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Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm
(Closed on Fridays during the summer)

Office: Stensland Hall
Phone: (541) 888-7405

Get To Know Southwestern – Home Of The Lakers

Curious about what programs Southwestern has to offer and how we might help you achieve your goals? Want to get a feel for our various campus environments? Our college admissions team is your one-stop-shop for familiarizing yourself with all things Southwestern. Our college admissions team can show you around our Coos and Curry campuses, answer any questions about the process of becoming a student and generally help you get prepared for your academic journey.

We offer a diverse and friendly student environment. Get involved in many different clubs, organizations and intercollegiate athletic programs that supplement your academics. Check out our unique, apartment-style student housing. Our programs can lead directly to jobs or transfer degrees, so students can further their studies at a four-year college.

Even better? Southwestern does not charge out-of-state tuition. Whether you live in Oregon or elsewhere in the country, tuition at SWOCC will remain the same. (See below for detailed guidance for international students). Financial aid and scholarships are also available, through the College and federal and state sources.

 General College Admission Information

We accept all students who apply – come with a desire to learn, get a degree or receive short-term job training. Our college admissions team is here to help you get started on your academic path at Southwestern.

Si usted necesita mas ayuda, por favor, llame al teléfono 541-240-8227.

Specific College Admissions Guidance For…

See below for more detailed college admissions guidance if you fall within any of the below categories. Not sure if you fall within one of these categories? No problem, let’s connect! Text or call 541-240-8227 or email us with your question.

Transfer Students

You are considered a transfer student if you have attended college elsewhere and are wanting to transfer your credits to Southwestern. So long as you plan to complete a degree and/or receive financial aid, simply complete the Application for Admission and send your  official transcripts from all previously attended colleges to the following:

Southwestern Oregon Community College
Attn: Transcript Evaluator
1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Course credits transferred from other accredited colleges or universities are evaluated in terms of equivalency to Southwestern courses and/or applicability to Southwestern programs. All credits of the cumulative grade point average (GPA) are transferred, even though some of the credits may not apply to a student’s Southwestern program.


Returning Students

Are you a former Southwestern Oregon Community College degree-seeking student? If so…

  • Has it been one or more academic years since you attended Southwestern? = Follow the instructions on the Become a Student page.
  • Has it been less than one academic year since you attended Southwestern? = Schedule an appointment with your advisor

Local High School Students (Looking to receive college credit)

If you are currently attending a local high school in Coos County, Curry County or Western Douglas County (Reedsport) and are looking to receive college credits, we have local high school partnership programs to do just that!

Start by going to our High School Partnerships page for all the information and how to apply to our CollegeNow programs, including dual credit and expanded options courses. 

IMPORTANT! To earn college credits as a local high school student, you will need to complete the CollegeNow application located on the High School Partnerships page.

Students Younger than 18 Years Old

If you are under 18 and will not have a high school diploma or GED® when starting classes at Southwestern, there are some extra steps you need to take before you can register for classes. IMPORTANT: If you are a current local high school student looking to receive college credits, please follow the above guidance for “local high school students.”

You will first need to meet with the Dean of Student Success along with your parent(s) or legal guardian(s), to complete the “Underage Student Orientation to College” and “Underage Agreement” forms. To schedule an appointment:

To schedule an appointment call 541-888-7405.


GED® Students

Looking to get your GED®? Here are the steps you should take:

1. Visit our GED® & Pre-College Education page for all the information.
2. Complete the GED Program Application

International Students

If you are looking to attend Southwestern, but reside in a country outside the United States, we welcome you to the College through our International Student Program. You are part of this program if you require a student visa to study in the United States. 

First, visit our International Student Program page, where you will find contact information for our International Student Coordinator and all information about the program including:

How to Apply (step-by-step instructions for international students)
Estimated Costs (specific to international students)


You are welcome and supported as a veteran on both our Coos and Curry campuses! To become a student, you should first complete the Application for College Admission and make sure to indicate are a veteran when prompted within the application. Regardless of whether or not you plan to utilize your veterans benefits while attending Southwestern, we highly recommend you connect with our Veterans Services Coordinator to explore other benefits and resources to help you succeed as a student here.

Community Education Students/Community Classes

If you are simply looking to take classes for fun and personal growth, we offer not-for-credit community classes (oftentimes considered “community education” or “community ed” classes). For all the information about our community classes including how to enroll, visit our Community Classes page.




Text or Call: 541-240-8227

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(Closed on Fridays during summer)

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(Closed on Fridays during summer)

Phone: 541-813-1667

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Alternative Credits

Alternative credits are simply other ways students may earn college credits. Below is an overview of the various alternative credit offerings offered at Southwestern.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning is an opportunity for Southwestern students to be granted credit for verifiable, college-level learning that is acquired outside the college setting through life or work experience. There are several ways to gain Credit for Prior Learning, including the College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP), challenge exams by course, Advanced Placement Program (APP), military training, industry certifications/training programs, or Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). Talk to your advisor to learn more about options.

Students must be working toward a degree, be enrolled, and complete a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter in which a class is challenged or prior learning is assessed. Students may request credit for prior learning for up to 25% of their credits to satisfy the requirements for a 1 year certificate or 2 year degree. If planning to transfer to another institution, it is recommended that the student check with their intended transfer school for acceptance of challenge/PLA credits. Challenge/PLA credits do not count toward determining financial aid or veteran’s benefits and payment (half the tuition) is required before the Challenge/PLA process is started.


Advanced Placement Program (APP)

High school seniors who participate in the College Entrance Examination Board’s Advanced Placement Program may seek advanced placement in a variety of disciplines. Entering freshman who have taken the APP tests should have the results sent to the Student Success Center. Advanced placement and/or college credit may be granted upon recommendation of the appropriate party. Credit may be granted only if students are working towards a degree/certificate, enrolled and completed a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter. The Student Success Center and the Student Success Center can provide interested students with procedures.


Students who believe that they have the knowledge and skills from life experience, industry training or professional certification, may request to challenge a course by petition or by an examination in lieu of class attendance. (Laboratory classes may be challenged with the approval of the dean/faculty.) Successful challenge results in grade and credit on the Southwestern permanent record identified as credit for challenge. Credit may be granted only if the students are working towards a degree/certificate, enrolled and completed a minimum of three credits at Southwestern during the quarter the challenge is assessed. The Student Success Center and the Student Success Center will provide interested students with procedures.

Students may not drop or withdraw from challenged courses. Financial aid recipients cannot use financial aid dollars to “challenge” courses.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Students enrolled at Southwestern may receive credit for certain college courses by submitting official scores from the College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP). Successful CLEP exam results in grade and credit on the Southwestern permanent record identified as CLEP. The Student Success Center and the Student Success Center can provide interested students with procedures.


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