Carl Sandburg College - Admissions Policy 

Admissions as a regular student in a program of study is available to in-district, out-of-district, out of state students, and international students who:  

  • are secondary/high school graduates recognized by a state accredited provider or home school graduates. IMPORTANT: A “certificate of attendance” does not constitute high school graduation nor is the certificate deemed equivalent to high school completion; 
  • have a high school equivalency certificate recognized by a state accredited provider within any of the fifty states; or an equivalent secondary education approved by the College; 
  • are non-graduates 18 years of age or older; 
  • are16 or 17 years of age and has severed connection with a secondary school, and provides a letter documenting this status from the chief executive officer of the school in which the student has legal residence
  • meet the additional international student admissions requirements to be eligible for an F-1 Visa.


Admission High School Dual Enrolled  

Students currently enrolled in a secondary school/high school may be accepted as a regular student with approval from the secondary school/high school.  A student may enroll in college classes and earn both college and high school credit.  


Admission Under Age 16  

Individuals, ages 16 and under may be admitted as a Conditional Student after an "Admission Request for a Student Under the Age of 16" form is approved.  Certain classes may require a background check, placement test, and/or high school diploma or High School Equivalency.   


Ability to Benefit  

Students who met the federal "ability to benefit" guidelines prior to 2012 may be admitted without a high school diploma, or high school equivalency, who provide documentation they passed an approved "ability to benefit test" with qualifying scores.    


Conditional Student

Conditional students are defined as applicants that do not meet any of the above criteria or are non-degree seeking. Conditional students are not eligible to receive federal aid, veteran’s benefits, or graduate from a program.  


Non-credit/Continuing Education  

Students are eligible to enroll in non-credit courses and programs as long as they are able to benefit from the educational experience and meet specific course pre-requisites.