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Begin Taking Credit Courses at Durham Tech

Welcome students! Whether you are new to Durham Tech, returning after some time away or preparing to graduate, there are many questions to consider each semester in order to get ready to take courses. We hope this interactive map will be useful as you plan ahead and work towards meeting your educational goals. Simply follow the transit line that applies to you orange for new students, blue for former students and purple for returning students. Please note, additional steps may be required for High School/Career and College Promise, Non-US Citizen/International, Health Technologies, and post-baccalaureate students. Print this page.

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New Students Start Here

What program is right for me?

Durham Tech has a wide variety of programs to help you meet your educational and career goals. Start by reviewing your program options.

If you are undecided or need help to determine which program is the best fit, visit the online career center or make an appointment to meet with an advisor/enrollment counselor by calling 919-536-7205. We're here to help you!

If you are coming to Durham Tech to take a few courses and do not plan to complete a degree, diploma or certificate, you can apply as a visiting student.

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When do I start the enrollment process?

Durham Tech has priority enrollment due dates each semester. You will want to aim to complete your application, attend a ConnectSession, submit transcripts and other documents, and apply for financial aid prior to this date:

June 15 for the fall semester
October 15 for the spring semester
March 15 for summer term

We recommend you start the enrollment process as soon as possible, but at least one month before the priority enrollment due date. If you have missed the deadline, you should complete the enrollment steps as soon as possible and know that your registration could be delayed. View the final enrollment due dates.

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Where can I get an application?

If you want to take courses for college credit, you can apply online.

Complete your admissions application at least one month before the priority enrollment deadline to get a good start. Once you submit an application, visit the ConnectSession web page to schedule your new student orientation.

Applications are not required for noncredit courses. You can register in person, by mail or fax.

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When is orientation (ConnectSession)?

Once you have completed your application, you are ready to attend a ConnectSession, Durham Tech's new student orientation. Visit the ConnectSession web page to schedule your session. You will want to do this as soon as possible to ensure you have all the information you need to complete the enrollment process.

At your ConnectSession, you will learn about program requirements, options for paying for your education, how to best balance academic and personal responsibilities, and resources that will help you to be successful during your first semester. You will also begin to plan your first semester courses. For more information call 919-536-7205.

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Do I have to take any tests to go to college?

You must meet prerequisites for any courses you plan to take at Durham Tech. At Durham Tech, we offer the NCDAP math placement test and the COMPASS reading and writing exam. These tests are offered free of charge on Durham Tech's campus.

Preparing and practicing for your placement test is a critical step in the enrollment process, not to mention it can help you save valuable time and money. Visit the placement testing section to learn more about test preparation.

The testing schedule is also available online. You will need your student ID number and a photo ID to take the exam. For more information call 919-536-7210.

If you have taken COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, SAT, ACT, AP, or IB tests within the past five years, you may be exempt from some or all portions of the placement test. Bring copies of your scores to the Testing Center.

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How will I pay for my education?

Attending a ConnectSession is the best way to learn about all of your options for paying for courses at Durham Tech.

Many admitted program students can receive financial aid. If you meet the eligibility requirements you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Don't forget to include Durham Tech's school code (005448) so the college will receive your information.

Complete the FAFSA at least one month prior to the priority enrollment due date so that you'll have time to submit any additional verification paperwork and we can determine your eligibility and process your award in a timely manner. For more information, call 919-536-7209.

Visiting students are not eligible for financial aid and should plan to make a tuition payment at the time of registration.

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Do I need to send in transcripts? SAT scores? Other paperwork?

Yes! Be sure to submit official copies of high school and college transcripts to Durham Tech's Student Information and Records office by the priority due date. More detailed information is available in the transcript evaluation section, or you can call 919-536-7214.

Copies of SAT/ACT, AP, IB, CLEP, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, and ASSET test scores taken in the last 5 years should be submitted to Durham Tech's Testing Center located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1302.

If you are interested in a health technologies program, you must complete additional admission steps and forms. Visit the programs of study web page and click on your program to access an admissions checklist.

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How do I know if you've received my admissions or financial aid application and other documents?

It is critical that you check your status regularly, especially if you are depending on financial aid. All official Durham Tech communications and requests for additional documents will be emailed to you via ConnectMail or posted on your WebAdvisor profile. You will want to activate these accounts as soon as possible so that you can receive important messages.

After you submit your application, be on the lookout for an email containing your student ID number and instructions for accessing ConnectMail and WebAdvisor. If you need help with these accounts, visit connect.durhamtech.edu or call 919-536-7200 and select option zero.

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Who can help me to choose my courses?

After attending the ConnectSession (or if you are exempt from orientation), you should schedule an individual appointment with your first-year academic advisor by following the instructions on the advising web page. During your appointment, you will discuss your educational goals, select courses for your first semester, review registration requirements, and learn about resources available to you as a Durham Tech Student.

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Have I forgotten anything?

Take one last look at your ConnectMail and WebAdvisor profile.

If you've responded to any requests for missing documents or information, we have received and processed all required paperwork, and you've completed all of the steps above, you are ready to register for your first semester of courses at Durham Tech!

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How do I register for courses?

Access your WebAdvisor to select classes and add them to your schedule during the registration period. Detailed instructions are provided on the registration web page. If you get stuck, you can receive help at the Advising and Registration office located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1200.

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Former Students Start Here

Do I need to re-apply?

