Transient (Visiting) Student Checklist

This checklist is used by prospective students who currently attend another college and plan to enroll temporarily at Southwest and then return to the home institution. A visiting student is NOT eligible to receive federal financial aid at Southwest. Follow the checklist outlined below to become a TRANSIENT (VISITING) 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

Create Your 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).

Provide Proof of Citizenship

View the Ways to Prove Citizenship/Eligibility

Approval of Course(s) Registration

Transient (visiting) students must provide proof of prerequisites in the form a letter from their home institution indicating approved course(s) for which the student may register, or obtain departmental approval from Southwest. If the desired course requires a course prerequisite, the student may opt to provide an unofficial copy of the college transcript which shows proof of having earned the course prerequisite. The unofficial transcript can be uploaded here.

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.

Financial Aid

Transient students are not eligible for financial aid through Southwest.

Register for Classes

Transient students are not assigned advisors, and are responsible for class selection.  It is recommended that you consult with your home school for approved classes. You are eligible to proceed directly to registration. To register for classes, log onto your student portal and select Registration/Online Services. (Online Registration Guide)

Transient student who wish to extend their visiting status must submit a new application for admission.  Students who subsequently change to a degree-seeking status will be required to submit additional admissions documents.

Pay for Classes

Visit the Bursar’s office for Payment Options.

Southwest Student Identification (ID) Card

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.

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.

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.

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

Last updated: July 20, 2020