Entrance Assessment

All students who do not have prior college level English and Math must submit scores from a placement assessment test for the purpose of placing a student in classes. A student who has completed the Application for Admission process may take the Accuplacer test on campus at New River. There is no charge for the Accuplacer test and a student should allow up to 3 hours for testing.  Students will need to contact the local campus testing Program Coordinator: Beckley (304-929-5005 or 929-5482), Greenbrier Valley Campus (304-647-6591), Nicholas County Campus (304-883-2465) and Mercer County students should contact (304-818-2012) for more information on scheduling the Accuplacer Test. The placement tests we accept at New River are: ACT, SAT, Accuplacer and recent high graduates who present Compass scores. ACT and SAT scores must be within 5 years of the date of application to be accepted.

American College Test (ACT)

The following table shows what classes you may/must take based on your ACT scores. If you took your ACT before 1989, this table does not apply to you and you should see an admissions counselor about placement based on your scores.

Math 1-14 Must take MATH 098 & MATH 099
15-18 Must take MATH 099
19+ May take MATH 101 or MATH 102
21+ May take MATH 109
English 1-17 Must take ENGL 099
18+ ENGL 099 not required
Reading 1-16 Must take ENGL 098
17+ ENGL 098 not required

The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test- SAT):

The following table shows what classes you may/must take based on your SAT scores. If you took your SAT before 1995, this table does not apply to you and you should see an admissions counselor about placement based on your scores.

Math Below 410 Must take MATH 098 & MATH 099
410-459 Must take MATH 099
460+ May take MATH 101,MATH 102, or MATH 109
Verbal Below 420 Must take ENGL 098 & ENGL 099
Below 450 Must take ENGL 099
450+ ENGL 098 & ENGL 099 not required


Accepted from recent high school graduates.

Math 0-30 Must take MATH 098 & MATH 099
31-58 Must take MATH 099
59-100 May take MATH 101 or MATH 102
70+ May take MATH 109
English 0-70 Must take ENGL 099
71-100 ENGL 099 not required
Reading 0-74 Must take ENGL 098
75-100 ENGL 098 not required




Math 0-84 Arithmatic Must take MATH 098 & MATH 099
85-100 Arithmatic Must take MATH 099
0-83 Algebra May take MATH 099
84-100 Algebra Math 101 or Math 102
Sentence Skills 0-87 Must take ENGL 099
88 or above ENGL 101
Reading 0-78 Must take ENGL 098
79 or above ENGL 101














Apply Now!

Congratulations on deciding to apply at New River Community and Technical College! We are excited to help you with your journey and taking your next step to a better future. If at any point in the process you have a question, please do not hesitate to call the admissions office at 304-929-5480. A list of all the degree and certificate programs offered at New River is available here, or you may view the list of the available degrees and certificates for the Advanced Technology Center, Beckley Campus, Greenbrier Valley Campus, Mercer County Campus, or Nicholas County Campus.
Applications are accepted year-round and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid any delays with financial aid or class registration. Applications are accepted both online or via a printed application.

Questions related to the online application may be directed to your local campus Admissions staff or Enrollment Services, 304-929-5480.

Apply online

Download Application for Admission (PDF)
or This form may be printed and mailed or submitted via email.
Completed forms should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steps to becoming a New River Student

1. Apply for admission
2. Apply for financial aid
3. Receive notice of admission and financial aid eligibility
4. Return requested material to Admissions and Financial Aid
5. Participate in an online orientation session
6. Register for classes
7. Purchase Books
8. Pay Tuition and Fees
9. Attend classes

Student Orientation


Here is the 2014 Spring Student Orientation Manual

Welcome new students! We look forward to helping prepare you for the future and becoming a part of our New River Family.

Online Orientation

Fall 2014 mandatory online orientation is now available.  READ REGISTRATION INFORMATION GUIDELINES BEFORE BEGINNING...


Transient, Provisional (current high school students who will remain in high school during the upcoming semester) and Special (Non-degree and Non-certificate seeking) students do not have to complete online orientation.

Registration Information Guidelines

Now thru June 30- Priority Registration for Fully Admitted Applicants

In order to register for classes, you must meet the following criteria:

  • have submitted an Application for Admission and be fully admitted in the Office of Admissions (file complete, all requested documents received)
  • successfully completed online orientation
  • completed a new Application for Admission if you are a Returning (re-admitted) student prior to your registration appointment with the Office of Admissions.

