Sandhills community College

Sandhills Community College (SCC) is one of the most frequently searched colleges in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of United States colleges. 

Sandhills is a public two year community college, opened in 1965 and located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The school currently maintains a student body of roughly 4,000 college credit undergraduates each semester, with another 11,000 enrolled in continuing education courses. 

Shown above: The campus of SCC

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SCC is part of the North Carolina Community College System, which includes 57 other colleges throughout the state. Here is a full list of the other schools in the North Carolina Community College System: 

  1. Alamance Community College 
  2. Asheville Buncombe Community College 
  3. Beaufort County Community College 
  4. Bladen Community College 
  5. Blue Ridge Community College 
  6. Brunswick Community College 
  7. Caldwell Community College 
  8. Cape Fear Community College 
  9. Carteret Community College 
  10. Catawba Valley Community College 
  11. Central Carolina Community College 
  12. Central Piedmont Community College 
  13. Cleveland Community College 
  14. College of the Albemarle 
  15. Coastal Carolina Community College 
  16. Craven Community College 
  17. Davidson County Community College 
  18. Durham Community College 
  19. Edgecombe Community College 
  20. Fayetteville Community College 
  21. Forsyth Community College 
  22. Gaston College 
  23. Guilford Community College 
  24. Halifax Community College 
  25. Haywood Community College 
  26. Isothermal Community College 
  27. James Sprunt Community College 
  28. Johnston Community College 
  29. Lenoir Community College 
  30. Martin Community College 
  31. Mayland Community College 
  32. McDowell Community College 
  33. Mitchell Community College 
  34. Montgomery Community College 
  35. Nash Community College 
  36. Pamlico Community College 
  37. Piedmont Community College 
  38. Pitt Community College 
  39. Randolph Community College 
  40. Richmond Community College 
  41. Roanoke Chowan Community College 
  42. Robeson Community College 
  43. Rockingham Community College 
  44. Rowan Cabarras Community College 
  45. Sampson Community College 
  46. South Piedmont Community College 
  47. Southeastern Community College 
  48. Southwestern Community College 
  49. Stanly Community College 
  50. Surrey Community College 
  51. Tri County Community College 
  52. Vance Granville Community College 
  53. Wake Community College 
  54. Wayne Community College 
  55. Western Piedmont Community College 
  56. Wilkes Community College 
  57. Wilson Community College 


Sandhills is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


Above: The SCC campus at night


sandhills community College Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Sandhills Community College.

1. Where is Sandhills Community College?

The main campus of SCC is located in Pinehurst, and the Hoke Center is situated in Raeford. These cities are in southern Moore County, North Carolina, approximately 20 miles west of Fayetteville. 

Here are the official visiting addresses for SCC: 

SCC Main Campus

3395 Airport Road

Pinehurst, North Carolina


SCC Hoke Center

1110 East Central Avenue

Raeford, North Carolina


2. What types of degrees are offered at Sandhills Community College?

SCC grants Associate of Arts degrees and Associate of Science degrees, as well as quite a few skilled trade and technical certificates. 

Sandhills also offers dozens of Associate in Applied Science degrees. 

3. What courses and programs are offered at Sandhills Community College?

Students enrolled at SCC can choose from a great many degree and certificate programs. For example, here are some of the Associate of Applied Science degrees available at Sandhills:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Computers
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering Technology
  • Gardening
  • Golf Course Management
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality
  • Landscape Design
  • Nursing
  • Public Service

Above: Stone Hall on the SCC campus


4. Who should attend Sandhills Community College?

SCC is an appropriate choice for North Carolina residents of any age who want to save money on their college educations.

SCC also features numerous skilled trade certificate programs for people who want to join the workforce immediately after graduation.  

SCC will especially interest people who are interested in studying botany and horticulture. 

SCC will also be of interest to high school students in the Hoke County school system. These students, through a five-year plan of study called the SandHoke Early College High School Program, can earn an Associate's degree from SCC in conjunction with their high school diplomas. 

5. Why attend Sandhills Community College?

Here are some good reasons to enroll at SCC:

  • SCC has an open admissions policy
  • A community college is a cost effective alternative to entering a university as a freshman.
  • Students can transfer to four year colleges through the school's University Studies Program.  

6. How much does it cost to enroll at Sandhills Community College?

According to the SCC website, the total cost of tuition and fees to enroll at the college is:

  • $76 per credit hour for North Carolina residents
  • $268 per credit hour for out of state residents

Other fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, technology fees, student activity fees, and others. 

Financial aid may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs, to help students pay for their educations at Sandhills. 

Shown above: A section of the campus landscaped by the SCC Horticulture Department. 


7. How long does it take to earn a degree from Sandhills Community College?

For a full time student, it should take about two years to earn an Associate's degree. Skilled trade certificates can take up to one year, although many certificates can be completed in less than one year. 

However, roughly two thirds of the students enrolled at Sandhills attend the school part time. In these cases, it is up to each student how long it takes to complete the required courses. 

8. What is the Sandhills Community College campus like?

The main campus spans 150 acres containing 13 academic and administrative buildings, nestled in a forest of longleaf pines. Some of the landmark buildings on the Sandhills campus are the Dempsey Student Center, the Owens Auditorium, Steed Hall, Boyd Library, and the SCC Bookstore, among others. 

There is no on-campus student housing available at SCC. 

At least 32 acres of the SCC campus is dedicated to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, featuring 14 themed gardens maintained by the Horticulture club at SCC. 

Other campus organizations include an Architecture club, and Automotive club, a Cosmetology club, a Musical Theater club, a Radiology club, an Ultimate Frisbee club, and many more. 

The athletic teams at SCC call themselves the Flyers. The school colors are burgundy, black, and grey. Among the intercollegiate sports for men and women at Sandhills are basketball, golf, and volleyball. The sports teams at Sandhills play for the NJCAA - Division III. 

Above: The Sandhills Flyers men's basketball team in action.


Shown above: Logan Hall

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9. What is the Sandhills Community College neighborhood like?

The Pinehurst area is known for its world class golf courses, as well as many equestrian activities. Also expect to find numerous upscale restaurants and a wealth of elite shopportunities. 

The Raeford campus features various conveniences along East Central Avenue. 

A car may be useful in getting around either of these areas. 

Above: The Village of Pinehurst


10. What are the distance learning options at Sandhills Community College?

SCC features many online courses, with two online degree programs available: 

  1. Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration
  2. Associate in Arts (for transfer students who aim to earn a Bachelor's degree)

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11. What is the contact information for Sandhills Community College?

You can reach the main (Pinehurst) campus office of SCC by calling 910-692-6185.

To reach the Raeford campus of SCC, call 910-875-8589. 

To inquire about online courses, call Ryan at 910-246-5365. 

Above: The Trade Center at Sandhills


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