Applying As A New Student

You are a new college student if you haven't previously attended college.  

There is a non-refundable $20 application fee that can be paid at the time of application or applied to your account for future payment. The application fee is applied to the account even when a student is not able to attend SCTCC. 

  • Send an official copy of your high school transcripts if you have graduated in the last five years.  
    • The most common way to send your transcript is ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to SCTCC.
    • You can also obtain an official transcript from your high school and send it via mail or email.
    • Email:
    • Mail: 1540 Northway Drive. St. Cloud, MN 56303
  • If you graduated high school more than five years ago, you do not need to provide your high school transcripts. 
  • Send a copy of your GED if you have a GED.
  • Providing a high school transcript may allow you to be exempt from taking the Accuplacer Test. Admissions staff will review the documentation and inform you if we are able to use your high school GPA to exempt you from testing.

You will receive an acceptance letter within 7-14 days of completing your application.  The acceptance letter will outline your next steps.  

  • The Accuplacer is a placement test that helps the college figure out what classes you need to take.  
  • You may be exempted and not need to take the Accuplacer. 
    • Exemptions include: previous Accuplacer, MCA, ACT, and SAT scores, or previous college credits.  
  • Visit the Accuplacer page for details and to schedule your Accuplacer.  
  • Your acceptance letter will provide details on all your next steps, including eOrientation and registering for classes.  
  • After completing eOrientation, you will meet with an academic advisor to help you select and register for the classes you want.
  • Drop-in Registration for New Students

Financial Aid

After completing your application to SCTCC (Step 1), you can apply for financial aid.  There are many ways to pay for college.  Visit Financial Aid to learn more.

Online Application

Review the steps above for applying as a new college student or complete the application now.