Special Admission Programs

North Carolina State University: C-3

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The Community College Collaboration (C3) is a dual-admission, dual-enrollment program between NC State and eight community college partners. C3 is intended for community college students from low-to-moderate income backgrounds with demonstrated potential for academic success who aspire to transfer to NC State after completing their associate degree.

C3 provides academic and program support for students during their time in community college and prepares them for a successful transition to NC State and timely completion of a bachelor’s degree.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: C-STEP

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In 2006, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill launched the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, or C-STEP, to enable more community-college students to transfer to and graduate from Carolina.  C-STEP focuses on high school seniors or community college students. You must also be enrolled (or plan to enroll) at a partner community college in a course of study that will lead to the Associate of Arts (AA) or Associates of Sciences (AS) degree, and you must earn the degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. Candidates are reviewed holistically and the University considers, among other criteria, demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles, first-generation college status, diversity, employment history, and family responsibilities. Talented low and moderate-income high school and community college students are guaranteed eventual admission to Carolina if they are admitted to and complete the community college portion of the program successfully.

University of North Carolina Wilmington: Pathways to Excellence

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Through an articulation agreement signed in 2016, The University of North Carolina, Wilmington guarantees admission to graduates of Wake Tech’s Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Engineering programs provided that the student completes the degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 / 4.0 and that the candidate for admission meets all other admission requirements.  The agreement does not guarantee admission into a specific program at UNCW. Students who complete these programs with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher accrue additional benefits.

East Carolina University: Pirate Promise

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The ECU Pirate Promise Agreement is a co-admission program designed to improve transfer student access and success.  To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in an Early College, Career and College Promise Program, or, be in their first year of community college enrollment prior to applying for the Pirate Promise.  Through the program, qualified students enjoy guaranteed admission (students must meet ECU’s admissions requirements including a cumulative GPA of 2.5), a waived transfer application fee, joint academic advising and financial aid counseling, scholarship opportunities, access to ECU’s libraries, ECU transit, discounted athletic tickets, workshops, and more.  Eligible Associate Degrees include the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Fine Arts, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Early Childhood Education, and, those AAS programs eligible for transfer to ECU’s Bachelor of Science Industrial Technology (BSIT), and Bachelor of Science Construction Management.

The Pirate Promise program does not guarantee admission to a specific major or program.