Adult Students Admissions
Northampton Community College

Adult Learning at NCC

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. At NCC, we'll help you get ahead without starting over.


Returning to school after time off or starting for the first time can feel intimidating, but at NCC, you’re not alone. As an adult student, you bring maturity and motivation to your studies, and a wealth of professional and personal experiences to the classroom and to your professors and fellow students. This, in addition to your perseverance and knowing who you are and what you want, gives you a real advantage.


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


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 career services, counseling, tutoring, and the library.


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

Follow our enrollment checklist to apply today! You will need to send us your high school or GED transcript plus any test scores or transcripts from other institutions. You should also complete the FAFSA so that we can evaluate your financial aid opportunities.


If you are applying for one of 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.

Accessible NCC adult education 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!


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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.

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.

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Veterans/Military-Affiliated Students

NCC embraces the unique qualities military service members bring to our institution and is proud to be a Veterans Administration (VA) approved Institution of Higher Learning.

Veterans' Resources
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Childcare Centers

NCC has on-site childcare centers on both our Bethlehem and Pocono Campuses for children ages 6 months-5 years. NCC students receive a discounted rate and placement priority for their children.

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Financial Aid

As one of the most affordable colleges in the region, we strive to make an NCC education attainable for everyone. From scholarships to financial aid packages, explore your options when it comes to paying for college.

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Adult Information Sessions

Join us for an Adult Information Session to learn how NCC can help you reach your goals and connect you with tangible career outcomes when you're finished. We'll cover everything you need to know about the advantages we offer to our adult students including flexible learning options, credit for prior experience, resources and support services, financial aid and more!

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Career Services

Our Center for Career Development offers a wealth of resources and services to students and alumni. With our partners in Counseling and Academic Advising, we help students choose a major, explore careers, navigate the job search process and prepare for the world of work.

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Academic Advising

Our dedicated Academic Advisors are here to assist with choosing classes and creating an academic plan as well as connect you with resources and student organizations to provide a more all-inclusive, rewarding experience while you’re here.

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Technology Support

If you need help with accessing any of the NCC systems like Workday, Office365, Blackboard or any other technology, our IT Help Desk is available seven days a week.

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Workforce Training & Leadership Development

NCC also provides affordable, shorter-term workforce training and leadership development opportunities for those looking to broaden their skillset or make a career change. Many of which are in high-demand fields like healthcare, corporate and public safety, IT education, computer training and more! If you're an adult student looking to get started in one of our short-term training options, click the button below to get started.

An Adult-Friendly Learning Environment

From working full-time and raising their families, to managing busy schedules and priorities, hear adult students discuss how Northampton Community College (NCC) provides the flexibility and balance to find success both in and out of the classroom.

Alumni Spotlight

I started taking classes and doors began opening. I found I was able to understand my life and my world so much better, and that was really empowering to me.

Kim Kindred '22

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Next Steps

With 120+ high-quality programs at a highly affordable cost, you can build specialized skills to advance in your career path — fast. And with flexible class formats and convenient locations, it's never been easier to join us.