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Admissions Application for Degree and Certificate Objective Students

All students must complete a General Admission Application for entrance to Northern, unless you are applying for one of the Allied Health programs please see requirements below or you can speak to for details.

Please choose from the following descriptions:

New Student
You have a high school diploma or TASC/GED and have not attended college before.

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Early Entrance Student
You want to attend Northern while in your junior or senior year of high school (includes home-school). *A warning will occur when you answer "yes" to being in high school. Please ignore and continue.

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Readmitted Student
You previously studied at Northern and have graduated or been out of school for at least one year."

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Transfer Student
You have attended a college other than Northern since graduating from high school.

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Transient Student
You are attending another college and want to take classes at Northern and transfer the credits to another institution.

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Personal Interest Student
You want to take classes but don’t plan to pursue a degree.

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International Student
You are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

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Application Instructions

To begin your application, read the information below.  Then click on the corrrect 'BEGIN APPLICATION' link above for your appropriate area. There is no application fee for this degree seeking application.

General Admission Policy
West Virginia Northern Community College subscribes to an "open door" admission policy. The college admits as a "regular" student anyone who has a high school diploma or the equivalent, and as a "special" student anyone else who can benefit from college instruction.

Admission Procedures

The following items are to be submitted by degree and certificate seeking students:

  • The online degree seeking application
  • High school transcript and/or GED™/TASC scores (Applicants who graduated from high school or passed their GED™/TASC more than 5 years prior to admission and/or have earned 30 or more semester hours of credit at a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Home-schooled students must submit written verification of subject mastery.
  • International students are admitted as full-time students and must demonstrate satisfactory command of English language, provide evidence of sufficient support funds, and meet standard expectations of the U.S. Immigration Office.
  • Standardized placement scores, if available.
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary educational institutions previously attended, sent directly from the Registrar's Office of the previous institution(s).
  • If born after January 1, 1957, first-time applicants who plan to be full-time students must submit proof of immunization for rubella and measles.

Additional Information

Limited Enrollment Programs

Some Allied Health programs have limited enrollment.  Candidates must submit a special application and service fee. All appropriate records from high school, previous colleges, and standardized placement scores must be received in the Admissions Office before the application is reviewed. Early application is highly recommended. See individual program webpages for details.

Allied Health applicants for the limited enrollment programs of Radiography, Surgical Technology, Clinical Medical Assisting, and Health Information Technology need to complete the Allied Health Application Radiography & Surgical Technology Application or the Allied Health 1+1 HIT & Medical Assisting Application. Nursing applicants will complete the Nursing Application.

Allied Health applicants for the limited enrollment programs of Radiography, Surgical Technology, Clinical Medical Assisting, and Health Information Technology will need to attend one of the scheduled zoom sessions, or meet with the program director in order to receive the application.

Selective Admissions Programs
Substance Abuse Intervention Programs require a separate application, learn more about the Substance Abuse Intervention Specialist, A.A.S. and Substance Abuse Intervention Technician, C.A.S. programs and apply from the program page.

Financial Aid
Apply for Financial Aid

Northern offers eligible students federal and state financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Don’t wait, file your FAFSA today.

Apply for Scholarships
You can also apply for scholarships, money that does not have to be repaid, to use for educational expenses.

Northern awards thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  By completing one Northern Scholarship Application you will be considered for dozens of scholarships.  Awards may be based on cumulative grade point average, financial need, number of credit hours, or specific program.  The priority application deadline for scholarship awards is March 1 for the next academic year. 

Veterans planning to receive their Veteran Educational Benefits should contact West Virginia Northern Community College's Veteran Certifying Official at to complete the necessary paperwork. 

Accessibility Services

West Virginia Northern Community College is committed to assuring that students with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities and the same responsibilities as all other students. Given legal mandates under the ADA, postsecondary institutions must make reasonable accommodations in order to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in courses, programs, and activities. Learn more and complete the Voluntary Disability Disclosure Form.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Public Notification Of Nondiscrimination In Career-Technical Opportunities

West Virginia Northern Community College adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and education. West Virginia Northern Community College does not discriminate in its admissions practices, in its employment practices, or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender. As a recipient of federal financial assistance for education activities, West Virginia Northern Community College is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that all of its education programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes [sex, sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status]. 

West Virginia Northern Community College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internal or external to the institution. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination, which are prohibited under Title IX and by West Virginia Northern Community College policy. 

Any member of the campus community, guest, or visitor who acts to deny, deprive, or limit the educational, employment, residential, or social access, opportunities and/or benefits of any member of the West Virginia Northern Community College community on the basis of sex is in violation of the EEOC policy. 

Any person may report sex discrimination (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to have experienced the conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, by video, or by email, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator (below). A report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by filing an incident report at 

Non-discrimination notice and associated policies, procedures and forms.

Director of HR & Development
Title IX Coordinator
1704 Market Street
Wheeling, WV 26003