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 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

  • Apply for admission to Carl Sandburg College. Online Application
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sandburg's Federal School code is007265. You may complete the FAFSA online via the internet at The FAFSA is used to award federal, state and some institutional aid.
  • Monitor your Financial Aid status at mySANDBURG/Webadvisor for Students/My Financial Aid. 
  • Complete and submit any Required Documents on My Financial Aid.
  • Continue to monitor the process for additional requests and when processing is complete to view your Award Letter. 
  • Once your award letter is posted, you may apply for a student loan if it shows you are eligible for a loan.  If you are interested in a loan, complete the three steps found under Helpful Links:  Loan Request Form, Entrance Counseling, and Master Promissory Note. 


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 Placement Test*

*An eighth grade reading level as demonstrated by a standardized test approved by the College is required for admission to developmental and credit classes. This requirement does not apply to Corporate and Leisure classes.

  • 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 documentation of an ACT score of 20 in reading and English, an ACT score of 25 in Math, or a PARCC score of 4 or 5 in math or English may opt out of taking the placement test. (ACT scores must be less than 2 years old)


Step 6: Register for classes

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for courses. Call 309.341.5237 at the Galesburg campus or 217.357.3129 at Carthage.