Admissions to Sandburg

Applying to Carl Sandburg College is completely free, and enrolling takes only a few easy steps. We encourage you to visit campus to take a tour, learn about our programs, understand the application process and review the many resources available to you, including financial aid. 

Whether you're in high school, a returning student or looking to make a career change, we're here to help you every step of the way! There is something for everyone at Carl Sandburg College.

To begin the admission process, contact the Welcome Center today.

Sandburg's campus is closed on:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Friday before Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving & the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Holiday break (December 24 through January 1)
Weekend campus visits and tours are not offered. Ideally, we want you to get the full experience during our most active days and times.

Getting started

Carl Sandburg College is dedicated to serving the educational needs of western and central Illinois. The college has served the area for more than 50 years with accreditation approved by The Higher Learning Commission. Individual and community improvement through education is our goal, and we strive to give individuals the ability to think critically, realize their human potential and become a constructive force in their environment. The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success.
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Along with providing exceptional associate degree-level education for students, Sandburg also features more than 50 occupational programs and continuing ed/adult learning in a hi-tech environment. Carl Sandburg College believes in providing educational experiences of occupational, preparatory and continuous nature. Carl Sandburg College offers myriad services to assist students and help them succeed. From advising and tutoring to career development and financial aid, these services — nearly all of which are free — put an emphasis on supporting our students.
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Dual-credit admissions

Get a head start on earning college credit by taking dual credit classes through Carl Sandburg College. Dual credit classes allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school and college credit.
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International admissions

Carl Sandburg College is an active and engaging campus that offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved and get the most from their college experience. From student organizations to guest speakers to campus-wide festivals, there is something for everyone to do!
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