First-Time Freshman Student Checklist

Are you a prospective student who has a GED/HiSet or regular high school diploma and has never attended college since graduating high school? Follow the checklist below to become a new Saluqi.

Most required documents can be uploaded to the Admissions Documents/Forms Upload page. Use your My.Southwest student portal login or create an account to upload documents. Transcripts loaded here will not be considered official. Official college transcripts must come directly from the institution.

  1. Click on My.Southwest (located in the top nav bar of every Southwest webpage).
  2. In the Secure Access Login box, choose “First Time Users.”
  3. Enter the correct information in the boxes.
  4. Your username will appear, example: “jsmith” or “jsmith2”
  5. To set up your Southwest Student Account, follow the directions and create a password. Keep your password in a secure location.
  6. To access your student account, repeat step 1 and enter your username and password to log in.

If you need technical help, call the Help Desk at 901-333-4357 (HELP).

View the Ways to Prove Citizenship/Eligibility to learn more.

Ask your school to send an official high school transcript or general equivalency test scores (GED or HiSet) to the Southwest Admissions office. If you have dual enrollment credits, ask the school to send an official college transcript to the Southwest Admissions office. High school transcripts can be mailed by the student or high school or emailed directly from the high school. College transcripts must be sent directly from the college to Southwest Admissions by regular mail, email or third party transcript senders, such as Clearinghouse or Parchment.

Note: If you have not yet graduated from high school, Southwest will accept a partial transcript of your academic record to grant conditional acceptance. The partial transcript can be uploaded here or emailed to your enrollment specialist. Once you graduate you must request and official high school transcript from your school.

Applicants who are younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the required immunization health history form. The completed form can be uploaded here. For further details regarding immunization requirements, please visit

For placement purposes, new freshmen are encouraged to submit official ACT or SAT scores for tests taken within the last five years. Scores can be uploaded here or emailed to your Southwest enrollment specialist.

Effective as of summer 2020: If test scores are not available, the high school GPA will be used for course placement. Students without test scores or whose scores or GPA are more than five years old will need to schedule the AccuPlacer exam through Testing.

To be considered for aid, you must be admitted to Southwest as a degree-seeking student. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Southwest's school code is 010439. To learn more, see Financial Aid.

All new students are required to complete new student orientation

Academic advising is required for all new students before being allowed to register. Before you complete new student orientation, you must schedule an advising appointment using our Slate platform. After talking to an advisor, you will be able to register for classes.To learn more, see Academic Advising.

Once you have talked to your academic advisor, you are ready to register for classes. Log onto the My.Southwest student portal and select Registration/Online Services. 

Online Registration Guide

Students needing disability assistance should visit the Center for Access webpage.

Contact your financial aid specialist and/or click here to see other Payment Options.

Once you have finalized registration, secure your Southwest Student Identification (ID) Card in Student Development.

Obtain a required Parking Hang Tag from the office of Police Services/Public Safety.

Print a "Student Detail Schedule" from your My.Southwest student account and take it to the bookstore or purchase books online at eFollett.

TN eCampus degree students should visit the Southwest TN eCampus or TN eCampus bookstore for course and book information.

The "Student Detail Schedule" contains the time and location of your classes. For additional assistance, view How to Read the Schedule. Students are expected to attend all classes.

Questions? Call Admissions at 901-333-5924.

Last updated: March 8, 2022