First-Year New Student

First-Year New Student

If you have a high school diploma, high school equivalency or if you are in the process of completing your last semester of high school including dual credit work, you are a First-year new student. Follow the enrollment steps below.

Step 1: Explore Academic Programs

Are you unsure of what careers best suit you? Check out Jobzology! Jobzology Career Assessment is an online career and educational planning tool for prospective and current USW students. It will enable you to self-assess your values, skills, interests, and personality and explore career fields and Programs of Study  at USW that are most compatible with your assessment results.

Step 2: Review Admissions Requirements & complete the online Admissions Application  
You can also stop by the Office of Enrollment Management (J.L. Burke 506) to complete the application at our computer kiosks.
You will receive a welcome letter that confirms that your application has been received and provides instructions for the next steps in your enrollment process.
Admissions Advisor
Application Priority Deadline
Term Start Date
Fall 2017
Lissete Terrazas (A-H)
Shelbie Faught (I-P)
Johnny Gonzales (Q-Z)
Michele Goar (International)
June 15, 2017
International Application Deadline May 15, 2017
August 21st
 Students who submit all required paperwork by the priority application deadline can expect:
·  To be admitted to the college.
·  To attend an orientation session and meet with an academic advisor.
·  To receive adequate time to plan, select, and register for classes.
The college will continue to process paperwork after the priority application deadline. However, to increase the likelihood of completing the enrollment process, the college highly encourages students to submit all paperwork by the priority application deadline.

Step 3: Submit required Official (sealed) High School and/or College Transcripts.

Send all your official high school and/or college transcripts to:
University of the Southwest  
Office of Enrollment Management      
6610 N. Lovington Hwy. Suite 506
Hobbs, NM 88240

You must submit official transcripts from previously attended institutions
·  Submit official high school transcripts.
·  Submit official college or university transcripts.
**If the original copy of your transcript is written in a non-English language, a certified English translation is required.

Step 4: Complete the FAFSA to begin the financial aid process.

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. To begin the process, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). University of the Southwest’s school code is 013935.
Check for general scholarships and types of aid available and how to apply for them, by visiting the Financial Aid and Scholarship Web site.
Students must submit a FASFA in order to be eligible and receive any form of USW institutional aid. 

Step 5: Activate Your USW Student Account

Your username is set up within 48 hours after completing an application. Your welcome letter will have instructions on how to activate your e-mail, and Blackboard accounts, which allow you to communicate with us and for you to receive important information related to admissions, financial aid, advising, and registration.
Check your e-mail on a daily basis. This is the college’s official form of communication. A hard copy may not be sent in the mail.
Step 6: Meet with an Academic Advisor

Meet with an academic advisor. Your advisors name and office location is located on your advisement summary form. Your advisor will review your program of study, career goals, and suggest courses for the upcoming term. Make your appointment with your advisor via email.

Step 7: Registration

Your academic advisor will assist you with this process.

Step 8: Apply for Housing

If you plan to live on campus, you are required to submit a Housing application. For information pertaining to housing, please visit USW Housing or contact the Director of housing, Jessica Becker at 575-973-7377 or

Step 9: Pay for classes

You are responsible for verifying your Financial Aid award and paying for your classes by the first day of classes. If need to establish payment arrangements, please visit USW payment arrangements.

Step 10: New Student Orientation

New students must complete an orientation session. All new students should sign up for the New Student Orientation prior to the start date of their first semester. The orientation provides information about key services and programs such as getting your student ID and parking permit, how to purchase your textbooks and finding your classes. Please contact Student Life at 575-492-2186 or for more information. New Student Orientation will begin Saturday, August 19, 2017 unless otherwise indicated.

Step 11. College Success...Your Path Starts Here!

Visit the Student Life page for information about the campus, academic resources, clubs and organizations and much more!