Applying to NCC - Adult Learners

Expand your horizons by continuing your education at Northampton Community College. 

Start or return to college to grow your earning potential and develop a deeper understanding of the topics that interest you. 

Here, you’ll have plenty of support throughout your education, like academic advisors who are dedicated to your success, flexible online course offerings, and on-campus childcare centers. Achieving your goals is just a few steps away.

Our adult-friendly learning environment is ideal if you never had a chance to start college, if you started college but didn’t complete it, or if you have a college degree and are looking to pursue a new specialty. We understand the distinctive needs and learning styles of those who have been out of the classroom for a while, and we can offer the support and flexibility you need to reach your goals.

The Application Process

Completing your application is fast, easy, and free! Simply click here to get started and create an account in our Admissions & Financial Aid Portal which will be your gateway to our application.

After you've completed your application, check your personal email account you entered in your application. Within 24 hours, you’ll receive an email with your username and temporary password for your Workday Student Portal along with next steps for our admitted students.

If you are applying for one our our Selective Admissions Programs (Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Funeral Service Education, Medical Assistant, Nursing-RN, Nursing-LPN,  Radiography and Veterinary Technician), make sure to review all of the requirements and deadlines. You must submit all application materials by the deadline and complete all prerequisite requirements to be considered.

Earn College Credits for What You Already Know

NCC recognizes that many students come to us with knowledge and expertise already in hand. Whether you have served in the military, taken Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, have been part of extensive on-the-job-training or apprenticeships, participated in a non-credit program, earned certificates for professional development, taken online classes at a non-regionally accredited school, are fluent in a second or third language, or have spent dedicated years of service in a given career – we value what you have learned and, whenever possible, want to award you college credit for that work. Learn more about earning credit for prior learning here.

The Flexibility to Pursue Your Passion  

Across more than 120 programs and majors, including 34 online programs, you’ll have options to adapt your learning to your family and career commitments. All NCC adult students gain access to our on-campus resources and facilities, like academic advising, career services, counseling, tutoring, and the library. 

Resources Supporting Our Adult Learners

NCC campuses are designed to support the distinctive needs of adult community college students. We offer discounted rates at our childcare centers and provide academic advisors who can work with your schedule to find your path to success. You may also be eligible for our 65+ tuition and fee waiver or our tuition waiver program for students who have been laid off from a full-time position in the past year.

Admissions for Adult Learners

Accessible programs are available to learners of all backgrounds. Our resources and admissions team can help you navigate the application and admission process: send your questions to or start your application!