Southeastern Community College maintains an open-door admissions policy for all applicants. The college serves students without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, disability, or political affiliation, or any other legally protected classification. Selective placement of individual students in the different programs of study within the college is determined by student services, within the guidelines established by the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College System for each program of study and course offered. The college reserves the right to deny admissions to applicants who are suspended from another institution at the time of application pursuant to State Board Code 23 SBCCC 02C.0301 (d).

Any high school graduate, or equivalent, or any person no longer enrolled in secondary school who is at least 18 years of age may be accepted by the College. High school students may be admitted into credit and continuing education courses in accordance with the Career and College Promise enrollment policies adopted by the State of North Carolina for college transfer and technical career courses. Pursuant to the State Board of Community Colleges Code 1D SBCCC 400.2(g), Southeastern Community College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who is not a resident of North Carolina who seeks enrollment in any distance education course if the applicant resides in a state where the college is not authorized to provide distance education.

Admission to some degree, diploma and select certificate programs require a high school diploma, or equivalent. Admission to the college does not imply immediate admission to the curriculum desired by the applicant, and admission to certain programs may have additional academic entrance requirements.

Applicants with a high school diploma or high school equivalency may enroll in any degree, diploma, or certificate program. Applicants without a high school diploma or high school equivalency may enroll in certain courses or programs. Qualified high school students may enroll in College and Career Promise programs. 

Application Process 

  1. Applicants must complete an online application for admission. Application available online.
  2. Applicants must include a residency determination number (RDN) on the application. The residency determination application is available at 
  3. Applicants must submit an official high school transcript. Transcripts may be sent electronically or via mail from the issuing institution. 
  4. Applicants who wish to receive credit for coursework completed at another institution must submit official transcript(s) electronically or via mail from the issuing institution.  
  5. Applicants may be required to complete a placement assessment. Student Services staff will review the applicant’s transcript(s) to determine if the placement assessment is required.     


Beginning September 11, 2017, students applying for admission or readmission to Southeastern Community College must establish residency using a Residency Determination Service (RDS) application. This service will enable students to use one in- or out-of-state residency determination for admissions application to multiple North Carolina colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for financial aid consideration. 

 Undocumented Applicants 

Undocumented applicants are permitted to enroll at Southeastern Community College. They will be charged out-of-state tuition. 

Home School Students 

Applicants who are/were home schooled will be considered for admission on the same basis as North Carolina public school students, provided that evidence that the home school complies with state regulations. 

A transcript must include: 

  1. Name of the student  
  2. Student’s social security number 
  3. Courses taken and credits earned each year 
  4. Cumulative high school grade point average or other measure of academic progress 
  5. Date of graduation 
  6. Signature of school administrator 

High School Students

Columbus Career & College Academy 

The Board of Trustees of Southeastern Community College and the Board of Education for Columbus County Schools have established an early college high school on the campus of Southeastern Community College to provide the opportunity for students to be concurrently enrolled in high school and college courses. Students in this five-year program will work toward completing an associate’s degree while completing their high school diploma. Students must apply for entry into this program during their eighth-grade year. Application is made to Columbus Career & College Academy. Individuals interested in Columbus Career & College Academy should contact the principal at 910-788-6281. 

Career and College Promise 

Career and College Promise provides structured opportunities for qualified high school students to be concurrently enrolled in high school and community college courses that provide seamless pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree, as well as provide entry-level job skills. 

The program is tuition-free for all eligible North Carolina high school students. Students are responsible for the cost of books and student fees. 

Career and College Promise consists of: 

  1. College Transfer Pathways (CTP) which allows the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses.
  2. Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) which lead to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
  3. Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) Pathways (CTE) which lead to industry recognized certifications and curriculum credit (where applicable).
  4. Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (CIHSP) such as our Columbus Career & College provide opportunities for students to complete an associate degree or earn up to two years of college credit within five years.

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Admissions

Nursing Programs Admissions

Student Right to Know 

The Student Right to Know Act requires institutions to disclose graduation rates for all first-time certificate, diploma, and degree-seeking full-time students. The proportion of these students first enrolled in Fall 2016 that graduated within 150 percent of their program length is 41 percent. 

Social Security Numbers 

Southeastern Community College (SCC) requires social security numbers from applicants, with some exceptions, for admission to ensure accurate records for mandatory federal and state reporting. SCC protects and restricts access to this information as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

False Information  

Applicants are expected to demonstrate honesty in the completion of all required forms. False information will be grounds for rejection or dismissal from Southeastern Community College. 


Tuition refunds are made only under the following circumstances: 

  • A full refund will be made if the college cancels a class. 
  • A pre-registered curriculum student who officially drops from a curriculum class or from the college before the first day of the semester may request a 100% refund. 
  • A 75% refund may be made if a student officially drops from a curriculum class on or before the 10% point of the course. 
  • Students who fail to follow proper drop procedures forfeit all refunds. 
  • Student fees, including administrative, laboratory, malpractice insurance (if required for a program of study), and graduation fees cannot be refunded except in the case of courses canceled by the college. 

To begin the refund process, a student must complete a drop form, which is available in the Registrar’s Office. Refund checks are generated after a student completes the necessary form to drop a course within the designated refund period. The tuition refund check is mailed to the student’s address on record at the college. Contact the Business Office at 910.788.6329 for any questions or concerns about tuition refunds. (Policy 6.09 & Procedure 6.09.01)