SFCC Coronavirus Closure General FAQs


Is the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center open?
In accordance with the health orders of Office of the Governor, the Fitness Education Center remains closed for classes.  UPDATE: SFCC’s William C. Witter Fitness Education Center will offer appointments to the public beginning October 12, 2020.

Is the college open?
Santa Fe Community College has transitioned to an online learning environment in response to COVID-19. If you signed up for a dedicated online class at SFCC during the fall semester, it/they will take place as scheduled. Deans and faculty are currently working together to provide practical online alternatives for many on-ground classes impacted by the campus closure. Please contact your instructor for guidance on your particular class.

Certain services will be available during the closure – see the Student and Employee FAQs for more details.

During this time, the campuses for Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Higher Education Center and Kids Campus are closed.

Should I travel?
SFCC President Becky Rowley has announced the halt of all SFCC-related travel until further notice.

The New Mexico Department of Health updated its travel recommendations for individuals contemplating out-of-state travel in the coming weeks and months: “We care about you. And while we cannot regulate your personal travel decisions, we strongly advise you to reconsider out-of-state travel,” the advisory states. “You will be recommended to self-isolate for 14 calendar days upon your return. Also, as travel bans can be implemented, you run the risk of being unable to return to New Mexico.”

If you plan to travel out of state or country over spring break, the NMDOH has asked that you call them with screening questions. They have set up a 24-hour hotline at 1-855-600-3453. Also, please review these self-quarantine guidelines.

Will the college be holding events?
No, the college campus is closed through the end of the fall semester. Certain services will be available during the closure, see the Student and Employee FAQs for details.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you think you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, you should stay home and first call the 24-hour New Mexico Department of Health hotline at 1-855-600-3453. They will provide an over-the-phone assessment and guidance for next steps.

Are you feeling anxiety or stress in these uncertain times?
Contact counselors at ComPsych Guidance Resources at 866-676-3367, TTY 800-697-0353.

I have a tax preparation appointment at the HEC during the closure.  What will happen with it?
AARP is reaching out to everyone with a scheduled appointment to find another time.  If tax season is extended; AARP’s services at the HEC will also be extended.

I am a student at Highlands, Santa Fe Center.  Will I be able to attend classes?
Online classes will continue as scheduled.  NMHU faculty are working to adapt in-person classes to an online format wherever possible.  Contact your instructor for more information.

Are AARP tax services still available at the HEC?
No. The AARP Foundation has suspended the program nationwide until further notice.

My internet is slow, what can I do to make it faster?
Here is an article by Intel on improving wi-fi speed: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/tech-tips-and-tricks/how-to-increase-wifi-speed.html

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Degree status is granted to students who have declared an intention to pursue a particular degree or certificate by following a prescribed program and sequence of study.

Non-degree status is granted to applicants who wish to take courses for their own purposes without intending to seek any degree or certificate. A high school diploma is not required for admission, but age requirements may apply.

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Go to the page for First Time Students then click on “Apply to SFCC ONLINE” and follow the instructions, OR use the printable form. Download and print the SFCC Admission Form (Adobe PDF document) and apply by mail.

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An international student with a nonimmigrant visa seeking an F-1 visa must apply for admissions on a full-time, degree-seeking basis. Go to the International Students page and follow the instructions.

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Yes, high school and GED students can enroll at SFCC. Follow the directions on how to apply for admission. Learn more about programs for high school students and GED students.

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Yes, SFCC does accept the GED.

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Yes, you can. You should visit with your academic advisor to determine the best program to follow. Visit the Welcome and Advising page for information on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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Yes. Students who audit a credit course do not earn a grade or college credit. Audited courses do not count toward a certificate or degree. Standard prerequisites, tuition and fees apply.

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SFCC offers the following types of degrees:

The Associate in Arts degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions. The AA gives emphasis to those majoring in the Arts, Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Visit the Academics index page of our website for a list of education options.

The Associate in Science degree is intended to prepare students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs at four-year institutions. The AS gives emphasis to those majoring in Engineering, Technology and the sciences with substantial undergraduate requirements in mathematics and the natural sciences. This program also allows students to develop a degree plan with an emphasis in the biological sciences. Students work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisors to ensure the best transition to four-year institutions.

The Associate in Applied Arts degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Certificates are one-year programs intended to prepare the student for employment.

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Yes, SFCC awards numerous scholarships. Specific scholarship descriptions and eligibility criteria are provided throuth the Financial Aid web pages. Go to the Scholarships page or call the Financial Aid Office at 505-428-1268.

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You can drop or withdraw in the following ways:
Through your MySFCC account
By submitting a written request to the Welcome and Advising Center
By faxing your request to 505-428-1468
Mail to:
The Welcome and Advising Center
6401 Richards Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87508NOTE: Verbal requests, whether made in person or by phone, cannot be processed. Do not assume that you are automatically dropped or withdrawn from a class for nonattendance or nonpayment. Official drops or withdrawals from class(es) must be