Guaranteed Admission Agreements

In an effort to make the process of transferring to a four-year college/university as smooth as possible, Carl Sandburg College has entered into “Guaranteed Admissions” agreements with several public & private universities in Illinois and bordering states.

Under these agreements, students begin at Sandburg and begin their connections with the four-year schools through dual advising and communication with the transfer coordinator at the college/university. Upon receiving the AA/AS degree from Carl Sandburg, students will be guaranteed admission at the respective institution. For general questions, please contact the advising office at (309) 341-5237.

Culver Stockton College - Canton, MO
Carl Sandburg College has signed an agreement with Culver-Stockton College (Canton, MO) designed to ease the concerns of Sandburg students who wish to transfer to Culver-Stockton. The partnership involves the articulation of all of Carl Sandburg’s classes to a course equivalent at Culver-Stockton. This agreement should create seamless transfer opportunities for Sandburg students.

Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL
Eastern Illinois University offers a Guaranteed Admissions program to Sandburg students who have completed at least 45 semester hours of college-level course work and a qualifying GPA. Sandburg students must complete the appropriate paperwork for eligibility.

Illinois College - Jacksonville, IL
The partnership between Carl Sandburg College and Illinois College allows Sandburg graduates the opportunity to begin the transfer process during their first year of study at Sandburg. Students will work with academic advisors from both institutions to make the transfer process as easy as possible. Illinois College offers a Guaranteed Admissions agreement for those who complete their degree at Carl Sandburg College.

Illinois State University - “Redbird Promise”  - Normal, IL
The Office of Admissions at Illinois State University offers a guaranteed admission program for transfer students, Redbird Promise. Redbird Promise offers Illinois community college students guaranteed admission to Illinois State University to complete their bachelor’s degrees. 

Monmouth College Pipeline/Guaranteed Admission Program - Monmouth, IL
Carl Sandburg College has entered into a partnership with Monmouth College which allows students at Sandburg to transfer to Monmouth College while having the opportunity to utilize some of the resources at Monmouth College while working toward their associate’s degree. Sandburg students have the opportunity to work with academic advisors from both institutions to help ensure that the transfer process runs smoothly.  Graduates from Sandburg are guaranteed Junior status upon completing their degree and have access to some of the facilities and activities at Monmouth College while at Carl Sandburg.

Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, IL
Carl Sandburg College has partnered with Northern Illinois University to offer Sandburg transfer students Guaranteed Admissions into over 60 academic programs offered at the DeKalb-based University. Students will have the opportunity to work with NIU advisors throughout their time at Carl Sandburg.

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing - Peoria, IL
Saint Francis College of Nursing is partnering with the Nursing department to offer five guaranteed seats into their BSN program after completing the RN degree at Carl Sandburg College. Sandburg students must meet certain GPA requirements to qualify for the program. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale – Mortuary Science - Carbondale, IL
All graduates of Sandburg’s AAS degree in Mortuary Science who meet SIUC entrance requirements will receive preferential status when being reviewed for admission to SIUC’s Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Services (MSFS). This partnership guarantees that Sandburg’s AAS Mortuary Science degree recipients will be able to complete SIU’s B.S. MSFS degree with a total of no more than 60 semester hours of work at SIUC. 

St. Ambrose University - Davenport, IA
Carl Sandburg College and St. Ambrose University announced a new Dual Admission Agreement Program (DUAPP) with several benefits, including a new scholarship, and a Guaranteed Admissions Program. Students who transfer from Sandburg and are enrolled in the DUAPP will receive an additional $1,000 annual scholarship beyond other SAU academic and institutional scholarships and aid. They also lock in general education graduation requirements; meet regularly with a St. Ambrose advisor while still enrolled at Sandburg; and can take advantage of the St. Ambrose Career Development Center, library, athletics facilities, free admission to fine arts events and home games, and co-curricular opportunities within their major. 

Sandburg Partnerships

The following is a list of the Sandburg partnerships. For more information about a specific partnership, students can speak with their assigned academic advisor. For general questions, please contact the advising office at (309) 341-5237.

Arizona State University Online - Tempe, AZ
Carl Sandburg College has partnered with Arizona State University on the MyPath2ASU transfer experience, ASU’S transfer admission guarantee. Through this partnership, students using MyPath2ASU will find their transfer experience simplified. They will have access to personalized benefits to help them navigate the transfer experience, including guaranteed admission into their major of choice upon completing MyPath2ASU if all requirements are met.

Bellevue University - Bellevue, NE
Bellevue University and Carl Sandburg College have an agreement where students who obtain their associate’s degree from Sandburg will enter Bellevue at a Junior status. Bellevue University, located in Bellevue, NE, offers many online programs including a degree in Cyber Security and Game Studies.

