New Student

If you have a high school diploma or high school equivalency or are completing your last semester of high school and have never enrolled at JCC before, you are a new student. Follow the enrollment steps below.

Complete your Residency Determination and online Admissions Application

You can also stop by the Student Success Center (Tart Building room D101) to complete your residency determination and the application at one of our computer kiosks.

You will receive a welcome letter that confirms that your application has been received and provides instructions for the next steps in your enrollment process.


Priority Application Deadline

Registration Begins

Term Start Date

Summer 2023

May 8

March 30 May 16

Fall 2023

August 8

March 30 August 15

Students who submit all required paperwork by the priority application deadline can expect:

  • To be admitted to the college.
  • To prepare for and take the placement testing, if needed.
  • To attend an orientation session and meet with an academic advisor.
  • To receive adequate time to plan, select, and register for classes.

The college will continue to process paperwork after the priority application deadline. However, to increase the likelihood of completing the enrollment process, the college highly encourages students to submit all paperwork by the priority application deadline.

Send all your official high school and/or college transcripts to:

Johnston Community College
Office of Admissions and Student EngagementOR Email to:
P.O. Box 2350
Smithfield, NC 27577

You must submit your official high school transcript unless you have already graduated with an associate's degree or higher. In this instance, your official transcript from that college or university will be enough.

If you have attended another college or university, in many cases, the college transcript is not required for admission. However, without exception, you must submit official transcripts from previously attended institutions if you:

  • Wish to receive transfer credits toward your degree
  • Plan to apply to a medical program
  • Will apply for Veterans Benefits
  • Will play NJCAA athletics

Notes: *High School students that meet RISE Multiple Measures GPA criteria (at the end of the Fall term of their senior year) will be held until final grades are released and transcripts are sent from their High School during the spring term.

**If the original copy of your transcript is written in a non-English language, a certified English translation is required.

Your username is set up within 48 hours after completing an application. Your welcome letter will have instructions on how to activate your e-mail, WebAdvisor, and Blackboard accounts, which allow you to communicate with us and for you to receive important information related to admissions, financial aid, advising, and registration.

Check your e-mail on a daily basis. This is the college’s official form of communication. A hard copy may not be sent in the mail.

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. To begin the process, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Johnston Community College's school code is 009336.

Check for general scholarships at Academic Works. For more on the types of aid available and how to apply for them, visit the Financial Aid Web site.

Placement tests are mandatory for students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a U.S. High School more than 10 years ago.
  • Has not earned any college-level English or Math credit
  • Does not hold an Associate's or Bachelor's degree
  • Has a GED test score of <145
  • Graduated from a non-U.S. equivalent high school

All other students will be evaluated under the RISE placement measures and will be placed according to high school GPA, standardized test scores, or applicable college credit.

All curriculum programs require a certain level of English language proficiency. Students who are deficient in English are encouraged to take courses in English as a Second Language, which are offered through the college's Adult Basic Education department.

New students must complete an orientation session. All new students should complete New Student Orientation prior to the start date of their first semester. The orientation provides information about key services and programs for first-year students and helps to establish a foundation for success in the campus community.

Meet with an academic advisor. Your advisor's name and office location is located on your counseling summary form. Your adviser will review your program of study, career goals, and suggest courses for the upcoming term. Make your appointment with your advisor on Appointment-plus.

Prepare for your advising session by reviewing the Academic Advising homepage.

You will log in to Self-Service to complete your course registration on or after your activation date.

This document offers more information if you are new to the Self-Service Login (PDF).

Can’t get logged in? Contact the Jaguar Office of Learning Technologies (JOLT) at (919) 464-2260.

You are responsible for verifying your Financial Aid award or paying for your classes by the payment due date. Visit our Paying for College page to learn the various options for paying for your college education.

Visit the Learning Resource Center or the Student Success Center to have your Student ID made. You will pick up your parking permit at the Information Desk in the Wilson Building.
Textbooks can be purchased online or at the Campus Bookstore in Wilson C1105.
Before the start of the semester, use the Campus Map to find your classes. The college does offer classes at our off-campus centers. Make sure you know whether your classes are on the main campus or at one of our centers before the start of the semester.
Visit the current students' page for information about the campus, academic resources, clubs and organizations, and much more!

Johnston Community College is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in admission, treatment, or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities. All inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity, Title IX, and/or grievance procedures should be directed to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, 245 College Road, Wilson Building, Smithfield, NC 27577 or via telephone at (919) 209-2025 or the Vice President of Student Services, 245 College Road, Wilson, Smithfield, NC 27577 or via telephone at (919) 209-2048.