Becoming a Student at CCC

Use Capital City Campus to start and/or finish your degree either in person, online, or on one of South Dakota's university campuses. Whether you're a traditional student pursuing college shortly after high school or a non-traditional student who needs a part-time class option, we have options for you.

First, Select a Degree Program

We partner with South Dakota universities and Lake Area Tech to allow students to pursue hundreds of different degrees. Use the program catalog for your school of interest to determine which degree best fits your goals and lifestyle. Consider first where you'd like to finish your degree - here in Pierre, online, or on a South Dakota college campus. Then browse the degrees available within your program of interest. If you're not sure which path is the best option, we have great resources ready to help. Just connect with us and ask for assistance.

Next, Apply Online

Regardless of where you'll be physically taking classes, you'll need to apply for admission to the college offering the degree you want to pursue. Start your application online with the school offering your degree of choice:


Pay the Application Fee

After submitting your online application, you will be offered the opportunity to pay the application fee online with a credit or debit card. If you choose not to pay online, you can send the application fee (check or money order made out to the university offering the degree program to which you are applying) to the admissions office of your desired college.

Submit Required Materials

In addition to the information provided in your online application, each school needs the following documentation sent directly to its admissions office. See our partner university resources page to find their admission's mailing address.


  • Your US high school transcripts or your GED records. If your high school transcript is not from the United States, contact the admissions office of your desired university for further information on international student applications.
  • Your ACT scores, if you are under the age of 22. If you need to take the ACT exam, you can register online for the next ACT exam administered at Riggs High School. Or, you can check with the university to which you are applying to find out dates and costs for the next residual ACT test at their site.
  • Any college transcripts you may have from institutions outside the South Dakota public university system should be sent directly from those institutions to the admissions office of your desired university. The South Dakota public universities are: SDSU, USD, NSU, DSU, BHSU, and SDSM&T.

Other Items Needed

Students born after 1956 are required to prove they have received two doses of MMR vaccination. People who had their shots in South Dakota after 1971 can check with the South Dakota Department of Health at 605-773-3737 or their county health nurse for their records. Bring, fax (605-773-3020), or email your MMR records to CCC.

If you are over age 21 and have not taken the ACT exam, or if you took it more than 5 years ago, you may need to make arrangements to take the ACCUPLACER exam at CCC at the direction of your accepting university.

Upon Acceptance

Call us at 605-773-2160 to arrange an office visit to register for classes if you are not working with an on-campus advisor at your home university to choose your first semester course schedule.

If you are concerned about tuition costs, consider applying for federal financial aid. For more information about completing the FAFSA online, visit our financial aid page.