Frequently Asked Questions

Traditional Studies
(General FAQs)

What are the admission requirements for students who are applying to NCWC?

Students who are applying to NCWC should have taken the following courses in high school as minimum standards:

4 units in English
3 units in Mathematics
3 units in Science
2 units in Social Studies
A student who has taken the above courses will need to submit the following materials:

• An admissions application, which can be found online at  A paper application can also be requested.
• Official high school transcript.
• Official SAT or ACT scores.

Please note that a student’s file will not be evaluated until we have received all of the above materials.

When is the deadline for submitting an application?

NCWC is on a rolling admissions system, meaning that we do not have an application deadline.  However, we encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as space is limited.

Do I need to submit an essay or recommendation letters?

Submitting an essay and recommendation letters are optional.  However, if you think that it will help you in the admissions process, then we strongly encourage you to submit these materials.

When should I expect to hear from you regarding my admissions status?

After we have received all of your application materials, your admissions counselor will evaluate your file within the next 24-48 hours.  Your admissions counselor will then call you and/or send you an email regarding your status.  If you have been accepted, then you should receive your acceptance packet in the mail within the next 7-10 business days

Is there a minimum GPA and SAT/ACT score requirement to be admitted?

Typically, students should have a 2.3 GPA and an 800 SAT score or a 17 Composite score on the ACT to be regularly accepted into NCWC.  Students with a lower GPA should have a higher SAT/ACT score in order to be regularly accepted.  If a student does not meet any of the criteria, then the application will be reviewed by our Committee who will then decide if the student will be accepted or not.  The Committee may require the student to come in for an interview.

What are your scholarship opportunities?

NCWC offers academic scholarships based on a student’s high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores.  To be eligible for an academic scholarship, a student would need at least a 2.5 GPA and a 900 SAT score or a 19 ACT composite score.  We also offer United Methodist Scholarships; scholarships for students who are interested in theater arts; and scholarships for students who are interested in being a part of the Wesleyan Singers

What athletics are offered at NCWC?

Men:  Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, and Tennis
Women:  Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball.

What does it mean that North Carolina Wesleyan is affiliated with The United Methodist Church?

In 1956, The United Methodist Church gave sanction and support to create a college in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. That college is North Carolina Wesleyan College. The College has enjoyed more than a fifty year history and is pleased to be associated with The United Methodist Church, subscribing to its long held belief in inclusion and meaningful exchange of ideas.

Academic Questions:

What academic resources are available?

We offer the following academic resources:

• Peer and Professional Tutoring is available for every academic subject.
• The Writing Center is available to assist students when they have writing assignments.
• Peer Assisted Study Sessions are avaialble, which targets historically difficult classes.  These sessions are lead by students who have taken the course and have done well in it.
• Disability Support Services
• Personal Academic Coaching teaches students strategies to excel academically.

Do you count the Writing section on the SAT?

No, we do not count the Writing section.  We only count the Critical Reading and the Math sections.

What is the SAT School code for NCWC?


What is the ACT School Code for NCWC?


Does NCWC offer nursing as an academic major?

Unfortunately we do not offer nursing.  However, we do offer Biomedical Science for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.  This is the same program as Pre-Med, just under a different name.

Can I receive credit for Advance Placement (AP) tests?

Yes, if you score a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test, then you can receive credit.

Campus Questions:

What is the average class size at NCWC?

Our average student to faculty ratio is 15:1.

Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

Yes, freshmen are allowed to have cars.

Is on campus housing guaranteed all 4 years?

No, campus housing is not guaranteed all 4 years.

Can I live off campus?

Incoming and returning U.S. based students are allowed to live off campus only if they have earned 56 or more credit hours and have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, any student living with a parent or guardian within 50 miles of campus can apply for permission to live off campus.

For more information concerning the requirements for international students living off campus, please e-mail Jessie Langley, Associate Dean of Students for Campus Life at

What procedures does NCWC have in place to ensure students’ safety?

