New Student

If you have a high school diploma or high school equivalency or are completing your last semester of high school and have never enrolled at JCC before, you are a new student. Follow the enrollment steps below.

Step 1: Complete your Residency Determination and Application

Complete your Residency Determination and online Admissions Application

You can also stop by the Office of Enrollment and Student Success (Wilson C1040) to complete your residency determination and the application at one of our computer kiosks.

You will receive a welcome letter that confirms that your application has been received and provides instructions for the next steps in your enrollment process.


Priority Application  Deadline

Registration Begins

Term Start Date

Spring 2019

November 30

November 5

January 4

Summer 2019

April 15

April  1

May 16

Fall 2019

July 1

April 1


  Students who submit all required paperwork by the priority application deadline can expect:

  • To be admitted to the college.
  • To prepare for and take the placement testing, if needed.
  • To attend an orientation session and meet with an academic advisor.
  • To receive adequate time to plan, select, and register for classes.

The college will continue to process paperwork after the priority application deadline. However, to increase the likelihood of completing the enrollment process, the college highly encourages students to submit all paperwork by the priority application deadline.

Step 2: Submit required Official (sealed) High School and/or College Transcripts.

Send all your official high school and/or college transcripts to:

Johnston Community College                                            Electronic transcripts may be sent to:
Office of Enrollment and Student Success               
P.O. Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

You must submit your official high school transcript unless you have already graduated with an associate's degree or higher. In this instance, your official transcript from that college or university will be enough.

If you have attended another college or university, in many cases, the college transcript is not required for admission. However, without exception, you must submit official transcripts from previously attended institutions if you:

  • Wish to receive transfer credits toward your degree
  • Plan to apply to a medical program
  • Will apply for Veterans Benefits
  • Will play NJCAA athletics

Notes: *High School students that meet the Multiple Measures GPA criteria (at the end of the Fall term of their senior year) and are enrolled in their fourth Math (in the Spring term) will be held until final grades are released and transcripts are sent from their High School during the spring term.

**If the original copy of your transcript is written in a non-English language, a certified English translation is required.

Step 3: Activate Your JCC Student Account

Your username is set up within 48 hours after completing an application. Your welcome letter will have instructions on how to activate your e-mail, WebAdvisor, and Blackboard accounts, which allow you to communicate with us and for you to receive important information related to admissions, financial aid, advising, and registration.

Check your e-mail on a daily basis. This is the college’s official form of communication. A hard copy may not be sent in the mail.

Step 4: Complete the FAFSA to begin the financial aid process .

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. To begin the process, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Johnston Community College's school code is 009336.

Check for general scholarships at Academic Works. For more on the types of aid available and how to apply for them, visit the Financial Aid Web site.

Step 5: Take the Placement Test

Placement tests are mandatory, unless you qualify for a placement testing waiver. Review placement test prep materials before testing. Students who place below college-level classes are required to take developmental reading, English, and math classes that do not count towards a degree.

All curriculum programs require a certain level of English language proficiency. Students who are deficient in English are encouraged to take courses in English as a Second Language, which are offered through the college's Adult Basic Education department.

Step 6: Attend the JCC Admissions Connect Session

After turning in all necessary transcripts and completing any required placement tests, new students will receive a link via email to schedule their JCC Admissions Connect Session. During this session, an admissions staff member will help new students connect with campus resources, learn about their educational technology, and interpret their placement in their program of study. These small group sessions last 90 minutes and are the last step in the admissions process.

Step 7: New Student Orientation

New students must complete an orientation session. All new students should sign up for the New Student Orientation prior to the start date of their first semester. The orientation provides information about key services and programs for first year students and helps to establish a foundation for success in the campus community. Students can sign up for Orientation online.

Step 8: Advising

Meet with an academic advisor. Your advisor name and office location is located on your counseling summary form. Your adviser will review your program of study, career goals, and suggest courses for the upcoming term. Make your appointment with your advisor on Appointment-plus.

Prepare for your advising session by reviewing the Advising Syllabus.

Step 9: Registration

You will log in to WebAdvisor to complete your course registration on or after your activation date.

Need help registering? View WebAdvisor help guide (PDF).

Can’t get logged in? Contact the Jaguar Office of Learning Technologies (JOLT) at (919) 464-2260.

Step 10: Pay for classes

You are responsible for verifying your Financial Aid award or paying for your classes by the payment due date.

Step 11: Get your student ID and Parking Permit

Visit the Learning Resource Center to have your Student ID made. You will pick up your parking permit at the Information Desk in the Wilson Building.

Step 12: Buy your books

Textbooks can be purchased online or at the Campus Bookstore in Wilson C1105.

Step 13. Find your classes

Before the start of the semester, use the Campus Map to find your classes. The college does offer classes at our off campus centers. Make sure you know whether your classes are on the main campus or at one of our centers before the start of the semester.

Step 14. College Success...Your Path Starts Here!

Visit the current students' page for information about the campus, academic resources, clubs and organizations and much more!

Johnston Community College does not discriminate in admissions, employment, or in its administration of educational programs and activities on the basis of age, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, creed, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.