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 Steps to Enroll

Below you will find our 6 easy steps to enroll.  Please feel free to ask questions at anytime, and we encourage all prospective students to come and visit campus! We have several open house events throughout the year or, you can schedule a campus visit when convenient for you.  If you have any questions about your next steps, please give The Welcome Center a call 309.345.3500, or email


STEP 1: Explore Your Options

Come Visit Campus

Step 1: Explore Your Options

Schedule a one-on-one visit with an admissions recruiter. To schedule a campus visit, please fill out the form below. Please give 48 hours for our admissions staff to confirm your visit date and time.  Also, be sure to be specific about the date and time you are requesting, as well as your program area of interest.  You can also contact The Welcome Center to arrange for your visit by calling 309.345.3500, or email 


Step 2: Submit an Application

Sandburg Application Is Free

Step 2: Submit an Application


  • Please make sure to look through all of the options on the application page prior to submitting a new student application. If you are an international student or a returning student, please be sure to read the instructions dedicated to your needs. International students can also visit our international student pages for more information. 


  • After you submit your free online 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. 


If you have any questions or problems with our online application, please contact the Welcome Center, 309.345.3500,

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

2019-2020 FAFSA Opens October 1st, 2018

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

FAFSA applications for 2019-2020 academic year opens October 1, 2018!

  • 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

High School or Previous College Transcripts

Step 4: Request Official Transcripts

  • Request all high school transcripts be sent to Sandburg


  • If you have completed the high school equivalency exam (GED, Hi-Set, etc.) request transcripts be sent to Sandburg.


  • If you have completed any college credit please request transcripts be sent to Sandburg.
  • Send to: Carl Sandburg College Attn: Admissions 2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL 61401.

Step 5: Take The Placement Test*

Accuplacer Test Overview

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 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.
  • Note:  in lieu of ACCUPLACER testing, official ACT or SAT scores will be accepted for placement if the test was taken within two years of the admission date to Carl Sandburg College.  For detailed information on placement testing cut scores, please visit:

Step 6: Register for Classes & Attend A New Student Orientation

Register for Classes & New Student Orientation

Step 6: Register for Classes & Attend A New Student Orientation

  • Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for courses. Our Admissions office must have your Accuplacer scores, previous college coursework transcripts or ACT / SAT scores on file prior to meeting with an advisor. Call 309.341.5237 at the Galesburg campus or 217.357.3129 at Carthage campus to make an appointment with your advisor.


  • Each semester we require all new students (dual credit included) to attend a new student orientation. When you register for classes your advisor will discuss with you which orientation you would like to attend. Orientations take place the  two weeks prior to classes starting each semester.  For more information about orientation, please contact the Welcome Center @ 309.345.3500,