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Apply to College

Welcome to Admissions at McDowell Tech. Whether you are a newly graduated high school senior, looking to change careers, seeking new skills, or returning to school to finish your degree, you have come to the right place. We’ve created seven easy steps to help you navigate your way in applying to McDowell Tech.

Step 1:

Residency Determination Service (RDS)

Find out if you qualify for in-state tuition rates. Create a new or use an existing CFNC username and password.


Step 2:

Career Assessment

Find a career that fits your skills and interests by taking the Career Interest Profile. Create a new or use an existing CFNC username/password.

Step 3:

Admissions Application for Mcdowell Tech

FASFA paperwork

Step 4:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Complete your FAFSA to find out what scholarships and financial aid options are available to you. Use school code 008085. Find FAFSA here.

Step 5:

Submit Official Transcripts

After submitting an application, submit a copy of your official transcripts through a third party transcript processing center to [email protected] or mail them to:

McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752


Step 6:

Meet With Advisor To Register

Meet with a helpful college advisor to help map out a personalized education plan. All new students must contact an Onboarding Advisor to register for classes. Please select the appropriate contact.

Call Student Services at 828-659-0444 or 828-652-0622

Step 7:

Activate Student Accounts

Once you have received your acceptance letter to McDowell Tech, you can activate your student accounts.


For questions, contact us at 828-659-0444 or 828-652-0622 or [email protected]