Southwestern College

Step One: Why Get A College Degree?

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High school seniors Q & A

Q1: I never did very good in school and didn't even try applying to universities like my other friends why should I bother going to Southwestern College?

A: Because the more education the higher the salary and it's never too late to start again!  You don't have to figure out college on your own, Southwestern College has a wide variety of student support services to help you work towards your goals.  Don't know what those goals are?  Career Services helps you sort it out.
You can improve skills in Reading, Math, and English whether you want to transfer to university or get a job. Employers want you to have these important skills too!

Q2: College sounds too hard. I don't think I can handle it.

A: Start right by taking First Year Experience courses such as: New Student Seminar, Personal Development-Lifelong Success, or Learning Skills-Power Studies, which teach you how to study, manage your time, take personal responsibility, and use college resources.

Q3: No one in my family has gone to college and I have no clue about what to do.

A:  You're not alone! Southwestern College helps you access services such as Financial Aid, Fee Waivers, Counseling, Free tutoring which continues throughout your Southwestern College educational experience.

Q4: I don't know what I want to study yet, so why not wait until I know?

A: You'll have a better chance of discovering your career path by working with a Career Counselor to help you find your way. Career Services include career assessment & counseling, and personal development classes. A counselor may also suggest introductory classes, for example: If you are interested in Criminal Justice, you might take an Introduction to Criminal Justice class.

Q5: My father lost his job, and now my family can't afford to send me to university. Should I wait or start just start Community College?

A: Start school now! Courses cost less, and you can complete your first two years of university coursework at Southwestern College and transfer to a UC, a CSU, or private university. Southwestern College has Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) programs with many universities.


Why Get a College Degree?

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"I'm Going" Guide


If you are currently a senior with the Sweetwater Union High School District...

...ask your high school counselor about EAP (Early Admissions Program) at Southwestern College. EAP offers early assessment, orientation and registration to students long before the fall semester begins, and before continuing Southwestern College students register for their classes. Speak to your high school counselor for exact dates and times or contact the Southwestern College Outreach Office at (619) 482-6518 or email

Important tips for high school seniors!

Take the College Placement Assessments seriously! Placement tests place you in the right level of Math, English and Reading classes. See the Placement Assessment Chart. See Southwestern College Assessment webpage for further information.

  • Pay attention during Orientation & Registration, and ask questions! you won't see a counselor until the semester begins so understand the steps to matriculation, what the placement results mean, and how to register for classes.
  • Register for classes on your registration appointment date. EAP students get first pick before continuing students. Classes fill up quickly so register early!
  • Apply for Financial Aid early EAP offers financial aid nights with financial aid specialists to help you and your parents sort through the information. Don't wait until the last minute to apply for help

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