We are very excited to welcome you aboard at Southwestern! Now that you’re officially a Pirate, here is some information that may come in handy, with a few to-do items to consider as you move forward. Check back often; new information will be added when it becomes available.
The content below is for first-year students entering in Fall Semester 2023.
Content for those students entering in Fall Semester 2024 will be available in late January 2024.
Explore our list of enrollment-related events and deadlines. We hope this helps you as you start your journey to Georgetown and Southwestern. We’ve identified a few highlights below to get you started!
What’s with the funny name? Well, a Sprog is a new pirate who has not yet been trained on a ship. Attending a Sprog Orientation is your first “training” opportunity and your initial step toward becoming a Southwestern Pirate. Sprog Orientation is exclusively for students who have determined they will be attending Southwestern in the fall, and it is required for all incoming students. Click here to register for Sprog Orientation.
After grappling with huge, what-am-I-doing-with-the-rest-of-my-life questions, thinking about your FYS (First-Year Seminar) will actually be fun! The FYS is a required, four-credit course taken during your first semester. Your FYS will be your first exposure to Southwestern’s Paideia philosophy of making connections, and your FYS faculty member will guide you as you begin to practice an education that arcs over the whole course of your college experience and across the Southwestern curriculum, connecting the questions and perspectives you encounter and the skills you develop to each other and to the world. For first-year students entering in Fall Semester 2023, you will automatically be assigned to your FYS section, based on your preferences on your Sprog Orientation registration form. Click here to view Fall 2023 FYS course descriptions.
First-Year Student Residential Options
Living in a residence hall is an integral part of the liberal arts experience. The residential university provides residence halls on campus, not just as a place to live and sleep, but as a means of supporting and supplementing the intellectual experience found in the classroom. Residence hall life involves day-to-day interaction with people of varying backgrounds and values, the opportunity to continue the discussions and debates of the day’s classes, a firsthand experience in community development, and the opportunity for developing strong and lasting friendships. Life in the residence halls offers a variety of educational, recreational, and cultural experiences to the residents.
Mabee Hall and Brown-Cody Hall are both coed residence halls. The gender-specific first-year halls are Clark Hall (female-identifying students) and Ruter Hall (male-identifying students). You can learn more about all of Southwestern’s residence halls by visiting the Residence Life webpage .
Roommate requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed. Students intending to be roommates must indicate each other’s names on their respective housing forms.
The Health Center requires copies of your immunization records and a TB screening test by June 1. Please review this information sheet, which provides instructions on how to submit these records to Southwestern.
Final High School Transcript Request
A final high school transcript is required to officially complete the enrollment process. Share the Final Transcript Request form with your high school counselor or registrar for earliest submission. (Not required for transfer students). Please note your transcript must indicate the date of your high school graduation, in order to be counted as a final transcript.