Students Say

One of Texas’ top-ranked universities, Southwestern offers students a “welcoming environment” and invites them to become part of a “close community” of scholars. “Small and rigorous,” undergrads here truly appreciate that Southwestern “focuses heavily on student development and improvement.” Though at times they might complain about the “huge work load,” many value the fact that they’re really learning “to think critically” and gaining “leadership skills.” Impressively, a number of students feels that the university really imbues them with “the love for knowledge.”

Overview

Applicants
3,546
Acceptance Rate
52%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 640
SAT Math
535 - 640
ACT Composite
22 - 29

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

One of Texas’ top-ranked universities, Southwestern offers students a “welcoming environment” and invites them to become part of a “close community” of scholars. “Small and rigorous,” undergrads here truly appreciate that Southwestern “focuses heavily on student development and improvement.” Though at times they might complain about the “huge work load,” many value the fact that they’re really learning “to think critically” and gaining “leadership skills.” Impressively, a number of students feels that the university really imbues them with “the love for knowledge.” Undergrads are quick to praise their professors, noting that they “sincerely care about their students’ education” and are always “willing to help students in any way they can.” For the most part, they encourage “participation, whether it is a class discussion or in the middle of a lecture, which allows you to get a feel for the real core of whatever topic you’re studying.” One history major does caution, “Don’t expect to just show up and succeed—you’re going to have to work.” Fortunately, though the academics might be “challenging,” professors are always ready to “meet with you whenever you need guidance or clarification on an assignment.” Overall, the university provides a “very engaging learning experience” and allows undergrads to reach their “full potential.” And as this supremely satisfied student shares, Southwestern is “the best liberal arts school you’ve never heard of.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
170
with Terminal Degree
147

91
Women
79
Men
21
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Tower
Former Senator of Texas

Red McCombs
CEO/McCombs Enterprises/Owner-Minnesota Vikings

J. Frank Dobie
Author and Texas Folklorist

Pete Sessions
U.S. Congressman from Texas

Sharon Brown Christopher
United Methodist Bishop

David Clifford
Research Physician

Joan Bray
Missouri State Legislator

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition at Southwestern University will cost undergraduates $36,120. Beyond tuition, students can anticipate spending $11,760 for room and board. Undergrads should also set aside roughly $1,200 for books and academic supplies. Additionally, those students who will be commuting can expect to spend around $450 for transportation. Fortunately, the average financial aid package is usually $30,966.

Bang For Your Buck

Southwestern acknowledges that the price of a college education can be rather exorbitant. In an effort to counter these high costs, the university has created some “generous” policies. Indeed, Southwestern offers “a great deal of . . . both merit and need-based [financial aid].” And “many students” benefit from some type of assistance. The college’s scholarship program includes the Brown Scholarship, which starts at $30,000 per year, the Cody Scholarship, which starts at $25,000 per year; the Mood Scholarship, which provides $20,000 per year; the Ruter Scholarship, which starts at $16,000 per year; and the Southwestern Award, which grants up to $15,000 each year. Of course, we should also highlight the fact that there are many smaller scholarships to be had such as the Fine Arts Scholarships, which begin at $2,000 a year.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,793

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,388

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,810

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,997

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,216

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,120
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,700
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Southwestern attracts “intelligent,” academically inclined students who fortunately don’t “obsess over their grades.” They manage to be both “studious” and “fun-loving” and are typically “swamped with a million activities.” Though it’s a small school, undergrads assure us that “everybody finds their niche somewhere.” Indeed, people at Southwestern are “warm,” “friendly,” and “pretty approachable.” An English major adds, “Students are willing to make friends with just about anyone.” While the majority are “white, middleor upper-middle-class, [and] Christian” there are students “from every race, religion, and background,” and many people are “open-minded.” A large number of students are “in sororities/fraternities,” and “liberals outnumber conservatives.” Further, most “people dress fairly conservatively, but it is not unheard of to see colored hair, Disturbed t-shirts, or a random guy in a skirt.” Perhaps this English and business double-major says it best: “It doesn’t take long to find some people you fit in with at school, because you find so many types of people here that it is hard to feel like an outcast.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,535
Out of State
10%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
6

