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​​​​​​​​​Admission Requirements​​
  1. Submit the Online International Student Application

    • Note: Applicants under 18 must provide proof of high school completion to be considered for admission. You must be at least 16 years of age by the start day of the semester.

  2. Supporting Documents for Your Application

    • ​Copy of valid passport: A photocopy of your passport to confirm your identity and citizenship.
    • Proof of Financial Ability: Documentation demonstrating that you have enough money to cover the tuition and living costs while studying in the U.S. This includes our Proof of Financial Support Form and other supplemental financial documents like a bank letter, bank statement, scholarship, or award letter that shows a minimum balance of $25,515.
    • Proof of English Proficiency: Demonstrating that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language to study at our campus. Please see our Minimum English Proficiency Requirements for details. Note: This item is not required if you apply for our English Language Program.
    • Academic Transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all previous educational institutions attended, including high school transcripts with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C average).
    • Personal Statement: A written document in which you briefly describe your background, expectations, and academic goals.
    • Other Documents: If applicable, additional documents may be required.

  3. Pay the $65 Application Fee (non-refundable)

    • Click here to pay your application fee.
    • Once you have completed the payment, a copy of the receipt will be automatically sent to you and our office. Note: Please note that we cannot review or process your application until the application fee is paid.

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Application Process

    • ​​​​You will need to create an OpenCCC account to submit your application.​ Click on "Create an Account" to create one. 
    • Important: please write down the CCCID number and login information for future reference.
  • You will receive a confirmation email after your application has been submitted successfully. 
  • We will send you a follow-up email with instructions for the next steps within one business day.​

  • ​​​​You will receive a unique email link to upload the documents required to complete your application. We use the FileInvite service to collect your documents securely.
  • The Application Documents will be requested depending on your SCC admission status (e.g., initial, transfer, or part-time).
  • Please allow us between 2-3 dayto review your submissions. Once all is completed and accepted, students will receive their admission offer via email.

​​​Please read the following and determine your student type to find out the documents required for your application:

    • Initial | An initial student, is a new student applying from outside the United States or an applicant in the U.S. who seeks to change their current status to F-1. An initial student may have already begun studying in the United States but has taken a break from their studies and will need a new Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility.
    • Transfer-in | You are currently enrolled at another school in the U.S. with an active I-20 and would like to transfer to Santiago Canyon College.
      • ​​Note: Please contact our office if you have been terminated from your previous institution and require a reinstatement application to regain your F-1 status.
    • Part-Time (Concurrent) | You want to take one or two classes (1-6 units) at Santiago Canyon College while attending another school in the U.S.
    • Change of Status | You may wish to change your nonimmigrant status if you are already in the United States on a valid nonimmigrant visa for a purpose other than attending school and want to study at a U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school. You are not eligible for a change of status in the United States if you entered as a visitor through the visa waiver program.​

​$50.00 Application Fee
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Proof of Financial Support & Bank Certification
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Personal Statement
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Proof of English Proficiency
*not required for the English Language ​Program (ELP)​
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Academic Transcripts
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Copy of Passport ​​Identification
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Copy of F-1 Visa
or Form I-797: Notice of Action
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Most recent Form I-94
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Most recent Form I-20
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DSO Permission Letter
*For part-time students (concurrent enrollment)​
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  • ​​​Notification of acceptance will be sent through email. Your Form I-20 will be sent to you electronically via email.
  • If you wish to receive the original Form I-20 and admission packet, purchase shipping through UEMS E-Ship Global. Shipping is between 3-7 business days, depending on the rate purchased.​
    • ​​Create an E-Ship Global account and pay for express shipping. You will receive your documents within 3-5 business days with this service. 

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