4 Step Admission Process

Welcome to Southwest! We’re glad you’ve chosen to continue your education with Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC),  one of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). SWCC’s admissions policy can be found in the College Catalog, General Admission to the College.

There are four steps to complete general enrollment at SWCC. Some programs require additional documentation, specified on the webpage for these programs, such as Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiography, Administration of Justice, and Emergency Medical Services Technology.

Step 1- Complete the college web application.

  • There is no application fee and you are automatically accepted to Southwest Virginia Community College when you submit your application to our college.
  • Your MYSouthwest UserName and EMPLID along with your default password for use in Class Registration and other activities will be assigned when you submit the application. You must change your default password  during your first login to your account. Go to MySouthwest Help to learn about the rules for creating a secure password and activating your student accounts.
  • Make sure SWCC has received your official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended.


Note: You are a “Full-time” student if you plan to enroll in 12 or more credit hours. A student taking less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time.

Virginia Placement TestStep 2 – Submit or complete placement assessment.

Before enrolling full time in your first college level English and/or Math course, you must take assessment tests prior to registration. It is important for you to study prior to taking your placement tests. The assessment information page contains practice tests and materials. The Getting Started in Science & Math page also provides information about Math testing and practice materials for VPT Math.

Step 3 – Register

You can enroll for classes at any time through MYSouthwest . However, please be aware of the following:

  • All new students are required to meet with an academic adviser before registering.
  • Students are required to take a Student Development class within their first 15 credits.
  • You have a lifetime limit on the number of college credits that can be paid for using Federal Financial Aid. If you are unsure about whether or not a class is beneficial for your degree goals, ASK someone.

Step 4 – Pay tuition and fees.

See the tuition and fee information.

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Registration is not complete until your tuition is paid in full. 

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