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College Courses for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Take college courses that fit your needs

Open the gateway to learning in your life! Whether you are a pastor, a student at another college (transient), or any non-degree seeking individual looking for personal or professional enrichment (other), Southern Wesleyan University offers the opportunity for you to earn college credits through on-campus or online courses. If you are looking to take courses while currently in high school, visit our dual enrollment page.

Select a student type below for more information.


Students At Another College

Transient Students

Earn college credits that are transferable to your own college degree program.

Costs and Fees

Tuition for Online Course: $450 per credit hour
Student Resource Fee: $400
Textbook Fees: vary by course

*Graduate transient students will pay the rate per hour according to the graduate program in which they are enrolled.

Get Started Today

  1. Choose the course(s) you are interested in.
  2. Complete the transient student application:

    APPLY Now

  3. Submit a transient student letter that is provided and signed by the appropriate official from your home institution. The letter must include the course(s) to be taken at SWU.
  4. Once you are approved to enroll in the course(s), you will receive an email from SWU (at the email address used on the application form) with directions for payment and accessing your SWU email address and student portal. 
  5. If you need assistance, please contact Admissions at 864-644-5550 or  .
Other Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Other Gateway Students

Non-degree seeking individuals such as senior citizens looking for academic enrichment or individuals that are looking to take or audit a course for personal or professional development.

Costs and Fees

Tuition for Dual Enrollment High School Students: $125 per credit hour
Tuition for Senior Citizens (65 and older): $100 per credit hour
Technology Fee: $20/credit hour
Textbook Fees: vary by course

Get Started Today

  1. Choose the course(s) you are interested in.
  2. Fill out an online application for "Gateway Other."

    APPLY Now

  3. Once you are approved to enroll in the course(s), you will receive an email from SWU (at the email address used on the application form) with directions for payment and accessing your SWU email address and student portal. 
  4. If you need assistance, please contact Admissions at 864-644-5550 or  .

Non-Degree Student Checklist

After your non-degree seeking application and any other required documentation is received, reviewed, and you are accepted, our admissions team will notify you. Please scroll down to see the next steps that you need to take after you are accepted:

Make Your Payment

An email will be sent to the email address(es) listed on your application from Student Accounts regarding payment for your course(s). There are several different options to pay for your non-degree seeking course(s).  You can make a payment online through your MySWU account (click below for instructions).

How to Pay Online (pdf)

How to view Pre-Bill (pdf)

You can pay over the phone by calling the Student Accounts Office at (864) 644-5520. Please note that a debit/credit card will have a convenience fee of 1.5% added. To avoid this fee, you can pay with a checking or saving account (e-check).

You may also choose write a check with the Student ID number in the memo line. Mail checks to:
Southern Wesleyan University
Office of Student Accounts
SWU Box 1866
P.O. Box 1020
Central, SC 29630

For any questions about your bill or assistance with how to pay your bill, please call:
SWU Student Accounts Office
Toll Free: 1.800.282.8798, ext. 5520
Direct Line: 864.644.5520

MySWU Account Creation

After your payment has processed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your SWU student portal.

Sent from:
Subject Line: Welcome to mySWU

Email/Network Account Creation

You will receive an email from to your new SWU email address with the subject line "Your New Account Information." This email will contain very important information including your student ID number, accessing the Student Portal on mySWU, and more:

1.   University ID Number
2.   Student Portal (mySWU)
3.   Office 365 Web Suite
4.   PaperCut
5.   iSupport
6.   SafeConnect

For help with anything mentioned above, please email us or visit the following link: https://my.swu.edu/ics/Helpdesk/.
Office of Information Technology
Southern Wesleyan University

(864) 644-5050

Check Your Schedule and Order Textbooks

  1. Log into mySWU
  2. Click on the “Students” tab
  3. Under “Quick Links”, click on “My Schedule”
  4. Select correct “Academic Year/Term” and “Division”
  5. The “Division” will be “Undergraduate”
  6. Schedule will appear
  7. If you need a printed version, please click on “Print My Course Schedule”

Please remember courses will not appear on the Canvas dashboard until approximately two weeks before the course start date. If courses are not viewable in Canvas one week before the course is slated to start, please contact the Office of Academic Records at .

Once you can view your course schedule, it is time to order textbooks! These will show up when you log into our online bookstore via eCampus. Here are instructions on how to access our online bookstore.

Order Textbooks

Set Privacy Options

For your convenience, we offer a parent page that will allow you to give financial and/or academic access to your parent/guardian/spouse/other individual.

