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1. Contact Us

Write, email, call, or visit the campus to become acquainted with the college community and to discuss the admission process with our International Admission Counselor:

Elyse Achenbach, Coordinator of International Student Services and Enrollment
Office: 1(800) 846-1543 ext. 6398 or (620) 229-6398

2. Apply for Admission

Complete and submit the online application or download a physical application, print it, and send it to our offices.

Online International Application
or download a printable International Application (PDF)

3. Send Official Transcripts

Have the official transcripts of all high school and/or college credit translated into English and sent to the Southwestern College Office of Admission. High school transcripts should include class rank, grade point average, and grading scale whenever possible.

4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS and have the scores forwarded to the Office of Admission. The TOEFL code number for Southwestern College is 6670. If applying for English proficiency through other means, forward documentation such as transcripts accompanied by an explanation to the Office of Admission for review.

5. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Forward two letters of recommendation, translated into English, from teachers or professors who are familiar with your academic ability.

6. Personal Statement

Write a 500-word statement that explains why you want to study at Southwestern College, why you want to study your particular program, and how your degree will help you accomplish your future goals.

7. Certification of Finances Form

Complete the Certification of Finances Form documenting amounts of financial support from sources other than Southwestern College. If sponsored by the student’s home government, send a certified letter indicating amount of support and billing information.

8. Form I-20

Upon acceptance for admission, the student will be forwarded a Form I-20. This should be presented to the student’s local United States consular officer to obtain a student F-1 visa. Southwestern College requires a $1,000 deposit before it can issue an I-20. This deposit will apply towards tuition and fees. If for some reason the student does not attend SC, $900 will be refunded. International students will be required to pay a $200 SEVIS fee to obtain a visa at the embassy. This is not a Southwestern College fee, but a United States government fee.

Download a detailed printable New Student Checklist to follow (PDF)


International students thrive at SC!

Jonathan WoonJonathan Woon (Malaysia)

"Connections, it is all about connections. If you know how to use these resources at Southwestern, it can happen for you. The best part of a small college is if students know how to maximize the experience, they will get a lot out of it."

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Chao BaiChao Bai (China)

"Southwestern College is a great place. I am building lasting friendships and have enjoyed taking part in traditions such as the Moundbuilding Ceremony. My host family also has been very supportive and really helped me adjust to living abroad."


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