The NC State Community College Collaboration (C3) Program is a dual-enrollment program designed as a guaranteed admission pathway for participating community college students interested in completing their bachelor’s degree at NC State University. This program will benefit the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science majors.
The C3 Program targets students from rural or low-to-moderate income backgrounds who demonstrate the potential for academic success and exhibit a high level of motivation and perseverance. It is open to students immediately after completing high school or for community college students who have completed less than 30 credit hours of college work.
The program pairs one’s path to an NC State degree with academic and social support through specific programmatic support: an NC State advisor, online planning tools, and networking events. Participants in the program commit to earning either the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree, maintain a GPA above 3.0, and participate in program activities. Upon completion of the degree and verification of the cumulative GPA, students are guaranteed admission to NC State University. Admission to specific programs may be more competitive.
The C3 application deadline is June 1, 2020 for Fall 2020. See https://c3.ncsu.edu/apply/#dates-and-deadlines for additional information.
RCC & NC State values your success as a student, and C3 pairs your path to an NC State degree with academic and social support to enhance your experience. C3 provides the following tools and activities to ensure your experience along the way.
- Guaranteed Admission
After completion of the A.A., A.S., or A.E. degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, C3 participants are guaranteed admission to NC State. Entry into specific majors may be more competitive.
- Academic Advisor
C3 students will be assigned an RCC & NC State advisor upon admission to the program. The advisor at RCC will ensure students are progressing towards completion of their degree. The advisor at NC State will help students identify majors that are aligned with their interests and academic abilities, map a comprehensive course plan, and ensure that courses taken at the community college will transfer to the student’s intended major. Students will also receive financial aid advising to maximize aid eligibility and minimize student debt.
- Online Planning Tools
Students will have direct access to NC State’s specialized online advising and course planning tools. These tools will help develop a comprehensive academic course plan to enhance the timely completion of both the associate and bachelor’s degrees.
- Networking Programs
While enrolled at RCC, students will have opportunities to visit NC State’s campus for specialized C3 activities and programs to network with C3 students from NC State as well as other community college campuses. Students will develop social connections to ease their transition to NC State.
C3 and other NC State representatives will also visit RCC several times during the regular academic year to meet with C3 students and make sure they are progressing toward their goals and staying connected with one another.
RCC students should be enrolled in an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Engineering (A.E.) degree program at one of our partner community colleges. You should have completed less than 30 transferable college semester hours when applying to C3, and you must have at least 24 semester hours remaining in your A.A., A.S., or A.E. program. You must be eligible to return to each institution you previously attended. If you have attempted coursework at NC State, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher on your NC State work.
- Dates & Deadlines
The C3 application deadline is Aug 1, 2019. All application materials must be received by this date in order for the application to be considered complete and to ensure that it will be reviewed for a decision.
Make sure to submit your C3 application and all required materials by the deadline. C3 applicants do NOT have to submit a regular freshman or transfer application for admission. You only have to submit the C3 application. If you have an international high school or college work, you will be required to submit a few additional materials.
- Review our deadlines. Stay up to date with when to apply.
- Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) Form. The C3 program is available only to students who qualify as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes. Click to complete your RDS Form and obtain your Residency Certification Number (RCN). You will need your RCN on your C3 application.
- Complete the C3 application. The application is fully online. Each section of the application will automatically save as you complete it, so you do not have to complete the application all at one time. All portions of the application must be completed before you can submit the application. There is no application fee for the C3 program.
- Submit your transcript(s). You will need to submit an official transcript from your high school and each college or university you have attended. Your high school transcript is required only if you are under the age of 21 or have less than 30 transferable college credit hours when you submit your application. Transcripts may be uploaded directly to your application, sent electronically from your high school or college, or mailed to the C3 Office. If you have an international high school or college coursework, click for more information on the additional documents you must provide.
- Apply to one of our partner community colleges. To be eligible for the C3 program, applicants must have applied and been admitted to or be currently enrolled in one of our partner community colleges
- Check your status. You may check the status of your C3 application online. You can see what documents we have received or what information may still be missing. We will also notify you of your final C3 decision through this account.