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General Admission Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013

As a member institution within the North Carolina Community College System, Stanly Community College practices an open door admissions policy. Admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance to the program of choice or guarantee continued enrolment in the college. The program appropriate for an applicant is dependent upon the applicant’s specific interest and level of education. Undocumented immigrants may enroll in SCC under the conditions outlined under 1D SBCCC 400.2.

Stanly Community College may deny admission to a student who is under current suspension or expulsion from another educational entity. If the suspension or expulsion is for non-academic disciplinary reason(s), the student may request a review of the circumstances surrounding the suspension or expulsion. Students requesting a review must provide Stanly Community College with an official statement from the educational entity where the suspension or expulsion occurred explaining the term and circumstances of the sanction. Transfer students must be eligible to return to the last institution attended.  Stanly Community College has the authority to evaluate whether an applicant has exhibited behavior or made statements that would constitute an articulable, imminent, and significant threat to the applicant or others. If an applicant has demonstrated behavior that is threatening consistent with 1D SBCCC 400.2, then Stanly Community College has the authority to deny admission to that applicant because of the articulable, imminent, and significant threat and not because of any disability that individual may have. Applicants denied admission pursuant to 1D SBCCC 400.2 that request a review, must submit a appeal in writing to the Stanly Community College President.

Stanly Community College subscribes to the use of multiple measures to place students in curriculum courses.  The use of multiple measures to evaluate an applicant for placement into college level courses includes placement (assessment) testing and examination of other student data.  Applicants who have graduated from a legally authorized NC high school within the last five years and present an official transcript with an un-weighted grade point average of 2.6 or higher and appropriate high school code notations may be exempt from placement testing.  Students with the qualifying criteria above with an un-weighted grade point average between 2.6 and 2.99 may be subject to required interventions designed to assist them in successful completion of their college-level courses.

General Admission Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013

Procedures applicable for admission to certain types of offerings are as follows:

College and Career Readiness

Individuals who are sixteen or older who do not have a high school diploma may enroll in College and Career Readiness classes to earn a secondary degree or to enhance basic life skills. Others may enroll to learn to speak English. Those who are seventeen or younger must have proper authorization to enroll in College and Career Readiness classes.

Continuing Education

Individuals who are at least eighteen years old and meet the college's general admission requirements may enroll in continuing education courses. However, some continuing education courses or programs have entry requirements that exceed the general entry requirements. Additionally, individuals who are sixteen or seventeen may enroll in continuing education courses on a semester by semester basis.

Curriculum Programs

Individuals applying to a curriculum program of study must be a high school graduate. A high school equivalency exam certificate indicating a passing score or an Adult High School diploma is acceptable in lieu of a high school diploma.

Applicants who do not wish to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate may apply as a Special Credit student (see Special Credit Admissions).

Admission to the college does not guar­antee acceptance to the program of choice or guarantee continued enrollment in the college. Selected programs operate under limited enrollment restrictions, including but not limited to the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program as well as the Health Sciences Programs (see Programs of Study for detailed admissions requirements for these programs). In such programs, applicants may not be able to enroll on their desired start date if their chosen program of study is filled.

Admission to Associate Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs

1. Submit a properly completed Application for Admission to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College.

2. Submit an official transcript of an earned school diploma or provide a high school equivalency certificate to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College.

3. College transcripts are required for students requesting transfer credit or needing a pre-requisite for a course in which they wish to register; otherwise, college transcripts are not required.

4. Complete a college placement (assessment) test. The test currently in use is Accuplacer, which examines an applicant’s skill level in writing, reading, and mathematics. The purpose in testing each applicant is to assess his or her academic readiness prior to entering a program of study. Results of the test are used in advising applicants in course and program selection (See Admissions Testing Procedures). Students who have acceptable transfer credits indicating academic readiness may have this requirement waived. (See Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions for Curriculum Policy).  Students meeting the requirements for the use of multiple measures may have this requirement waived. Applicants desiring assistance in preparing for placement testing may contact the Stanly Community College Student Success Center for review in reading, writing, and math skills. There is no charge for this service.

5. All applicants who plan to receive Veterans’ Educational Benefits must submit official transcripts from each post-secondary educational institution attended. These transcripts should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office prior to enrollment.

6. Students accepted to programs with additional admission requirements must satisfy these criteria before the first semester of enrollment in the program. For more information regarding these admission requirements, refer to the selected curriculum in the Programs of Study section of the college catalog.

Special Credit Admission

The special credit classification is designed for those students who wish to enroll in a curriculum course (or courses) but not pursue a degree, diploma, or certificate. Special credit students must complete and submit an Application for Admission indicating “Special Credit” as their desired program of study. Students classified as special credit need not submit a copy of their high school or college transcript unless they intend to enroll in a class in which the prerequisite was completed at another institution. In such cases, an official transcript from that institution is required. They may, however, be required to complete a placement (assessment) test depending upon the course(s) in which they intend to enroll. Decisions regarding placement testing of special credit students are made on an individual basis by the Dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support Services.

