Purpose Statement:

This procedure provides clear, accessible information to students regarding admissions requirements to the college as well as the appropriate level of academic preparation necessary for success in specific programs of study.


Enrollment in courses generally requires:

  1. Application form with applicable transcripts
  2. Letter of acceptance
  3. Completion or receiving waivers for all required placements tests; and
  4. Completion of an online advising session or attending the required Advising and Registration session.


Subpart A. General Admissions Process

  • Application Form. All applicants must submit a complete Minnesota State online application form or a South Central College paper application.
  • All applicable official high school and official college transcripts
  • Application Deadlines. Last business day prior to the start of term.
  • Health Science programs have a separate process for admissions to their individual programs through established selective admissions criteria.
  • Immunizations. Documentation of Immunization as per Minnesota State Statute (M.S.135A.14) must be received no later than 45 class days after the semester begins. Students are allowed to register for their initial term without complete immunization information on file. A registration hold will limit future registration to one course if the immunization form is not received.
  • Appeals. Students denied admission or enrollment as a visiting student may appeal. Appeals of denial of admission or enrollment based on financial holds shall not be accepted.

Subpart B. International Student Provisions

A person enrolling at the college as an international student must submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • Completed International Student Admission Application
  • Proof of academic achievement as documented by official high school or college transcripts (English or English translation)
  • Applicants must submit a notarized, current, original bank statement showing the required dollar amount in U.S. currency for adequate financial support to cover all educational and living expenses to fund one academic year (tuition and fees, books, housing, food, transportation, medical insurance, and other expenses).
    • If using a financial sponsor, the financial sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Support (I-134) and a notarized, current, original bank statement in U.S. currency.
    • The bank statement must be in English, certified by a bank official, and not less than two (2) months old at the time of application.
  • Proof of English proficiency based on one of the following tests:
    • TOEFL – minimum score of 500 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 61 on the internet-Based Test (iBT)
    • Michigan Test – minimum score of 75
    • ELS – Academic level 109 completed
  • Proof of visa status if currently residing in U.S, or copy of Form I-20 for F-1 visa holders
  • Purchase mandatory college-sponsored medical insurance plan

Subpart C. Post Secondary Options Enrollment Program Provisions

Subpart D. Visiting Student Provisions.

  1. Visiting students shall satisfy course prerequisites.
  2. Enrollment may be denied to a student with a hold due to conduct or Satisfactory Academic Progress, at any institution.
  3. Students who have a financial hold on their records from another Minnesota State college or university will be denied the ability to register for courses at South Central College. An exception may be considered if a third party is paying for the course (e.g. employer, Workforce Center, etc.) in which case a hold may temporarily be removed to allow for registration and then the hold will be re-applied to the student's account.
  4. A registration window for visiting students will provide them with a reasonable opportunity to register for courses.
  5. South Central College may limit enrollment in historically high demand courses or courses restricted to majors.

List of related procedures or policies

3.04 Undergraduate Admissions policy (System)
3.04.01 Undergraduate Admissions procedure (System)
5.11 Senior Citizens policy (System)
3.05 Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program policy (System)
3.05.01 Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) policy
3.0501 Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program procedure (System)
3.0501.00001 Post-secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) procedure
2.09 Academic Standing and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (System)
2.0901 Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
2.09.01 Academic Standing and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress procedure (System)
3.2901 Credit Life Span policy
3.21 Undergraduate Course and Credit Transfer and the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum policy (System)
3.2101 Transfer Credit policy
3.39 Transfer Rights and Responsibilities policy (System)
3.21.01 Minnesota Transfer Curriculum procedure (System)

Date of last review: 3/15/19