Application Checklist

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the arrival of all materials necessary to complete their application, including transcripts and recommendations from high school counselors.  Applicants are also responsible for checking their Personal Application Portal to determine whether their files are complete prior to the deadline.


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Required Steps:

  • Application for Admission 

    Complete and submit all parts of the Application for Admission. Please be sure to print a copy for your records. Access your online application options here.

  • Application Essay 

    The written essay must be submitted with the Application for Admission.

  • Secondary School Counselor Recommendation & Transcripts 

    If not completed electronically as a part of your application, you may utilize the Secondary School Counselor Recommendation Form. Complete the first section and give it to your counselor, who may submit it electronically or mail it to the Office of Admission.

  • Standardized Test Scores 

    Students can order reports on the College Board or ACT websites. Southwestern will also accept scores that appear on a student’s high school transcript as official. In addition, Southwestern will accept an unofficial score report that a student has downloaded from the College Board or ACT website, for the purposes of admission and scholarship. If a student decides to enroll at Southwestern, we would then require the student to submit official score reports.College Board SAT Subject Tests are not required. 

Students whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). 

  • SAT Code: 6674
  • ACT Code: 4186
  • TOEFL Code: 6674
  • For International Students (Non-U.S. Citizens/Non-U.S. Permanent Residents) 

A completed Certification of Finances Form  and supporting bank statements will be required of non-us citizens/non-us permanent residents.


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Optional Steps:

  • Mid-Year Report

    Complete the first section of the Mid-Year Report Form  and give it to your high school counselor. The Mid-Year Report must be submitted as soon as grades are available, but no later than March 1. Your counselor may submit the mid-year report and updated transcript electronically.

  • Teacher Recommendation

    Complete the first section of the Teacher Recommendation Form. Ask a teacher who has taught you in an academic subject within the past two years to complete the form and return it to Southwestern’s Office of Admission. Your teacher may submit their recommendation electronically.

  • Parent/Guardian Recommendation

    Provide your parent(s) or guardian(s) with the Parent/Guardian Recommendation form and ask them to return it to the Southwestern University Office of Admission upon completion.


Financial Aid Checklist:


The FAFSA is available on October 1 at The FAFSA must be submitted by December 1 for Early Decision applicants and by March 1 for Early Action and Regular Decision students applying for financial assistance based on need.