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Prospective Students

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  Amber Lovelace, Registrar 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:

Amber Lovelace, Registrar
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. 

Admission Appeals

One Semester Appeals

Southern Union has developed an intervention program to assist students who are on a one term academic suspension. If you choose to appeal your suspension and participate in the intervention program, you will be permitted to re-enroll at Southern Union.

To appeal your suspension and take advantage of this opportunity, contact your assigned academic advisor to enroll in the Intervention for Student Success Program:

Wadley - Carol Howell,, 256-395-2211 ext. 5403

Opelika - Academic Division- Jeremy Taunton,, 334-234-6475 ext. 5305

                Health Science Division- Chiquita Brooks,, 334-745-6475 ext. 5547

                Technical Division- Amanda Harkins,, 334-745-6475 ext. 5411

Valley - Robin Brown,, 334-756-4151 ext. 5204.

One Year Suspension Appeals

Deadlines for one year suspension appeals

All academic suspension appeals must be completed by the dates below:

Fall 2021
To be considered for readmission for the Fall 2021 Semester, the academic suspension appeals application and supporting documentation must be received by July 27, 2021.

Spring 2022
To be considered for readmission for the Spring 2022 Semester, the academic suspension appeals application and supporting documentation must be received by December 3, 2021.

Summer 2022
To be considered for readmission for the Summer 2022 Semester, the academic suspension appeals application and supporting documentation must be received by April 27, 2022.


Academic Suspension Appeals Application (1 year)

Completed appeal applications may be submitted by email to

Application and Deadlines for Instate Eligibility

Application for Instate Eligibility

Deadlines for Instate Residency

  • Spring 2022 - 12-3-2021
  • Summer 2022 - 04-27-2022
  • Fall 2022 - 08-01-2022

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