Congratulations! Now that you’ve been admitted, there are a few things you should consider prior to submitting your enrollment deposit.
What Happens Next
Admission Status Portal
Be sure to check your Admission Status Portal regularly. Beyond the admission notification, your status portal is also where you’ll find notifications for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards, if applicable.
Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships: If you meet the posted scholarship requirements, you should receive your Merit Scholarship award notification within one week of your acceptance. Be sure to check your admitted 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 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. Southwestern’s number is 003620.
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 admitted student portal beginning in November. Once you receive your financial aid information, be sure to review it carefully.
Questions? 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.
Official Transcript Evaluation
After a student is admitted, the Southwestern Records Office will conduct an evaluation of all of your previous college coursework and a complete degree audit will be emailed to you. Be sure to submit all final semester transcripts to Southwestern for credit evaluation.
For more information about our transfer credit policies, visit the Records Office Transfer Credit page.
Making Your Decision
Once you’ve received your scholarship, financial aid, and transcript evaluation, it’s time to make your decision. Submitting your Enrollment Deposit ($250 if living off-campus as a non-resident, $500 if living on-campus as a resident*) is the first step in your new student experience. This action allows you to be placed in your Advanced-Entry Seminar, register for housing (if applicable), register for classes, and much more.
Visit the Southwestern My Decision page to let us know of your college-going plans and to pay your enrollment deposit by credit card.
*Housing Requirement: Students who have had less that four full-time semesters or less that 48 total credit hours will be required to live on-campus and purchase a meal plan unless a housing appeal has been granted.
Helpful Links for Admitted Students
A college visit is a chance to test-drive Southwestern: you may 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.
During the school year, you may schedule visits Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday visits are available through April.
Visit our website to schedule an individual visit to campus or call the Office of Admission at 1-800-252-3166. *Please note: Summer visits will be limited. We do not offer professor meetings or overnight stays.
Already submitted your enrollment deposit?
Visit our Deposited Student Resource Page for next steps specific to you. Congratulations on choosing Southwestern as your new home for the next four years!
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