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Follow these three easy steps to enroll, and ask questions any time by emailing the Welcome Center or calling 309.345.3500. You can also come visit campus during one of our Explore Sandburg open houses or schedule a campus visit.


1. Submit your application.

2. Apply for financial aid.

FAFSA applications for the 2023-2024 academic year open December 1, 2023.

  • Create an FSA ID for yourself (and your parent if you are claimed as a 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. This video is helpful in understanding the requirements to set up an FSA ID.
  • If possible, submit the FAFSA prior to December 1 to ensure the aid you qualify for is available.
  • Monitor your financial aid status through your mySandburg account and your Sandburg email account.
  • Continue to monitor the process for additional requests, and complete and submit any required documents on My Financial Aid.
  • 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.
  • Non-dual credit students: There is a separate online scholarship application.

3. Provide course placement information.

To register for classes, you must meet one of the following three requirements for both Math and Reading:

  • Send official or unofficial high school/college transcripts from all institutions attended, or high school equivalency exam results (GED/HiSET), which show sufficient coursework for college placement.
    • Transcripts can be sent to transcripts@sandburg.edu.
      • Note: College credit will not be granted from an unofficial transcript. 
    • Math placement documentation
      • Complete Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II with a grade of C or higher.
      • Complete an approved Transitional Math course with a grade of C or higher.
    • Reading placement documentation
      • Complete the equivalent to Sandburg's Freshman Composition or Rhetoric I and six hours of college-level academic coursework requiring reading, with a grade of C or higher at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Send official ACT/SAT scores directly from the testing agency (ACT or College Board), which meet our minimum-score requirements. Scores must be from an ACT/SAT test administered within the past five years.
    • Math placement documentation
      • ACT mathematics sub-score: 22 or higher
      • SAT mathematics sub-score: 530 or higher
    • Reading placement documentation
      • ACT English sub-score: 19 or higher and ACT reading sub-score: 20 or higher
      • SAT evidence-based reading and writing sub-score: 480 or higher

  • Sit for placement testing (Accuplacer), and meet our minimum-score requirements.
    • Math placement documentation
      • Accuplacer — Math (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics) score: 200 or higher
    • Reading placement documentation
      • Accuplacer — Reading score: 227 or higher

    Accuplacer placement test overview

    An eighth-grade reading level as demonstrated by a standardized test approved by Sandburg is required for admission into developmental and credit classes. This requirement does not apply to Workforce Development classes.

    • This untimed assessment test covers reading and math and will determine the level of classes you may begin.


4. Register for your classes.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor to register for your classes. You must satisfy Step 3 prior to meeting with an advisor.
  • To make an appointment, call 309.341.5237 for the Galesburg campus (main) or 217.357.3129 for the Carthage campus (branch).

If you have any questions, email the Welcome Center, or call 309.345.3500.