Office 365 for Students

WebAdvisor is Retiring!

After 20 years of faithfully serving the students, staff, and faculty of Southwestern College, WebAdvisor is ready to hand over its responsibilities to the next generation of web systems! To learn about the timeline and milestones of this project, follow the button link below.

WebAdvisor Retirement

Coming Soon - New & Improved MySWC Portal

The Office of Institutional Technology will soon bring you a new and improved experience: MySWC Portal in the Cloud! Follow the button link below to learn more about this much needed upgrade and the enhancements we will all experience as a result.

MySWC Portal in the Cloud


Registered students can request access to Office 365. Access includes online versions of popular apps, like Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to download them to your personal computers/devices. Keep reading for more information and instructions.

Staff/Faculty, if you'd like access to Office 365, visit the Office 365 for Staff & Faculty page for more information.

Student Guidelines

IMPORTANT! By using Office 365 offered by Southwestern Community College District, you agree to the Guidelines for Student Email, Google G Suite & Office 365 (PDF) and 3720 AP (Computer & Network Acceptable Use Policy).

View/Download Guidelines (PDF)

View/Download 3720 AP

About Office 365

Office 365 Landing Image

Office 365 Landing Page

After requesting and receiving Office 365 access (see "Requesting Office 365 Access" below), you'll be able to use these apps and features:

  • Web versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote
  • Desktop versions of Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs
  • Office apps on up to 5 tablets and 5 phones
  • Class notebooks
  • Digital storytelling with Sway
  • Plan schedules and daily tasks with Microsoft Teams
  • Unlimited personal cloud storage (OneDrive)
  • HD video conferencing

Requesting Office 365 Access

Access to Office 365 is not automatic - you must request it to receive it! If you're a Student, please follow the steps below to request access to Office 365:

  • Request access by completing the automated Office 365 for Students Request Form on ServiceNow (MySWC Login Required)
  • Within 24 hours, Microsoft will process your request and provide you with access to Office 365

Staff/Faculty, if you'd like to request access to Office 365, visit the Office 365 for Staff & Faculty page for instructions.

Accessing Office 365

Demonstration of Office 365 Login Process

Demonstration of Office 365 Login
Available 24-48 Hours After Requesting Access

After "Requesting Office 365 Access" (see above) and waiting 24-48 hours, you will be able to sign-in to the online and downloadable versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and more!

To sign-in to the online version, select the "Office 365" button in the Campus Apps section of the MySWC Portal and then:

  1. Enter your email address when asked to sign in
  2. Select "work or school account" if you are asked
  3. Enter your MySWC password

To sign-in to an Office 365 app that you've downloaded to your device, follow the same three steps above. Please note, it will also take 24-48 hours after "Requesting Office 365 Access" (see above) before you are able to sign-in to the downloadable apps.

Downloading Office 365 Apps

Download Office 365 Apps

Install Office (After Requesting Access)

If the cloud version of Office 365 isn't working out for you and you'd like to download and install apps like Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint on your personal computers/devices, follow the instructions below:

  • After requesting and receiving Office 365 access (see "Requesting Office 365 Access" above), launch the "Office 365" app (see "Accessing Office 365" above) and select the "Install Office" drop-down menu from your Office 365 landing page
  • Select the "Office 365 apps" option to begin the installer download
  • Once downloaded, launch the installer app and select the apps and options you want
  • Once you select the apps and options you want, you'll be able to use the apps on up to 5 personal computers/devices (mobile apps are available for iOS and Android)
  • When you're asked for your username and password, be sure to login with your MySWC Account (you'll have access as long as you're currently registered for classes)

If you get stuck, be sure to take a look at the Office 365 Help and FAQs below.

Office 365 Help

Select Question Mark for Office 365 Help

Select Question Mark for Office 365 Help

Online help is available on the Microsoft Office 365 support site. 24/7 help is available by selecting the Question Mark (?) at the top, right corner of your Office 365 landing page.

The external websites below provide great information and tutorials related to Office 365:

Office 365 FAQs

Below are some common questions and answers pertaining to Office 365: