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East Carolina University: Pirate Promise

Pirate Promise is a transfer program for students who are in their first year of coursework at their community college to attend special events, receive advising assistance, and support before they apply to ECU.

Get these benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to ECU with a completed associate degree (view a list of approved associate degrees)
  • Waived ECU application fee
  • A dedicated transfer coach
  • Joint academic advising
  • Joint financial aid counseling
  • Eligible to purchase an ECU 1 Card to get access to:
  • Access to ECU Libraries
  • Access to Virtual Job Shadow, ECU Career Services’ virtual workshop series
  • Participate in select campus activities including “invitation only” Pirate Promise events at ECU.
  • And much, much, more at Student Affairs

By participating you will have access to extensive resources geared to guide you through the transfer process at ECU.

Pirate Promise Applications

The Pirate Promise application will reopen in the fall of 2023.

Download the Pirate Promise information sheet. (PDF)

Learn more and how to apply at the ECU Pirate Promise page.

National University

Through our partnership with National University, WCC students can:

  • Transfer to a National University baccalaureate degree program following completion of a WCC certificate or associate degree program.
  • Apply for the Transfer to Success scholarship. The award will pay up to $5,000. Fifty percent of the award will apply to two courses within the first six months; with the remainder applied to the last two courses of the degree program.

North Carolina Wesleyan University: Wesleyan Works

Wesleyan Works is a transfer program designed for community college students that are planning to continue their education at NC Wesleyan University. This pathway program guarantees admission for community college graduates who complete a degree in Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) or other Associate of Applied Science (AAS).

Students who participate in Wesleyan Works will have access to academic advising and financial aid counseling while attending a community college, as well as access to attend events on the NCWU main campus in Rocky Mount.

Program Overview:

  • Students can apply to a participating Community College and NCWU at the same time, granting a pathway for earning an Associate’s degree and Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students can apply to NCWC Office of Adult and Professional Studies with NO application fees.
  • Students are guaranteed automatic acceptance upon successful completion of the AA/AS/AAS degree from a participating Community College.
  • Students will be provided a NCWC Wesleyan Works student identification card and will have access to events on the NCWC main campus in Rocky Mount.
  • Students will have joint academic advising and financial aid counseling to maximize the savings offered when attending both participating Community College and NCWU.

Majors offered at NC Wesleyan-Goldsboro:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Information Systems – Web Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Political Science

View more information and specific program requirements on the Wesleyan Works website.

North Carolina State University:  C3 and C3 Military Connect

The NC State C3 program is a dual-enrollment, dual-admission program that gives community college students a pathway to a four-year degree from NC State. Students admitted into this program will be dual enrolled in WCC and NCSU. They will have access to services, academic advising, financial aid advising and planning at both schools.

Students from low to moderate-income households who have completed high school or who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college work are eligible to apply for the program.

The C3 Military Connect program is tailored towards our active duty service members, their spouses, dependents, and veterans.

University of Mount Olive: UMO Promise

The UMO Promise agreement allows a seamless transfer from specified WCC associate in applied science degree programs to the University of Mount Olive bachelor’s degree programs.

Programs included:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Agribusiness Technology
  • Animal Science
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Human Services
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Turfgrass Management

UMO will accept up to 60 credit hours from these programs when the student has a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Trojan Alliance Partnership
The Trojan Alliance Partnership with University of Mount Olive offers a tuition scholarship for all former WCC students. The tuition scholarship is applicable to all degrees offered by UMO.

View the flyer for eligibility requirements and program listing.

The University of North Carolina Pembroke: BraveStep

BraveStep creates a bridge to success for prospective University of North Carolina Pembroke students who begin their college careers at Wayne Community College.

WCC students who are selected for the BraveStep program transfer into UNCP after earning just 30 credit hours at WCC, but still obtain an associate degree from WCC.