If you have not enrolled in curriculum courses for three consecutive semesters (fall, spring, and summer), you are required to re-apply to the college. Visit the admissions section for information about re-applying to Durham Tech or go directly to the Enrollment Application.

Durham Tech has a priority enrollment deadline each semester. Submit your application completed, transcripts, and financial aid documents prior to this date so you get priority enrollment status. The priority deadlines are:

June 15 for the fall semester
October 15 for the spring semester
March 15 for summer term

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Can I receive financial aid?

Many admitted program students can receive financial aid. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov Don't forget to include Durham Tech's school code (005448) so the college will receive your information.

Complete the FAFSA at least one month prior to the priority enrollment due date so that you'll have time to submit any additional verification paperwork and we can process your award in a timely manner. For more information, call 919-536-7209.

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How do I check my student status?

Be sure to re-activate your ConnectMail and WebAdvisor accounts and check them often. The college will use these tools to provide you with time-sensitive information and prompt you to submit any missing documents to the Admissions or Financial Aid offices.

Confirmation of your readmission to Durham Tech will be sent to your ConnectMail account only.

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What other documents are required?

If you have taken college credit courses during your time away from Durham Tech, you should submit official copies of your transcripts to Durham Tech's Student Information and Records office by the priority deadline. More detailed information is available in the transcript evaluation section, or you can call 919-536-7214.

Also, if you have not taken a curriculum class at Durham Tech within the past five years, you must re-submit the official transcripts and proof of high school completion that you provided at the time of your initial enrollment.

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How do I find my academic advisor?

You will need to see an advisor to have your courses approved prior to registration.

During walk-in hours, advisors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Advising and Registration office, located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center on Main Campus, room 1200, second floor, and at the Orange County Campus.

Once courses begin, program students will be reassigned to a faculty advisor. Visiting students can continue to take advantage of walk-in hours or participate in online advising.

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Have I forgotten anything?

Take one last look at your ConnectMail and WebAdvisor profile.

If you've responded to any requests for missing documents or information, we have received and processed all required paperwork, and you've completed all of the steps above, you are ready to register for your first semester of courses at Durham Tech!

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Returning Students Start Here

When should I meet with my academic advisor?

Connecting with your advisor is important for academic success. You should reach out to your advisor if you are experiencing academic difficulty or if you need assistance clarifying your educational or career goals. You should also plan to meet with an advisor each semester prior to registration. It is your responsibility to schedule advising meetings.

The advising section answers frequently asked questions including how to find your advisor's contact information and how to submit requests for online advising. You should review your plan of study and think about which classes you would like to take prior to meeting with your advisor.

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How do I renew my financial aid?

Renewal applications for financial aid must be submitted each academic year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available for the upcoming academic year after January 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for the next academic year, preferably no later than April 15. Durham Tech's Title IV school code is 005448. The correct Title IV school code must be listed on the application for Durham Tech to be able to electronically access the application information.

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Have I forgotten anything?

Take one last look at your ConnectMail and WebAdvisor profile.

If you've responded to any requests for missing documents or information, we have received and processed all required paperwork, and you've completed all of the steps above, you are ready to register for your first semester of courses at Durham Tech!

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When is tuition due?

You must pay your bill the same week you register. Specific deadlines for payment are published on the Important Dates web page during registration periods. Payment may be made online via WebAdvisor using a debit card, Mastercard, or Visa, or in person at the Cashier's Window in the White Building, room 81.

Visit the tuition and fees section to learn about the current tuition rates and fees. For more information, call 919-536-7201.

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Where do I get my parking pass and ID badge?

You can pick up your ID card at the Campus Police and Public Safety office once you are registered for classes. If you plan to park on campus, bring your license plate number, the make and model of your vehicle, and your driver's license to obtain a parking decal the week before classes begin. For more information, call 919-536-7255.

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Where can I buy books?

A bookstore is conveniently located on the first floor of the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center. There you will find everything else you'll need to be successful on your first day of class. Use WebAdvisor to determine which textbooks are required. For more information, call 919-596-8883 or visit the bookstore web page.

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When do classes start?

The first day of classes and many other Important Dates are published on the Durham Tech website.

Be sure to attend the first day of your classes to make sure you understand course requirements and have the correct textbooks and materials. Regular attendance is expected and critical for success!

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What do I do if I need help?

The faculty and staff at Durham Tech are committed to helping you meet your educational goals. A comprehensive array of student services is available on campus, including tutoring, counseling, and assistance for students with disabilities.

Many resources are also available through the college's ConnectCenter, including live chat with a student communication assistant.

If you are experiencing academic difficulty, visit your instructor during office hours or reach out to your academic advisor.

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What do I do if I need help?

Good job for thinking ahead! You should start planning for the next semester around midterm time. You can follow the "returning student" line on this transit map to guide you as you prepare.

Take time each semester to review your plan of study and re-assess your educational goals. Does your program still feel like a good fit? Are you maintaining a satisfactory GPA? Do you need to start planning for your time beyond Durham Tech university transfer, a job search, etc.? Seek guidance from faculty and staff as you reflect on your experiences and make choices for the future.

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When do I apply to graduate?

When you meet with your advisor each semester, you should discuss your progress towards graduation and review the requirements of your plan of study. In the semester before you plan to graduate, you should submit a graduation application.

Congratulations on all of your academic successes!

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If you require assistance at any point in the process, you can connect with a student communication assistant via phone, email, or live chat.