What Are Placements?

At Southwestern College, we are dedicated to placing you in courses best fit for you, so you can be successful.

Placements are how we determine which math, English, and English as a Second Language courses may be necessary for you when you come here.

Tests are not required. Our placement process is based on multiple measures of your ability to succeed in college level classes. 

We work to help you find the environments where you are best supported in achieving success. You can expect to be placed so that you can complete a transfer-level course in math and English within your first year of enrollment. Our team will work with you to figure out exactly which courses are best for you.

Have you already attended another college and want to continue your study here? Check out our Prerequisites website for instructions on having your external coursework evaluated.

Placement and Prerequisites Petitions and Forms

Types of Placements


New Students


In general, new students who completed high school in the United States within the last 10 years will be placed into mathematics and English course sequences based on one or more of the following:

unweighted overall high school grade point average (HS GPA)
courses taken in high school
grades in high school courses

This information will be collected on your application when you apply to Southwestern College.


Current & Returning Students


If you are a current Southwestern College student who was previously placed into developmental courses in mathematics and English, you have a right to get a new placement that may allow you to enroll in a transfer level math or English course. At the very least, you will be placed within one semester of a transfer level course.

You can begin this process by completing the Southwestern College Math, English and English as a Second Language Placement Tool.


ESL Placement


You have a right to take credit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. If you want to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, you need to complete an Math, English and ESL Placement Tool

If you have problems or questions about the ESL Guided Self Placement, use the ENTER PLACEMENT AND PREREQUISITES LOBBY or to get help.


Guided Self-Placement


You may need to complete a Math, English and ESL Placement Tool if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You completed high school outside of the United States.
  • You attended less than two years of high school in the United States.
  • You want instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) at Southwestern College.

How Do I Check My Placement Results?

  1. Log in to MySWC and navigate to WebAdvisor for Students.
  2. Click on "Academic Profile".
  3. Click on "SWC Assessment Placement Results".
  4. View your placement results. They will tell you the classes that are open to you in the math, English, and ESL course sequences. 

Note: If you have any corequisite support requirements. Instructions for enrolling in corequisite support sections can be found below.

If you still do not have placements, see the sections below for instructions about how to proceed.

Virtual Chat

We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.


If you are interested in more information about the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, please chat with our ESL Student Advocate Specialist.

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