Carl Sandburg Student Success Guide 
    May 19, 2024  
Carl Sandburg Student Success Guide

Become A Charger

Each term, prior to registration, you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss courses for the upcoming semester. Academic advisors are assigned to students according to degree or program. Your advisor is a valuable information resource and will keep you up to date on program requirements, college graduation requirements, and transfer coursework. Sandburg uses a tool called Student Planner that allows advisors to help students plan classes to meet their degree requirements. You must meet with an advisor to register for classes; it is your responsibility to schedule an advising appointment before registration begins. Early advising will give you more scheduling options. Your instructors can also help with course suggestions. Watch for registration notices and make your appointment early to avoid significant wait times. Appointments are available face-to-face, over the phone, or via Zoom. Galesburg 309.341.5237, Carthage 217.357.3129.

Other Times to Meet with an Advisor

In addition to meeting with an advisor to plan your schedule for the coming semester, you should schedule an advising appointment to discuss:

  • Your progress toward meeting your degree requirements
  • Difficulties you are having with your current courses
  • Adding or dropping a course
  • How to plan for transferring to another college or university
  • What you need to do to graduate
  • Balancing school with the other demands on your time

Registering for Classes

All Sandburg students are required to meet with an academic advisor to register for classes. Appointments are available face-to-face, over the phone or via Zoom. New students must complete the Steps to Enroll prior to meeting with their assigned advisor. Current students can meet with their academic advisor prior to registration to complete Student Planner, which allows for online registration with the advisor’s approval. Please call to make a registration appointment:

Main Campus in Galesburg………..309.341.5237

Branch Campus in Carthage…………..217.357.3129

New Student Orientation

All first-year Sandburg students participate in Charge Up! New Student Orientation prior to the start of their first semester. Orientation is a 3.5-hour session that covers a comprehensive technology check of the student portal, an interactive tour to locate classrooms and key areas of campus, an in-depth discussion about classroom expectations, and other important information to know before classes begin. Students will also receive their student ID. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 309.341.5332. Branch campus, 217.357.3129, ext. 0.

Student Planner Software

Student Planner software keeps students on track to complete their degree or certificate. Advisors and students meet to select classes and assign them to semesters on the Timeline. Before registration, advisors and students finalize and approve class sections in the Course Plan Calendar. Once advisors approve the sections, students may register themselves when registration opens.

  • Your progress toward meeting your degree requirements
  • Difficulties you are having with your current courses
  • Adding or dropping a course
  • How to plan for transferring to another college or university
  • What you need to do to graduate
  • Balancing school with the other demands on your time

Paying Your Bill

Students may pay tuition and fees in cash, by check, or debit/credit card. The College accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express as payment for tuition and fees. Tuition deadlines will be posted on our website and around campus. The Business Office will send out bills and e-mail/text messages at least two weeks prior to tuition deadline. You can make one or multiple payments to the Business Office as long as you have arranged to pay your tuition in full by the deadline. Failure to pay your tuition balance in full by the deadline may result in being dropped from your classes. Payment for classes added after the tuition deadline is due at the time of enrollment. Carl Sandburg College accepts tuition payments online, by phone, by mail, in person and by certain third-party entities. The College also offers a monthly payment plan. Students can view their current tuition balance and tuition deadlines via mySandburg. View your bill and payment plan options by contacting the Business Office at 309.341.5210 or online at

Financial Aid

Sandburg offers a variety of resources to help you fund your education. For more information, we invite you to review our website, or contact us at 309.341.5283. We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to Sandburg’s federal school code is 007265.


Student loans are optional. You should use borrowing as a last resort. If you wish to borrow, complete the steps to apply for Federal Student Loan.


The Carl Sandburg College Foundation provides scholarships based on academic excellence, financial need, residency, leadership, program of study or other requirements. Each year the Foundation is able to award over $100,000 in scholarships to Sandburg students. Scholarship applications open on October 1 and all students are eligible to apply. The priority deadline for the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application is March 15, with a final deadline of June 15. Students do not need to apply for each scholarship individually. For a scholarship directory and how to apply, visit Questions about scholarships can be directed to the coordinator of scholarships and donor relations at 309.341.5215 or

How Do I Apply for Scholarships?

Scholarship applications open October 1.

