Admissions Overview

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General Admission

A-B Tech is an open-door institution, which accepts all applicants who have graduated from high school, hold a GED or adult high school diploma, are at least 18 years of age or older, are an emancipated minor, or a dual enrollment student (still in high school). Some programs, such as in the Allied Health/Public Services and Emergency Services Division, are selective and typically require the high school or GED credential.  Admission to these programs is competitive and follows specific and separate application cycles. High school graduation or the equivalent from an accredited, valid institution is required for Financial Aid purposes. Please call (828) 398-7900 or see an academic advisor in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building for further information.

A-B Tech is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), which allows students to enroll in distance education classes from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information, click here to go to A-B Tech Online.

Detailed information on the North Carolina Community College admissions policies may be found at

Enrollment Steps

We recommend printing one of the helpful documents below to guide you through the enrollment process (click on the documents to open them):

Enrollment Checklist

Enrollment Map

Enrollment Checklist Enrollment Map

Below are the general steps for enrolling as a new A-B Tech student. For personal assistance, don’t hesitate to email or call (828) 398-7900.

  1. Apply to A-B Tech

  2. Placement Testing/Send Transcripts

  3. New Student Orientation and Smarter Measure Assessment

  4. Select a Program

  5. Meet With Your Program Advisor

  6. Apply for Financial Aid

  7. Register for Classes

  8. Pay for Tuition

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