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Admissions Requirements

SUNY Schenectady County Community College emphasizes flexibility and opportunity in its Full Opportunity admissions policy. The College believes in a diverse student population and accepts all individuals who feel that they can profit from college level instruction. We are here to help you achieve your educational AND career goals!


Applicants for a degree or certificate program must possess either a local or Regent's High School Diploma or a GED. An I.E.P. diploma or CDOS credential is not a recognized diploma. An official high school transcript (sent directly from the granting institution) is required for all applicants who graduated secondary school within the United States or its territories. Similarly, a student holding a GED will be required to submit the transcript of scores and/or the GED diploma. No online or correspondence high schools may be used as a basis for admission.

Placement Testing

After you are admitted, the next steps are easy to navigate. Admitted students are invited to take our placement test (some students may not need this based on their academic record) and then meet with an advisor to choose your schedule. You can then register for your classes. Registered students will be invited to one our new student orientations that occur before the semester begins.

Apply Now

You can begin by Applying Now with our free application for admission and arrange to have your official high school or GED/TASC records sent to the Admission’s Office:

SUNY Schenectady County Community College
Admissions Office
78 Washington Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12305

Apply for Financial Aid

When you are ready to apply for financial aid, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at To learn more about the FAFSA application process, visit our Financial Aid page. Remember to add Schenectady County Community College code: 006785.

For step-by-step instructions to the enrollment process, please read our Admissions To Enrollment Checklist - Six Basic Steps.