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- Identify a Career Pathway and Select a Program of Study
- Apply for Admission
- Apply Online (In order to receive Financial Aid select an eligible program of study while applying.)
- Or Print an application and complete the paper form
Return to the WCC Admissions Office (Bland Hall) or mail to:
Wytheville Community College
1000 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
- For assistance applying at WCC contact one of our advisors
- in our Student Services 1 Stop - (276) 223-4825,
- at WCC at The Summit Center for Higher Education in Marion - (276) 783-1777 or
- at WCC at the Crossroads Institute in Galax - (276) 744-4974.
Attention Health Professions Applicants: additional application materials required.
Please note that selective admission health programs such as RN, PTA, MLT, DH, LPN, LPN to RN Bridge have supplemental application materials that must be submitted by specific deadlines.
Attention Students that have previously attended any Virginia Community College:
You may already have a Student ID number that is required on your admissions application. Please contact admissions for help, call (276) 223-4701 or email email@example.com.
Attention Dual Enrollment Students:
If you took dual enrollment classes in high school, you are already considered a WCC student. As long as your application remains active, you will NOT need to complete a new application form. Instead, you need to complete a High School Transition Form.
Contact the WCC Admission Office
WCC Admissions Office - 117 Bland Hall
1000 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone: (276) 223-4701
21/22 FAFSA Information:
On October 1, 2020, you can start completing the 21/22 FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov. You will need your 2019 taxes to complete this FAFSA.
The 21/22 FAFSA will be for Fall 21, Spring 22, and Summer 22.
Financial Aid Important Dates
- Tuesday, December 1, 2020 – Tuition Due for Spring 21
- January 4- January 25, 2021 Spring Book Charge Dates*
- Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – Spring Financial Aid Disbursements Begin**
- Friday, March 12, 2021 – Last day to Withdraw from Courses that start January 11th and end May 10th***
* Go to your Student Center and Complete Bookstore Authorization in your To-Do List. Book charges will be ordered on-line with the bookstore for Fall 2020 starting August 10. Please make sure to charge all required books/supplies during this time.
** The first refunds for each semester will begin on these days. There are multiple categories of financial aid that will be refunded and it may take a few days for refunds to be completed. After the initial batch of refunds, subsequent refunds will be completed bi-weekly. If you are enrolled in late starting classes, your refund will be held until after the last day to drop with a refund for your last starting class.
*** If you are thinking of withdrawing from a class or class(es) please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss the impacts that it may have on your account including but not limited to a debt owed to the school.
FAFSA Tips:Don't want to have to type in all your tax info? Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer it for you!
Just Be sure to click the Transfer Now box on your FAFSA!
Applying for Financial Aid can seem overwhelming - it isn't. Follow these steps:
- APPLY for Admission to the College!
Create your FSA ID
Have you forgotten your FSA ID Password?
Have you forgotten your FSA ID Username?
- Remember, if you are a dependent student, a parent must have a separate FSA username and password. The parent cannot have the same email as the student.
- Am I a dependent student? This dependency status chart can help you discover the correct answer!
- Fill out your FAFSA. Returning student or a new one, this video explains it for you!
- REMEMBER to include WCC's School Code, 003761, so that we get your FAFSA
- FAFSA has to be filled out every year you plan to attend college
- Don't wait until you hear from the admissions office - file now!
- Be sure to use the Data Retrieval Tool and check the transfer now box to ensure your tax information transfer over easily
Important 2020-2021 FAFSA Information:
WCC's Financial Aid Office will no longer mail out missing information letters starting with 2018-2019 Financial Aid. This information will be SENT TO THE STUDENTS COLLEGE EMAIL that will direct students to their message center in their Student Information System (SIS). Students will need to look at their To-Do List to see what items are required in order to complete their financial aid.
After we have collected all necessary documents to complete your file, WCC will review your file for an award. If you are awarded, you will receive an email TO YOUR STUDENT COLLEGE EMAIL from the WCC Financial Office to notify you of your financial aid award. If you are not eligible, you will also receive an email to explain why you are not eligible. If your award is not sufficient enough to cover your tuition costs, you will need to pay the remaining balance to avoid being dropped from classes.