Knox College Dual Admission - Galesburg, IL
Carl Sandburg College and Knox College have partnered on a dual enrollment program for students who intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Knox upon completing an associate degree at Sandburg.  Students can apply for the dual admission program as early as their senior year in high school through the beginning of their sophomore year of college (30 semester hours). Students accepted to the program must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Chamberlain College of Nursing - Downers Grove, IL
Chamberlain College of Nursing is a not-for-profit Nursing college, offering degrees ranging from Bachelor’s degrees through Doctoral degrees in Nursing. Sandburg’s agreement offers students who receive their RN degree from Sandburg to transfer into their BSN program.

Franklin University - Columbus, OH
Carl Sandburg College has a partnership with Franklin University to provide opportunities for students at two-year colleges to complete their bachelor’s degree without leaving their local community college. Students earn their associate’s degree plus approximately 24 semester credit hours of “bridge” coursework, all from their local college. While taking bridge courses at their community college, students also complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of bachelor’s degree courses online from Franklin University. Students in this program have access to Sandburg’s computers, advising, and library services as well as having access to support services from Franklin via distance modes.

Illinois Central College Surgical Technologist Program - East Peoria, IL
This partnership between Carl Sandburg College and Illinois Central College (East Peoria, IL) provides educational opportunities for students within Sandburg’s District who wish to complete a certificate or an Associate’s degree as a surgical technologist. Students enroll in all technical and program-specific courses at ICC but may take general education courses and preparatory courses at Sandburg.

Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University is giving Carl Sandburg College students the opportunity to continue their education through online studies. The primary program in the partnership benefits those who are wishing to pursue their BSN at Indiana Wesleyan but there are several other degrees available through the agreement.

Western Governors University - Millcreek, UT; Online
Through a partnership program with WGU, students have an opportunity to benefit from previous college education credits. WGU uses a competency-based approach to education by utilizing your prior knowledge and skills throughout the duration of your program. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Dental Hygiene - Carbondale, IL
All graduates of Sandburg’s AAS degree in Dental Hygiene who meet SIUC entrance requirements will receive preferential status when being reviewed for admission to SIUC’s Bachelor of Science degree in Dental hygiene. This partnership guarantees that Sandburg’s AAS Dental Hygiene degree recipients will be able to complete SIU’s BS Dental Hygiene degree with a total of no more than 60 semester hours of work at SIUC. 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing - Edwardsville, IL
Carl Sandburg College and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SON) have agreed to offer an accelerated path to a bachelor’s in nursing (BS) that would allow students to complete their general education courses at Sandburg, earning an associate degree in nursing, and complete their baccalaureate nursing coursework online through SIUE. Students can take classes at Sandburg and begin a job in their profession while then working online to obtain their BS from SIUE.  

UIC Dual Admissions Pathway for ADN To Online RN To BSN Degree - Chicago, IL
Under the agreement, the dual-admissions pathway will allow nursing students to earn an associate degree in nursing at Sandburg while at the same time enrolling in identified courses that are part of the online UIC RN to BSN degree completion program and working in their home region. Upon successful completion of Sandburg's ADN program, students will be awarded their associate degree and continue their progress in the UIC online RN to BSN program as degree-seeking students. UIC will confer the bachelor's degree in nursing after graduation requirements are met. 

University of Arkansas Grantham - Lenexa, KS
RN to BSN  

The University of Illinois at Springfield (Peoria Campus) Transfer Agreement - Springfield, IL
Carl Sandburg College and the University of Illinois Springfield-Peoria Center have partnered to offer students a new transfer option for students studying accounting and business administration. Under the agreement, students who graduate from Sandburg with their associate degree could make a seamless transfer to the UIS-Peoria Center to complete their bachelor’s in accounting or business administration in just two more years.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) - Associate in Science Degree (Emphasis in Agriculture) - Urbana, IL
Students who complete the prescribed course sequences at Carl Sandburg College, meet the stated GPA requirement, and submit a full application with supporting documentation, will be admitted to the college of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois. 

The complete curriculum guide can be found here. Descriptions of each of the included majors and their concentrations may be found here. Acceptance into a specific major and concentration will be based on the individual student's meeting of the requirements, conditions, and considerations listed for that program, including space in that major or concentration.

Western Illinois University - Associate In General Studies - Macomb, IL
Carl Sandburg College and Western Illinois University have agreed to facilitate the transfer of students who are enrolled in Carl Sandburg College’s Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in General Education degree programs to Western Illinois University’s Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts (BOT/BA) Degree Program. This program is specifically designed for place-bound students allowing them to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree without being required to relocate. For details about this program, please contact an advisor/counselor in the Student Services Office on the Galesburg campus (309-341-5237).