Admissions and Records

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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.

How to Apply:

  1. Submit an online application through our online portal.
  2. Submit a copy of your Official High School Transcript or GED Transcript.
  3. Submit copies of all Official College transcript(s). (Transfer students only!)
  4. Submit Dual Enrollment Form (High School students only!)
  5. Submit a Transient Permission Letter (Transient students only!)


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 an official copy of your high school or GED transcript and any college transcripts as mentioned above. 


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  Shawn Caldwell, Advisor for International Students,, 334-745-6437 ext. 5483.

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.  Then, prospective international students must submit all of the following documents listed below to Shawn Caldwell 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 into English and submitted to one of the following evaluators).

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 healthcare 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). All international students who hold an F-1 visa are assessed at the out-of-state rate and are not eligible for in-state rates.

Mail all official documents to:

Shawn Caldwell, Advisor for International Students
Southern Union State Community College
301 Lake Condy Road
Opelika, AL 36801

Records Office Forms and Information: 

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