Here’s how it works:

  • UNCP selects participants from qualified applicants based on high school record and test scores on either the SAT or ACT.
  • The selected individuals begin their academic journey at WCC and transfer to UNCP after earning 30 credit hours.
  • Through the Reverse Transfer Program, BraveStep students use credits earned at UNCP to complete their WCC degree requirements.
  • BraveStep students are co-admitted to WCC and UNCP.
  • BraveStep students enroll in courses included in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement in order to ensure transferability. Note: Only courses with a grade of “C” or better will transfer.
  • BraveStep students receive academic advising and support from both WCC and UNCP.
  • BraveStep students receive UNCP student IDs and be able to use UNCP resources, programming, and campus facilities during their enrollment at WCC.
  • BraveStep students can take advantage of guest lecture series and other co-curricular activities at UNCP.

UNCP is one of the three North Carolina universities (the other two are Elizabeth City State University and Western Carolina University) that are part of the NC Promise Tuition Plan, which sets undergraduate in-state tuition at just $500. All students are eligible for this tuition plan. Student fees, including the costs of room and board, are not included.

For more information, contact the UNCP Office of Admissions at 910-521-6262 or


The University of North Carolina Wilmington: PathWays

The UNC PathWays program will provide guaranteed access for students transferring between the North Carolina Community College System and the UNCW System. It is a pathway for guaranteed transfer admission to UNCW for students completing an AA, AS, AE, AATP, ASTP, or AFA from a North Carolina Community College.

Who is eligible for PathWays?

Students who are currently attending a partner community college and pursuing a transferable Associate’s degree (AA/AS/AE/AATP/ASTP/AFA) are eligible to join PathWays. Only students who are planning to apply as a transfer student are eligible for guaranteed admission. Dual-enrolled or early college students who plan to apply as first-year students are not eligible for PathWays.

What are the benefits of PathWays?

  • Early access to transfer resources, such as tailored coaching and advising from a Transfer Student Success Coordinator
  • Invitations to special workshops and events
  • Guaranteed admission as a transfer student
  • Simplified transfer application process and transfer application fee waiver
  • Priority consideration for transfer merit scholarships

How can I join PathWays?

Complete the PathWays form to enroll in the program. The enrollment form is open year-round, so there are no deadlines, but we do encourage students to join PathWays within their first year at community college to receive the most benefit.


Western Governors University

WGU North Carolina, an online, nonprofit, university, is demonstrating its continued commitment to increasing access to affordable education by establishing a partnership with Wayne Community College.

The institutions have signed an agreement that will provide WCC graduates and faculty with a five percent discount on WGU North Carolina’s already cost-effective tuition of around $3,500 per term for undergraduate programs.

The partnership also includes the announcement of the Wayne Community College Partnership scholarship program, which provides up to $2,000 in scholarships to students interested in transferring to Western Governors University (WGU).

“Our partnership with WGU North Carolina is a couple of steps beyond the typical articulation agreement,” said Dr. Thomas A. Walker Jr., WCC’s president. “Not only does it enable Wayne Community College graduates to transfer coursework toward a bachelor’s degree, but they may also receive a tuition discount and are eligible for scholarships. Its online platform puts dozens of degrees at students’ fingertips and this agreement will make it easier for them to take that next step and earn a bachelor’s degree.”

Through this agreement, Wayne Community College graduates will utilize WGU’s Transfer Pathways program to ensure each transfer student’s associate degree aligns with WGU’s baccalaureate major and degree program offerings. WGU North Carolina offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, technology, education and healthcare, including nursing.

Wichita State University: RDH to BSDH

This agreement between Wichita State University (WSU) and Wayne Community College (WCC) provides students who have completed the Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree at WCC the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree at WSU.

The Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) to Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) degree completion program at WSU, offered completely online, is intended for students who have graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program and hold a current license in dental hygiene. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have:

  1. An earned associate’s degree from a regionally accredited school and a Commission on Dental Accreditation accredited dental hygiene program.
  2. A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  3. A current dental hygiene license.

The RDH to BSDH degree completion program at WSU requires 32 total credit hours.

View the agreement for more details and a list of specific course requirements.