Admissions/Enrollment Policies


Southwestern 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 or a high school graduate or its 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 concurrent enrollment policies adopted by the State of North Carolina. Students under the age of 16 years may be admitted to an Early College High School program or admitted the Learn and Earn program or Huskins Bill program. 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.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to a degree, diploma and certificate program requires a high school diploma or the equivalent from an accredited school. 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. Students who interrupt their course of study must reapply. The Dean of Students coordinates and administers all admission requirements, policies and procedures.

  • If you have a High School Diploma you may enroll in all programs*
  • If you have a GED you may enroll in all programs*
  • If you have NO High School Diploma or GED you may enroll in specific courses as special credit. High School students may enroll under certain circumstances.

*Some SCC Health Science programs require selective admission

False Information

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

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.


A student who has NOT been enrolled at the College during the previous semester must complete a new application for admission and update residency classification prior to registration. 

Students applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission, unless waived by the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. The College reserves the right to refuse readmission to a former student who has unpaid financial obligations at the college or who has not complied with previous disciplinary requirements.