South Arkansas Community College accepts students in the following categories: Regular Admission, Transfer Admission, High School Student, and Unclassified Student. The application file must be completed within the student's first term of enrollment at South Arkansas Community College.
A. First Time in College - Any applicant who has no previous college enrollment, and who is a graduate of an accredited high school, or who has a GED diploma may be admitted. An official transcript of all high school work completed or official GED scores must be sent to the Admissions Office.
B. Unconditional Admission - Students who complete the core curriculum in high school will be admitted unconditionally. There is no required score on the ACT for unconditional admission for students graduating from a public high school in Arkansas.
C. Conditional Admission - Students who receive a home school, out of state, GED, private school diploma or qualify under the ability to benefit after May 1, 2002, will be conditionally admitted if core curriculum has not been completed. Students who are admitted conditionally to South Arkansas Community College will be admitted with certain requirements or restrictions at initial and/or future enrollment. Those seeking admission to the Associate of Arts degree program must complete at least twelve (12) hours of required general education core and any necessary basic studies courses with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 within the first 30 semester credit hours. Those seeking admission to the Associate of Applied Science degree or Technical Certificate at least six (6) hours of required general education core and six (6) hours of required technical courses and any necessary basic studies courses with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 within the first 30 semester credit hours.
D. Readmission (Former students of SouthArk) - Students previously enrolled at South Arkansas Community College who have been out of school for one or more semesters should contact the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts must be provided from all other institutions attended since the student's previous enrollment at South Arkansas Community College.
E. Opportunity/Ability to Benefit - Applicants who have not graduated from an accredited high school and have not successfully completed the GED examination may be admitted as an Opportunity Classification student. The person must demonstrate the ability to benefit by scoring a minimum scale score on the ASSET Writing Skills, Reading Skills, and Numerical Skills tests of 34, 34, and 33 respectively, or COMPASS Writing Skills, Reading Skills, Prealgebra/Numerical Skills of 31, 60, 21 respectively, or a 14 on the English Section and 15 on the Mathematics Section of the enhanced ACT.