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Admissions/Enrollment

Policy

Southwestern Community College operates under the Open-Door Policy of the North Carolina Community College System. Students are admitted without regard to race, religion, sex, color, creed, national origin, age or disability.

Admission to the College    

Any person who is at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate or its equivalent may be admitted by the College. Verification of high school graduation or equivalency shall be in the form of an official high school transcript or documentation of GED scores.  Upon admission to a curriculum program, an applicant must attain the designated scores on the SAT, ACT or the College placement test.  Students failing to attain the designated scores will be required to successfully complete appropriate developmental course work.  Admission to the College does not imply immediate admission to the curriculum desired by the applicant, and admission to certain Health Science programs may have additional specific entrance requirements. A high school diploma or the equivalent is not required for admission to the following Certificate programs:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrig. Technology
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Trade-Welding

High school age students may be admitted into curriculum courses based upon the requirements established in the Career and College Promise program adopted by the State of North Carolina and the College.   For more information about the Career and College Promise program, contact Cindy Thompson, College Access Coordinator at 828.339.4610 or cindy_thompson[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu.

Admission Refusal  

The college reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant during any period of time that the student is suspended or expelled from another college or educational entity for non-academic disciplinary reasons. The college reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant if it is necessary to protect the safety of the applicant or other individuals.  The Dean of Student Services administers the admissions process and the appeals procedure.

False Information

Applicants are expected to demonstrate honesty in the completion of all necessary forms.  False information will be grounds for rejection or dismissal.

Registered Sex Offenders

All newly admitted students who are classified as registered sex offenders must identify themselves by meeting with the Dean of Student Services PRIOR to registering for classes.

Use of Social Security Numbers

The college collects social security numbers from all applicants for admission to ensure accurate records for required federal and state reporting.  The college protects and restricts access to this information and assigns an ID# to each applicant.

Admission to a Program of Study

Admission to a degree, diploma or selected certificate program requires a high school diploma or the equivalent. An official transcript from a valid high school is required. Students who interrupt their course of study must reapply. The Dean of Student Services coordinates and administers all admission requirements, policies and procedures.

If you have a … You may be eligible to enroll in… 
A High School Diploma All programs ** 
 A GED All programs **
No high school diploma or GED Specific courses as Special Credit
  GED Program
  Adult High School Diploma Program
  The following Certificate programs:
  • Air Conditioning, Heating,  Refrig. Tech.
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Trades - Welding
  Other certificate programs may be available - contact Admissions at 828.339.4352.

** See selective admission health science programs on the following pages.
 

How to Contact the Admissions Office
    Location: Jackson Campus, Balsam Center, 1st Floor  
    Telephone:  800.447.4091 • 828.339.4352 or 339.4253
    Address:  447 College Drive, Sylva, North Carolina  28779  
    E-mail Address: admissions[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu

STEPS TO ENROLL
  1. Application for Admission must be submitted in accordance with the admission policy. To be considered for admission to degree, diploma, or selected certificate programs, official transcripts must be sent by the student’s high school and other institutions attended.
  2. Placement Testing requirement must be met.
  3. Attend New Student Orientation.
  4. Log into mySCC and assigned web mail address.
  5. Meet with an assigned advisor to register for classes.
  6. Attend class on the first day.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

All Students—High School Graduates, GED Recipients, Transfers from other Institutions
All Applicants to the College are required to:
1.  Submit a completed Application for Admission, written or online, to the Admissions Office. The online Application for Admission is located at www.southwesterncc.edu/how-apply
    •   Applicants must prove they are 18 years of age or a high school graduate.
2.  High School Age Students (enrolled in high school or home school) submit a one-page application available through the College Access office.

All Applicants to Degree, Diploma, or Selected Certificate Programs are required to:
1.  Submit an application for admission.
2.  Submit an official transcript from a valid high school or a copy of GED scores to the Registrar’s Office.
    •   High school transcript MUST include the type of diploma awarded and the date awarded. Official transcripts MUST have the official seal of the school and arrive at SCC, unopened, from the issuing schools or agencies.
3.  Submit official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions attended to the Registrar’s Office.
    •  Institutions MUST be accredited by at least one of the “Regional Accrediting Agencies”.  Official transcripts MUST have the official seal of the institution and arrive at SCC, unopened, from the issuing institutions.
    •  All transcripts from other institutions become the property of Southwestern Community College and cannot be returned or reissued.    
4.  ALL transfer students, regardless of whether they are degree seeking, must submit official transcripts to certify eligibility to take courses with prerequisites. All transcripts from other institutions become the property of Southwestern Community College and cannot be returned or reissued.    
   
APPLICATION TO SELECTIVE ADMISSIONS HEALTH SCIENCE PROGRAMS

Applicants to selective SCC Health Science programs are required to:

  • Submit all documents described in the section “Application for Admission to Degree, Diploma, or Selected Certificate Programs.”
  • Applicants MUST meet the Placement Test requirements as described in the Testing section and complete all required developmental courses.
  • Applicants MUST meet all of the additional requirements outlined by the deadline indicated in the particular Health Science program description—see the appropriate program listing in this catalog.
  • Additional transcripts are not necessary UNLESS the applicant has taken coursework since the last submission of transcripts.
  • Applicants for more than one selective admission program must notify the Admissions Office by submitting a Change of Program/Application Update form.

Deadlines for Selective Admission Applications:

Health Program Application Deadline Beginning Test Required
Emergency Medical Science March 31 Fall 2015 HOBET
Health Information Technology June 1 Fall 2015 None
Human Services & Substance Abuse May 10 Fall 2015 None
Medical Assisting AAS April 1 Fall 2015 HOBET
Medical Assisting Certificate October 15 Spring 2016 None
Medical Laboratory Technology January 31 Fall 2015 None
Medical Sonography March 15 Fall 2015 HOBET
Nursing Associate Degree January 31 Fall 2015 TEAS
Occupational Therapist Assistant March 15 Fall 2015 HOBET
Outdoor Leadership July 1 Fall 2015 None
Phlebotomy April 1 Fall 2015 None
Physical Therapist Assistant February 15 Fall 2015 HOBET
Radiography March 1 Fall 2015 HOBET
Respiratory Therapy March 15 Fall 2015 HOBET
Therapeutic Massage April 25 Fall 2015 None
(see program descriptions for details)                        (see Testing section)

    Applicants should meet with assigned advisor prior to deadline.