Office of Admission Coronavirus Update

Admission

Virtual Southwestern

At Southwestern, we are a tight-knit community, dedicated to helping our current and future students navigate this immediate global challenge. Due to precautions around COVID-19, Southwestern University has cancelled daily campus visits and all other on-campus admission events through the end of May. While we can’t welcome you to campus in person right now, we’ve developed a number of ways for you explore our campus and the Southwestern Experience. 

On this page:

A Special Message from President Dale Knobel

Inside Southwestern: A Video Tour

Frequently Asked Questions: College Admission during COVID-19

Sign Up for a Virtual Information Session

Why Southwestern

A Special Message from President Dale Knobel

Inside Southwestern 

Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour: Academic Life
Virtual Tour: Student Life
Virtual Tour: Corbin J. Robertson Center
Virtual Tour: Residence Life
Virtual Tour: Southwestern University

Life at Southwestern

Friday Night at Southwestern University
Discover Georgetown: “SU Style”
Late Night Breakfast
SOAR Summit
SING!
Southwestern Memories

Academics at Southwestern

The Power of Paideia
The Undergraduate Research Experience at SU
Internships at Southwestern
Quiet on Set
SU Showcases Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Meet the Family

Ms. Ella, Food Services
Daniel Orozoco, Career & Professional Development
Your Library Team
Oliver Agger-Shelton, Student Life

Instagram Student Takeovers

T. J. Vela ’19
Nila Dhinaker ’23
Alexis Dimanche ’20
Nalyah Johnson ’20
Massimo Gasponi ’21
Ariel Mansholt ’20

Frequently Asked Questions

First-Year Admission & Financial Aid

  • Individual admission and financial aid officers are available via email and phone to help you with any questions you may have. Click here for our staff directory. You can also contact our office via phone at 1.800.252.3166, or via email at admission@southwestern.edu or finaid@southwestern.edu .

  • All regular decision students who have submitted all materials will be notified of the admission decision by April 1, 2020. Students who are incomplete, or applied after February 1, 2020, will be processed on a rolling basis.

  • We have extended our first-year student deposit deadline to June 1, to provide families with additional time to reach their final decision. If you have questions about your deposit, you are strongly encouraged to communicate with your admission officer.

  • Yes, if you are able to download an unofficial copy of your transcript, we can use that for the purposes of your admission and scholarship consideration. Once schools resume normal operations, you may request your official transcript be sent at that time.

  • Southwestern will follow its credit awarding policy  for all AP exams administered in the Spring 2020 and require a score of 4 or higher. This applies to all AP exams, including those given with the modified virtual format.

    Due to the cancellation of IB exams worldwide, Southwestern will be awarding university credit based off a student’s course grade in Higher Level (HL) classes, for the 2019-2020 year. Our policy will remain the same, in awarding credit for grades of 5 or higher in HL classes.

 

Transfer Admission & Financial Aid

  • You can contact Scott Sandoval, Director of Transfer Recruitment, at 512.630.0503 (Google Voice) by phone or text, or via email at sandovas@southwestern.edu .

  • No, students who have submitted all materials will be notified of the admission decision on a rolling basis.

  • We have a final transfer application deadline of July 1, which should give students plenty of time to submit documents and get through the process.

  • We have extended our transfer student deposit deadline to July 15, to provide students additional time to reach their final decision. If you have questions about your deposit, you are strongly encouraged to communicate with the Director of Transfer Recruitment.

  • Yes, if you are able to download an unofficial copy of your transcript, we can temporarily use that for the purposes of your admission and scholarship consideration. Once schools resume normal operations, you may request your official transcript be sent at that time.

  • We will try to be as flexible as possible. Please contact Scott Sandoval at 512.630.0503 (Google Voice) by phone or text, or via email at sandovas@southwestern.edu to speak about alternative options.

 

Visiting Campus

  • All on-campus visits are currently suspended until June. As an alternative, Southwestern will be hosting daily live online information sessions three times per day, Monday-Friday, starting Wednesday, March 18. There will be two sessions specifically for admitted students, as well as one general information session offered daily.  Please visit southwestern.edu/visit or click here to register for these online sessions. We anticipate adding on-campus visit options once the University resumes standard operations. As new information becomes available, we will provide updates via the Southwestern website and email. Our admission and financial aid staff members remain available via email and phone to answer any and all questions you may have.

  • In coordination with suggested practices of the CDC and other federal authorities, we have suspended all formal campus visits through May 31. We have self-guided tour brochures available in the kiosk outside of the Cullen Welcome Center.  While access to campus is not currently prohibited, you will likely find access to certain campus buildings to be extremely limited. Please note: should it become necessary to suspend visits after May 31, we will provide those updates via the Southwestern website and Southwestern’s social media channels. We will also update via email all students currently in our student communication database.

  • Offices are open on a limited basis. Please contact the individual offices via phone or email regarding their availability.

 

Deposited Students

  • No, at this point, our plans for Sprog events remain the same. As additional decisions regarding university operations unfold, this will be further considered. We will be sure to communicate all updates with you via email.

  • Yes, we will work with you and your high school once everyone is back to normal operations.

 

Virtual Information Sessions

While Southwestern’s on-campus visits are suspended until mid May, we are proud to offer live, virtual information sessions three times daily:

11:00 a.m. - Admitted Student Information Session (students admitted for Fall Semester 2020)
2:00 p.m. - General Information Session (high school juniors, sophomores, first-years)
3:00 p.m. - Admitted Student Information Session (students admitted for Fall Semester 2020)

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