Financial Aid Documents can be uploaded in the Student Center from the To-Do List or can be uploaded in the Financial Aid & Student Accounts Support Center (Click on Create a Case/Submit Documents to Upload thru the Support Center).
Expecting a refund for a financial award, scholarship, or dropped a course? Avoid waiting in lines at school offices, and take control of the refund process online.
Have you completed everything you need for Financial Aid?
Contact the WCC Financial Aid Office
WCC Financial Aid Office
Bland Hall - Suite 113
1000 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
Fax: (276) 223-4807
Wytheville Community College requires students to take English and Math placement tests.
The purpose of placement testing is to measure how prepared a student is for college-level work, regardless of prior grades, work experience, or academic history.
Students who do not meet the college's standards in English and Math will be required to enroll in Developmental Studies course(s) to improve their skills in these areas.
Students may be exempt if they meet satisfactory...
- High School GPA and appropriate Math and English courses
- ACT or SAT Scores
- GED Scores
Official transcripts are required, contact Student Services for complete details, call (276) 223-4758.
How to prepare for the Virginia Placement Tests (VPT)
The following links are provided for information, review, and sample questions for each test:
VPT Practice Test Directions (includes Math and English).
VPT MathSite – resources to help you prepare for the math placement test
VPT English – resources to help you prepare for the English placement test
When to Schedule Testing
- Students should take the placement tests prior to the enrollment period.
- For example, if a student plans to enroll during fall semester, testing should occur during the Summer prior to Fall registration.
- All students must complete the WCC Application for Admission before taking placement tests.
Where to take a Placement Test
- WCC Testing Center (located inside of the Student Services 1 Stop, lower level of Bland Hall)
- Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- WCC at the Crossroads Institute – Galax
- Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- WCC at the Summit Center for Higher Education – Marion
- Monday, Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- Wednesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
- Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. latest time to start a placement test)
Placement Scores from Other Institutions
Students may submit placement scores from other institutions provided the placement test is the same as that used at WCC and testing was completed within the last three years. WCC will use the placement scores submitted, but will apply the WCC cutoff scores. Placement scores submitted from other institutions must be on file at WCC before a student may register for an English, Mathematics, or Biology class(es). If a student has two placement scores on record in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and both tests were taken within the past three years, WCC will accept and use the higher score. Developmental coursework completed outside the VCCS is not transfer eligible.
The academic divisions will adhere to a strict retest policy requiring students to appeal to the counselors and/or faculty in the respective disciplines for retest.
The professional faculty will consider a retest only if a student meets one of the following criteria:
- Previous academic history indicates the student's academic competence and/or promise;
- Mitigating circumstances prevented the student from appropriately completing a test; or
- The student did not enroll in math, English, and/or biology within three years of taking the placement test.
To schedule a TEAS test appointment, complete the online TEAS testing form. You will receive a confirmation email with further testing instructions within two business days.
The ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) is required for all applicants for the college’s Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Medical Laboratory Technology Programs. The test consists of a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science, and English/language usage. Each of the four sections is timed for a total of 209 minutes. Content areas are divided by the following:
- Reading: (53 questions, 64 minutes) – section includes questions regarding paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.
- Math: (36 questions, 54 minutes) – section includes questions regarding whole numbers, metric conversions, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion. *Please be aware that calculators are NOT allowed*
- Science: (53 questions, 63 minutes) – section includes questions regarding science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.
- English and Language Usage: (28 questions, 28 minutes) – section includes questions regarding punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling
For more information about the TEAS test, please visit ATI Testing. For information about testing at WCC, contact the 1Stop at (276)223-4825.
Please note: Testing space is limited; current WCC students will have first priority. Students must wait 30 days between each attempt. Test scores are valid for three years.
Any student who feels he or she may need testing accommodations based on the impact of a disability should contact the disability services office privately to discuss specific needs. Please contact Student Services at 276-223-4758 to establish eligibility and to coordinate reasonable accommodations.
- Cost:$58 payable by a credit or debit card ONLY.
- An additional $20 administrative fee (CASH ONLY) is required for non-WCC students.
- ATI requires an additional $27 to send a score report to a school other than WCC
Need Help Preparing for your Test?
- Study Guides and study material are available for purchase by visiting www.atitesting.com.
- The WCC Bookstore has the official ATI TEAS Study Guide available for purchase.
