Steps to Apply for New Students

New Student

A new student is someone who has never attended VGCC to obtain college credit.

VGCC has a variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates to get you ready for a career or college transfer. You can explore all of our programs and areas of study at the link below.

VGCC Programs of Study

Complete an application for admission at If you do not have a Residency Certification Number (RCN), you must complete the residency process with the Residency Determination Service (RDS) before submitting your application.

Once you receive your admissions letter in the mail, activate your VanguardID to gain access to all your VGCC online accounts (WebAdvisor, Email, Moodle).

Complete your FAFSA at and all financial aid documents in the “My Documents” section of your online WebAdvisor account.

We also offer scholarships from generous donors to our Endowment Fund, as well as from sources outside of the college who want to see our students succeed as well. Find out about our various scholarships!

Visit and sign up for an orientation session.

Request official transcripts from all previous schools attended (high school, high school equivalency, and college transcripts). Visit the transcripts FAQ page for more information.

Official transcripts from accredited colleges and universities may be evaluated for transfer credit.

Official transcripts must be submitted via an electronic transcript service or mailed in a sealed envelope. Students who received their High School Equivalency (HSE), formally GED, with VGCC will request official transcripts through Please note that DiplomaSender will not work with Internet Explorer.

NOTE: Faxed and/or emailed transcripts are not considered official.

Submit official transcripts to or mail to:
VGCC Admissions
PO Box 917
Henderson, NC 27536

Visit to schedule placement testing. High school transcripts may be evaluated for placement test waiver if the student graduated within the past 5 years.

Meet with an Academic and Career Coach at any campus location. Once you have been advised, you are ready to register, pay and become a Vanguard.