Southeastern Community College maintains an open-door admissions policy for all applicants. The college serves students without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, disability, or political affiliation, or any other legally protected classification. Selective placement of individual students in the different programs of study within the college is determined by student services, within the guidelines established by the State Board of Community Colleges and the North Carolina Community College System for each program of study and course offered. The college reserves the right to deny admissions to applicants who are suspended from another institution at the time of application pursuant to State Board Code 23 SBCCC 02C.0301 (d).

Any high school graduate, or equivalent, or any person no longer enrolled in secondary school who is at least 18 years of age may be accepted by the College. High school students may be admitted into credit and continuing education courses in accordance with the Career and College Promise enrollment policies adopted by the State of North Carolina for college transfer and technical career courses. Pursuant to the State Board of Community Colleges Code 1D SBCCC 400.2(g), Southeastern Community College reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant who is not a resident of North Carolina who seeks enrollment in any distance education course if the applicant resides in a state where the college is not authorized to provide distance education.

Admission to some degree, diploma and select certificate programs require a high school diploma, or equivalent. Admission to the college does not imply immediate admission to the curriculum desired by the applicant, and admission to certain programs may have additional academic entrance requirements.

Applicants with a high school diploma or high school equivalency may enroll in any degree, diploma, or certificate program. Applicants without a high school diploma or high school equivalency may enroll in certain courses or programs. Qualified high school students may enroll in College and Career Promise programs.