A. First Time in College (Non-Degree Seeking) - This category is intended for students who have never attended college, are not sure that they will ultimately seek a college degree or certificate, and wish to enroll in a limited number of college credit courses. A student in this category who has completed high school* must follow all regular application procedures with the exception of the placement test. The student may take up to ten semester hours of credit under these conditions, if the courses taken do not require placement scores in English, Math, or Reading. After completion of ten semester hours, the student must take the COMPASS or otherwise provide placement test scores and must change his/her status to Regular Admission (Degree/Certificate Seeking). *Note: Non-high school graduates must take the placement test to show ability to benefit before enrolling in college and, therefore, cannot be exempt from this requirement.

B. Business and Industry - This category is intended for students who wish to enroll in specific courses that have been scheduled by/for business and industry or courses business and industry have specified for their employees. Generally, students in this category will enroll or be registered at the request of an employer. Business and Industry students must submit the application for admission only; they are exempt from placement testing, transcript, and immunization requirements as long as they remain in this category. Business and Industry students are ineligible to receive financial aid. The business/industry/employer is responsible for determining that all appropriate prerequisites are met. Should a Business and Industry student wish to change to degree or certificate-seeking status, all requirements of Regular Admissions (readmission) will then apply.

C. Other Educational Objectives - This category is reserved for students who:

  1. hold an associate or bachelor degree and are not seeking an additional degree at South Arkansas Community College;
  2. are seeking teacher certification;
  3. are concurrently enrolled at another college or university;
  4. are enrolled for enrichment purposes only;
  5. are attending college with an Over 60 waiver. **

**Students in this category must complete an application for admission and proof of graduation, if applicable. Students taking advantage of the Over 60 waiver who wishes to earn a degree or certificate must follow guidelines for Regular or Transfer Admission.

Persons over 60 are exempt from basic skills requirements unless enrolled in a degree program.

Admissions Requirements

South Arkansas Community College has an open-door admissions policy and offers equal educational opportunities for all citizens in the service area. Admission to the college does not ensure acceptance into a particular course or program of study. No one shall be denied admission based on race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or national origin, age, religion, or disability.

Application Procedures

To be accepted to the college, applicants must provide the following to the Enrollment Services Office:

  1. A completed application for admission.
  2. An official high school transcript and/or GED scores and college transcripts from every college attended or, if not a high school graduate or GED recipient, evidence of the ability to do college-level work.
  3. Scores from one of the following five admissions tests: American College Testing Program (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer Test (ASSET), or Computerized Adaptive Placement and Support System (COMPASS).
  4. Proof of immunization. Arkansas State Law requires college students who were born after January 1, 1957, to provide proof of two immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella. Measles and rubella vaccines must have been received after the first birthday and after January 1, 1968. Students born before January 1, 1957 must provide either a copy of their birth certificate or proof of two immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella. Health Science programs may require a background security check (and a fee of $50) before students can work at a medical site as a clinical student.

When to Apply

SouthArk semesters start in August, January, and May. Optional starting dates throughout the year are available in some programs. Applications may be made at any time. Check with the Enrollment Services Office. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY EARLY TO HAVE THE BEST CHANCE TO SECURE A PLACE IN A PROGRAM.

International Students

South Arkansas Community College has established its International Student Program (F-1 Visa) according to the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service. We welcome students from all over the world. The college will consider for admission international students who apply from their native countries, as well as international students who have completed a program of study in the United States and wish to transfer to South Arkansas Community College. An example of a program of study could be English as a Second Language program at any U.S. institution. For more information contact us.

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