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3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst, NC 28374
p. 910-692-6185
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Sandhills Community College

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Sandhills Community College had its founding in the early 1960s and officially opened to students in 1965 under its first president, Dr. Raymond Stone. Located in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandhills CC was the first state college to allow students the opportunity to transfer and complete a 4-year baccalaureate degree. Today, Sandhills Community College has about 4,000 students enrolled full or part-time in college courses and several thousand more participating in different educational programs.

The opportunities for local students are extensive, as SCC offers everything from associate degrees with direct entrance into state universities to technical programs and courses for students still attending high school. The success rate of students who continue on to the University of North Carolina is one of the feathers in SCC’s cap. In general, the curriculum can be broken down into majors designed for 4-year degrees, technology programs designed for direct entrance into the field and programs in the healthcare profession which include both elements.

Courses in Automotive Technologies, Computer Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Cosmetology, Golf Course Management and Technology, Hospitality and Culinary Technology, Management and Business Technologies, Physical Fitness Technology and Landscape Gardening are very career-oriented and aimed at placing students into the field directly after graduation. Students interested in entering the nursing profession can choose from the Associate Degree in Nursing, the Nursing Assistant Program or the Practical Nursing diploma. Other majors vary from general studies to arts & sciences focuses. While students are free to change their majors through the accepted procedures, Sandhills requires entering students to declare a major.

In addition, Sandhills offers customized training and career readiness programs to continuing education students, as well as distance learning programs.

Accreditation for Sandhills Community College is provided by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.

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Sandhills maintains an open-door policy when it comes to their admissions department. Standardized testing is not mandatory, thought it may speed the class placement process along (the Acuplacer test will be required if not). In general, the GED certificate or standard high school diploma is the necessary foundation for students looking to attend college courses in the North Carolina State system. Programs are available at Sandhills for students who are looking to fulfill these basic requirements.

Applications can be completed online on the school website, where additional requirements for certain programs are laid out. Priority registration for summer and fall classes usually has the deadline around mid-April.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Sandhills Community College is there to help students figure out how to pay for their higher education. The process should begin with the applicant filling out the FAFSA online. The school code for SCC is 002961. Once this form is complete and the student receives an aid package, Sandhills staff members may ask for verification of al the documents included in the FAFSA.

In general, all U.S. students have access to federal grants and loans. Pell Grants and FSEOG awards are accompanied by the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the North Carolina Student Incentive Grant and the North Carolina Community College Grant. Scholarships are also available, from the North Carolina Educational Lottery Scholarship to others with local and federal funding.

Aside from grants and scholarships, students may be awarded loans to help pay for school, or PLUS loans for parents. Once on campus, work-study programs are another option for students.

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Students at Sandhills Community College can take part in a number of activities and also have access to student services. For anyone needing counseling or tutoring, help is available. Student clubs include the Baking and Pastry Club, the Optimist Club, the Esthetics Club, the Student Government Association, the Outdoor Club and the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Clubs revolving different majors include the Sandhills Association of Nursing Students, the Hospitality Club and the Radiology Technology Club.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Sandhills students have the opportunity to compete in the NJCAA’s Region X, which covers the tri-state area. Men’s sports include basketball and golf. Women’s options include volleyball and golf. Around the Dempsey Center is where most of the athletic facilities are located. Other facilities are located nearby in Southern Pines Reservoir Park. All athletes must meet the eligibility requirements as laid out by the Athletic Director.

Information Summary

Ranks 111th in North Carolina and 2951st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 5 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny 99 0.74
Vehicle theft 2 0.02

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pinehurst, NC 28374
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population11,314 (9,932 urban / 1,382 rural)
Households5,220 (2.08 people per house)
Median Household Income$57,821
Families3,892 (2.40 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3702

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3793rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,288 $2,288 $8,432
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $97 $97 $97
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $72 $72 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $3,985 $3,985 $10,129
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,392 $17,392 $23,536
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,296 $8,296 $14,440

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,002 $2,322 $2,002 $2,322 $8,146 $8,466
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,418 $1,600
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,180 $8,520
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,167 $4,724
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,590 $4,260

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 110 28 5 23 471 32 676
Accounting 2 15 17
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician 4 4
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 3 5 8
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 4 1 4 9
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 1 2 6 10
Business Administration and Management, General 9 12 23
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 1 7 8
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 5 5
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 7 8
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 3 1 2 42 9 58
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 7 1 8
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 1 12 2 15
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 1 14 18
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 3 1 1 15 1 21
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 1 10 15
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 4 1 4 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 6 1 8 15
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 8 1 10
Game and Interactive Media Design 4 1 5
Golf Course Operation and Grounds Management 6 6
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 3 1 4 8
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 3 3
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 7 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 12 2 35 1 51
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 28 17 2 6 106 8 169
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3 2 12 17
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 7 7
Medical Office Management/Administration 6 3 12 1 22
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 5 1 6
Office Management and Supervision 1 3 4
Polysomnography 3 9 1 13
Pre-Engineering 3 3
Pre-Nursing Studies 1 3 4
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 6 3 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 39 3 43
Resort Management 1 1
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 7 1 10
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1 4 6
Surgical Technology/Technologist 12 12
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 1 6 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3560th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,082 ($50,414 male / $47,365 female)
Number of FT Faculty 133 (38 male / 95 female)
Number of PT Faculty 485
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,779,010

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