July 1- August 8 - Open Registration begins

In order to register for classes, you must meet the following criteria:

  • have submitted an Application for Admission
  • submitted all unofficial college transcripts (if applicable) to the Office of Admissions if you do not have official transcripts turned in (for advising purposes only) prior to scheduling a registration appointment. You will still be responsible for submitting official transcripts in order to complete your admission file.
  • if you have not submitted ACT, SAT or Compass placement test scores or have not passed a college level Math and English course from an accredited college in which New River CTC accepts credit, you will need to take the placement test with the Student Success Center. Note: For test scores to be accepted, the test date must be within 5 years from the date of Application for Admission.

Priority Registration is open now thru June 30 for fully admitted new students (admission file complete, all requested information such as transcripts and test scores received) including returning (re-admitted: sat out a semester or longer, excluding summer term). Fully admitted students may contact the Office of Admissions on their local campus to schedule an appointment to register after they have completed online orientation and if they have completed a career assessment if desired due to uncertainty of major.

Conditionally admitted students may schedule an appointment for July 1 or after to register providing they have submitted at least unofficial college transcripts to the Office of Admissions for advising purposes if all official transcripts have not been received (if applicable).  A student must have completed placement testing with the Student Success Center and scores must be entered in the database prior to scheduling an appointment if ACT, SAT, or Compass scores (accepted from a WV public high school) were not provided.



General Admission Contact Information

Beckley Campus Greenbrier Valley Campus Mercer County Campus Nicholas County Campus Advanced Technology Center
167 Dye Drive, Beckley, WV 25801 101 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901 1397 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV 24740 6101 Webster Road, Summersville, WV 26651 P.O. Box 307
527 Odd Rd.
Ghent, WV 25843
304-929-5476 304-647-6586 304-818-2012 304-883-2437 304-929-3315
304-929-5469 304-647-6568 304-425-5858 304-883-2438

You may call 1-866-349-3739 and choose the campus you are interested in attending. Next, press "1" or ask for Student Recruitment to learn more about New River, our courses, programs and the opportunities available to you. Another option is to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have submitted an Application for Admission and have questions or need assistance, please call the Office of Admissions on the campus you plan to attend.

The campus selected on the Application for Admission is where the Admission file will be housed, financial aid funds will be distributed (if eligible), and registration will occur. The mailing address on the Application is where the admit letter and information will be mailed after processing. Please make sure to update this information if it changes at anytime within our office. An applicant should receive an admit letter within 3-7 busienss days from date of application.

New Students are seen in the Office of Admissions initially before being assigned to a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor will work with the student to assist in advising and registration after the first schedule is prepared.

New students are seen by appointment for advising and registration and walk-ins are worked in when possible. New student registration begins after the designated specific current student registration period ends each semester (see Academic Calendar).  Fully admitted students (complete files) will be allowed to register during the first phase. Please call to schedule your appointment once you are notified of your fully admit status or have turned in items to complete your file once New Student Registration begins. It is announced on Facebook and the website as well. 



EDGE Credit

The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. For more information on what each EDGE compatible high school course will transfer to New River as, click here.

After applying to New River, students who have potential EDGE credit should request an EDGE transcript online by clicking here and completing the online transcript request.  If you are unsure if your specific class was EDGE compatible, please contact your high school or career and technical school attended for verification by speaking with the EDGE coordinator.

Once the EDGE transcript has been requested, it will be sent directly to the Registrar's office of the school selected. The process may take up to 2 weeks. Please inform the Office of Admissions of the EDGE transcript and when the transcript was requested when scheduling an appointment for class registration.

EDGE credit will only be posted to your college transcript once you have successfully completed credit hours with New River. You may speak with the Registrar's Office to follow up on applicable credit received.

For assistance or information regarding EDGE credit, contact Jossie Spencer, Records Assistant, Registrar's Office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (304) 647-6562.

Important Links

EDGE credit accepted by college 
EDGE Transcript request (Please complete a College application before requesting your EDGE Transcript)




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Financial Aid Refund

The first day for distribution of financial aid refund checks is Thursday, Sept. 4.  Checks can be picked up in the Business Office on your campus. Students must attend all classes and be actively participating in online courses in order to be eligible to pick up a financial aid refund check.