Admissions & Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Is it true that South Suburban College will accept me even if my high school grades or ACT scores weren't the best?
Yes, SSC welcomes all students who can benefit from our courses and programs. However, admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study. For example, students who wish to enroll in our transfer programs must meet State of Illinois admission standards that include coursework in English, math, social studies, and science on the high school level. If you did not meet those requirements in high school, you are required to complete them before transferring to a four-year, or two-year senior school. Some Allied Health and nursing programs have college-level prerequisite courses. For more information on admission requirements, contact the Office of Admissions (708) 210-5718.
If I don't live in the South Suburban College district, can I still attend the college?
SSC maintains cooperative agreements with many of the surrounding local community colleges. If your community college doesn't offer the program you want to study, you may attend SSC while paying the in-district tuition rate after you obtain a cooperative form from your community college. SSC also has special tuition rates for those who work or live in Lake County, Indiana, and Chicago residents may qualify for special tuition rates if you are enrolled in a qualifying Chicago Regional Programs. For additional information contact the Office of Admissions (708) 210-5718.
How do I start the admissions process?
For more information, visit our Future Student Page, or give us a call at (708) 210-5718 and ask us to send you an information packet about the college, including an admissions form. You'll be notified by mail of your admission status.
Do I need to take the ACT exam?

No, but if you do take the ACT, it's a good idea to have your scores forwarded to SSC because they will help your counselor to advise you in course selection. SSC requires all new students to complete the Placement exam that assesses your English, reading, and math skills. If indicated, you may be required to take developmental coursework to enhance your skills before enrolling in college-level classes.

You may also use your ACT scores to qualify for the Honors Program at SSC. If you have any questions about a group advising session contact the counseling department at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2306. New students may be required to attend a Group Advising session to have the Placement results professionally interpreted, and for guidance with scheduling and registering for their first semester classes. College and program information is given to all students prior to the beginning of their studies at South Suburban College.

Where is South Suburban College?
SSC's main campus is located at the intersection of 159th and State Streets in South Holland. A second campus, the University and College Center is located at 16333 South Kilbourn in Oak Forest, just north of 167th Street. Getting to SSC
Can I fill out an application online?

Not currently, but you may print an Admissions Application and mail or fax it to the Admissions Office. The Admissions fax number is 708-225-5806 or mail to: South Suburban College, Attn: Admissions, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL 60473.

Within 48 hours of receipt, all applications should be entered; contact Admissions by email or by calling (708) 596-2000 ext. 2329 or 2490 for confirmation.

If I have attended South Suburban College before, do I have to fill out a new application?
No, but you may be asked to update your file with any changes in your personal information since you last attended. If you have not previously attended, or if it has been some time since your last registration, we may need a new application.
How do I know that my curriculum code number is correct?
See page 2 and 3 of the Admission Application for curriculum codes.
Can I bring my transcript?
Yes, SSC accepts hand-carried transcripts in a sealed school envelope and forwarded directly from the other institution. An official high school transcript must contain a school seal, registrar's signature, and a graduation date.
Are there any incentives for returning adults?

Yes, SSC waives the tuition costs for one course if you meet the following conditions:

  • Applicant must be at least 25 years old
  • Applicant must reside within Community College District #510
  • Applicant must not have previously enrolled in any college credit course at South Suburban College District #510
  • Applicant can not be receiving financial aid or tuition assistance from employer

This discount is a one-time only discount that does not apply to any course of six credit hours or more. Applicant is responsible for the payment of the one-time registration fee, books as they relate to the course, student development fees, lab fees, instructional technology fees, and any other applicable fees.

Download the 25 and Over Tuition Waiver Affidavit of Eligibility and bring it to registration

What are the eligibility requirements for free tuition if I am an employee of an elementary or high school?

The "Free Tuition" waiver is available to all Elementary and High School Personnel who work in the South Suburban College 510 District or Northwest Indiana with the following restrictions:

  • Only one free course per student is allowed.
  • An Elementary/High School Personnel Tuition Incentive Program Application must be authorized by the school district which employs you and the SSC Registrar or Director of Admissions & Records prior to registering.
  • This offer is only available for 100 level and above courses and does not apply to any course of six credits or more.
  • This offer applies to tuition only. At the time of registration you must pay for fees for the course you select. Books are also the responsibility of the student.
  • Courses are subject to availability.
  • This waiver is not valid when used in conjunction with Federal and/or State Financial Aid.
  • Certain courses may require Placement Testing prior to registration.
What are your hours of daily operation?
The Admissions/Registration areas are open Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The department is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
What if I am not a U.S. citizen?
If you are not a US Citizen, we must verify your Visa, or classification status. Our regulatory agency, the Illinois Community College Board, requires you to furnish SSC with proof of residency. All foreign students must see the foreign student counselor before registering for classes. If you have any questions about SSC's procedures concerning foreign students, or the admission of foreign students, please contact the counseling department at 708-596-2000 ext. 2306, to make an appointment.
What if I have foreign transcripts?
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an educational accreditation company. SSC recommends Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). You may obtain an ECE form at the Admissions Office. If you have any questions regarding completing the form, please contact the foreign student counselor at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2306.

For more information, contact Admissions at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2330 or 2490

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