Southwestern College

Official SWC Communications

When we send you email, it will always be sent to your SWC Student Email account. However, new students who have never applied to SWC before will receive an initial welcome message to the personal email address indicated on his/her application. This welcome email will contain instructions for setting up your MySWC account - this is needed to activate your SWC Student Email account, where all future email from us will be sent.

We suggest checking your SWC Student Email at least once a day! Keep reading for instructions on logging into your SWC Student Email account.

IMPORTANT: Beginning September 19, 2016, all official email sent by Southwestern College will go to your @swccd.edu email address hosted by Gmail. This includes messages sent by Admissions & Records, Counseling, Financial Aid, as well as your Instructors and Deans. We will no longer communicate with you through your own personal, external email account (like Hotmail or Yahoo!).

Benefits of SWC Student Email

In addition to providing you with a secure means of receiving official student communication, having and using an email address that ends in .edu comes with several different benefits. Listed below are a few reasons to love your new @swccd.edu email address:

  • You'll have a professional-looking email address - great for job hunting!
  • Discounts on software!
  • Discounts on computers and other related technology!
  • AmazonPrime is free for the first 6 months!

NOTE: You also have access to G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps) - click here for more information.

Activating Your SWC Student Email Account

To get your SWC Student Email account, you only need to do one thing!

  1. Create your MySWC Account
    • Go to sso.swccd.edu to complete this step (click here for instructions).
    • If you have already done this, you are all set to start using your SWC Student Email! Read below to find out how to check your email.

NOTE: Only students who enrolled and/or registered for courses in the Spring 2016 semester (and all future semesters, of course) have SWC Student Email addresses.

Accessing Your SWC Student Email

As you probably guessed, your MySWC username makes up the first part of your new SWC Student Email address (example: md1234567@swccd.edu). You have 5 options to access your SWC Student Email:

  1. Login to the MySWC Portal at my.swccd.edu with your MySWC username and password. In the top right section of the page (or in the middle of the page on your phone or tablet), click/tap on the link to open up your SWC Student Email account. This section of the MySWC Portal will also tell you how many unread emails are waiting for you in your inbox!
  2. Login to the MySWC Account Management page at sso.swccd.edu with your MySWC username and password, then click/tap on "SWC Student Email" - you will be automatically signed in to your email!
  3. Go to mail.google.com and enter in your SWC Student Email address, then click the "Next" button. You will then be redirected back to MySWC to login with your MySWC username and password. Be sure to read the note below about merging Gmail accounts!
  4. Use the Gmail smartphone/tablet app (see below) to login with your SWC Student Email address and MySWC password.
  5. Add your SWC Student Email account to your home computer's email app - just select Google as the provider, then type in your SWC Student Email address and MySWC password.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you already have a personal Gmail account, we recommend NOT merging your existing and new SWC Student Email accounts together. Gmail may ask if you want to do this the first time you login.

NOTE: You can also access your SWC Student Email on your smartphone and tablet with apps available for download by Apple iOS, Google Android and Amazon Kindle.

SWC Student Email FAQs

Below are some common questions and answers pertaining to your SWC Student Email that is provided by Google's Gmail:

  • Q Why is SWC providing Student Email to its students?
  • A Providing our students with an official SWC email address allows the College to communicate with you in a more secure fashion. When we send email to your personal email accounts, there is a higher chance that you may not receive the information. However, if we send you email to your official SWC account, there is very little chance of you not receiving it! Only new students who have never applied to SWC before will receive an email to his/her personal email address - one welcome message only! All future email will be sent to your SWC Student Email address.
  • Q Is there a cut-off date where SWC will stop sending email to my personal account and start sending to my SWC account?
  • A Yes! Officially, Monday, September 19th 2016, SWC will start sending all official communication to your SWC Student Email account.
  • Q Do all students get a SWC Student Email account?
  • A All students who registered and/or enrolled for the Spring 2016 semester (and beyond) have an email account. Remember, all official SWC communication goes to this email address now!
  • Q What do I need to do to get my SWC Student Email account?
  • A There really is only one thing you must do - setup your MySWC account (click here for instructions and information). Once your account is created, your SWC Student Email account will be activated at the same time. You will use your MySWC password for your SWC Student Email account.
  • Q What is my SWC Student Email address?
  • A Your email address is your MySWC username@swccd.edu (example: md1234567@swccd.edu). Use your SWC Student Email address and MySWC password to login to your SWC Student Email account.
  • Q How do I check my SWC Student Email?
  • A Currently, you are able check your messages in 5 different ways ... (1) login to the MySWC Portal at my.swccd.edu with your MySWC username and password - in the top right section of the page (in the middle of the page on your phone or tablet), click/tap on the link to open your SWC Student Email account; (2) use your MySWC username and password to login to the MySWC Account Management page at sso.swccd.edu, then click/tap on the "SWC Student Email" link - you will be automatically signed in to your mail; (3) go to mail.google.com and enter in your SWC Student Email address, then click the "Next" button - you will then be redirected back to MySWC to login with your MySWC username and password (if asked to merge with an existing Gmail account, we do not recommend doing this); (4) use the Gmail smartphone/tablet app to login with your SWC Student Email address and MySWC password; (5) add your SWC Student Email account to your home computer's email app - choose Google as the provider, then use your MySWC username and password to access your email.
  • Q Will email sent to my SWC Student Email be automatically forwarded to my personal email account?
  • A No, your SWC Student Email will NOT automatically forward to your personal email account - you will need to set that up yourself. For instructions on fowarding your SWC Student Email account to your personal email account, click here to search Google for help. Please note, we do not recommend forwarding, as the email you receive from us is private and should only be viewed by you!
  • Q Can I forward my SWC Student Email to my personal email account?
  • A Yes, that is a feature of your SWC Student Email account hosted by Gmail. Please make sure your personal email address is always active and you are able to check your messages regularly. If you ever change your personal email address, please be sure to update your forwarding address on your SWC Student Email account. For instructions on fowarding your SWC Student Emaill account to your personal email account, click here to search Google for help. Please note, we do not recommend forwarding, as the email you receive from us is private and should only be viewed by you!
  • Q Should I merge my personal Gmail account with my SWC Student Email account hosted by Gmail?
  • A No, it is not recommended to merge your accounts. There have been several reports that doing so could cause your combined account to act unpredictably. Please refrain from merging your accounts!
  • Q If I have SWC Student Email through Gmail now, does that mean I am able to use the rest of G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps)?
  • A Yes! Your SWC Student Email account comes with G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps) as well. Click here for more information.

MySWC Help & Information

Last updated: 2/14/2017 10:23:52 AM