What Are Placements?

At Southwestern College, we are dedicated to placing you in courses that best fit you, so that 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 no longer required or used in placement. 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 with US High School


In general, new students who completed high school in the United States 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.


No US High School Transcript


You need to complete the Southwestern College 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 completed a high school equivalency like the GED or HiSet or left high school without finishing.

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.


Current & Returning Students


If you are a Southwestern College student who was  placed into non-transferable developmental courses in mathematics and English based on an assessment test before Fall 2019, you have a right to get a new placement that allows you to enroll in a transfer level math or English course.

You can begin this process by completing the Southwestern College Math, English and ESL Placement Tool.

How Do I Check My Placement Results?

  1. Log in to MySWC and navigate to Self-Service 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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