Admissions Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission and submit to the Admissions Office prior to pre-registering
    for any classes.
  • Submit all previous final high school and official college transcripts and/or GED scores.
  • Meet ACT test requirements or make arrangements through the Assessment Center to take the COMPASS test prior to registering for classes.
  • Check with Admissions Office for other program requirements.

Class Registration

  • An application for admission must be on file in order to register.
  • Registration is open for new and returning students.
  • EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
  • Registration should include a conference with a faculty advisor and/or college counselor. Students are urged to arrange for early conferences in planning for any future term.
  • The college reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or alter the meeting times of any course. Students must follow the drop/add procedure to add another course/section to replace the cancelled section.
  • A minimum class size may be required for all courses offered.
  • If you have registered and are unable to attend Southwestern, you must contact the Registrar’s Office to cancel your classes and charges.

Entrance Test Requirements

There are four ways students may be accepted into Southwestern (SWCC):

  • Provide a documented score of 19 or above on the ACT or an equivalent SAT score (910 combined math and verbal).
  • Take the COMPASS test prior to registering for classes.
  • Provide documentation of a COMPASS test taken within the past three years.
  • Provide a college transcript showing a minimum of 12 credit hours with a “C” grade or better in each class (including three credits in English and three credits in math).

Visiting Students

A visiting student is defined as the following:

  • A student enrolled at another college who plans to transfer credits back to his/her home college, or
  • A student who takes a course for personal or professional development and is not degree-seeking.

A visiting student must submit an application for admission and indicate he/she is visiting. In order to take a math or English course, the student must submit an official ACT or COMPASS test score. Visiting students are not required to submit transcripts. A visiting student may take up to 10 credits per term at SWCC.

Online

In addition to the many face-to-face courses provided by SWCC, currently more than 400 online classes are available. Many of them are listed in the Online section of this schedule. For more information, visit www.swcciowa.edu/online and/or contact SWCC's Distance Education Office at 641.782.1542.

Student Registration Begins

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 - Returning career & technical students register
  • Nov. 4 - Returning arts & sciences students may begin registering
  • Nov. 11 - New student may begin registering

Payment of Tuition/Fees

  • 2013-14 resident tuition and fees–$154 per credit.*
  • 2013-14 non-resident and international tuition and fees–$161*
  • Online classes–$152 per credit tuition and fees.*

Arrangements for payment of tuition and fees must be made with the Business Office on or before the first day of the term.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. Amounts listed above were current at time of printing. For more information on payment options, please contact the Business Office.

Orientation

Orientation will be held for all new SWCC students on the following dates. To register, please contact the SWCC Assessment Center 641.782.1320.

Orientation Schedule

  • Osceola Center Orientation - TBD
  • Red Oak Center Orientation - TBD
  • Creston Orientation - TBD

Charge Slips

Charge slips will be available starting January 6, 2014, for eligible students who have completed the financial aid process. For questions regarding status, contact the Financial Aid Office at 641.782.1333 or 800.247.4023, ext. 333.

Bookstore

Students must bring their class schedules to the Bookstore to pick up books. Books may be purchased beginning January 6, 2014.

Student E-mail

Students may find their login by going to the SWCC home page at www.swcciowa.edu under the “Current Students” drop-down menu and clicking “E-mail Accounts”or simply click here. The password is the first three letters of the student’s last name in capitals and the last four digits of the student’s social security number (Example: ABC1234). To access a Southwestern student e-mail account, click “Web Mail” from the home page.

Electronic Access to Student Records

Grades are available on the CampusConnect system through Southwestern’s home page at www.swcciowa.edu. To access grades, a student must provide the student’s ID and PIN number.  Upon a student's initial entry into Campus Connect, the student will be required to set a password, which must be used upon subsequent entries.

Academic Transcript Requests

Authorization forms for releasing transcripts can be obtained in the Registrar’s Office or printed at www.swcciowa.edu/transcripts. Transcripts are forwarded only upon written request from the student.

There is a fee of $5 per transcript requested.  The fee must be paid to the SWCC business office prior to the transcript being sent.  To pay by credit card, call the Southwestern Community College business office at 641.782.1448.  Requests for transcripts will be honored as quickly as possible in order of receipt.  Please allow additional time at the end of each term.

Temporary Closing Policy

Every effort will be made to keep the college open. However, should inclement weather or other emergencies necessitate closing the college or delaying the start of classes, the decision will be made between 5-5:30 a.m. and will be announced on the following media outlets and the e2Campus text message notification system (see below):
Radio Stations: KSIB 101.3 FM/KITR 1520 AM; KCSI 95.3 FM/KOAK 1080 AM; KMA 960 AM; WHO 1040 AM; KSOM, FM 96.5; KJAN, 1220 AM; KMXD 100.3 FM; KKDM 107.5 FM; KSTZ 102.5 FM; KAZR 103.3 FM,
TV Stations: WOI 5; WHO 13; KCCI 8; KDSM FOX 17; KMTV 3 Omaha; WOWT 6 Omaha; and KETV 7 Omaha.
Online: www.swcciowa.edu

e2Campus Notification System

Students have the opportunity to sign-up for a free (carrier charges will still apply) text message alert system. Alerts sent include emergency alerts, college closings, instructor absences, and residence hall information. Sign up during orientation or through your CampusConnect account.