First-Time Freshman Student Checklist

This checklist is used by prospective students who have a GED/HiSet or regular high school diploma and have never attended college since graduating high school. Follow the checklist outlined below to become a NEW SALUQI.

Most required documents can be uploaded to the Admissions Documents/Forms Upload page. (Use your 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.

Submit Online Application for Admission

Create Southwest Student Account

  1. Locate and select the "My.Southwest College Portal" button [located in the top right corner of all web pages]
  2. Locate and select "First Time Users"
  3. Follow the instructions on the page and enter information in appropriate boxes
  4. Your username will appear (jsmith) or (jsmith2)
  5. To set up your My.Southwest Student Account, follow the directions and create a password. Keep your password in a secure location.
  6. To access your student account, repeat steps 1 and 2

For assistance, contact the Help Desk at 901-333-4357 (HELP).

To help you stay on track, Southwest has launched a NEW platform, NAVIGATE, that will simplify your college life. Using Navigate is easy and free. Simply download the "Navigate Student" app, select "Southwest TN Community College," and log in with your Southwest username and password. Learn more about Navigate and its features by watching this video.

Android users: Download the Navigate Student App.
Apple users: Download the Navigate Student App.

Provide Proof of Citizenship

Request Your Academic Records

Request an official high school transcript or general equivalency test scores (GED or HiSet). If you have dual enrollment credits, request official college transcript.

Note: If you have not yet graduated from high school, we 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 will need to request and official high school transcript from your school.

Immunization Health History Form (if you are under 18 years-old)

Applicants who are under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian sign the required immunization health history form. The form can be completed and uploaded here.


For placement purposes, new freshmen are encouraged to submit official ACT or SAT scores that were taken within the last five (5) years. (Scores can be uploaded here or emailed to your enrollment specialist.)

Effective summer 2020 and fall 2020, if test scores are not available the high school GPA will be used for course placement.  Students without test scores, or whose scores and/or GPA are over five (5) years old will need to schedule the AccuPlacer exam through Testing.

Financial Aid

To be considered for aid, all students must be admitted to Southwest as degree-seeking. Complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)." Southwest's school code is 010439.  For more information, contact Financial Aid.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

All new students are required to complete pre-orientation (Saluqi Knowledge) and New Student Orientation (NSO). Log into your student portal and access pre-orientation (Saluqi Knowledge).  Once you complete pre-orientation, you will be able to register and complete NSO. Watch this video to assist you in accessing PAWS for NSO.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is required for all new students before being allowed to register.  Once you complete both pre-orientation (Saluqi Knowledge) and NSO, you will be prompted to set up an advising appointment.  Once you are advised, you will be able to register for classes.  For more information, contact Advising.

Register for Classes

Once you have seen your academic advisor you are ready to register for classes.  Log onto your student portal and select Registration/Online Services. (Online Registration Guide)

Disability Services

Students needing disability assistance should visit the Disability Services (Center for Access) website for complete information.

Pay for Classes

Contact your financial aid specialist and/or  the Bursar’s office for Payment Options.

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Southwest Student Identification (ID) Card

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

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

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Purchase Textbooks

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.

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Report to Class

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.

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For further assistance, call Admissions and Records at 901-333-5924.

Last updated: July 20, 2020