Admissions and Records

Southern Union welcomes high school graduates, GED recipients, transfer or transient students from other colleges and universities, and former SU students. There are also opportunities for eligible high school students who meet SU admissions requirements to enroll in college classes concurrently with high school classes.

Your application for general admission provides us with the information we need to get you started. Once you've submitted your application, the admissions office must receive a copy of your drivers license or other acceptable forms of identification, as well as your high school or GED transcript and any college transcripts.

For admission to courses leading to an associate degree, you must hold a High School Diploma or GED. For additional questions, please contact Admissions at

Admissions & Records Office Hours, Fall &  Spring:
Monday – Thursday: 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Admission & Records Office Hours, Summer:
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: College closed

To enroll at Southern Union please click on the type of student that fits your situation to help you with the admissions process. 

Special requirements may apply to international students seeking admission. Students must submit an International Student Application, official transcripts, an I-20 Form, TOEFL scores, declaration of responsibility statement, proof of insurance, and all appropriate admissions forms no less than 3 months prior to semester of anticipated enrollment.  Click here for the International Student Application and Information Packet.

Prior to being issued an I-20 form, all international student applications must be submitted no less than three months prior to the beginning of the semester for which the applicant hopes to gain admittance.

International student applicants are not eligible for conditional admission status.

For more information on admission to SU, International Students should contact  Madisen Cope at 334-745-6437 ext. 5494 or Amber Lovelace at 256-395-2211 ext. 5183.

NOTE: You must submit your International Student Application for Admission at least three (3) months prior to the beginning of the semester in which you hope to be admitted to the College in order to be issued an I-20. Thank you for your interest in Southern Union.

Read the instructions and information in this packet carefully. First, you must complete the Application for General Admission. You will receive a letter from our Registrar with this packet of instructions. Then, prospective international students must submit all of the following documents listed below to Madisen Cope at the address provided herein, before further consideration may be given to the student’s admission or enrollment process.

Please note: Southern Union requires official documents. Official documents and/or transcripts must be mailed from educational institutions and/or testing agencies to the Southern Union Admissions Office.

Application Packet Check List:

  1. Submit a college application for general admission. 
  2. Completed Application for International Students. 
  3. Official High School and College Transcripts (if applicable) Indicating Graduation Date. (Transcripts from high schools and colleges in foreign countries must be translated in English and submitted to one of the following evaluators.) (1) Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 Phone: (414) 289-3400 Website: Email: OR (2) World Education Services 5087 Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087 Phone: (212) 966-6311 or (800) 937-3895 Fax: (212) 739-6100 Website: Email: OR (3) Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. 7101 SW 102 Avenue, Miami, FL 33173 Phone: (305) 273 -1616 Fax: (305) 273-1338 Website: Direct Application Link:  Email:
  4. U.S. Official College Transcripts (if applicable). A Transfer Clearance Form must also be submitted for students who are or were enrolled in any U.S. college or university.
  5. Minimum Official TOEFL score of 550 pbt, 213 cbt, or 79 ibt. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be taken by each international student whose national language is not English and who did not graduate from an English speaking high school. Official scores should be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS/TOEFL), to Southern Union State Community College (Institutional Code:1728) prior to a decision on admission.
  6. Proof of Adequate Health/Accident Insurance. Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance must be maintained detailing all periods of enrollment and must include a repatriation clause of $25,000 or more. 
  7. Sponsor. The Sponsor Support Form must indicate that he/she will be responsible for the student while they are in the United States. A sponsorship form is attached for your convenience. This form requires documentation.
  8. Financial. The college requires the Financial Support Form to be on file. This letter should indicate that the student will have at least $35,850 (United States currency) available in the United States for their expenses while they are enrolled. Financial aid is generally not available to international students.
  9. Immunization/Medical Form. Must be completed and signed by a medical physician or authorized health care professional.

*Note: International students are required to be enrolled full-time (12 semester/contact hours or more) during the fall and spring semesters. However, they can be part-time, or do not have to be enrolled during the summer term. This is the college’s “break period” regarding international student enrollment. There are very limited exceptions to this policy; however, international students can drop below full-time enrollment if it is the final term for the completion of their program of study (graduation). 

Mail all official documents to:

Madisen Cope 
Southern Union State Community College
301 Lake Condy Road
Opelika, AL 36801


The Records Office maintains official student records, coordinates the course registration process, records course grades, monitors satisfactory academic progress, issues transcripts, and verifies degree and certificate completion. 


If students repeat a course, the last grade awarded (excluding a grade of W) replaces the previous grade in computing the cumulative grade point average. The grade point average during the term in which the course was first attempted will not be affected. When a course is repeated more than once, all grades for the course, excluding the first grade, are used to compute the cumulative grade point average. Official records at Southern Union State Community College will list each course in which students have enrolled. Course forgiveness will be implemented automatically after the course(s) have been repeated. Implementation of course forgiveness at the College does not guarantee that other institutions will approve such action. This determination is made by the respective transfer institution.

Course Forgiveness Form


Students may request forms for declaring academic bankruptcy from one of the following College locations: online, the Admissions and Records Office or from the Academic Advisor. Students may declare academic bankruptcy under the following conditions:

  • Students may declare academic bankruptcy on all coursework taken during the one term, provided they have taken a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of coursework at the College since the academic bankruptcy term occurred.
  • A grade of “C”, “S”, or higher is required in each course in 12 semester credit hours in the post-bankruptcy period. None of the coursework taken, even hours completed satisfactorily during the term for which academic bankruptcy is declared, is disregarded in the cumulative grade point average and will not be used to fulfill degree requirements.
  • Developmental courses successfully completed during a period of academic bankruptcy can be used to fulfill prerequisites.

When academic bankruptcy is declared, the term ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY is reflected on the transcript for each term affected. The transcript will reflect the term of its implementation and will read ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY IMPLEMENTED. Students may declare academic bankruptcy only once. Implementation of academic bankruptcy at the College does not guarantee that other institutions will approve such action. This determination is made by the respective transfer institution.

Academic Bankruptcy Form