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community college collaboration

A guaranteed pathway for NC Community College students who aspire to complete their bachelor’s degree at NC State

What is C3?

The Community College Collaboration (C3) is a dual-admission, dual-enrollment program between NC State and eight community college partners
As a land-grant institution, NC State has always believed that all North Carolinians should have access to the opportunities and benefits of higher education and not everyone’s college career starts at NC State. Nearly 1,700 students transfer to NC State each year to complete their bachelor’s degree and NC State is committed to providing affordable pathways while providing access to quality education that produces career-ready graduates.

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.

Our Community College Partners

Alamance Community College

Central Carolina Community College

Durham Technical Community College

Johnston Community College

Nash Community College

Vance-Granville Community College

Wake Technical Community College

Wilson Community College

Important Application Dates


Application Available Application Deadline Decision Release
March 11, 2019 June 1, 2019 July 15, 2019


C3 is now accepting applications

For questions, contact us at
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Why C3?

NC State values your success as a student, and C3 pairs your path to an NC State degree with academic and social support to enhance your experience along the way. C3 provides the following tools and activities to ensure your experience along the way. C3 and other NC State representatives will also visit the community college campuses several times during the regular academic year to meet with C3 students and make sure they are progressing toward their goals and staying connected with one another.

Academic Advisor

C3 students will be assigned an NC State advisor upon admission to the program. The advisor will help students identify majors that are aligned with their interests and academic abilities, map a comprehensive course plan, and ensure that courses taken at the community college will transfer to the student’s intended major.

Online Planning Tools

Students will have direct access to NC State’s specialized online advising and course planning tools. These tools will help develop a comprehensive academic course plan to enhance timely completion of both the associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Networking Programs

While enrolled at the community college, students will have opportunities to visit NC State’s campus for specialized C3 activities and programs to network with C3 students from NC State as well as other community college campuses. Students will develop social connections to ease their transition to NC State. 

Madeline Yun

Durham Technical Community College
Chemical Engineering

“I chose NC State so I could support my family.”

Oscar Molina

Wake Technical Community College
Computer Science

“The best part about coming to NC State was that I already felt like a member of the Wolfpack.”

Emma Hall

Johnston Community College
Biological Sciences

“Transfering to NC State was an opportunity of a lifetime. I wanted to ensure that the school I chose would not only advance my skills educationally but also professionally.”

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U.S. News & World Report 2018
Whether it’s Times Higher Education naming the university one of the best in the U.S. for graduate employability or Kiplinger listing us as a top value for both in- and out-of-state students, NC State is regularly ranked among the nation’s top public universities.

Is C3 for Me?

C3 is looking for highly-motivated students from diverse backgrounds who want to start their college career at one of our partner community colleges before transferring to NC State to earn their bachelor’s degree.

C3 also seeks students who demonstrate potential for academic success through previous high school or community college performance and exhibit a high level of motivation and perseverance in the face of challenges (as may be evidenced by their ability to overcome obstacles; manage family, work, and/or military responsibilities; and/or showcase their entrepreneurial spirit).

Students who can apply include:

C3 is open to students immediately after completing high school or for community college students who have completed less than 30 credit hours of college work.

Participants must be from low-to-moderate income households.

Time Frame

C3 students will have up to three years to complete their Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Engineering (A.E.) degree at the partner community college.

Guaranteed Admission

After completion of the A.A., A.S., or A.E. degree and maintenance of a 3.0 or better GPA, C3 participants are guaranteed admission to NC State. Entry into specific majors may be more competitive.

Questions about C3?

Contact us at or 919-513-2134

GET TO KNOW OUR CAMPUS. Take a Virtual Tour

If you can’t visit Raleigh in person before you arrive at NC State, we’ve curated a tour that lets you discover campus from wherever you are. Get an inside look at NC State by exploring campus through our virtual tours.

Main Campus

The historic heart of NC State includes North, Central and South campuses, where students live, attend many of their classes and share meals. You’ll stroll the iconic Brickyard, relax on the Court of North Carolina and exercise at Carmichael Gymnasium.

Centennial Campus

As the home to more than 130 businesses, research labs, government agencies and NC State’s state-of-the-art Hunt Library, Centennial Campus offers a landscape for education and industry to unite. The College of Textiles and College of Engineering are based here.

Centennial Biomedical Campus

This campus is anchored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the third-ranked veterinary medical school in the nation. Here, NC State students work alongside industry and government researchers to study animal and human biomedical applications.

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