New Students

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Your journey to enroll starts here! Whether you’re just thinking about furthering your education or you know exactly what you want to do and the program of study you want to follow, we’re looking forward to having you join BCC. Get started today!

Step 1. Determine your Residency Status

Let’s begin – Just a few simple steps to complete your application!

First, complete your residency application through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). RDS determines whether you’ll pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.

You’ll need your Social Security and Driver’s License Number, if applicable, to complete the request.  If under the age of 24, you will need the Social Security and Driver’s Licence Number for a parent/guardian as well. Once completed, you will be assigned a Residency Certification Number (RCN).  Save this number!  You’ll need it for Step 2 when you complete your BCC admissions application.

Note:  Career and College Promise applicants do not need to complete Residency to enroll in courses while in high school.

For more information about RDS, to include the reconsideration or appeals processes for residency classification, please visit


Step 2. Apply to be a Student

Now you’re ready to complete the admissions application!  You’ll need the RDS number you just received to enter on your Application.

If you are enrolled at another college and want to take courses to transfer back to your home institution, select “Non-degree Seeking” for your Program of Study under the enrollment information section of the application.

Helpful Hints:

  • If you need to save it and come back later, you can.
  • Once submitted, allow 1-2 days for your application to be processed .
  • If you applied within the last year, you do not need to reapply. 
  • If you are a current student, and want to update your program, a new application is not required. Email your request to [email protected]
  • Unsure of your career interest or which program to select? Discover your career opportunities that link to programs. Learn more by completing a Career Assessment.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact us  at [email protected] or call 910.755.7320.


Step 3. Submit Your Transcripts

Request High School and College Transcripts from all schools previously attended. Transcripts can take up to 2 weeks to arrive, so don’t delay ordering your transcripts. We need all of your transcripts to process your FAFSA in time for when you want to start classes.

If you graduated from a North Carolina High School, check the appropriate box within the Admissions Application to order your transcript or order through If you completed your GED, order your GED transcript through and request it to be emailed to [email protected].

For College transcripts, check that particular college’s website for instructions on how to order.  BCC accepts electronic transcripts directly from a college/university or an official sealed transcript may be mailed to:  Brunswick Community College, P.O. Box 30, Supply, NC 28462.

If you are a current Brunswick County high school senior, you may submit your most recent high school transcript for provisional admission.  You are responsible for submitting the official transcript once you have graduated.

Step 4. Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for scholarships, as well as federal and state grants. If you don’t apply, you’ll miss out on tuition-free opportunities!

Enter BCC’s School Code: 015285

For additional information regarding Financial Aid and Scholarships, click here.

You Got Accepted, Now What?

Once you receive an acceptance email from our OneStop Student Service Center:

  • Set up your username and password – Your username is the first four letters of your first name and the last five digits of your student ID number (Ex: Duncan Dolphin, 0123456 = dunc23456). Your initial password will be the first two letters of your last name (capital than lowercase) and your six-digit birthdate (Ex: Duncan, 7/1/1979 = Do070179).
  • Click on the link below and then select “Change Password”.

If you have trouble, contact Distance Learning at 910.755.7390. or [email protected].

  • Setup two-factor authentication. After setting up your password, go to your student email and log in to set up your email and two-factor authentication. You will receive an instruction screen as you log into your email account. You will not be able to login your Self-Service account until you have completed these steps.
  • Register for Classes – Email [email protected] to schedule an intake advising appointment to register for classes!  Accepting appointments: Monday-Thursday 8-4 and Friday 8-2:30.
  • Pay for Classes through Self-Service (once you have your login information) or by calling the Cashier’s office to pay over the phone, 910.755.7318.

Need help? Reach out to us via one of the following methods for assistance:



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