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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
  • 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 our College Access Coordinator at ccp[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu or 828.339.4352.

Non-Resident Student Restriction on Enrollment & State Authorization

For students of a state other than North Carolina, SCC must be authorized to offer classes and/or programs by the state in which the student resides. SCC has joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). As of 2018, all US states are included in this reciprocity agreement with the exceptions of California and Massachusetts, If you are a resident of California or Massachusetts, as of 2018, you are not authorized to study with us.

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 Students 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.

Readmission

A student who has NOT been enrolled at the college for the previous two semesters must complete an 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 Executive 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.

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 Students 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
  High School Equivalency Program
  Adult High School Diploma Program
  The following course:
  • Nursing Assistant I (see program description)
  The following Certificate programs:
  • Air Conditioning, Heating,  Refrig. Tech.
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • 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, NC  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.
 

NC Residency Determination Service (RDS)

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly (SB 402) instructed the educational entities in North Carolina to work collaboratively to create a centralized process for determining residency for the purpose of tuition and administration of state financial aid. These entities included the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNCGA), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the North Carolina Independent College and Universities (NCICU), and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). As a result of the legislative directive, College Foundation, (CFI) was selected to develop and administer the statewide Residency Determination Service. Southwestern Community College implemented the Residency Determination Service (RDS) on October 2, 2017. All individuals applying to Southwestern Community College will be required to complete the online residency determination as part of the admissions process. It is recommended that applicants complete the residency determination well in advance of the semester they wish to start. Upon completion of the residency determination, students will be issued a Residency Certification Number (RCN) which will be utilized at all colleges in NC. Southwestern Community College will continue to work with students who have business sponsorships, are using military benefits or other exceptions allowed by the state. All other residency determinations will be made by CFI and not Southwestern Community College.
 

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 October 1  Spring 2018 ATI-TEAS AH
Medical Assisting AAS April 1 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Medical Laboratory Technology January 31 Fall 2017 None
Medical Sonography March 15 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Nursing Associate Degree (RN) January 31 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS N
Occupational Therapist Assistant March 15 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Phlebotomy March 15 Fall 2017 None
Physical Therapist Assistant February 15 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Radiography March 1 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Respiratory Therapy April 1 Fall 2017 ATI-TEAS AH
Therapeutic Massage April 25 Fall 2017 None
(see program descriptions for details)                        (see Testing section)
    Applicants should meet with assigned advisor prior to deadline.