All students are strongly encouraged to contact an admissions specialist for assistance in navigating the admissions process. You can give us a call at 704-922-6232 or email us at


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Admissions Checklist

Follow these simple steps to enroll at Gaston College:

Choose a program that fits your goals.

Students can explore majors and in-demand careers and education based on your interest through our GC Career Portal

Complete residency determination and online application

For assistance completing the residency application, contact the Residency Determination Service (RDS) toll-free at 844-319-3640 or visit

Students will need to include the Residency Certification Number (RCN) they receive at the end of the residency application on their online application to the college.

Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students should apply early for financial aid and scholarships. Visit Financial Aid Information for deadlines and other information about paying for college. For more information or questions, call 704-922-6227.

Submit Official Transcripts

Submit official (signed and sealed) transcripts from high school, GED or Adult High School (and college, if applicable).

Submit official transcripts and/or test scores

If you:


If you:

  • Graduated from a US high school, or
  • Took the ACT or SAT less than 10 years ago, or
  • Took the GED since 2014 and scored 170 or higher on all four GED test subjects, or
  • Took the HiSET and scored a 15 on all five HiSET subtests and a 4 on the essay.

Please submit official documentation of these test scores or GPA to the Office of Admissions. Students who graduated with a high school GPA below 2.8 and do not have recent test scores within the last 10 years should prepare to take the RISE Placement Test. Schedule your test online by clicking here. Placement testing is offered on all three campuses. A valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, is required for all placement testing.

Activate your Self-Service and Student Email account

Students can use the Student Login Information brochure to access both accounts. The college will communicate with you through your student email.

Complete New Student Orientation

Students will be provided instructions for completing the online New Student Orientation once they have provided documentation of college readiness or completed the placement test.

Meet with an Advisor

All new students must meet/work with an Academic Advisor in order to register their first semester. For more information, visit Advising.

Register for Classes through Self-Service or in person

Pay Tuition and Fees

Get Your Student Photo ID Card 

Purchase Textbooks and Supplies