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You’re In! And now that you’ve been admitted, there are a few things you should consider prior to enrolling. If you need help navigating this next step, we encourage you to reach out to your admission counselor


Be sure to check your Student Portal regularly. Beyond the admission notification, your student portal is also where you’ll find notifications for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards, if applicable. 


Submitting your Enrollment Deposit is the first step in your new student experience. This action allows you to select your First-Year or Advanced-Entry Seminar and housing preferences, register early for classes at one of several Sprog Day events, and much more. 

Visit the Southwestern My Decision page to let us know of your college-going plans and pay your enrollment deposit by credit card. 


A college visit is a chance to test-drive Southwestern: you might attend a class, talk with current students, meet with a professor, coach or admission counselor, or even stay overnight in a residence hall. The Office of Admission will make all the arrangements for your visit to Southwestern. We offer plenty of ways for you to experience campus, so choose the visit that’s right for you.

March: Admitted Student Day

Admitted Student Day is designed to give admitted students a final look at Southwestern. Whether you’ve decided to sport an eye-patch as a new Pirate or if you’re still walking the plank, Admitted Student Day can help answer any lingering questions. You can tour the residence halls, meet with a financial aid officer, join us at our student organization fair and so much more.

March: Snapshot Events

You’re In!  Now What?  As you weigh your college options, we’d like for you to get to know us a little better, and for you to get to know some of your fellow Pirates! Come to a Southwestern Snapshot event and meet current students, current parents, Southwestern Alumni, and visit with Southwestern Admission staff.  See below for dates and registration links!

April, May & June: Sprog Days

What’s with the funny name? Well, a Sprog is a new pirate who has not yet been trained on a ship. As a Sprog, attending a Sprog Day event is your first “training” opportunity and initial step toward becoming a Southwestern Pirate.

Note: Sprog Days are exclusively for those students who have determined that they will be attending Southwestern in the fall (specifically, those who have submitted an enrollment deposit to Southwestern).

At Your Convenience: Individual and Overnight Visits

During the school year, you may schedule visits Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  10 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday visits are only available through April. To schedule an individual visit to campus, use the links above or call the Office of Admission at 800-252-3166. 


Merit Scholarships

If you meet the posted scholarship requirements, you should receive your Merit Scholarship award notification about three weeks after your acceptance. Be sure to check your student portal for new scholarship notification, information and updates.

Need-Based Financial Aid

To be considered for grants, work-study programs and low-interest student and parent loans, families must provide financial information through the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to request your Federal Student Aid PIN before you get started with your FAFSA. For more tips and information, please refer to How to Apply for Financial Aid on our Financial Aid website.

Financial Aid Awards

If you qualify for financial aid, you will receive a comprehensive financial aid award from Southwestern. Financial aid notifications will be delivered through your student portal beginning the last week of February. Once you receive your financial aid information, be sure to review it carefully.

Feel free to call the Financial Aid Office, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1-800-252-3166 or visit our FAQ Page


Follow @SU_Admission for all the latest news and info via Twitter. You can also join your class on Facebook to start connecting with your classmates: Class of 2019 | Class of 2018 | Class of 2017 

already submitted your enrollment deposit?

Visit our Deposited Student page (coming in early March) for next steps specific to you. Congratulations on choosing Southwestern as your new home for the next four years!