Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Advanced Entry Seminar

Southwestern University’s Advanced-Entry Seminars (AES) help you get up-to-speed academically and socially, giving you an opportunity to interact with faculty and other transfer students before your other classes even begin.

As you may already know, in college, seminars are small, discussion-based classes that allow students and their professor to explore a topic in some depth. Most colleges offer seminars only to graduate students. At Southwestern University, we created the AES program because we want you to experience, right from the very beginning, the challenge and excitement of the SU liberal arts experience at its best. Taught by faculty in their fields of expertise or special areas of interest, the AES is a required, two-credit, graded course, designed to introduce you to the rigors and rewards of college-level work at SU. In addition to providing an interesting and challenging academic experience, the seminars help facilitate your transition to Southwestern. Whether you are transferring in twelve credits or sixty credits, the AES experience will be of benefit and it counts toward the 127 credits required for the Southwestern degree.


The eight-week course, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 to 11:15 a.m., will be automatically added to your schedule.  AES will begin on the Monday of Orientation Week (August 17); you will meet with your seminar every day that week except Wednesday.  Details about Orientation Week activities (Friday, August 15 - Sunday, August 24) will be available throughout the summer at


You will be asked to rank the AES choices on an enrollment form located on this site.  Although every effort will be made to place you in your first choice, you may be placed in any of the Seminars.  Once made, Seminar assignments will not be changed.  Notification of AES assignments will be emailed on a rolling basis to include further information about your Seminar and the summer assignment from your AES instructor.


Contact Barbara Jean at or 512/863.1567.