  • Log onto mySandburg and go to Student Apps.
  • Click on the scholarship application button and click log in.
  • Complete the Carl Sandburg College Scholarship Application by March 15 for priority consideration; final deadline is June 15.
  • Once you submit the application, you can to the My Opportunities tab to see the scholarships for which you qualify. Changes cannot be made to submitted applications. Qualifying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award.

Student ID Card


Bring your student schedule with your ID number printed on the page to the Public Safety Office at the Main Campus or the Branch Campus Library in Carthage. Your ID number will be entered to verify that you are enrolled in classes. Your picture will be taken and your card printed within five minutes.


Your ID card provides proof of your status as a student or employee at the College.


  • Library card
  • Free admittance to athletic and theater events
  • Any transactions in Student Services (Financial Aid, Business Office)
  • Admittance to the Fitness Center
  • Food Service - add money to your card to use at Boxcar Express
  • Ride the bus for FREE
  • Bookstore - present ID to purchase books
  • Admittance to the Tutoring Center


Bring your Sandburg ID and your money to either Boxcar Express location. The money will be added to your Sandburg ID at the cash register. You may also use financial aid funds to receive a voucher for Boxcar Express by visiting the Business Office.

Parking on Campus

The College has multiple free parking lots, each with designated handicapped spaces. Parking is prohibited on sides of entry roads, in fire lanes, or on the lawn areas. Unauthorized use of designated handicapped parking spaces, will result in a ticket with a monetary fine in accordance with Illinois Vehicle Code 625-ILCS-5 from the Galesburg Police Dept.

Bus Schedules


Sandburg students enrolled in credit classes can ride the Galesburg Transit city bus service for free by showing a current Sandburg ID. For more information about how to ride for free, contact the coordinator of student life at 309.341.5332. Galesburg Transit’s bus service includes Sandburg on its daily route Monday-Thursday and on Fridays and Saturdays by request. The route comes through the College approximately 30 minutes past each hour from 7:30 a.m.-5:40 p.m. and stops at the bus shelter outside Building A and the circle drive outside Building D. All routes start and stop downtown at the corner of Main and Prairie. For more information, visit or call 309.342.4242.


Check your Sandburg email each week

You will receive emails each week reminding you of upcoming deadlines, important college information and weekly events. Ask Tech Help (in the library) how to forward your Sandburg email to your personal account. Sandburg communicates through email so it is extremely important that you check your email routinely!

Social Media

Follow all the Sandburg social media accounts to keep updated on upcoming events. Check out the pictures from previous events.

Stall Stories

Located above the hand dryers in the restroom. Stall Stories gives you the scoop on what’s happening at Sandburg.

Welcome to Wellness

Also found in the restrooms above the hand dryers. Welcome to Wellness provides safety tips and wellness advice.

Charger Weekly

Your weekly guide to upcoming events and deadlines - sent straight to your inbox! Scan it at the beginning of

each week for what’s happening at Sandburg.

Facebook: CarlSandburgCollege • SandburgChargers (Chargers Athletics)

Twitter: @Sandburg • @SandburgNJCAA (Chargers Athletics)

Instagram: @CarlSandburgCollege • @SandburgChargers (Chargers Athletics)

Youtube: CarlSandburgCollege

Flickr: CarlSandburgCollege

TikTok: @Carlsandburgcollege

Champ Says Emails

Champ is always looking out for you with resources, information, and reminders. Open your Champ emails to stay on top of how to be successful as a student.

mySandburg Announcements

Keeps important info front and center when you log in to the mySandburg student portal.

Hallway Signs and Monitors

The hallway signs on the main campus remind you of upcoming deadlines and announce important information. The monitors are located throughout all Sandburg buildings. Monitors display important information and upcoming events.

School Closures

Carl Sandburg College has a notification service to reach all students and staff with information and updates during weather-related events or emergencies within minutes through phone calls, texts and emails. To ensure notifications, please confirm your contact information is up-to-date in the Student Services Office. Students may be contacted with up to two email addresses and six phone numbers. Information will also be available on the College website, Facebook and Twitter.

Text Messages

Sandburg utilizes text messaging to keep you informed of important information, send appointment reminders, and to check in with you from time to time. Text messages are grouped by individual departments. You can opt out of messages for any department by replying STOP. You will continue to receive messages by other departments. To opt back in to text messaging, or if you have questions, please email