If you are thinking about applying to Southwestern University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.
Students who apply to Southwestern University for fall should anticipate a decision by April 1.
Here's an overiew of some of Southwestern University's admissions stats.
|Southwestern University 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.5|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||28%|
|Mean SAT Score||1243|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||39%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||23%|
These are the application deadlines for Southwestern University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||Yes||November 1||December 1|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
|Early Action||Yes||December 1||March 1|
|Regular Decision||Yes||February 1||April 1|
Southwestern University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.
Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 which is not far away! EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.
The Early Action deadline is December 1. Southwestern University will release EA admissions decisions no later than March 1.
The early decision acceptance rate at Southwestern University is 56%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 51%.
Southwestern University accepts approximately 66% of early action applicants and 51% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Southwestern University admitted 14 of the 25 students who applied early decision. In 2021, Southwestern University admitted 1,317 of the 1,984 who applied early action.
Some students apply early it hopes that it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it can show your interest in a school, because you are making it a priority.
Getting into Southwestern University is very difficult. Southwestern University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, Southwestern University accepted 51% of students, around 2,428 from the 4,757 applicants.
Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Southwestern University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is very difficult.
In 2022, Southwestern University waitlisted 118 students. Of those, 27 eventually got in.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.
Curious about the factors that are considered by Southwestern University during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Application Essay||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with Southwestern University for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Southwestern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Southwestern University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Other Requirements||√||counselor recommendation|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Southwestern University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.
Out of all students that were admitted, 56% submitted a class rank. At Southwestern University 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 59% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.
At Southwestern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||23%|
|3.50 and 3.74||19%|
|3.25 and 3.49||20%|
|3.00 and 3.24||16%|
|2.50 and 2.9||11%|
|2.00 and 2.49||1%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Southwestern University directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Southwestern University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
Southwestern University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 39% of Southwestern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Southwestern University applicants, you should strive to score between 1155 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Southwestern University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1155, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Southwestern University student is 1243.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Southwestern University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Southwestern University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.
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To be most competitive at Southwestern University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Southwestern University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.
A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Southwestern University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.
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For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Southwestern University.
For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by July 15.
Transfer students can enroll in Southwestern University during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Southwestern University?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Southwestern University.
Does Southwestern University accept transfer credits?
✅ Southwestern University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Southwestern University accepts:
• CLEP subject tests
Does Southwestern University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Southwestern University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Southwestern University?
❌ No, Southwestern University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.
What is Southwestern University's acceptance rate?
✅ The acceptance rate for Southwestern University is 51%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Southwestern University?
✅ Southwestern University's early decision acceptance rate was 56% in 2021.
What is the early action acceptance rate at Southwestern University?
✅ The early action acceptance rate at Southwestern University was 66% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into Southwestern University? Southwestern University is a very selective institution. The Southwestern University acceptance rate is 51%. This means that the institution accepts 51 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southwestern University is Feb 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
The median ACT score of an admitted student to Southwestern University is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Southwestern University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1320 and Above
1155 to 1320
1155 and Less
The median SAT score for Southwestern University students is 1243. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Southwestern University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1155 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1155 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Southwestern University.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Southwestern University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.5. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved
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