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Is Southwestern College accredited?
Yes, Southwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The art therapy program is also approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
Does Southwestern College offer Ph.D. or undergraduate studies?
No, Southwestern College offers Masters’ Degrees in Counseling and Art Therapy/Counseling, four different specialty certificate programs and continuing education courses.
Do you have any distance learning or correspondence courses?
We only offer distance learning in our Transformational Ecopsychology Certificate program.
Where is Southwestern College located?
Southwestern College is located in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artsy campus includes a library, classrooms, administrative offices, a student lounge, a spiritual practice room, an art studio and an art therapy complex. The Southwestern Counseling Center is located off campus at 1628 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe.
The street address is: 3960 San Felipe Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507. Directions and map
To get to Santa Fe you can fly into the Albuquerque airport and drive one hour north on I-25. Exit at 599 N. Stay on 599 and go to the second light, Airport Rd., and go right. Go to the third light, San Felipe Rd. and turn left. You will see our school immediately on the left side, behind an adobe wall. The main lobby is located through the turquoise doors.
Do you require the GRE or other tests for admission into Southwestern College?
No. Southwestern College doesn’t require any entrance exams. Instead the admissions process emphasizes the personal statement, interview and letters of reference.
My undergraduate degree is unrelated to psychology or counseling. Will my application be considered?
Yes. We will accept your B.A. or B.S. in any field from an accredited institution.
What are the prerequisite courses required for enrollment?
All of our M.A. programs require abnormal psychology. developmental psychology, and two psychology electives.
The Art Therapy/Counseling Program also requires at least 18 credit hours of undergraduate studio coursework including painting, drawing, ceramics, 3-dimensional art, and two studio electives.
If I haven’t completed all the prerequisites, may I still apply and be accepted?
Absolutely. As part of the application process, the Director of Admissions will review your transcripts and advise you on how and when to complete prerequisite courses. Prior to full-time enrollment you will need to complete all of your pre-requisites.
What are the application deadlines?
Southwestern College does rolling admissions on a space-available basis. Early application is suggested. Applications are reviewed at any time, so you may still apply after the deadline has passed, However, to allow enough time for processing financial aid the following deadlines are recommended:
For Fall Quarter, June 1.
For Winter Quarter, October 15.
For Spring Quarter, January 31.
What is a quarter? What is a quarter unit?
A quarter is ten weeks in length. We have four quarters: fall, winter, spring and summer. A quarter unit represents 10 hours of classroom time. A typical 3 quarter unit class would meet for thirty hours during a ten week quarter. Our degree programs are 91 quarter units. If you are most familiar with semester hours, 91 quarter units translates to about 61 semester hours.
What is the cost of attending Southwestern College?
There are tuition increases annually and they tend to be relatively small. Student tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $485 per quarter unit. There is a general fee of $50 general fee per student per quarter. The general fee covers, but is not limited to, such College expenses as classroom supplies, IT needs, library costs and examination and administrative fees. Tuition is subject to change. Full tuition must be paid before the first day of each quarter unless the student has set up a payment schedule with the business office. The only other additional cost is an $100 graduation fee.
How long will it take to earn my degree?
The M.A. programs can be completed in two years of full-time coursework. Other options, including part-time, are available as well and extend beyond two years.
How can I finance my education at Southwestern College?
Financial aid is available to full- and part-time degree program students. There are also scholarships and graduate assistanceships available. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.
How many students are enrolled at Southwestern College?
We are a small school by design with a current enrollment of approximately 160 students. Classes range in size from 8-21 students. The average class size is about 14.
What is your student – faculty ratio?
We have an excellent student to faculty ratio of one faculty member for every four students. There is an average of 36 part-time and full-time faculty members serving the students. Over 90% of our faculty are current clinical practitioners.
May I sit in on classes to get a feel for what happens?
Due to the experiential nature of our classes and in order to preserve the confidentiality of student participation, we do not allow visitors to sit in on classes. We can put you in touch with current students and faculty who can describe, in greater detail, the learning experience.
Can I get licensed as a counselor with an M.A. degree?
Yes! Graduates of Southwestern College may practice under appropriate supervision as a Provisional Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). After 3000 hours of client contact (this includes pre-graduation practicum and internship hours) and successful completion of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Examination, graduates are eligible for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) designation. Art therapy graduates are eligible to pursue national certification as an art therapist and the Licensed Professsional Art Therapist (LPAT) designation in New Mexico. They are also eligible for the LPCC designation in New Mexico.
All courses required in the core curriculum for all levels of licensure in New Mexico are offered in both the Counseling and Art Therapy/ Counseling Programs. Requirements for licensure in New Mexico are subject to change and the College administration mantains a close relationship with the Counseling and Therapy Practice Board in order to remain current. For further information contact the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board at 505-476-7100 or www.rld.state.nm.us. The majority of our students come from out-of-state and many leave New Mexico to practice.
Mental health licensure designations and procedures vary from state to state. If you plan to practice outside of New Mexico, you should contact the appropriate state board for their requirements. For a directory, consult the National Board of Certified Counselors website at http://www.nbcc.org/. We also have state licensing information in our offices and in our library.
May I come visit the college to meet with the Director of Admissions and receive a tour?
Yes, absolutely! Please call toll-free 1-877-471-5756, ext. 6815, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a thirty minute informational visit.
May I speak with Southwestern College students, faculty or alumns?
Yes, if you are interested in talking with current students, alumni or faculty, contact the Director of Admissions for a recommendation and you may contact them directly.
Who comprises your student body?
Our students come from all walks of life, and many are pursuing second and third careers. About 75% of our student body come from states other than New Mexico. There is a great variance of age within our student body.