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Why start at Rockingham Community College?

Whether you grew up in Rockingham County or you are new to the area, you will find that our campus is beautifully situated on rolling hills and within picturesque forests. You belong at Rockingham Community College, and it would be our honor to guide you on your chosen educational path.

Our renowned faculty have already helped thousands of young and older students to prepare for and thrive on life’s journey. Whether you want to transfer to a 4-year university, develop a new skill, or become more economically independent, come discover all that RCC offers – everything from short-term credentials to associate degrees.

Today is your day to “Start Local… and Go Far!

Would you like to request more information, or are you ready to apply?

Here are some things for you to work on before you are able to register for classes:

1. Admissions

2. Financial Aid

A Rockingham Community College education is not expensive, and over 75% of our students receive money through some sort of financial assistance that helps pay some of the costs. Let us help you discover what you may qualify for.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) for possible grants and other financial assistance to help you pay for college.
  • Complete the RCC admissions process at this link. (You must apply for admission before receiving financial aid!)
  • The FAFSA application will ask you for our school code. RCC’s school code is 002958.
  • When RCC’s Financial Aid Office receives a copy of your FAFSA from the U.S. Department of Education, the College may send you a letter requesting any additional information needed to process your file. Once all documents are received, your financial aid file will be reviewed for a possible award.
  • If it is determined that you are eligible for aid, you will receive a financial aid award letter along with several other important documents about your financial aid package. Carefully read all materials!
  • You can call (336.342.4261 Ext. 2203) or visit the Financial Aid Office in RCC’s Whitcomb Student Center if you have any questions.
  • If your financial aid money will come in after the tuition payment deadline, set up a payment plan online. Visit the Cashier’s Office webpage  Installment Payment Plan section for more information.

3. Academic Advising

If you are a current student and have not yet registered for your classes or you need to change something, you should meet with your assigned academic advisor. If you are a new student, you will attend a New Student Orientation, during which an advisor will help you develop your schedule and register for your courses.

4. Plan for how you will pay for your classes.

The deadline to pay for tuition and fees will be here before you know it, so please develop a plan for how you will pay now. There are several options:

  • Financial Aid – see instructions above
  • Pay the entire amount at once – once you register, you can pay online in “Self-Service” or come to our Cashier’s Office located on-campus in the Administrative Building.
  • Set up a payment plan

5. Finally, plan for how you will purchase your textbooks.

Be successful in your courses and be ready on day 1… purchase your textbooks! The  RCC Bookstore  is located in the Whitcomb Student Center. Visit the  Textbook Lookup to see what books you will need for class.

Your story begins now.

Ready to take the next step toward a college education or a new career? Our friendly staff will help you determine your educational path, guide you through the steps to apply, complete a financial aid application, and register for classes.

Rockingham Community College has an open door admission policy for persons 18 years of age and older with a high school diploma or its equivalency. This means that any person who is able to profit from further formal education will be served by the college. Rockingham Community College will admit high school students or students under the age of 18 who meet specific program requirements.

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

Admissions information for students seeking to earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate

Health Science Admissions

Admissions information for health certifications such as Nurse Aide I, EMT-Initial, Medical Assisting, and Phlebotomy.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Short-term job training courses that give you the skills you need to enter the workforce, start a career, and enhance your skills.

College Credit for High School Students

Information about Career and College Promise and the Rockingham Early College High School. Earn college credit while in high school!

High School Equivalency and ESL

Learn more about the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED/HiSET) and the ESL program through College and Career Readiness (CCR).

Visiting Students (Special Credit)

Information for students from other colleges seeking to take classes at RCC to transfer back to their home institution.

Important Information

International Students

RCC welcomes students from all countries, however we are unable to issue Student Visas (F1 Visa). Any international student who resides in North Carolina, and does not require an F1 visa, is encouraged to complete an RCC application found here. Visit our Apply Now page to get started.

Placement Testing

RCC requires all curriculum students to take placement tests, however the placement tests have no bearing on your acceptance to RCC. The tests are used to determine your appropriate starting point in courses at RCC. Official high school or college transcripts may waive one or all placement tests.

For detailed information please visit our Placement Testing page.

Visiting Students (Special Credit)

RCC is glad to serve students from other colleges and universities. The application process is no different than for our degree seeking students. High school transcripts are not necessarily required, however official college transcripts will be required if the student wishes to take math, English, or the second part of sequential courses.

RCC will enroll visiting students in any course where course prerequisites have been met. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure RCC courses meet program requirements for their home institution. Federal financial aid is not awarded to visiting students.

Please visit our Apply Now page to get started.

Start local. Go far.


Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)