- Visit the following sites for tutorials and additional information:
The ATI TEAS is administered in accordance with WCC’s testing policies and procedures. Please visit the college’s Testing Center webpage for additional information.
College Credit for Prior Learning
Wytheville Community College recognizes that learning takes place in a variety of ways including work experiences, extensive reading, hobbies or avocational endeavors, and other similar activities. The basic premise of the credit for prior learning process is that program-placed students shall be given the opportunity to earn appropriate college credit when their previous studies, training, or life and work experiences have already provided the knowledge, competencies, or skills associated with a course. The College’s commitment to this philosophy of credit for prior learning is coupled with its mandate to ensure standards of academic quality comparable to traditional instruction. Procedures to apply for credit for prior learning can be obtained from the WCC Admissions and Records Office.
The WCC Admissions and Records Office (Room 117 Bland Hall) can provide a printed copy of the Wytheville Community College Credit for Prior Learning booklet upon request.
Definition of Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning is the award of academic credit for subject matter competency that has been gained by previous academic study or occupational experience. This may include, but is not limited to, college credit and advancement based upon individual participation in the Advanced Placement (AP) program of the College Entrance Examination Board; other placement examinations; articulation agreements with other institutions; transfer credit from other accredited institutions of higher learning; training provided by non-collegiate institutions, such as armed forces and service schools; professional certification; or experiential learning.
Criteria for Credit for Prior Learning
The following criteria apply to all forms of credit for prior learning:
- To be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning, you must be currently enrolled in a program at the College.
- Credit for Prior Learning must be applied toward a specific program at the College. Non-curricular students are not eligible for Credit for Prior Learning.
- In order to graduate from WCC, a student must complete a minimum of 25% of the total credits required for the degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate at WCC.
- Transfer credit may be awarded for up to 75% of the degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate requirements. Credit-by-portfolio may be awarded for up to 25% of the academic degree’s requirements. In all cases, at least 25% of the academic degree requirements must be completed at WCC for a student to be awarded a degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate.
- Award of credit through Credit for Prior Learning shall be given, to the extent possible, for courses listed in the current WCC Catalog and Student Handbook. In certain instances, Credit for Prior Learning may be awarded for courses listed in the Virginia Community College System Master Course Guide.
- No credit shall be awarded that duplicates earned course credit at the College, at other institutions, or other credit awarded through Credit for Prior Learning.
- Students may not petition for Credit by Examination for a particular course if they have enrolled (either for credit or for audit) in that course, either at WCC or at another institution.
- The College reserves the right to place a time limit on prior learning experiences for which Credit for Prior Learning may be granted. The College has a time limit for accepting credit for technical courses taken previously at other institutions. The Division Dean, in consultation with the appropriate program faculty, will determine if courses taken more than five years ago can be used in the student’s current program of study.
- Students are responsible for providing the College with appropriate official documentation of prior learning. In the case of foreign transcripts, the student must assume the responsibility of having transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved evaluation agency. Students are encouraged to have their foreign transcripts evaluated course-by-course rather than by degree. A listing of agencies that are approved to evaluate foreign transcripts is available in the Wytheville Community College Credit for Prior Learning booklet online.
- The official transcript shall specify equivalent course(s) and the number of credits awarded for Credit for Prior Learning. Credit for Prior Learning shall be distinct from earned course credit.
- No grades, grade point average, or other indication of academic standing shall be associated with Credit for Prior Learning entries on the official transcript.
- Credit awarded through Credit for Prior Learning is applicable only to WCC’s curricular requirements. Students are cautioned that credits awarded through AP examinations, articulation agreements, CLEP examinations, credit-by-examination, credit-by-portfolio, or other means of Credit for Prior Learning may not be accepted for transfer by other post-secondary institutions.
The official transcript shall specify the equivalent courses and the number of credits awarded for advanced standing. Advanced standing credit shall be distinct from earned course credit.
No grades, grade point average, or other indication of academic standing shall be associated with advanced standing entries on the official transcript.
Credit awarded through advanced standing is applicable only to WCC’s curricular requirements. Students are cautioned that credits awarded through AP examinations, CLEP examinations, credit-by-examination, credit-by-portfolio, or other means of advanced standing may not be accepted in transfer by other post-secondary institutions.