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 or plan to attend an Explore Sandburg Open House. You can find a list of our upcoming events here. Our next Explore Sandburg open house will be the Spring Open House! Register for our Explore Sandburg Here 

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

  • High school, GED and all educational institutions.
  • If you are a current high school student, please request final transcripts be sent to Sandburg upon graduation.  
  • Send to: Carl Sandburg College Attn: Admissions 2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL 61401.

Step 5: Take the Accuplacer Placement Test

Accuplacer Test Overview

Step 5: Take Accuplacer Placement Test 

Click here to register for 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 or SAT 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:

  • ACT Scores required to enroll college level courses: English/Writing: 20, Reading: 20, Mathematics: 22
  • SAT Scores required to enroll in college level courses: Reading/Writing: 480, Mathematics: 530
  • Students wishing to use their ACT / SAT test for placement will need to have ACT / SAT send official scores to Carl Sandburg College.  Official high school transcripts with the ACT / SAT score will also be accepted. Often times ACT / SAT scores are listed on your transcripts, please check with your high school counselor to verify. 
  • Students wishing to use their PARCC score of 4 or higher for placement will need to have  scores sent from their high school. Often times PARCC scores are listed on your transcripts, please check with your high school counselor to verify. 

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 mmay feel  they were not prepared. Maybe 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.


  • Accuplacer Placement 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.


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,