College Now Office

Honora Buell
Dual Credit Coordinator
(541) 888-7893
Randolph Hall, Room 10A

Kyle Helland
Expanded Options Coordinator
(541) 888-7470
Stensland Hall, Room 104

Put your future on the fast track - Earn college credits NOW!

Southwestern’s College NOW program provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Dual Credit classes are free.


College Credit at Your High School (Dual Credit)

With dual credit, students earn college credits from Southwestern while completing courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors. The courses provide the same content and outcomes as an on-campus college class. This promotes a seamless education for 11th and 12th grade students.

Dual Credit Opportunities & Advantages
  • Money: Dual Credit classes are free to students.
  • Credits: College credits earned during high school are transferable to Oregon community college program and many four-year higher education institutions. Credits accrue for high school and college transcripts.
  • Transition: This program provides students the opportunity to take college level coursework while still in the high school, leading to a smooth, clear transition to the higher education setting. Student success in the program helps to define educational and career goals.
  • High Standards: The coordination of curriculum and course content between high school and Southwestern faculty ensures that students meet college standards.
  • Time: Students can train for a professional technical career or take a significant step toward higher education while still in high school.

Take Classes at Southwestern (Expanded Options)

Expanded Options provides eligible high school students early entry into post-secondary education. The Expanded Options program is a great way for high school juniors and seniors to take college classes on the Southwestern campus or online. Payment for tuition, fees and books are determined by the individual school district. Talk with your high school counselor or principal for more information.

Underage Students (14 or 15 Years Old)

Southwestern looks forward to having you on campus; however, we want you to understand that we have a varied student body who brings their own experiences and ways of interacting. We want you and your parents/guardians to understand you are about to enter a college environment. You will encounter adult level material and students of all ages and backgrounds.

Underage students must meet with a licensed counselor at Southwestern to determine readiness for the college environment and complete the Underage Student Agreement. Email the Office of Student Services or call 541-888-1579 to schedule an appointment.