As a transfer student at Southwestern, you’ll have the unique opportunity to join our ranks and further your education in an environment that places a high value on exploration, innovation, and experiences. Your unique perspective and ideas will be valued during class discussions, collaborative research, or other projects.
You may not have started at Southwestern, but you’re working hard to get here! It’s just as important—if not more—to find the right college for your next educational step. Within these transfer pages you’ll find a wealth of great information, so let’s start with the basics…
Students submitting a transfer application must complete a minimum of 12 credits prior to semester of entry (this excludes dual credit, concurrent enrollment, AP, IB, early college, and courses taken the summer immediately after high school graduation). Southwestern evaluates all candidates using multiple factors to help reach admission decisions. Beyond the admission application, Southwestern requires a written essay, official high school and college transcripts, SAT or ACT score results and a College Conduct Report. Instructor evaluations and a personal interview are optional. Please note, Southwestern requires full-time enrollment and offers a traditional learning environment; evening, weekend, or online courses are not offered.
While we have no GPA minimums, successful candidates generally earn a 3.0 GPA or better in full-time, college-level work. Developmental courses will not be considered when calculating a GPA.
Students who have had less than four, full-time semesters or fewer than 48 combined hours in college will be required to live in University residence halls and must purchase a meal plan from the University’s food service provider, if applicable. Military veterans, married students, students with children, and students 22 years of age or older are exempt from this housing policy.
Once admitted, the Office of the Registrar will officially complete an external transfer credit evaluation. Students will receive this information before they are required to submit an enrollment deposit. A minimum of 64 total credits (two years) and 60% of your major must be completed at Southwestern in order to earn a degree. Southwestern accepts a grade of C- or better on all transferable, non-developmental coursework. Online coursework is generally reviewed on a course-by-course basis for transferability. Students needing assistance with coursework selection prior to transferring should contact the Admission Office for guidance.
Southwestern has developed specific academic and scholarship associations with community colleges that regularly enroll transfer students at our institution. These partnerships include: Austin Community College, Central Texas College, Collin College, North Central Texas College, Tarrant County College, and Temple College.
Southwestern has articulation agreements with the following community colleges: Austin Community College District, Collin County Community College District, Tarrant County College, and Temple College.
Next Steps After Offer of Admission
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.