Southwestern College

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Students who are making progress toward their goals will be rewarded for their efforts. Priority registration is designed to ensure students reach their educational goals. To be eligible for priority registration you must have completed the Student Support and Success steps (SSS):

SSS steps

  1. Online Orientation
  2. Assessment/Placement Exam
  3. Student Education Plan (SEP)

[Click to learn how to check your priority status]

Priority for all levels will be assigned in the order of the number of units completed at SWC:

  • 50 to 89 units
  • 30 to 49 units
  • 0 to 29 units
  • 90 to 99 units

Students must remain in good academic standing to receive priority registration each semester.

LEVEL 1 Priority Registration for state-mandated groups

Level 1 includes new/returning or continuing students who are:

  1. Active Duty Military or veterans
  2. Foster Youth
  3. CalWORKs
  4. Disability Support Services (DSS)
  5. Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)

LEVEL 2 Priority Registration for district-approved groups

Level 2 includes new/returning or continuing students who are:

  1. Associated Student Organization (ASO) Executive and Senate members
  2. District-identified Learning Communities
  3. Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
  4. University Links
  5. Vocational Rehabilitation
  6. Honors Program
  7. Eligible student athletes

LEVEL 3 Priority Registration

Early Admission Program (EAP) – High school graduate (fall term only)

LEVEL 4 Registration

Continuing Students who are currently enrolled in classes

LEVEL 5 Open Registration

New and Returning Students on a first-come, first-served basis

LEVEL 6 Loss of Registration Priority

Students on academic probation for two consecutive terms or students with 100 or more degree-applicable units will lose registration priority

(Some high-unit majors or programs may be exempt from the 100-unit cap.)

Important Things to Remember

  • Don't take unnecessary courses (courses not on your approved Student Education Plan). Adding these units to your records will increase your chances of losing registration priority.
  • Do your best to keep your grade point average (GPA) at 2.0 or higher.
  • If you haven't already done so, make an appointment with a counselor for a Student Education Plan (SEP).

Petition to Change Priority Registration Status

Students who lose enrollment priority status may file a petition with documentation if one of the following situations applies. Students may obtain the petition at the Admissions office or download it in PDF format.

Extenuating Circumstances
Loss of priority enrollment status due to extenuating circumstances. (Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.) Examples of documentation include: medical records, police reports, court documents, etc.
Students with Disabilities
Academic Accommodations:
Those who had applied for academic accommodations, but did not receive reasonable accomodations in a timely manner. Examples of documentation include: accommodations form.
Those who are authorized for priority enrollment
Those who are authorized for priority enrollment as a DSS-authorized academic accommodation and are making progress toward their academic goal. Examples of documentation include: accommodations form
Students who have demonstrated significant academic improvement
Those who are defined as achieving no less than the minimum grade point average and progress standards, and have improved in recent semesters. Examples of documentation include: transcript that shows academic improvement in an minimum of two semesters
Students who are enrolled in high-unit majors or in the categories listed below
Students who became ineligible due to accumulated units from Advanced Placement, 2+2, or Credit by Examination
Honors Students
Honors students who have no other available opportunity for honor addendums, based on their academic goal. Examples of documentation include: honors addendum contracts for the completion of at least 15 semester units and Student Education Plan (SEP). (Inability to work around class schedule is not a valid reason for taking an honors addendum)
Final semester before degree certificate and/or transfer completion
Student is within the final semester of degree, certificate, and/or transfer completion. Student Education Plan (SEP) and updated transcript must show only the remaining classes before graduation. Documentation: complete chart of courses needed.

Click here to view "Student Success Initiative – Priority Registration." [YouTube video]

Last updated: 5/20/2016 8:55:16 AM