:  (910) 362-7557     Counseling:  (910) 362-7017
Financial Aid:  (910) 362-7055     Placement Test:  (910) 362-7479 or (910) 362-7043