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Application Checklist

Applicants are responsible for ensuring the arrival of all materials necessary to complete their application, including transcripts and recommendations from high school counselors and teachers. Applicants are also responsible for checking their Personal Application Portal to determine whether their files are complete prior to deadline dates.


Application for Admission

Complete and submit all parts of the Application for Admission. Please be sure to print a copy for your records. Access your online application options here.

Application Essay

The written essay must be submitted with the Application for Admission.

Secondary School Counselor Recommendation & Transcript

Complete the first section of the Secondary School Counselor Recommendation Form Adobe Acrobat File. Give the form to your high school counselor, who will return it along with your official high school transcript, to Southwestern’s Office of Admission. Your counselor may submit their recommendation and the transcript electronically.

Standardized Test Scores

Southwestern prefers students send official SAT/ACT score reports. Students can order reports on the College Board or ACT websites. Southwestern will also accept scores that appear on a student’s high school transcript as official. In addition, Southwestern will accept an unofficial score report that a student has downloaded from the College Board or ACT website, for the purposes of admission and scholarship. If a student decides to enroll at Southwestern, we would then require the student to submit official score reports. Southwestern’s identification code for the SAT is 6674; for the ACT it is 4186. College Board SAT Subject Tests are not required.

Students whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Southwestern’s identification code for the TOEFL is 6674.

For International Students (Non-U.S. Citizens/Non-U.S. Permanent Residents)

A completed Certification of Finances Form Adobe Acrobat File will be required of all international applicants.



Personal Interview and Campus Visit

While not required for admission review, an official campus visit and interview are encouraged and may be considered as a factor in the overall evaluation process. Personal interviews for Brown and Dixon scholarship consideration must be conducted by February 1. You can schedule your on-campus visit or interview online or call 1-800-252-3166. Individual interviews are also offered annually in several Texas cities and a number of locations outside Texas.



Mid-Year Report

Complete the first section of the Mid-Year Report Form Adobe Acrobat File and give it to your high school counselor. The Mid-Year Report must be submitted as soon as grades are available, but no later than March 1. Your counselor may submit the mid-year report and updated transcript electronically.

Teacher Recommendation

Complete the first section of the Teacher Recommendation Form Adobe Acrobat File. Ask a teacher who has taught you in an academic subject within the past two years to complete the form and return it to Southwestern’s Office of Admission. Your teacher may submit their recommendation electronically.

Parent/Guardian Recommendation

Provide your parent(s) or guardian(s) with the Parent/Guardian Recommendation form and ask them to return it to the Southwestern University Office of Admission upon completion.


Financial Aid Checklist


The FAFSA is available on October 1 at The FAFSA must be submitted by December 1 for Early Decision applicants and by March 1 for Early Action and Regular Decision students applying for financial assistance based on need.

FAFSA Verification Form

Some students will be randomly selected to verify information. Complete and submit to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.