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Southwestern Community College is one of Iowa’s smaller two-year community colleges. The campus setting is rural and located in Creston, Iowa (population 7,600). Creston is approximately 70 km south of Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines (population 191,000).

Southwestern provides educational offerings leading to gainful employment or course work that is transferable to four-year colleges and universities to continue studies for an advanced degree. Detailed information about SWCC's programs and advanced degree offerings is available online or in the college catalog.

Please contact Paige Busch, DSO, for questions regarding admission for international students.

International Admissions Requirements

  1. Official Transcripts - Students must submit official transcripts in English from their high schools once they graduate. These should be mailed to Southwestern upon completion of high school and need to list students' graduation dates. NOTE: Each transcript must include the month, day, and year of graduation, as well as the signature of a school official. Also, if students have attended prior colleges, students must request those transcripts as well. All documentation will need to be provided in English.
  2. Student/Sponsor Financial Statement - Students are required to submit dated and notarized bank statements indicating that there are sufficient funds to pay for college. The bank statements need to have a minimum balance of $16,136. The bank statements need to be in English, and also the amounts need to be in U.S. dollars.
  3. SWCC Financial Statement
  4. English Proficiency Form
  5. Official TOEFL scores
  6. Copy of Passport - Students should take a photo of their current passport, or scan a copy of the passport, and email it to Paige Busch, DSO. The photo or scan should be of main page of the passport, with all of the student's relevant information.
  7. Placement testing - Submit ACCUPLACER test scores, a documented ACT composite of 19, an equivalent SAT score of 990, or have a high school transcript (see Item #1) on file at SWCC.
  8. $150 Processing Fee - Students may pay the processing fee online at PayMyTuition or with a credit card by calling the SWCC business office at 641.782.1448.
  9. Student Housing (Dorm) Application - The application for student housing must be completed if a student plans to live on campus. This needs to be done quickly as housing fills up fast. If a student plans to live off-campus, the student should notify Paige Busch, DSO, of their plans.
  10. Student Housing Deposit - The student housing department requires a $150 deposit that can be paid to Southwestern's business office at 641.782.1448. Payments are accepted by credit card or debit card. This must be paid before the student's housing spot is confirmed. Again, if a student plans to live off-campus, the student must notify Paige Busch.
  11. International Student Deposit - A $2,000 deposit is required for international students. This deposit may be paid via phone with credit card or online through PayMyTuition (deposit is refundable if the student decides not to attend). Please note, the student's I-20 will not be issued until the $2,000 deposit is received.

Items may be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail:

Southwestern Community College
c/o Paige Busch
1501 W Townline Street
Creston IA 50801

Application Deadlines

International Students:

  • January Entry - November 15
  • August Entry - July 15

International Transfer-In Students:

  • January Entry - December 15
  • August Entry - August 15

Helpful Links

About Creston

Applying for a Social Security Number

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