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How to Become a Durham Tech Student

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admissions-step-1.gif Choose a program that fits your goals.

For students whose first language is not US English, the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program can help improve their higher-level English skills necessary to successfully complete coursework.

Admission Step 2Complete an online application

View information about enrollment due dates.

High school seniors who have not yet graduated receive provisional acceptance to the college once they have completed the enrollment application and residency determination. This allows students to get a head start on completing the enrollment process. View enrollment steps for high school seniors.

Admission Step 3Complete residency determination to establish if students qualify for in-state or out-of-state tuition.

For assistance completing the residency application, contact Residency Determination Service (RDS) at 919-835-2290 or visit ncresidency.org.

Admission Step 4 Sign up for a ConnectSession

Required for all new students, students with less than 12 completed credits, students with less than 12 transferred credits, and strongly recommended for all students.

Admission Step 5 Apply for financial aid

Durham Tech’s school code: 005448 – You must be admitted to a program to receive financial aid. Visiting students do not qualify.

Admission Step 6 Submit official transcripts.

Mail sealed, official documents to the Admissions, Registration, and Records office, 1637 E. Lawson St., Durham, NC, 27703-5023, or email electronic transcripts through an approved transcript service such as ACT, CFNC, College Board, Joint Services Transcripts, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, ScribOnline and Script-Safe to transcripts@durhamtech.edu.

At minimum, students must provide the following documentation for admission into a program:

  • High school/GED®/HiSET® graduates – An official transcript or original diploma to be copied. Official transcripts of homeschool organizations must be accompanied by a copy of the verification of state authority to operate.
  • College graduates – Official transcript only.
  • Some college, no degree – Official high school transcript or original diploma to be copied and official college transcripts.

Admission Step 7Provide proof of placement.

The College now has a secure system to submit requested documents electronically to the Admissions, Registration, and Records office. Follow the instructions to submit electronic documents. Acceptable digital formats include PDF, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and PNG.

Submit official transcripts and/or test scores if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school, or
  • Took the ACT or SAT less than 10 years ago, or
  • Took the GED since 2014 and scored 145 or higher on all four GED test subjects, or
  • Took the HiSET and scored a 15 on all five HiSET subtests and a 4 on the essay.

Students who do not have high school transcripts or test scores should prepare to take the placement test, which is being offered online due to Covid-19 restrictions. View test prep materials and testing schedules. Students require a student ID number and a photo ID to take the test.

Some Health Technologies programs have specific requirements which could include additional testing.

Admission Step 8 Meet with an advisor for new and visiting students.

Contact Advising Services on Main Campus or at the Orange County Campus.

New students will be assigned to a faculty advisor when classes begin.

Online advising is available for new and visiting students with 12 or more credits and continuing, admitted students with 17 or more credits. You must meet with an advisor every semester to register for classes.

For more information, visit Online Advising.


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