Demographics

4.45%
Asian
4.84%
African-American
19.51%
Hispanic
67.95%
Caucasian
1.86%
International

57% female
43% male
10% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Though students at Southwestern are “very focused on their studies,” many also try and take advantage of the myriad activities happening around campus. Fraternities and sororities are fairly popular here, and “Greek life provides the main entertainment for students if they’re into the partying scene.” However, don’t fret if you fear that frat life isn’t for you; they’re not the only game in town. As one math and music double-major tells us, “There are plenty of opportunities to see shows put on by the theater department, concerts of all types, or recitals. The school also brings in music groups like Cake or Spoon or comedians like Eric O’Shea for Friday Night Live every week.” Additionally, campus sponsored events like “movie nights” and “casino nights” are usually well-attended. Undergrads also appreciate leisure time outdoors and students can frequently be found “lounging on the academic mall or riding their bikes to the local park.” Though some students find that the surrounding Georgetown area offers “little to do,” others enjoy taking advantage of the local “movie theater or bowling alley.” As when undergrads are anxious for a little more action, they often head to nearby Austin.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
88
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
99
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
9

37% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

29% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Pirates)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pirates)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Allies, Gender Awareness Center,and Sexual Orientation Awareness League (SOAL), Coalition for Diversity & Social Justice

Minority Support Groups: Asia Club, Bridge Builders, Ebony,Indian Student Association, International Club, and Latinos Unidos, Coalition for Diversity & Social Justice, SU Native

Sustainability

Students looking to make a positive change for the planet can get a head start with Southwestern’s environmental studies program, an interdisciplinary major or minor that explores the interactions of humans and the environment as well as the impacts of these interactions. Graduates from this program often go into fields as diverse as NGOs, environmental law, and the sustainability sector. Southwestern is also the second university in Texas to sign the Talloires Declaration, which calls upon the school to engage in sustainable practices like a computer-based effluent water irrigation system, low-volume shower heads, and LEED certification on all new construction projects. One of the key environmental groups on campus is Students for Environmental Action and Knowledge (SEAK), which maintains a strong presence on Facebook and strives to promote environmentally sound practices at Southwestern and raise awareness of environmental issues. In the dining halls, in partnership with supplier Sodexo, Southwestern is committed to providing as much locally sourced food as possible, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing food waste, which is the single largest contributor to landfills. For students looking to broaden their horizons while furthering their environmental education, Southwestern offers the Environmental Fellows Study Abroad Program, which provides students up to $5,000 for approved programs in locations as varied as Costa Rica, Kenya, and Australia. Students staying in Texas are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation; the Pirate Bike Share Program provides quick and easy access to bikes all around campus for students and faculty to hop on and peddle to class or the library.

Green Rating
93
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
65%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computer Apple Computer

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lili McEntire
Admission & Recruitment Coordinator

Address
Admission Office
PO Box 770
Georgetown, TX 78627-0770

Phone
512-863-1200

Email
mcentirl@southwestern.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Robertson Center-indoor olympic size pool
McCombs Center-Student Center
Fountainwood Observatory
Korouva Milkbar-student run coffee house
Academic Mall-grassy area in the middle of campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Georgetown
Wolf Ranch Shopping Center
6th St. in Austin
Lake Travis
Enchanted Rock-camping

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Sat
Weekdays 10-4, Sat 10-12
512-863-1200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm. Summer 10 and 1pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Daily weekdays; call for Saturday availability.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
buchanat@southwestern.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not on Friday or Saturday nights

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Austin-Bergstrom Airport. We will pick up visiting students with 2 weeks notice. Amtrak Bus Station in Round Rock.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate 35 take Exit #261 (Texas Highway 29). Follow Highway 29 east (University Avenue) into Georgetown, approximately 1.3 miles. Turn left at Maple, the first street beyond the train tracks. Visitor parking is available along Maple, next to the Cullen Building.

Local Accommodations
La Quinta (800-531-5900); Holiday Inn Express (512-868-8555); San Gabriel House Bed and Breakfast (512-930-0070); Comfort Suites of Georgetown (512-863-7544); Harper-Chesser Historic Inn (512-864-1887). See URL for more.