Frequently Asked Questions

Back to Top Am I required to take any assessment testing?

Yes, most students are required to participate in our COMPASS assessment test. Testing would not be required if you have already taken college-level math and English coursework and received a grade of C or better at another college or university OR if you are taking classes that do not require math or English prerequisites or course competency requirements. For more details, go to Assessment and Course Placement.

Back to Top How much is tuition at SWIC?

To determine your total tuition and fee cost per semester, add the tuition cost, mandatory fee charges and course/class fee charges. For additional information, go to Tuition & Fees.

Back to Top What other costs are there?

Another expense to consider is textbook cost. Information on textbooks is available through our campus bookstores. For more information, go to Bookstore.

Back to Top Will my classes transfer to another college or university?

Many SWIC courses are intended to transfer. These courses are identified in the Course Index with the letter T. For specific information about transferring, see a counselor prior to choosing your classes each semester.

Back to Top How can I get help with college expenses?

Go to Financial Aid & Scholarships to see if you’re eligible for SWIC scholarships, community scholarships, transfer scholarships, veterans services, student employment and/or state and federal financial aid.

Back to Top Where can I go for assistance finding a job while I am a student?

Job placement assistance is available from both the Financial Aid Office (on-campus jobs) and the Career Activities and Employment Center (off-campus jobs).

Back to Top What types of extracurricular activities are offered?

Educational and cultural events and a wide variety of clubs and organizations are available at SWIC for students, faculty, staff and the community. A broad range of intercollegiate and intramural athletics is also available. For more information, go to Activities.

Back to Top What are the different types of degrees offered at SWIC?

The degrees available to students who plan to transfer to another college or university to earn their bachelor's degree are the Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts in Teaching, Associate in Engineering Science, Associate in Fine Arts and Associate in Science. Students who plan to enter the work force immediately upon graduation would pursue our Associate in Applied Science. For additional information about degrees as well as certificate programs, go to Academic Programs.

Back to Top Are child care services offered?

Child care is available at the Belleville Campus. The Kids' Club Child Care Center provides affordable and quality child care for students, faculty and staff while in class, studying or working at SWIC.

Back to Top What is the average class size at SWIC?

While class sizes vary, the student-to-teacher ratio is 19-to-1, which makes it easy to get individual attention from your instructors.

Back to Top How do I know which classes to take first?

Our academic counselors are available to assist you in selecting classes each semester based on your previous college credits, COMPASS assessment scores, planned major and future career choice. For additional information on counseling services, go to Counseling.

Back to Top Are academic, career and personal counseling available and, if so, do I need to set up an appointment?

A full range of counseling services is available to SWIC students. While appointments are not always required, they are recommended.

Back to Top Do I need a student ID card and, if so, where do I get one?

Southwestern Illinois College students are entitled to a student identification card at no cost. The ID card is optional but is required to receive the following services: library card/Internet access, open computer lab access, discounts at the bookstore and café (when offered), College Activities reduced purchases, free pass to athletic events, free ridership on the St. Clair County District Transit Authority MetroBus and Metro, book buyback, etc. ID cards are available through the Public Safety Office at the Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses and at the Student Development Office at the Red Bud Campus.

Back to Top How do I get my transcript?

Students may request transcripts online, by email, by mail or  in person at each of the three campuses. For more information, go to Transcripts.

Back to Top How can I find out if SWIC is closed due to bad weather?

Information regarding the closing of Southwestern Illinois College due to weather conditions will be broadcast on FOX 2 (KTVI); KMOV-TV Channel 4; KSDK-TV Channel 5; KMOX-AM 1120; WHCO-AM 1230 and WIL-FM 92.3. This information will also be posted on the home page of the SWIC website at www.swic.edu, and on KSDK.com, fox2now.com and kmov.com.

Back to Top Can I take college classes if I am still in high school?

High school students age 16 and older who have authorization to participate in college courses and programs may enroll. For more information, please contact Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5526.

Back to Top Where do I get a parking permit?

For students, faculty and staff, parking is by permit only on the Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses. Annual permits are free and are issued by the Public Safety Departments on those campuses.

Back to Top When do I apply for graduation?

Students need to apply for graduation by the following dates: Oct. 15 for fall graduation; Feb. 15 for spring graduation; or June 15 for summer graduation.

Back to Top Is there job placement after graduation?

Job placement is available to all students through job fairs, career fairs, on-campus recruiting, job matching and resume writing.