Freshman (You have never attended college before)

Graduation is an exciting time in every student’s life.  Whether you are completing your high school diploma or equivalency, Pitt Community College is the next step in your academic success.  To assist you with questions you have about your transition to PCC, please email pccadvising@my.pittcc.edu to speak with a Student Success Advisor.

Congratulations on your achievements and we are looking forward to seeing you continue your success as a Bulldog!  To start your journey with PCC, carefully follow these steps:


Connecting your education to the career of your dreams is an important first step in making the decision to attend college. Knowing the profession you plan to pursue will let you know which major to select when you apply for admission. Click the Path link to access our career and personality assessments to learn more.


Since you be attending PCC as a full-time student for the first time, you will be applying as a freshman student. Before completing your admissions application, you must complete an online form to verify residency status through the Residency Determination Service (RDS). You will be asked to enter your RDS number when you begin our application with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Even if you participated in dual-enrollment courses in your high school’s Career and College Promise Program, you will still apply as a Freshman student.


It’s your responsibility to have your high school transcript sent to us as soon as possible, as your application for admission cannot be processed without it. You can do so through your high school counselor, your county school board, or your CFNC account under “Application Hub.” All High School Equivalency Diplomas (GED, Hi-Set, TASC) are available at diplomasender.com.

Financial Aid

Attending Pitt Community College is an affordable way to continue your education, but if you need help paying for your tuition, books, and school materials, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the best way to receive assistance.  For a helpful tutorial on how to complete your FAFSA, please click here. If you’ve already completed the FAFSA, please ensure you enter PCC’s school code 004062 to direct your aid to Pitt Community College. Once you’ve been admitted, you’re also welcome to complete applications for scholarships by clicking here.


Completion of a placement assessment is not required for curriculum students who have graduated from high school within the past 10 years. Applicants will be placed in the college-level English and math courses according to their high school grade point average. Learners who graduated high school greater than 10 years ago may be subject to completing the RISE Assessment. Check with your assigned Admission Counselor for details. (Due to current in-person restrictions in place on campus, all placement assessments have been suspended. All students, no matter their high school completion year, will be placed using their transcripts.)


Your Student Success Advisor will review your selected program of study with you to register you for classes and prepare you for New Student Orientation. Click the link on the left to schedule an appointment using your myPittCC student information. If you have any difficulties in connecting with a Student Success Advisor, please email pccadvising@email.pittcc.edu .


New Student Orientation is the best way to begin your education at PCC. At your session, you will receive the tools needed to be successful in your transition college, along with learning more about the ways we will help support you during your enrollment. You can click the Attend link on the left to proceed with setting your preferred session experience, or your Student Success Advisor will connect you to a session and time when you have made contact with them.

Download our New Student Admissions Checklist to help you through this process.