Salem Community College maintains an "open-door" policy. Any student who can profit from college instruction will be admitted, regardless of his or her academic background. High school graduates and non-graduates may be enrolled in any course that they may reasonably be expected to successfully complete.
However, acceptance into some programs, such as Nursing, Scientific Glass Technology, and Nuclear Energy, is contingent upon specific application and deadline procedures. Candidates should contact the Enrollment Services Office for details regarding application to selective admission programs. SCC administrators may deny a prospective student admission to a particular program if, in their judgment, the student is incapable of benefiting from the curriculum or instruction offered.
All high school graduates and holders of high school equivalency diplomas or certificates are eligible for admission. Adults not holding a high school diploma or equivalency or a GED diploma or equivalency become eligible for degree and certificate programs after successfully completing 15 college-level credits.
NOTE: Courses requiring English and/or mathematics prerequisites cannot be taken until the prerequisites are completed. Applicants to degree or certificate programs must take the College's ACCUPLACER test before proceeding beyond 15 credits.
All new students, transfer and returning students who have not been enrolled for the past two consecutive semesters (not including summer) must complete an Admissions Application. If the student has attended another college, an official college transcript will need to be submitted for an evaluation. Placement scores are valid for three years; after three years students will need to retake the Accuplacer placement test. Students who have been separated from SCC due to academic problems should review their records with a Student Affairs advisor prior to registration.
How to be admitted
The admissions process is as follows:
- Complete and submit an Admissions Application. (Application forms are available in the Office of Enrollment Management or online.)
- Send application with student's official high school transcript or a copy of the GED (General Education Development) diploma to Enrollment Management, or send official college transcript if the student is transferring from another institution.
- Register to take the ACCUPLACER placement test or provide proof of exemption such as, SAT scores (Math: 530; Critical Reading: 540; High School Transcript: 3.0 GPA), or proof of previous college placement testing from another college.
- Submit proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella (if born after 1956), per New Jersey law (NJAC 9:2-14), and Hepatitis B, per New Jersey statute (18A:61 D-9). Immunization information is sent to all new students from the Office of Enrollment and Transition Services.
Students attending SCC for the first time and intending to enroll in a degree or certificate program must take the College's ACCUPLACER test in Mathematics, and English, before being advised by an academic adviser and before registering for classes. Upon completion of the ACCUPLACER, students will be referred to courses according to their test scores. Students transferring credits in English and mathematics from other colleges may be exempted from part or all of the ACCUPLACER after the transcripts have been received and evaluated by SCC's Registrar's Office. Test results are used to ensure that studies at SCC begin at a level most appropriate for the student. There is no charge for the initial ACCUPLACER test.
To schedule an appointment for the SCC ACCUPLACER Test, please call (856)351-2716 or (856)351-2703.
After an official college transcript is received by the Office of Enrollment Management from the student's previous institution, the Registrar will determine which credits are acceptable transfer credits. Transferable credits must be from a similarly accredited institution, be a "C" grade or higher, and be applicable to a student's program of study. After all records have been received and evaluated, students may view their transcript via the SCC Self- Service Portal. Please allow four weeks for an official transcript evaluation.
Students who have been away from SCC for 2 semesters (not including summer) must file a new application. If the student has attended another college, an official college transcript will need to be submitted for an evaluation. Placement scores are valid for three years; after three years students will need to retake the Accuplacer placement test. Students who have been separated from SCC due to academic problems should review their records with a Student Affairs advisor prior to registration.