- 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 HSED/GED scores.
- Meet ACT test requirements or make arrangements through the Assessment Center to take the ACCUPLACER test prior to registering for classes. NOTE: As a result of the challenges associated with COVID-19, Southwestern Community College will waive all entrance test requirements for all students enrolling during the 2020-21 academic year, except students enrolling in the nursing program.
- Check with admissions office for other program 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 ACCUPLACER test prior to registering for classes.
- Provide documentation of an ACCUPLACER 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).
Student Registration Begins
- October 19 - Returning career & technical education students register
- October 21 - Returning arts & sciences students may begin registering
- November 2 - New students may begin registering
- An application for admission must be on file in order to register.
- EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED.
- Registration should include a conference with a faculty advisor and/or college admissions representative. 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.
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 ACCUPLACER test score. Visiting students are not required to submit transcripts. A visiting student may take up to 10 credits per term at SWCC.
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.
Payment of Tuition/Fees
- 2020-21 resident tuition and fees–$197 per credit*
- 2020-21 non-resident and international tuition and fees–$204*
- Online classes–$195 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.
New Student Orientation
New students should watch their email for information regarding spring 2021 new student orientation.
Charge slips will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 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.
Students must bring their class schedules to the SWCC Shoppe to pick up books. Books may be purchased beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.
Students will learn to use their email during new student orientation.
Electronic Access to Student Records
Grades are available on the SWCCyou portal. The link for SWCCyou is available on Southwestern’s home page at www.swcciowa.edu.
Academic Transcript Requests
Transcripts may be requested through the National Student Clearinghouse. For information or to request a transcript, please visit www.swcciowa.edu/transcripts.
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.
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 the SWCCyou portal.