Haywood Community College operates under the open door policy of the North Carolina Community College System. Students are accepted without regard to race, religion, sex, color, creed, national origin, age, or disability. Any person who is at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or the equivalent, may be accepted by the College. High school students and home schooled applicants 16 years of age or older may be admitted into credit and continuing education courses in accordance with the dual enrollment policies adopted by the state of North Carolina.