How do I register for classes?

How do I register for classes?


If you are a new or returning student, you must follow these steps to be ready to register for classes.


If you are a student who has college credits from another institution or just want to take a summer class at Sandburg to transfer back to your college or university, please send your all college transcripts to Sandburg.


If you are taking online classes only, you are not required to attend the Charge Up orientation.


Step 1:  Discover your options at Sandburg

  • Contact the Welcome Center to learn more about what Sandburg has to offer.
  • Speak with a recruiter, 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 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.
  • Register at You may also call the location you will take the exam at.
    Galesburg 309-345-3500 Bushnell: 309.772.2177   Carthage: 217.357.3129


Step 6: Complete the online orientation


Step 7: Register for classes

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for courses. Call the office at the location you will attend.
    Galesburg: 309.341.5237   Bushnell: 309.772.2177   Carthage: 217.357.3129


Step 8: Pay for classes

  • Payment must be made by the published tuition due date.
  • If you receive financial aid, your FAFSA application must be processed and on your account at Sandburg by the published tuition due date.


Step 9: Get your student ID

  • Get your picture taken for your photo ID by going to Security Office in D209 on the Galesburg campus.  
  • You must show another photo ID to obtain your Sandburg ID.


Step 10: Attend Charge Up orientation

  • Your academic advisor will sign you up to attend this orientation.
  • Charge Up orientation will give you important information you need to begin taking classes at Sandburg.


Step 11: Buy your textbooks and supplies

  • The bookstore recommends purchasing your books within the 4 weeks prior to classes starting.
  • You will need to know the course number and meeting time of your courses; the bookstore does not have access to your schedule.
  • You may purchase your books through our bookstore in building B, or on the web at


Step 12: Begin classes

  • There will be staff on hand to show you to your classes and ready to answer your questions.
  • No Show? You go! – Make sure to attend classes within the first 4 days, otherwise you will be dropped for non-attendance.
  • Log in to moodle through mySandburg to access your online coursework.



For additional assistance contact the Welcome Center  309.345.3500