To receive priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Application deadline is August 1.

Regular admission requirements

Transcript: submit one of the following

  • Official secondary school transcript with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75-4.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • General Education Development (GED) test average score of 500 with no score below 450. Texas GED: 160-200 regular admission.
  • Home school transcript with courses, grades, and dates of completion with a state-issued certificate of secondary school completion if applicable.
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education: must have five (5) passes or more








Provisional Admission: GPA of 2.50 - 2.74




  • High school English or Math grades with D/F must be re-taken
  • Provisional status removed after 1 semester at SWAU with a 2.25>
  • Placement tests submitted after provisional admission which meet requirements for ENGL 121 and MATH 110 will change the entrance classification to regular admission
  • Students admitted with provisional status are required to take UNIV 011






Test scores are for placement, please see below:


Placement Scores for English 121


  • ACT 17
  • SAT 480
  • TSI Reading 351, Writing 340, Essay 4
  • ACCUPLACER Reading 80, Writing 6
  • Nelson-Denny score of 15


Placement scores for Math 110


  • ACT 21
  • SAT 530
  • TSI (350-390)
  • Accuplacer College Level Proficiency 63/Calculus 103


*If student does not meet placement levels automatically placed in developmental courses.




Southwestern encourages the TEA Recommended High School Program of 26 credits, which will increase a student's opportunities for success.




  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts
  • 4 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I, II, and Geometry
  • 4 credits of Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 4 credits of Social Studies, including World History, World Geography, U.S. History, 1/2 credit Government, 1/2 credit Economics
  • 1 credit of Physical Education
  • 1/2 credit of Speech
  • 1 credit of Fine Arts
  • 5 1/2 credits of Electives
  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies








Applicants taking Advanced Placement classes should consult the AP examination program in the Academic section of this Bulletin regarding scores necessary for college credit.