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Enrollment Steps

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Welcome to South Mountain Community College!

We are excited that you are taking the steps to build your future with us. Whether you are taking classes to transfer to a bachelors degree program, to build your job skills, or for personal interest, South Mountain Community College has the resources to ensure your success. If you are a new college student, a returning student, or a student transferring to South Mountain Community College, follow the steps on this page to begin the enrollment process. You may also want to print the Enrollment Steps guide to help track your progress. If you are a non-citizen interested in attending South Mountain Community College on an F1 Visa, please visit our International Education page for more information regarding your enrollment process.
If at any time you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please feel free to contact us using the information to the right of this page.

You can apply for admissions with South Mountain Community College in person or online. Unfortunately, we do not process admissions over the phone.

Online

Apply for admission online by visiting https://www.admissions.maricopa.edu. In this step, you will:

  • Create your Maricopa Enterprise ID (also known as MEID)
  • Complete the admission application by adding your personal information
  • Submit proof of your identification

Please note if you started your application more than 48 hours ago but never submitted it, you will need to start a new application.

  • If you are a new student and have never been enrolled with or attended any Maricopa College, you will click the “Start New Application” button.
  • If you previously attended any of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you will use the “Continued Saved Application or Reapply” button and log in with your MEID and password to complete the admissions application.
    • If you previously attended the Maricopa Colleges, you may need to locate and/or reactivate your Maricopa account. Please visit the Student Passwords and MEIDs page for assistance.

In Person

Apply for admission in-person You can also apply for admission in person at our main campus located on 24th Street or our Guadalupe Center located on Avenida del Yaqui. Bring a printed copy of the Student Admissions Application (English version | Spanish version) to the Enrollment Services office and we will be happy to assist you. We recommend you submit official transcripts of any high school and/or college credits to Enrollment Services.

As you complete this first step, record the following information on your Enrollment Steps guide:

  • MEID
  • Student ID Number
  • Maricopa Email Address

Maricopa email: Activate your Maricopa email at google.maricopa.edu once you have completed the admission process.

Determine Placement

Our colleges now use multiple placement options to determine college course placement for students.  The placement methods listed below are effective for enrollment into courses beginning in the Summer 2019 term. To view the current placement chart, click here.

High School Transcript

Placement with a high school transcript If you have attended high school within the past 10 years and have completed at least two years of high school, you can submit your high school transcript for placement.

Submit your high school transcripts online or in person to SMCC’s Enrollment Services Office. When you meet with an advisor, take an unofficial copy of your high school transcripts with you.

ACT Scores

Placement with an ACT score Submit your ACT scores online or request your ACT scores be sent to SMCC within five years of taking the test. For more information on how to request your scores, visit the ACT website.

GED Scores

Placement with a GED score Submit your GED scores online or request your GED scores be sent to your preferred college. For more information on how to make this request, visit the GED website.

Placement Tests

Placement with a Placement Test If the first three placement options don’t apply to you, you can take a placement test. These tests are not admissions tests, but rather, a way to determine your best options for reading, English, and math classes.

You will need to take a placement test if any of the following are true:

  • You are currently a high school freshman or sophomore
  • Your cumulative high school GPA is below a 2.6 AND you do not have an eligible ACT score or GED score
  • Your high school transcripts are older than 10 years
  • You wish to place in a higher level of English, Math, or Reading
  • Your high school transcripts are from outside the United States

You can take your placement test at at South Mountain Community College’s Testing Center. Placement testing is done on an appointment basis, so be sure to schedule your appointment as soon as you’re admitted. We also offer proctored testing for out-of-state students. Please allow 24 hours for your results to be updated in your academic file.

Once you receive your test scores, you will review them with an academic advisor and decide together which English, math, and reading courses offer you the best path for academic success.



Please use the following criteria to better understand placement through high school transcripts, ACT scores, or GED scores:

High School GPA ACT GED English Math Reading
3.0 or above* 22 or above 175-200 ENG 101 MAT15X or 187 CRE101
2.6 – 2.99 18-21 165-174 ENG 101 MAT 14X or 12X RDG100
Below 2.6 Below 18 Below 165 Take Writeplacer Take ACCUPLACER Take ACCUPLACER

*Presidents’ Honors Scholarship Eligibility: Completion of a secondary education program in Maricopa County (including NCA-accredited, charter, private, religious high schools, homeschool), with a final, unweighted, GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Your success is our business.

As you work toward your educational goals, knowing you have someone to guide and support you can make all the difference. When you enroll at South Mountain Community College, you’ll have an academic advisor who’s firmly in your corner. South Mountain Community College’s Advising and Career Services Office can provide academic advisement in a variety of ways including individual sessions, walk-in, appointment, over the phone, and via email.

Academic advisors can help you with:

  • Creating a plan to meet your academic goals
  • Identifying required and elective courses
  • Exploring your educational and life goals
  • Selecting and sequencing your courses
  • Determining your transfer options
  • Providing information on campus resources and services
  • Balancing school with work and family commitments

Providing the support you need

There’s more to academic advising than choosing your courses and creating your education plan. Keeping in touch with your academic advisor can help you stay on track in order to achieve your academic goals.

An academic advisor can even help with issues you might not have considered. An advisor may refer you to student support services in order to get the additional support you may need. Share any of your concerns, and let your advisor help you connect you with the resources you need. As you prepare for your academic advisement session, explore your program and degree options. Be sure to discuss your academic goals and course options with your Advisor during your session. Make a note of the courses you and your Advisor discussed on your Enrollment Steps guide.

New Student Orientation

Attending New Student Orientation (NSO) is a great way to get connected to resources and people on campus. Visit the New Student Orientation for more information on sessions offered by South Mountain Community College.

Due Dates

Tuition is due 20 days prior to the start of the semester. If you register less than 20 days before the start of the semester, your tuition is due the same day. If you do not pay the balance of your tuition and fees on time, you are at risk of being dropped from your classes for nonpayment. To check the due date of your tuition and fees, go to your Online Student Center at my.maricopa.edu. Explore your paying for college options below.

You have three easy ways to pay tuition and fees

  1. Payment in full
  2. Register for an official payment plan
  3. Use financial aid funds such as scholarships, grants, and loans.

Payment in full

You can pay in full online by using any major credit or debit card or your bank account information. Payments are accepted in person by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.

Payment plans

If you plan to cover a portion of your tuition and fees out of pocket, you may want to enroll in a payment plan. Down payments are only $35 to enroll, which includes a nonrefundable $20 payment plan enrollment fee. As long as payments are drafted on time, there is no other expense. Don’t forget to record the balance of what you will need to pay to attend your classes, as well as the due date for payment on your Enrollment Steps guide.

Financial Aid

All financial aid starts with creating an FSA ID and completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete your FAFSA online, go to fafsa.gov. Review the five steps for Financial Aid to monitor the status of your application. Financial aid can also come in the form of scholarships. For more information, visit SMCC’s Financial Aid website.