Southwestern University

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School Overview

Southwestern University (also known as Southwestern or SU) is a private liberal arts university located in Georgetown, Texas. Established in 1840, SU is the oldest university in Texas. The school is associated with the United Methodist Church, but the university offers a secular education program. Southwestern offers forty different bachelor’s degrees in the arts and sciences. It also offers several interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. Southwestern is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and its music program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music.

Southwestern is home to both the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education and the National Hispanic Institute’s Center for Hispanic Studies. The university is a member of several educational and professional associations.

General Information

Admission Office
1001 East University Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1200
(800) 252-3166
Fax: (512) 863-9601

Contact: Tom Oliver
Vice President Enrollment Services
Main Address
1001 East University Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-6511
Total undergrads: 1,270
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 349
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,259

Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 84%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 2,613
Percent Admitted: 65%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 20%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 560 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 560 (25th Percentile)
  • 650 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 25 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,740 $27,940 $30,220 $31,630 +4.67%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,970 $8,380 $8,800 $9,230 +4.89%
Other $1,180 $1,220 $1,220 $1,220 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $35,890 $38,540 $41,240 $43,080 +4.46%
In-state Off Campus $26,740 $28,940 $31,220 $32,630 +4.52%
In-state with Family $26,740 $28,940 $31,220 $32,630 +4.52%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 323 93%
Grant or scholarship aid 312 89% $5,008,064 $16,051
• Federal grants 77 22% $368,637 $4,787
• Pell grants 71 20% $260,536 $3,670
• Other federal grants 76 22% $108,101 $1,422
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 112 32% $417,589 $3,728
Institutional scholarships or grants 311 89% $4,221,838 $13,575
Student loan financial aid 170 49% $1,018,607 $5,992
• Federal student loans 168 48% $911,652 $5,427
• Other student loans 9 3% $106,955 $11,884

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 296
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 8
American/united States Studies/civilization 3
European Studies/civilization
Latin American Studies
Women’s Studies 5
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
International Relations and Affairs 1
Political Science and Government, General 13
Sociology 4
Visual and Performing Arts 35
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/art Studies, General 12
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 17
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Music History, Literature, and Theory 2
Music Performance, General 2
Music Theory and Composition 2
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Musicology/Ethnomusicology B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Animal Behavior/Ethology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southwestern University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (512) 863-6511
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1001 E. University Avenue, Georgetown, TX 78626
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,511
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 74%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,511 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $43,560
Out-of-state Tuition: $43,560
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $28,070

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southwestern University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwestern University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 38

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southwestern University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $43,560
Out-of-state $43,560
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 441 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 440 100% $28,070
Student loan aid 217 49% $7,672

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,393 97% $26,451
Federal student loans 732 51% $6,732

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southwestern University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southwestern University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,766 2,035 2,731
Percent admitted 100% 44% 52%
Percent admitted who enrolled 9% 10% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southwestern University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,511
Undergraduate enrollment 1,511
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southwestern University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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