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Wilmington Succeeds is a collaborative and innovative effort aimed at attracting students to earn a bachelor’s degree and stay in the Wilmington area. Among the partners in Wilmington Succeeds are the City of Wilmington, Wilmington High School, Southern State Community College, Wilmington College and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission.

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What is Southern State’s role?

Southern State wants to expand higher education options to students currently enrolled in Wilmington City Schools and minimize the cost of attending college. We know it all boils down to dollars and cents so, if you’re asking, "How can I minimize my cost of attending college?" the answer is simple. You can…

1. Start your college career while still in high school.

Take Southern State courses at Wilmington High School or at one of our four Campus Locations. College Credit Plus is guaranteed by State legislation and offered at NO COST to the student’s family. Visit College Credit Plus to learn more about getting started.

To learn more about the college options offered onsite at Wilmington High School, contact your school guidance counselor.

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2. Apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Tuition at Southern State is less than half of its four-year counterparts at just over $4200 per year. And, if you are a graduating senior and you’ve maintained a 3.25 GPA, you are eligible for Southern State’s Academic Excellence Scholarship valued at over $2000 – – this is in addition to any federal or state supports for which you might be eligible. Or, if you weren’t quite able to maintain grades that high, there are many other Scholarships which you should consider.

Over the long-term, the Southern State Foundation is working with potential donors to offer last-dollar scholarships which the College has agreed to match. Once funded, the monies raised for this purpose will be used to offset college expenses for Wilmington High School graduates. No definitive date can be cast for accomplishment of this goal however, the College will remain in contact with the Wilmington City Schools administration to keep them abreast of developments in this long-term endeavor.


Sounds interesting but, what if I want to get my bachelor’s degree? How can I make sure my courses transfer?

Most simply, stick with the basics and identify your next college as soon as you are able. In addition to courses approved through Ohio’s Transfer Module, Southern State has articulated a number of Transfer Agreements with Wilmington College and others that essentially map out a specific academic pathway.

Okay…now what? What are my next steps?

1. Visit the Campus and/or Apply for Admission

You are always welcome to visit the campus and if you would prefer to start the process face-to-face, come on in and see us. You can schedule a visit with our recruiter, Lisa Copas by calling her at 800.628.7722 x2677 or emailing her at lcopas@sscc.edu.

Or, if you are ready to jump right in, Apply for Admission today!

2. Pay for College

The most basic starting point is applying for financial aid and institutional scholarships. This tends to be the most involved part of the process so it’s best to get an early start by visiting Apply for Financial Aid.

3. Placement Assessment and Register for Courses

You’ve applied, you have your financial arrangements squared away, and now it’s time to get registered for courses. But, before you decide what classes to take, we ask that you take an assessment to determine where you will be most successful. The dates, times and scheduling instructions are available on the Placement Assessment page.

From here, you will meet directly with an advisor and attend new student orientation. Schedule an appointment at Advising & Retention.

What if I still have more questions?

Great! Contact us today and we’ll be glad to help. Or stop by and see us on our North Campus in Wilmington.

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