Steps to Enroll


STEP 1: Explore Your Options

Explore Your Options

Step 1: Explore Your Options

Schedule a one-on-one appointment with an admissions recruiter or plan to attend an Explore Sandburg Open House. You may find a list of our upcoming events HERE. 


Step 2: Submit an Application

Submit an Application

Step 2: Submit an Application


  • In approximately a week, you will receive a Welcome Letter with your Sandburg Student ID, Sandburg email address and instructions that will allow you access to your student account and financial aid information through the mySandburg portal.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

  • Create an FSA ID for the student and parent (if dependent). This is a one time process. The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and will serve as your legal signature. Create an FSA ID.  The following video is helpful in understanding the requirements to set up an FSA ID.  Instructional Video – How to Create an FSA ID.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sandburg's Federal School code is 007265. 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/Self-Service Menu/MyFinancialAid/Financial Aid Self Service and your Sandburg email account.
  • 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.  If you are interested in a loan, complete the three steps found under "Apply for Federal Student Loans" on our Financial Aid Page

Step 4: Request Official Transcripts

Request Official Transcripts

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 Accuplacer Placement Test

Accuplacer Overview

Step 5: Take Accuplacer Placement Test

Carl Sandburg College wants you to be successful in your course work; the ACCUPLACER placement tests of reading and mathematics are required for new students.  ACCUPLACER scores determine a student’s mandatory placement into college-level courses (classes with course number 100 and above), developmental education courses (classes with course number <100).  Our goal is to ensure proper placement into appropriate courses for your skill level.  There is no charge** to take the ACCUPLACER placement test (up to 2 attempts).  Test results are valid for 5 years.

It is very important that students do their best work on the placement test so that they are placed appropriately in courses where they can succeed and make progress. Time spent in developmental courses will delay enrollment into college level courses.  It is highly recommended that students prepare for the placement test.

Note:  in lieu of ACCUPLACER testing, official ACT scores will be accepted for placement if the test was taken within two years of the admission date to Carl Sandburg College.  Minimum score requirements are as follows:

  • English/Writing: 20
  • Reading: 20
  • Mathematics: 25

Students wishing to use their ACT test for placement will need to have ACT send official scores to Carl Sandburg College.  Official high school transcripts with the ACT score will also be accepted.

If you would like to visit our testing center page or testing resources please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I need to take the ACCUPLACER placement test?
  • After completion of a Sandburg application, you may then schedule your test.
  • Before new full-time students meet with an advisor to register for classes, testing is required.
Where can I take the ACCUPLACER test?
  • The test is administered at all Carl Sandburg College campus locations.
  • If out of district, arrangements may be made to test at your local community college, via remote testing.   Advanced planning is required for this option.
How do I register for the ACCUPLACER test?
If I have a documented disability, can I receive accommodations for the ACCUPLACER test?
  • Applicants who need to take the ACCUPLACER test with accommodations based on their disability should contact the Coordinator of Academic Support Services by calling, (309)-341-5262 to make arrangements.
 What can I expect on the day of testing?
  • A brief orientation that will include information about campus resources and purpose of the ACCUPLACER.
  • The test consists of two sections; reading and mathematics.  There is no pass or fail associated with these tests.  Sections are untimed.  Do not be concerned with the completion time of other test takers!  Most students take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour per test.  If you are taking both tests, plan on spending 2 hours to complete your placement testing.
  • Post-ACCUPLACER advising provided upon completion of tests.  Staff provides you a copy of your score report, reviews tests results, goals and answers questions.
What should I bring on the day of testing?
  • You must bring a photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport or school ID are acceptable forms of ID).
  • You cannot use a calculator unless one appears on the testing screen.
  • A positive attitude! Remember, you cannot fail these tests.
I was not satisfied with my ACCUPLACER test results.  Can I take the test over?
  • A student might feel that they were not prepared.  Sometimes a student might feel that their health was not optimal, thus preventing successful demonstration of their skills. Sometimes a student feels that the testing conditions were unsatisfactory.  For these and many other reasons, retesting is allowed.
  • Students are allowed one free retest.
  • Assessment Retests: An applicant can take the College’s assessment examination twice within a 12 month period without any fees assessed. Additional retests within the 12 month period will be subject to fees.
  • An applicant will be charged a fee of $10.00 per assessment for any retests within the 12 month period after the two free chances.
  • Testing Center staff will complete the Assessment Retest Form and the applicant must then pay the fee at the Business Office at the Galesburg location or in the main office at Carthage.  The applicant will be required to submit the completed Assessment Retest Form that indicates proof of payment before they are allowed to sit for retesting.
  • There is a 24 hour waiting period between examinations; as additional time to study may be required.
Can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER placement tests?
  • To assist you in your preparation, our staff strongly encourages you to check out the following link below; as well as the link entitled, "Test Prep Resources", which is located to the left of this web page.


Register to Take Accuplacer

Please fill out the form below to register for an Accuplacer placement test time and date.


Step 6: Register for Classes

Register for Classes

Step 6: Register for Classes

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for courses. Fall Registration begins April 3, 2017.
  • Call 309.341.5237 at the Galesburg campus or 217.357.3129 at Carthage campus.