Steps to Enroll

Steps to Enroll


Step 1:  Discover your options at Sandburg

  • Learn more about what Sandburg has to offer. Visit the Welcome Center in building B at the Galesburg campus; or speak with an advisor at the Bushnell or Carthage campuses. Take a tour of campus and explore the various educational programs.


Step 2: Submit an application

  • Complete and submit an application at
  • You will receive a welcome letter in the mail about 1 week after with your student ID, email and mySandburg login.


Step 3: Apply for financial aid

  • Go to to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for both federal and state financial aid.
  • If possible, apply before March 1st to ensure the aid that you qualify for is available.
  • Carl Sandburg College’s code is 007265.


Step 4: Request official transcripts

  • High school, GED and all educational institutions.
  • Send to: Carl Sandburg College Attn: Admissions 2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL 61401.


Step 5: Take the COMPASS placement test

  • This untimed assessment test covers reading, writing and math, and will determine the level of classes you may begin.
  • Prepare for this test before you take it. Go to for practice tests, sample questions.
  • If you would like reading assistance to complete the test, please contact Disability Support Services at 309.341.5262.
  • Register at; or 309.345.3500.
  • Students with an ACT score of 20 in reading and English and a 25 in math may opt out of taking the compass test. Scores must be within the past 2 years.


Step 6: Register for classes

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for courses. Call 309.341.5237 at the Galesburg campus, 309.772.2177 at Bushnell and 217.357.3129 at Carthage.