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At Southwestern University, students learn how to discover, collaborate, adapt, and problem-solve through a breakthrough liberal arts curriculum. These lifelong skills form the foundation of innovation and positive change.

The world is changing—and at an accelerating pace. Sixty-five percent of students today will be employed in jobs that have yet to be created. In a 21st-century career, you will be required to advance the frontiers of knowledge through original thought and innovative creative work. At Southwestern University, we've designed an experience that prepares you for these new realities.

Combining our breakthrough curriculum with real-world opportunities, SU will equip you with the skills required to create new ideas, adapt, collaborate, and solve problems from multiple perspectives. These skills represent a broader, more relevant education for the tomorrow that awaits you. And employers and top graduate programs seek these crucial skills: Southwestern is the only school in Texas included on the list of "Best Schools for Making an Impact," ranking #3 nationally.

Located in scenic Georgetown just 25 miles north of Austin, Southwestern was the first institution of higher education in Texas and is one of the state's top liberal arts and sciences colleges. Our curriculum incorporates the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. Our 26 academic departments range from biochemistry and business to foreign languages and computer science. In addition, SU offers seven pre-professional pathways, including pre-engineering, pre-law, and pre-medicine, with acceptance rates into graduate programs significantly higher than the national average.

Complementing our model of inquiry-based learning, SU students participate in transformative experiences such as study abroad, community-engaged learning, internships, and faculty-mentored research projects. The majority of SU students live on campus and are actively involved in one or more of our 100 student organizations. Students are civic-minded and volunteered more than 22,000 service hours in the community in 2016–17. Athletically, the Pirates compete in 20 different varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level, with many more involved in club or intramural sports.

"Southwestern is a place and time of personal growth and joint endeavor. The first moment I walked onto this campus as a prospective student, I knew Southwestern was home. It was so real, so genuine." –Katherine Tanner '13

Office of Admissions
Southwestern University
1001 E. University Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
Telephone: 800.252.3166
E-mail: admissions@southwestern.edu
Website: www.southwestern.edu

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Overview

Applicants
4,133
Acceptance Rate
43%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
146
with Terminal Degree
133

75
Women
71
Men
24
Minority
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.


Students Say

Known as “Texas’ first university,” Southwestern University is a small liberal arts school of around 1,60

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$50,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$88,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$51,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$89,200

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
19%


Students Say

Many students say that Southwestern's “stellar career services program” helps to distinguish the school. They can turn to the Office of Career Services for help “creat[ing] resumes, apply[ing] to grad school and find[ing] the perfect career.” SU students frequently attend the myriad of events career services sponsors throughout the year. These offerings consist of everything from GRE strategy sessions and pre-med previews to cover letter writing workshops and industryspecific panels. The office even holds photo shoots for undergrads to get the perfect professional picture for their LinkedIn account. Best of all, SU hosts multiple career fairs which enables students to network with a wide variety of employers.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,462

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,483

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,005

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,788

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,462

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,000
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,940
Transportation for Commuters
$950

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,387
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

3.33%
Asian
5.36%
African-American
23.84%
Hispanic
60.58%
Caucasian
1.09%
Unknown

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

Students Say

Students are, across the board, “highly involved and motivated.” “Almost everyone has a major, minor, and one or two organizations in which they are heavily involved,” says a student. The culture here is largely one of “acceptance and stimulating engagement.” Everyone here “celebrates a range of personalities and points of view,” and is “unashamedly passionate about our goals.” A uniting force is “involvement in social justice and activism,” and the University “offers a unique scholarly bubble that makes you feel like a scholar yourself.” It’s a small school, so “you don’t feel lost in the crowd,” and the atmosphere is “very similar” to nearby Austin and the “Keep Austin Weird” stereotype.

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Southwestern is a draw for “thinkers and learners, for people who like to be challenged and have fun at the same time.” The students here are definitely academically focused, and “even those involved in other organizations (which most of us are) are still excellent students.” In fact, Southwestern is all about balance, and “the academics and the athletics really work together to make sure that everybody maintains a high GPA.” Students are assigned “a substantial amount of homework,” but “you can study anywhere...from the hammocks to the chairs around campus,” which is easily traversed via the campus bikes. Greek life is very prevalent and “is sort of the social heart of the campus,” but the school also offers lots of other activities for students who are not involved with the Greek system, such as events held every Friday and Saturday night. Georgetown, Texas is not a typical college town, but there are shops and restaurants for when students want to get off campus. There is plenty to do outdoors—luckily, it’s warm a large part of the year, so “people go to the hiking trails, go swimming, or hang out on the academic mall.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jennifer Smull

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Full psychoeducational evaluation report is strongly preferred, but an IEP or 504 plan showing history of accommodations for LD would also be acceptable.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Verification of diagnosis and functional limitations from an appropriately licensed health provider (typically a psychiatrist or primary care physician).

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
107
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
10

28% join a fraternity
23% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

37% participate in intramural sports
31% 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: Coalition for Diversity & Social Justice, Pirates for Pride, Planned Piratehood

Minority Support Groups: Asian Student Association, Ebony, HALO, Kappa Delta Chi, SEAK, SU Planned Piratehood, SU NATIVE, Coalition for Diversity & Social Justice

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Texas - Austin

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.

88/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
30%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Computer Apple Computer

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dana Marchant
Assistant Director of Admissions

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

Phone
512-863-1200

Email
marchand@southwestern.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Georgetown
Wolf Ranch Shopping Center
6th St. in Austin
Lake Travis
Georgetown Square

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Sat
Weekdays 9am-5pm, Select Saturdays 9am-12pm
512-863-1200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Weekdays - 9am, 1pm, 3pm; Select Saturdays - 9am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Daily weekdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@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, HS Seniors only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Austin-Bergstrom Airport. We will pick up visiting students with 2 weeks notice, upon request. Greyhound Bus Station in Georgetown.

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); Sheraton Georgetown (737-444-2700).


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