A Recipe for Success

Working together, we can make your education happen.

A Land of Surprises

Those who have never lived in Texas may be in for a few surprises their first year on campus.

We're Here to Help

Staff and faculty work daily with students to make sure their stay at Southwestern is one of the high points of their life.

Counseling and Outreach Center

Welcome to Southwestern's Counseling and Outreach Center!

Curious about who we are and what we can do for you?  You can start by  exploring our website.  But in addition, we encourage you to visit us as well.  You'll find a friendly staff, a wealth of services, a quiet place to decompress the stress of university life, and chocolate in abundance.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our counselors, please contact us at 817-202-6255 or counseling[at]swau.edu.

Career Planning

You may have come to the university knowing just what career path to take or you may be exploring many careers. We are pleased to support you on your journey to a profession that will match your vocation. 

Southwestern's students and staff are welcome to take any of the career or interest inventories available through the Center for Student Success. Results offer insight into your aptitudes, achievements, interests, personality, and values, and how these will affect a particular career path.

You may find that your vocation--what Christians think of as a calling from God--is prompting you to take on new academic challenges. We want to help you.    


Dr. Mark Aldridge, a licensed counselor, is available for personal, couple, emotional, relational, and career counseling. His services are free of charge for Southwestern students. All contacts with a counselor at the Counseling and Student Success Center are covered by the appropriate Federal and State confidentiality laws and requirements. This means that any information disclosed during your contact with the counselor will be kept strictly confidential as required by law and by applicable ethical standards, with rare exceptions as noted in the agreement that you will read and sign before your first counseling session.

Academic and Disability Support

Our Mission:

It is the mission of the Students with Disabilities and Academic Support Office to help student with disabilities develop academically, socially and spiritually through support.  

Goals of Students with Disabilities and Academic Support Office

The Students with Disability and Academic Support Office seeks to empower students with disabilities to access all aspects of university life at Southwestern Adventist University through:

  1. The implementation of appropriate accommodations in accordance with Section 504/ADA policy.
  2. Assisting students with disabilities as they learn to self-advocate. Assist them with academic excellence, time-management and self-knowledge.
  3. Coordinating academic and other support services by collaborating with the students, faculty and university staff.
  4. Education of the university faculty and staff about disability issues and concerns.
  5. Fostering student development academically, socially and spiritually through the support of the Disabilities and Academic Support Office.

Services and Accommodations:

The Students with Disabilities and Academic Support Office offers a range of accommodations and support services designed to assist students with disabilities.  Each person has a unique set of needs, and reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis, utilizing the student's disability-related documentation.  The accommodations and services are available to students with appropriate documentation on file.  Accommodations and services include: 


The following services may be available on a case by case basis depending on the documented disability:

  • Determination of appropriate accommodations
  • Note takers
  • Extended testing time
  • Classroom accommodations or modifications
  • Communication with faculty and advisor regarding student needs
  • Assistance obtaining recorded textbooks and identifying readers/scribes/attendants
  • Information and referral for additional services
  • accessibility information
  • advocacy
  • audio books
  • braille materials (limited)
  • Distraction Free Testing
  • sign-language interpreters

Additional services and accommodations may be offered based on documented needs.

Disabilities and Academic Support Office

The Director of Students with Disabilities and Academic Support serves as a liaison for students with the faculty, staff, and administration.  The Director’s office is located in Room 125 in Scales Hall which is in the basement of Scales Hall.

Dorie Cruz
Director of Students with Disabilities and Academic Support
(817) 202-6290 Office   
(817) 556-4744 Fax cruzd(at)swau.edu