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Required Documentation

Click below to see what documentation you need to submit before you can enroll at USW!

First-time freshmen

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

AP / CLEP Scores

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, send us an official score report to earn credit for passing scores.

high school / EquivalenT transcript

*REQUIRED*

USW requires an official high school (or equivalent) transcript. Transcripts can be sent by mail or via approved

e-transcript provider* (see below).

ACT / SAT Scores

If you have taken the ACT or SAT, send us an official score report from the provider. This is not required, but is recommended for admissions and scholarship opportunities.

Dual credit transcript(s)

If you have dual credit (or early college), you must submit an official transcript from the institution you took the courses with. Send by mail or approved e-transcript provider*.

supporting documents

If you would like to send additional documentation to support your application, we suggest letters of recommendation, essays, works of art, professional resume, etc.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

admissions@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

University of the Southwest

Office of Admissions

6610 N Lovington Hwy, Suite T-40

Hobbs, NM 88240

*Approved e-transcript providers include: Parchment, eScrip-Safe, and National Student Clearinghouse

Transfer students

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

College transcript(S)

*REQUIRED*

USW requires official transcripts from all previous institutions. These can be sent by mail or through an approved  e-transcript provider* (see below).

high school / Equivalent transcript

*REQUIRED (< 24 hours)*

USW requires an official high school (or equivalent) transcript if you have less than 24 credit hours. Send by mail or approved e-transcript provider*.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

admissions@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

University of the Southwest

Office of Admissions

6610 N Lovington Hwy, Suite T-40

Hobbs, NM 88240

*Approved e-transcript providers include: Parchment, eScrip-Safe, and National Student Clearinghouse

International freshmen

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

Financial statement

*REQUIRED*

Submit an officially certified (or notarized) bank statement or current financial letter of support (within the last 6 months) showing the ability to finance the estimated cost of attendance for one year of study.

high school Equivalent transcript

*REQUIRED*

USW requires an evaluated high school transcript. A document-by-document evaluation (with GPA) can be completed by an approved provider* (see below). Transcripts can be mailed or sent via an approved e-transcript provider** (see below).

Identification documents

*REQUIRED*

Submit a copy of your passport, showing photo AND address pages. Additionally, submit copies of any relevant visas and most recent I-94 (if applicable).

English proficiency

*REQUIRED*

Demonstrated proficiency**** (see below) of the English language is required for all international applicants whose sole and official language is not English and who have not spent a full year at a university-level institution with English instruction.

Proof health insurance

*REQUIRED*

Health insurance is required for all international students. Submit proof of insurance with your application. If you do not have coverage, see below for recommended providers***.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

admissions@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

University of the Southwest

Office of Admissions

6610 N Lovington Hwy, Suite T-40

Hobbs, NM 88240

 

*Approved transcript evaluation providers include: InCred, World Education Services, and Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)

**Approved e-transcript providers include: Parchment, eScrip-Safe, and National Student Clearinghouse

***Recommended international health insurance providers include: NRIOL.NET and WorldTrips

 

****Accepted English Proficiency Scores:

  • Score a minimum of 525 on the paper-based TOEFL (pBT)

  • Score a minimum of 197 on the computer-based TOEFL (cBT)

  • Score a minimum of 69 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT)

  • Score a minimum of 6.0 on the IELTS

  • Score a minimum of 19 on the English portion of the ACT

  • Score a minimum of 450 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion on the SAT

  • Score a minimum of 95 of the Duolingo English Test

International Transfers

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

Financial statement

*REQUIRED*

Submit an officially certified (or notarized) bank statement or current financial letter of support (within the last 6 months) showing the ability to finance the estimated cost of attendance for one year of study.

high school Equivalent transcript

*REQUIRED*

USW requires official transcripts from all previous institutions. These can be sent by mail or through an approved  e-transcript provider* (see below).

Identification documents

*REQUIRED*

Submit a copy of your passport, showing photo AND address pages. Additionally, submit copies of any relevant visas (including F-1), and current I-20.

high school Equivalent transcript

*REQUIRED (< 24 hours)*

USW requires an evaluated high school transcript for students with less than 24 hours. A document-by-document evaluation (with GPA) can be completed by an approved provider** (see below).

health insurance

*REQUIRED*

Health insurance is required for all international students. Submit proof of insurance with your application. If you do not have coverage, see below for recommended providers***.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

admissions@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

University of the Southwest

Office of Admissions

6610 N Lovington Hwy, Suite T-40

Hobbs, NM 88240

*Approved e-transcript providers include: Parchment, eScrip-Safe, and National Student Clearinghouse

**Approved transcript evaluation providers include: InCred, World Education ServicesAcademic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)

***Recommended international health insurance providers include: NRIOL.NET and WorldTrips

master's students

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

College Transcript(S)

*REQUIRED*

USW requires an official transcript showing the conferral of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. See below for mailing information.

personal essay

*REQUIRED*

All master's applicants must submit a 500-word personal essay. See below for mailing information.

Resume

*REQUIRED*

All master's applicants must submit a professional resume. See below for mailing information.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

graduateadmission@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

to the appropriate Director of Graduate Admissions & Student Support.

doctoral students

Online application

*REQUIRED*

All USW applicants must fill out the online application before any supporting documentation can be submitted.

Resume/CV

*REQUIRED*

All doctoral applicants must submit a professional resume/CV. See below for mailing information.

College Transcript(S)

*REQUIRED*

USW requires an official transcript showing the conferral of a master's degree from an accredited institution. See below for mailing information.

program essay

*REQUIRED*

All doctoral applicants must submit a 1,000-1,500 word program essay explaining what they hope to achieve by pursuing a doctoral degree, the personal strengths that will help them succeed in a doctoral program, and how obtaining a doctorate will help them institute a positive social change within their chosen field or industry.

Professional experience

*REQUIRED*

All doctoral applicants must submit proof of at least three (3) years of industry experience in selected field of study.

recommendation letters

If you would like to send any further supporting documentation, recommendation letters are optional.

All admissions documents should be sent via email to:

graduateadmission@usw.edu

[OR] via mail to:

to the appropriate Director of Graduate Admissions & Student Support.

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