As a SWCC student, the registrar's office will help you with the following:
- Register for classes
- Add/drop courses
- Withdraw from Southwestern
- Review academic policies (see Student Handbook)
- Request a transcript
- Check out the Academic Calendar for specific registration dates.
- Legal name change form - PDF
Southwestern has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verifications. The National Student Clearinghouse may be contacted at:
- Web: www.degreeverify.org
- Mail: National Student Clearinghouse, 2300 Dulles Station Boulevard, Suite 220, Herndon, VA 20171
All new students should meet initially with a representative in the admissions office to develop their first class schedule. They will be assigned an academic advisor at that time.
Returning students are expected to meet with their academic advisors as soon as class schedules are available. Your advisor can help plan your schedule and his or her signature is required for registration. If you don't know who your advisor is, please contact the registrar's office.
For questions regarding registration, please stop in the registrar's office or call 641.782.1326 or 641.782.1422.
Add/Drop Schedule for Face-to-Face Classes
|Last day to add
(without instructor approval)
|Last day to drop/withdraw
(with instructor approval)
|16 week course||4 p.m. on the fifth day of classes||Friday prior to the first day of finals|
|6-8 week course||4 p.m. on the second day of classes||Friday prior to the last week of the class|
|4-5 week course||4 p.m. on the first day of classes||Friday prior to the last week of the class|
|Fast-track course||noon on the first day of the class||The day prior to the last day of the class|
*Note: Check with your instructor as some instructors may not sign the drop slip after the 10th week.
Poor attendance and/or dropping a class could affect your financial aid and/or athletic eligibility in the future. Dropping a class may result in a balance on your business office account. You are encouraged to contact the financial aid office and/or your coach before dropping a class.
Dropping/Withdrawing from Online Courses
The Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC) establishes the start and end dates for online classes. The last day that a student may drop/withdraw from an online course is two weeks prior to the last day of online classes.
Students dropping one or more classes or withdrawing from Southwestern Community College during a term are required to notify the registrar by one of the following methods: mail, email, or in the registrar’s office. Students notifying the registrar through written communication should include their first, middle, and last name along with date of birth. Course cancellation, drop, or withdraw will not be accepted over the phone.
Students who wish to withdraw from college are required to complete a signed withdrawal form available in the registrar's office in Creston or from the off-campus centers in Red Oak or Osceola.
Official Southwestern Community College transcripts may be requested online through the National Student Clearinghouse.
- Transcript cost is $6 ($3.10 transcript fee and $2.90 processing fee). Electronic transcripts may require an additional $1.00 secure electronic PDF fee.
- Transcripts are not issued until all accounts with the college are paid.
NOTE: Transcripts will normally be issued within five to seven business days; however, please allow two weeks when the request is made at the end of a term. Southwestern does not overnight, express, or fax transcripts. Please note that the National Student Clearinghouse will automatically cancel your request after 30 days.
For questions regarding your electronic transcript delivery, please contact the National Student Clearinghouse at
If you have questions regarding your transcript order, please contact the student services department at 641.782.1326. SWCC offices are open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (summer, Monday-Thursday) and 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Friday), and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (school year, Monday-Thursday) and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Friday).