Select your admission classification:

After the admissions application has been processed, the Office of the Registrar notifies each applicant of their acceptance to Florida SouthWestern and provides the applicant with assessment, advisement and registration information. Accepted applicants may begin their studies any term. See the academic calendar for semester dates.


Associate in Arts (AA) Admissions Requirements

The AA degree provides students with the foundation needed to be successful at any one of Florida’s eleven state universities. To be admitted as an AA degree seeking student, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Florida SouthWestern State College for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.

Applicants who have completed an AA or a baccalaureate degree at another regionally accredited college or university cannot enroll in an AA degree program at Florida SouthWestern State College.


Associate in Science (AS) Admissions Requirements

The Associate in Science Degree programs are primarily designed to prepare students for employment in select fields. To be admitted as an AS degree seeking student, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Florida SouthWestern State College for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.


College Certificate Admissions Requirements

College certificate programs are usually one year or less in length and prepare students for employment in specialized areas. To be admitted as a certificate seeking student, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Florida SouthWestern State Collegefor entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.


Post Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Admissions Requirements

PSAV programs are usually one year or less in length and prepare students for employment in specialized areas. To be admitted as a PSAV certificate seeking student, an applicant must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally-accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Florida SouthWestern State College for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students; or
  6. Be 16 or older and left high school before earning a standard high school diploma or the equivalency of a standard high school diploma.


Requirements for Readmission

Students who have not attended Florida SouthWestern State College within the past year must submit an admissions application (the admissions application fee is not required for former students) and such other information as may be required by the Office of the Registrar including proof of residency documents for in-state tuition classification. Degree seeking students readmitting after two years of non-attendance, who did not complete English and mathematics requirements, must retake the PERT. (Please see Assessment Services, in the Student Services  section, for more information.) Students attempting to return after suspension or dismissal must petition for readmission. A favorable decision is dependent upon clear written evidence that indicates promise of successful performance. (See Petitions, in the Student Records  section, for more information.)



Non-Degree Seeking Classification

Applicants who indicate on the admissions application that they do not intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree, an AA, an AS, or a college certificate program, but who wish to enroll in college credit courses for transfer credit purposes, or for personal interest and enjoyment, must apply for admission and submit the appropriate residency documentation. Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll in college credit courses must meet all course prerequisites. Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll in a college-level mathematics or an English course or who have earned more than 15 credits as a non-degree student are required to complete the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT) or submit a full set of ACT-E, SAT-R scores or be test exempt. (Please see Assessment Services, in the Student Services  section, for more information.)

Non-degree seeking students wishing to change to degree seeking status must do so prior to the last day of the add/drop period. Changes to a student’s status will not be made after the last day of the add/drop period. The last day of the add/drop period can be found in the College Calendar .

NOTE: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, veteran’s benefits and certain academic programs/services that require degree seeking status.  Students who intend to matriculate into a degree-seeking program will be limited to 15 hours of coursework as a non-degree seeking student.



Non-degree enrollment policy for baccalaureate level courses

Baccalaureate level courses (numbered 3000 and 4000) are intended for enrollment by degree seeking students in an Florida SouthWestern State College baccalaureate program.

Students may be permitted, on a case-by-case basis, to enroll in baccalaureate level courses on a non-degree student basis. Requests must be made in writing and submitted to the affiliated program director/dean for approval. Students who intend to matriculate into the baccalaureate program will be limited to 9 credit hours of upper division coursework. For continued enrollment, students must adhere to the stated admission requirements for the intended baccalaureate program.

Students with a previous bachelor’s degree, with proper documentation, may enroll in additional coursework beyond 9 credit hours with permission from the appropriate academic Dean.

Students interested in taking courses for teacher certification or re-certification must provide the following documentation:

  1. Florida Department of Education or School District documentation of certification needs (Statement of Status of Eligibility or approved school district form), or
  2. a copy of a valid teaching certificate issued by the State of Florida Department of Education and unofficial transcripts from a regionally accredited institution showing proof of an earned Bachelor’s Degree.

Guest Students may enroll, following the stated policy at their home institution, in accordance with Florida SouthWestern State College’s guest enrollment policy. Prior approval from the home institution is required for enrollment in upper division Florida SouthWestern State College courses.

 


*NOTE: Florida law (F.S. 1003.43 ) provides that students graduating from a Florida public high school subsequent to August 1, 1987 and applying for admission to an Associate in Arts degree program must meet specific general requirements for high school graduation. Graduates from private high schools and out-of-state public schools must have completed a curriculum that includes 4 years of English and 3 years each of mathematics, science, and social studies. However, in lieu of the English requirement, foreign students may use four years of instruction in their native language or language of instruction in the secondary school attended. Students presenting a GED diploma must have taken the test in English for admission to any associate degree or certificate program.