New Student Checklist

As a newly admitted Southern State student, there's a lot to do. Here's a list of the most important things to do after you're admitted. For a printable version view the New Student Checklist (PDF).

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Schedule a Visit

Visiting a Southern State Campus is one of the best ways to CONNECT you to SSCC!

Campus visits are offered at all four of our campus locations; Brown County Campus, Central Campus, Fayette Campus, and North campus, and are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am - 4:00pm by appointment. During your tour you will receive information about everything from admissions and financial aid to academics, as well as getting a look at the actual campus. Click the link below to register for a campus visit.

Register for a Campus Visit

Apply for Admission

Southern State makes it easy to apply for college! We have no mandatory grade point averages, specific test requirements or other intimidating admission guidelines.

Step 1 – Complete an Application for Admission

Complete the application for admission either online or print the form and mail or drop it off at Southern State’s Office of Admission. There is no fee to submit this form and there are no deadlines for application.

Step 2 – Request Transcripts

Contact your high school to request that your final transcript be sent to the Office of Admission.

Step 3 – Complete a Placement Assessment Test

Continue to Placement Assessment.

Submit a Copy of your High School Transcript

Have a copy of your high school transcript or GED certificate sent to the Admissions Office, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133. A high school transcript or GED certificate is required in order to receive financial aid.

Transfer Students: Request College Transcript

If you have attended another college, contact the Records Office of the previous college(s) and have an official college transcript(s) sent to the SSCC Admissions Office, 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133.

Complete FAFSA

Students should complete the FAFSA at Use Southern State Community College School Code = 012870.

Note: Financial aid is NOT automatically renewed each year. Students must reapply each year to be considered for financial assistance. FAFSA results received prior to July 1 will be considered for priority aid (SEOG and college Work Study). Scholarship applications received by March 15 will receive priority processing as well.

Additional Note: Classes taken that are not required in the student's major will not be covered by federal financial aid.

For more information visit the Financial Aid Office webpage or call at 937.393.3431 x2610

Take the Placement Assessment

Placement assessment is required of all degree-seeking students. Current assessment dates, times, and locations are available on the Placement Assessment webpage. For Accuplacer Prep, please visit the Accuplacer Prep webpage to view instructional videos and worksheets. Taking the placement assessment before meeting with an advisor is strongly recommended.

*Transfer students who have completed English and/or math at a previous institution may be exempt from this requirement.

Disabilities Accommodations

Southern State's Office of Disability Services' mission is to provide reasonable accommodations to those who qualify, along with sharing knowledge, and access to resources to promote diversity and empowerment.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact Molly Clevenger, Disability Services Coordinator at 937.393.3431 x2604 or

Meet with an Advisor

All full-time and/or degree-seeking students must meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Contact the Student Success Advising Center at 937.393.3431 x2825 to schedule an appointment.

The office is located in room 404.10 on Central Campus and operates from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. However, advising services are offered on all Campus Locations.

Register for Classes

Visit the Registration webpage to access the current Registration Guide for helpful resources and information on registering for classes. For important registration dates, visit the Academic Calendar.

To register in person

Students may register at the Student Services Office on any Campus Location. You will be given a copy of your personal schedule once your registration is complete.

To register online

Visit MyRecords and follow the prompts to register.

Make Payment Arrangements

All Tuition & Fees must be paid in full before registration is complete. Payments may be made as follows:

  • Online by accessing your MyRecords account. (24/7 service)
  • Automated phone system - 1-800-628-7722 Press # when prompted - Have your id number and payment amount ready. (24/7 service)
  • Mailed to PO Box 880 Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.
  • In person - At the Business Office located in Hillsboro at the Central Campus.
  • By phone - 1-800-628-7722 Ext. 2652

Online Courses

Visit the Online Courses webpage to view the requirements that all online students must meet for online courses, instructions for getting started in an online course, and guidelines to help students decide if online learning is right for them.

Attend a New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is the best way to start your college career off right! New students are expected to attend one of the mandatory orientations listed on the New Student Orientation webpage.

You must have a class schedule to attend orientation. If you need to schedule classes or make changes to your current schedule please contact the Advising Center at 1-800-628-7722, Ext. 2825 to schedule an appointment. You will not be permitted to register for classes at orientation.

Please choose the orientation session that is most convenient for you. You will need to arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of your session to check-in. You will also need a photo ID to check-in.