Gaston College has a wide variety of programs to help you meet your educational and career goals. If you are undecided or need help determining which program is right for you, please make an appointment with an enrollment counselor at 704.922.6214. We’re happy to help you!

New Degree, Diploma, Certificate-Seeking Students

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  • Submit your free general application online. Applications submitted are valid for one year.  Click here to apply.
  • The following Health Science programs require you to complete
    additional admission steps and forms*:

Dietetic Programs
Health & Fitness Science
Medical Assistant
Nursing Assistant
Practical Nursing
Therapeutic Massage
Veterinary Technology

*Submitting an application to one of the Health Science programs
does not guarantee admission.


Students are responsible for requesting transcripts from other institutions they have attended, including high schools, colleges, and universities. You may use the following options to request your transcript:

Gaston College
Attn: Admissions
201 Highway 321 South
Dallas NC 28034

  • Official electronic transcripts (must be sent by an approved online transcript service) can be sent to:
  • Hand deliver in a SEALED envelope

Once you submit your transcript request form, you can check your Self-Service account to see when we receive and process it.

If you intend to apply for financial aid (FAFSA), we must receive your transcript before we can process your financial aid application.


  1. Meet Placement Test Requirements
    1. Placement testing MAY NOT BE NEEDED if you:
      • Graduated from a U.S. high school less than ten years ago, or
      • Took the ACT or SAT less than 10 years ago, or
      • Took the GED/HSE since 2014 and scored 170 or higher on all four GED/HSE test subjects, or
      • Took the HiSET and scored a 15 on all five HiSET subtests and a 4 on the essay, or
      • Have an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college/university

If you meet any of these criteria, please submit official documentation to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.

Placement testing is MAY BE NEEDED if you:

  • Graduated high school with less than a 2.8 GPA and do not have recent test scores, or
  • Completed the GED/HSE prior to 2014, or
  • Completed the GED/HSE after 2014 with scores less than 170 on all four GED/HSE test subjects, or
  • Received an Adult High School diploma

The RISE Placement Test can be scheduled at


  • All new students are required to complete the online orientation
  • Once your application uploads and processes in our system, we will email you with instructions for completing the online New Student Orientation.
  • Upon completion of the orientation, you will be assigned a registration access date. This is the first day you will be eligible to register for classes. You may register on your assigned date or any day after until the last day of registration for the upcoming semester.