There are several steps that we take to make sure that students are safe on campus.  Our campus security is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.  They can be reached anytime on their phone.  There is also an Escort Service that is available from 5:00 pm – 8:00 am for people walking to and from facilities and parking lots.  If a crisis was to ever occur on campus or near campus, we have an Emergency Response Plan that will set off the campus-wide siren.  If the student has provided their cell phone number to the Office of Student Affairs, then they will receive a voicemail message with information about the emergency situation and how to respond.

What type of area is Rocky Mount and what is there to do there?

Rocky Mount is an All-America Award winning city that is located off of Interstate 95 and about an hour east of Raleigh on U.S. Route 64.  There are sections of the city that are rural, other areas that are urban, and other areas that are suburban.  Rocky Mount has numerous museums, parks, and a sports complex which is one of the largest sports complexes on the eastern seaboard.  There is also a multi-plex movie theater, bowling alley, skating rink, arcade, numerous restaurants, and a mall which are all about a ten minute drive away from the college.  Our Dunn Center is located on campus which holds events such as concerts, orchestras, and comedy shows that are open to the students and the Rocky Mount community.

Financial Aid & Tuition Questions:

I have questions about the FAFSA and/or the financial aid process. Who should I contact?

If you have any questions regarding the FAFSA, please call the Admissions Office 1-800-488-6292 and someone will direct you to the Financial Aid Department.  You can also email them at

What other types of financial aid are available?

Besides scholarships, the other types of financial aid that are available are grants, loans, and work study.  Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid.  Loans do not have to be repaid until after a student has graduated from college.  Work study is on campus employment that is planned around the student’s academic schedule.  Our Financial Aid department can determine what and how much you are eligible for based on the information that is on your FAFSA.

What is NCWC’s FAFSA code?


What is the FAFSA and when should it be filled out?

The FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  It is a form that is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a college or university. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining grants, work study, and loan amounts.  The FAFSA can be filled out online at  There is no deadline to submit the FAFSA.  It is strongly recommended that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1.

Do you offer athletic scholarships?

Unfortunately we do not.  Because we are part of the NCAA Division III, we are prohibited from giving athletic scholarships.

Adult Degree

When was NCWC's Adult and Professional Studies Founded?

North Carolina Wesleyan College adult and professional programs offered courses back in the mid-1970’s on campuses located in Goldsboro and Jacksonville, NC. Our Adult Program further developed in the early 1980’s and we have established programs in the Triangle, Goldsboro, and Rocky Mount. In 2011 “Adult Degree Programs” was renamed to ASPIRE: Adult Student Programs: Innovative, Respected, Engaging. It was further renamed the “Office of Adult and Professional Studies”. We currently have about 1200 students enrolled in Adult Studies.

What is the mission of the Office of Adult and Professional Studies?

The mission of North Carolina Wesleyan’s Office of Adult and Professional Studies is to provide an excellent education in selected disciplines for non-traditional students. Many people desire a college education but are unable to attend classes on campus during the day. For those who never attended college or have had to interrupt their education and now wish to begin again, NCWC offers a supportive learning environment, small classes, and a quality educational program.

What is the Adult Studies Accelerated program?

The Office of Adult and Professional Studies is an accelerated, intellectually demanding degree program with a number of majors and minors. Accelerated classes meet one night a week for four hours over eight weeks, online for 8 weeks or through 5-week hybrid classes. Students must complete a substantial pre-class assignment before the first class meeting as well as extensive out-of-class reading and/or assignments each week. The model uses theories of adult learning which emphasize the importance of utilizing the knowledge adults bring to the classroom, and helping students understand the theoretical construct which underlie their practical knowledge.

What major agencies accredit NCWC?

North Carolina Wesleyan College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4501 for questions about the accreditation of North Carolina Wesleyan College. In addition we are members of:

National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. (Women graduates are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women.)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction grants North Carolina teaching certificates to graduates of the North Carolina Wesleyan who have completed the prescribed certification program and who are recommended by the college.

The teacher education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. (CAEP).  Formally NCATE.

Admissions Questions:

Who is eligible for Adult and Professional Studies?

NCWC Adult Studies admissions is open to all persons who meet the following criteria:

• Have completed an application to the appropriate location.
• At least 21 years of age. The Vice President of Adult & Professional Studies may waive this requirement.
• Background Check

How do I Apply for Admission?