This will allow your person of choosing to view your student information and make payments online, at any time. This is required if you would like your student account to be discussed with any other individual. Click below for instructions on setting up this access.

How to Set Privacy Settings

Complete Online Check-In (Required!)

Students are required to do an online “check-in” on mySWU. Once you have been cleared by all departments with no holds, you will receive an email stating that you are now able to check-in, review your schedule, and update personal information. This will confirm that you will be attending this term.

Check-in via Mobile Device
  1. Go to https://my.swu.edu/ics
  2. Enter your Username and Password and click “Login”
  3. Click on “hamburger” symbol on left
  4. Click on “Students” tab (you may have to scroll over)
  5. Click on “arrow” at the bottom of the screen
  6. Click on “Quick Links”
  7. Click on “Confirm Registration”
  8. Complete the Personal Info Update form at the bottom of the page
  9. Complete the Registration Agreement form at the bottom of the page
Check-in via Computer
  1. Go to https://my.swu.edu/ics
  2. Enter your Username and Password and click “Login”
  3. Click on the “Students” 
  4. Click on “Confirm Registration”
    This page will appear to students who holds have been removed.
  5. Complete the Personal Info Update form
  6. Complete the Registration Agreement form


Most Popular Gateway Courses

On-campus and online courses offered upon availability and class space. If there is a particular course you are interested in taking but do not see it listed below, contact our Dual Enrollment Coordinator at 864-644-5000 or 

ASTH 2053 Music/Art Appreciation

An introduction to creativity through art and music. Listening to, viewing of, writing about, and interacting with creative experience introduces the student to art of the Western and non-Western world. Required for graduation. The requirement may also be met by two consecutive semesters of music-ensemble participation, requiring registration for one hour in the fall semester and two in the spring (both contingent on acceptance by audition). More details may be obtained from the music faculty.

BIBL 1013 Old Testament Survey

The history, poetry, and prophecy of the Old Testament, studied with the purpose of helping the student obtain a chronological view of the importance of persons, places, and events and a greater appreciation for the unity of the old covenant

BIBL 1023 New Testament Survey

An introduction to the background of the New Testament and to an overall perspective of the New Testament books so that the student will be better able to relate subsequent study of the individual books of the New Testament to the total tenor of Scripture.

BIOL 1104 Biology

An introduction for non-majors emphasizing philosophy of science, cell biology, genetics, diversity of organisms, ecology, and evolution. Includes laboratory.

CPSC 1103 Intro to Computers

Introduction to the history, vocabulary, and use of computer information systems. Includes word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation applications using the integrated package, Microsoft Office.

ENGL 1003 Fresh Comp I

Emphasis on composition requiring a command of the language with respect to grammar and usage, unified paragraphs, and well-organized, persuasive essays. Effective reading and research reporting are also stressed. Some attention is given to skills needed for effective oral and written communication. Satisfactory performance on writing portfolio required to receive credit for course.

ENGL 1013 Fresh Comp II

Emphasis on refining and sharpening composition skills acquired in ENGL 1003. Introduction to literary analysis of short story, drama, film, and poetry. Oral presentations and research paper required. Prerequisites: ENGL 1003 or ENGL 1053.

ENGL 2103 Speech Communication

The fundamentals of speech, with emphasis on components of communication, critical thinking, and formal and informal presentations.

HIST 1063 Survey of Western Civilization

An overview of the development of human civilizations from the ancient world to the present, with attention given to social and cultural, as well as political and military history.

MATH 1024 Algebra and Trig

Functions, equations, inequalities, exponentials, logarithms, identities, circular functions, and other topics.

MATH 1053 Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning is a critical skill that is necessary not only in many different disciplines but also in daily life. This course is about using math in practical situations that are experienced daily. Examples include balancing a checkbook, calculating accrued interest, and understanding what a false positive for an MRI test implies. The mathematical concepts covered in the course include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics.

PSYC 2003 Introduction to Psychology

A general survey of the science of human behavior, designed to acquaint the student with principles of human development, learning, behavior, and with the experimental methods of psychology. PSYC 200L is a required corequisite for PSYC 2003 for Psychology majors.

RELG 2403 Basic Christian Beliefs

An introduction to the basics of the Christian faith, focusing on the biblical and doctrinal truths common to all denominations. (Prerequisite: BIBL 1003, BIBL 1013, or BIBL 1023)

For additional course information, use our course search below. For a complete list of available courses, click below, then select the term and click "Search."

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