The special credit classification may be retained indefinitely. If, however, a student classified as special credit appears to be working toward a degree, diploma, or certificate available at Stanly Community College, that student will need to change his or her enrollment classification from that of special credit to a specific program of study. Such change in enrollment status requires the student to complete all applicable admission requirements for the designated program of study.

If a special credit student decides to change his or her classification to that of a degree-, diploma- or certificate-seeking student, the student must contact the Admissions Office and complete the necessary forms to reflect this change. The student must complete all applicable admission requirements for his or her new program of study.

A special credit student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to continue as a student. The guidelines for determining satisfactory progress for special credit students follow that of Associate in Applied Science degree and diploma programs. (See Satisfactory Academic Progress section of the catalog.)

Special credit students may not displace degree-, diploma-, or certificate-seeking students in classes with limited enrollment. Special credit students may be subject to administrative withdrawal and full refund of tuition and fees if class space is needed for degree-seeking students. Special credit students are not entitled to receive Title IV financial aid or veterans’ educational benefits. Special credit students are not permitted to enroll in courses with prefixes beginning with WBL, PHM, COS, MED, MLT, NUR, RAD, or RCP. An exception is made for the following MED courses: 121, 122, and 134.


Stanly Community College encourages all former students who left the College in good standing to enroll for additional study. However, readmission after withdrawal is not automatic. Students who have been out two terms or longer should contact the Admissions Office so their files may be re-activated. Students who re-enter the College after two continuous semester absences must do so under the current operating catalog. Students requesting readmission to allied health programs should request specific information regarding readmission from the Admissions Office. Former students desiring to re-enter who were withdrawn for academic or disciplinary reasons must request readmission through the Executive Vice President of Educational Services.

 Admission Appeals

The Dean of Enrollment Management and Academic Support Services administers the admission and readmission policies. Individuals who wish to appeal an admission or a readmission decision may request the Executive Vice President of Educational Services to review such determination.

Career and College Promise

See Career and College Promise Admission Policy

Stanly Early College

Stanly Early College admission is based on a selection criteria and process developed by Stanly County Schools. Once students are accepted into Stanly Early College, students should submit a Stanly Community College admission application and complete the college placement test.  For more details contact the Stanly Early College principal or the Stanly County School System website.

International Student Admission

Stanly Community College is authorized to admit international students who possess proper documentation for enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities. SCC assists international students in acquiring an F-1 (student) visa for entry into the U.S. after the student satisfies the requirements below:

  1. The prospective student must submit to the College’s admissions office a completed application for admission. An application for admission may be completed online and is available on the College’s website at
  2. The prospective student must have official transcripts of secondary (high school) and post-secondary (college or university) academic work forwarded to the admissions office of Stanly Community College. All transcripts must be translated in English and evaluated by an agency approved by Stanly Community College to evaluate international credentials. For a list of agencies approved by SCC for evaluation of international credentials, contact the College’s admissions office at
  3. The prospective student must have official TOEFL scores submitted to the admissions office of Stanly Community College. Minimum TOEFL scores for admission are: paper: 550, internet-based: 80.

4.   The prospective student must submit to the admissions office of Stanly Community College written verification of adequate financial support during his/her studies at the College. Acceptable written verification may be in the form of an official bank letter stating that the estimated expenses, as determined by Stanly Community College, for one year of study at that college, are on deposit and are accessible to the student. Another form of written verification is an affidavit of support on which a third party agrees to provide all expenses for the international student during the student’s studies at SCC. These expenses including but not limited to tuition and fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. The prospective student should consult with SCC’s admissions office regarding which document will be used to verify financial support.

5.   The prospective student must complete the College’s placement test. Arrangements will be made prior to the student’s departure from his native country to administer the test at an educational institution local to his/her home.

Once all the requirements listed above have been completed, the prospective student will be issued an I-20 which he must take to the U.S. Embassy in his native country and present to the Consular there. If approved by the Consular, the prospective student will receive an F-1 visa which permits him to enter the U.S. and enroll in classes at Stanly Community College for the period specified on the visa.

The process of acquiring an F-1 (student) visa may take 120 days or longer. It is therefore recommended that a prospective student begin the application process listed above at least six months prior to the semester in which he intends to enroll at SCC.

Because most programs at SCC start their new academic year in the fall semester, it is recommended that international students begin their studies in the fall semester.

Admission for Non-U.S. Residents

Lawful Permanent/Temporary Resident

Students who are not U.S. Citizens but have secured a permanent resident card (green card) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must present the card to the Admissions Office to be photocopied (front and back) and placed in the student’s admission file. This admission requirement applies to all non-U.S. residents including but not limited to lawful permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, refugees and asylees. The student must also meet all admission requirements for his/her requested program of study. A lawful permanent resident may be eligible for financial aid and may meet the 12 month North Carolina residency status for tuition purposes.

 Undocumented Immigrants

Students who do not have the necessary documentation proving U. S. Citizenship may still apply to SCC. The student must provide an official copy of his/her high school transcript. An official copy of an Adult High School program transcript is acceptable. A high school equivalency exam is not acceptable under the 1D SBCCC 400.2 guidelines. Undocumented students will be classified as out-of-state residents requiring that they be charged out-of-state tuition rates.