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Good decision. No, great decision.

Have you been a high school graduate for five years or more and are now ready to tackle that college degree? Or, did you actually try college a few years back and for whatever reason, it wasn't your thing? That's okay, because now you know that college is definitely in your future.

What a great decision! The SCC team applauds you. You will never regret getting a college degree; it will give you greater employment opportunities, earning potential, and a lot of personal satisfaction over your lifetime.


About 30 percent of our students are 22 years and older and fall into this "returning learner" category. These students are often financially independent from their parents, work full time or nearly full time, and often have children of their own. Add two to three college courses, and that is a recipe for some serious stress!

To help you manage this successful transition from "working adult" to "working adult and student," SCC offers the following:

Returning Learners Admissions Appointment (optional)

If you are still on the fence about college, you may want to meet with an admissions counselor.  During this one-on-one appointment, you will learn about our degree programs, financial aid, and most importantly, about the many resources here to help you succeed in your college journey. Concerned about academics? We have helpful academic counselors, Success Coaches, and the ACE Tutoring Center. Worried about money? We have helpful financial counselors and a financial literacy website for your use. SCC wants you to feel good about this decision. Working with an admissions recruiter will help you feel informed, confident, and ready to register for college courses.

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College Success Seminar/COL 101 (required)

This is your opportunity to go from confident about college to "I've definitely got this." College Success Seminar will inform you about the same things you learned with your admissions counselor only in much more depth. You'll get to know the campus well, interview a college panel of faculty and staff, understand how to run a degree audit, register for classes, practice time management and study skills, learn about Career Services, and more! Students who attend all class sessions and complete the practical, application-oriented homework on time (none of it is difficult) are destined for their first college "A." This one-credit hour course is offered two ways – as a
10-week course and as a 9-day intensive seminar preceding main semesters. 

Here's what you need to know to apply for admission and register for classes:

  1. Complete an Application for Admission; you can do this at any time during the year.
  2. If you attended previous educational institutions, send your official transcripts from EACH institution to Enrollment Services. You also must complete and submit a Request for Evaluation to Enrollment Services to have your courses evaluated for SCC credit.
  3. Take the Academic Skills Assessment.
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  4. Apply for financial aid and scholarships.
  5. First time in college? Then schedule an appointment to meet with an academic counselor and register for classes. Together you'll review your test results and the counselor will help you select courses.
  6. Register for College 101 (COL 101) – If you are a first-time freshman you are required to take "College Success Seminar" (COL 101). Students who withdraw from COL 101 will have a "hold" put on their registration and must take the course the following semester. For more details, visit Academic Counseling.

  7. Pay tuition and fees in full. You'll be dropped from all of your courses if you fail to pay your tuition in full by the due date, so read this closely:
  8. Get your picture ID and parking tag.
  9. Buy your textbooks.
  10. Login to mySCC portal. This is where you'll access student tools like Canvas, CougarMail, Tech Help Desk and SCC Connection (final grades, GPA, register for classes, etc.). You can also find campus announcements, news and events in the portal.
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