An individual seeking admission to North Carolina Wesleyan College Adult Studies must submit the following:

• Completed application form, signed and dated. Click here to apply.
• Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
• Official copy of high school transcript if transferring fewer than 12 semester hours of credit, or if applying for VA benefits.
• Fill out your free federal application for financial aid (FAFSA school code 002951) regardless if you plan to take out loans.  This free application may also help the school to determine other types of grants you may qualify for.  Also complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling with FAFSA ( if you think you may take out federal loans.  These are no cost and do not bind you to taking out loans if you change your mind later.

Is there an application fee?

No. It does not cost anything to apply or to get an initial assessment at NCWC.

Is there a technology fee?

Yes. By signing your application you authorize the representatives of NC Wesleyan College to request a background check on the names you have provided us. Because of this, $15 will be charged to your student account once you register for your first class. The fact that you have a conviction may not automatically disqualify your application for admission.

Can I have my transcripts evaluated before I apply?

Yes. As a courtesy we will provide an Unofficial Pre-Application Transcript Evaluation. We will evaluate your transcripts and provide an individualized degree completion worksheet to any prospective student wanting information regarding possible transfer credit before making a decision to attend North Carolina Wesleyan College ASPIRE.

What courses and grades are required for transfer consideration?

The college’s transfer policy is designed to award academic credit for previous college-level work a student has completed from regionally accredited colleges or universities. These institutions include four-year colleges and universities and two-year junior, technical, and community colleges. All advanced standing credit is awarded only in areas offered within the current curriculum of the institution, and is appropriately related to the student’s educational program. Any academic course meeting these criteria with a grade of “C”or higher will be considered for transfer credit.  It does not matter how old the credit is.

The maximum credit accepted from two-year institutions and CLEP general examinations is 60 semester hours. The maximum amount of credit that can be awarded towards a degree is 89 semester hours.

Degree Program Questions:

How do I register for classes?

You may register in person, via facsimile, or via e-mail. Currently we don’t offer online registration. The registration process is explained when you meet with your advisor for the first time.

Do you offer CLEP and DSST testing?

North Carolina Wesleyan College offers computerized CLEP and DSST standardized exams to both students and non-Wesleyan students at our Triangle Campus.

  1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
    • Five exams covering general areas of knowledge and approximately 25 covering specific subjects. CLEP tests are 90 minutes in length. These timed tests are multiple choice, and scores are available that day.
  2. DSST (formerly DANTES)
    • More than 30 exams covering specific subject areas are available. DSST tests are two hours in length. These timed tests are multiple choice, and scores are available that day.
    • http://www.getcollegecredit.comGeneral test information, order fees, schedule, and order forms follow below and are also available through the Raleigh-Durham Testing Administrator at or call 919/465-4784

Academic Questions:

How the academic calendar works?

Adult Studies operates on a 3 semester (fall, spring, and summer) academic calendar. Each semester is broken into 8 week terms which allow students to continuously enroll in courses.  We have six terms per year.

All campuses of Adult Studies offer accelerated 8-week and online classes. Some campuses offer 5-week hybrid classes.

Do ASPIRE students have access to library resources?

Yes. To access more information about what the NCWC Library has to offer, please click here.

Do ASPIRE students have access to library resources?

Yes. To access more information about what the NCWC Library has to offer, please click here.

Financial Aid & Tuition Questions:

What kind of financial aid is available for adult students?

Please click here for current financial aid information.

Do you offer adult academic scholarships?

Unfortunately, North Carolina Wesleyan College does not offer Adult Studies scholarships. However, through financial aid students may qualify for pell and needs based grants.  We also assist with VA benefits and members of Methodist Churches receive a 20% discount on tuition. Military (activie duty and veterans) receive 10% off tuition.

What is the tuition refund policy?

A student who completes the proper paperwork to drop a course by the following deadlines will receive a refund of tuition already paid and/or will not be liable for outstanding tuition.

• To get a refund, students MUST drop the course before close of business on the 7th day from when the term starts.

Students dropping after the stated deadline will not receive a refund of tuition already paid and will be liable for full payment of tuition deferred under the Employer Reimbursement Plan.