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About Southwestern University

Southwestern University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Georgetown, Texas. Southwestern University was founded in 1840 and now enrolls around 1,505 students a year, including 1,505 undergrads.

Southwestern University offers housing for up to 1,124 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 80% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Southwestern University's endowment was valued at $289.412 million in 2021. The institution spends around $15,543 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 13 Southwestern University undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Southwestern University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 49%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 64%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1204
Tuition $46,800

Southwestern University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

June 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Southwestern University Early Admission

Southwestern University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Southwestern University is on December 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Southwestern University admits 64% of students that apply early action. 78% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Southwestern University.

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Southwestern University Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Southwestern University. Around 49% of applicants get into Southwestern University each year. Out of 4,578 applications received in 2021, 2,260 students were offered admission.

Southwestern University Waitlist

Southwestern University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Southwestern University?

Southwestern University is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Southwestern University, applicants must submit the following items.

Southwestern University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselor recommendation
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Southwestern University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Southwestern University is 3.4 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1204 on the SAT. The mean ACT score for Southwestern University students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Southwestern University.

Is Southwestern University Test Optional?

Southwestern University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 63% submitted the SAT. 42% submitted the ACT.

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Does Southwestern University Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Southwestern University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,124 students.

Southwestern University students are active in the school's Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK), Cat Partners and Women's Panhellenic. Late Night Breakfast, Research and Creative Works Symposium, and and The BIG Event are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Southwestern University.

Financial Aid at Southwestern University

Southwestern University meets 86.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Southwestern University full-time are awarded $40,619 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Southwestern University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southwestern University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Southwestern University, around 86% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 382 students who started at Southwestern University as first-time freshman, 253 graduate within four years.

Southwestern University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 73%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Southwestern University Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,142 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Southwestern University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Southwestern University a good school for you?

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Where is Southwestern University?

Southwestern University is located in the suburban setting of Georgetown, Texas, less than an hour from Austin.

If you want to see Southwestern University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to Georgetown, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Austin-Bergstrom International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Southwestern University and Georgetown are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1001 East University Avenue Georgetown, TX 78626

Campus Setting: Suburban

Southwestern University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southwestern University is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Southwestern University is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Southwestern University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Southwestern University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Southwestern University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Southwestern University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1270


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

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1270 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Southwestern University students is 1204. Applicants with SAT scores of 1270 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Southwestern University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1270 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Southwestern University.

Southwestern University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Southwestern University is like? There are approximately 1,505 students enrolled at Southwestern University. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from TX and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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