Steps to becoming an SC4 student

Welcome to SC4! We look forward to working with you as you start your college journey.

Follow these steps to get started. If you need help, make an appointment:

Step 1: Choose classes for your first semester

Occupational degrees

SC4 offers many occupational degrees to help students gain the skills needed for employment. Most are not designed to transfer.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year school in Michigan, we usually recommend starting with the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Completing MTA will waive general education requirements at most four-year schools in Michigan.

If you are interested in earning an associate degree before you transfer, MTA gets you halfway to our transfer degrees in arts, business and science.

Classes may transfer beyond MTA but that varies by transfer school and major.

Most four-year schools have transfer guides that list classes you can take beyond MTA. Find resources and look up course equivalencies at

We encourage you to make an appointment with an advisor to talk about class selection, especially if you plan to transfer.

Placement into your first English and math class

Starting in Fall 2021, incoming students (other than high school guests or some transfer students) will need to submit SAT or ACT scores or take a placement exam in the SC4 Testing Center to be placed into their first English writing and mathematics class at SC4. Click the button below for details on this process.

If you have questions about English or mathematics placement or course prerequisites, contact an academic advisor.

AP credit

If you took an AP class in high school and passed the AP exam for that class with a score of “3” or better, you may be eligible for college credit. We encourage you to look at what SC4 credit your AP class may be applied to. Keep in mind that some four-year schools may require a higher score on the AP exam to obtain credit at that institution.

If you didn’t request to have the scores sent to SC4 when you took the test, you will need to request that through your College Board account.

Step 2: Set up your SC4 Portal and get registered

The SC4 Portal is where you will access your Service Center, college email and our online classroom.

You will use the Service Center to view your degree progress and register for classes, view your grades, view your Financial Aid status and make a payment.

How to access

Go to and enter your username and password. You can reset your password at

If you have issues logging in, call (810) 989-5500 or email

Service Center

On the left side of the Portal under the announcements, click on College Credit Students and Service Center to access your student menu.

Student Planning

In the Service Center, click on Student Planning to see your degree progress and register for classes. See full instructions here.

Step 3: Set up your SC4 email

We encourage you to check your SC4 email a few times a week.

How to access

In your Portal, click on the College Email button on the right side. Log in using your full SC4 email address (Portal user name followed by and then click on Outlook. Learn more at

Step 4: Set up Financial Aid and/or payment arrangements.

If you are planning to use financial aid, learn more about the Financial Aid process or make an appointment with a Financial Aid officer. You also can email

If you have financial aid on your account, it will automatically be applied to your tuition when you register.

After you register, you can see your balance, make a payment or set up a payment plan by clicking on the Student Finance tab in your Service Center in the Portal.

Please be aware of tuition costs and payment due dates.

Step 5: Get your Skippers OneCard

Stop by the Testing Center on the second floor in the SC4 Welcome Center to get a picture taken for your Skippers One Card. This is your SC4 student ID, your library card and how you access services on campus. Your OneCard will be mailed to you after you register.

Step 6: Get your books.

Visit SC4 Bookstore to see what books and supplies you need for your classes.

You can order books through the Bookstore website or come to the Bookstore on campus.

You can charge your Financial Aid account in the Bookstore both online and in person.

Step 7: Attend class.

If you are taking online classes, you will access them in Canvas on the first day of class. Learn more about online classes at

Before you come to campus, view a campus map or take a virtual tour.