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Haywood Community College partners with the University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Nov 16, 2023 12:48PM ● By WNC Business

HCC is working with UNC-Wilmington for the Partner for PathWays Program, offering Haywood Community College students guaranteed admission into UNCW for those who are eligible.

Available beginning Spring 2024, UNCW aims to form partnerships with all 58 state community colleges that will guarantee admissions for eligible students and provide seamless support for those seeking a four-year degree.

Haywood Community College students need at least 24 hours of college transfer credits to qualify for the PathWays Program at UNCW.

Dr. Wendy Hines, EVP of Instruction & Students Services at HCC, shares, “We are excited to renew our partnership with UNCW to serve HCC students. The partnership offers HCC students additional benefits as they consider continuing their education beyond HCC. UNCW is well known for academic excellence and offers various majors to serve our transfer students.”

The PathWays program will further enhance the UNCW’s collaboration with community colleges by providing qualifying students with a clear and guaranteed path to admissions. Students in this program will receive tailored communication and program opportunities. In addition, they will be connected to a Transfer Student Success Coordinator who can work with them to create a transfer plan based on their interests and intended major. Transfer students will also have UNCW application fees waived and priority status for merit scholarships and deadlines.

Stefanie Norris, UNCW director of transfer partnerships, said the majority of community colleges are participating in the PathWays program. Additionally, the university is adding more qualifying associate degrees to better meet the needs of students and the region’s workforce.

About HCC:
Haywood Community College is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges. Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission of serving the educational needs and economic growth of our community by promoting lifelong student learning and successThis includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. 

About UNCW:
UNC Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. The university serves nearly 18,000 students and offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate-level programs, as well as select doctoral programs that address state needs. Learn more at

Source: Haywood Community College