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Admitted First-Year Student: Next Steps


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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


Be sure to check your Admitted Student Portal regularly. Beyond the admission notification, your admitted student portal is also where you’ll find notifications for merit scholarships and need-based financial aid awards, as applicable. 


Submitting your Enrollment Deposit is the first step in your new student experience. This action allows you to register early for classes at one of several Sprog Day events and much more. 

Visit the Southwestern My Decision page to let us know of your college-going plans and pay your enrollment deposit by credit card. 


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.


For Your Convenience: Individual and Overnight Visits

During the school year, you may schedule visits Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  10 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday visits are available through April. To schedule an individual visit to campus, use the links above or call the Office of Admission at 1-800-252-3166. 


Merit 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.


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


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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!