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University of the Southwest

Hobbs, NM 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

About University of the Southwest

University of the Southwest Overview

University of the Southwest is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Hobbs, New Mexico. University of the Southwest was founded in 1962 and the school enrolls around 1,059 students a year, including 450 undergrads. University of the Southwest provides on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 40% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Planning to play sports? University of the Southwest has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at University of the Southwest on the Student Life page.

2022 University of the Southwest Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 2.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 11%
Tuition $16,000
Percent of Need Met 53%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,500

Is University of the Southwest a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what University of the Southwest offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

University of the Southwest Acceptance Rate 2022

University of the Southwest is moderately difficult to get into. University of the Southwest admitted 66% of all applicants in 2017. Out of 263 applications received in 2022, 173 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of the Southwest

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at University of the Southwest, around 56% come back their sophomore year. Around 20% of students who started at University of the Southwest earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook University of the Southwest Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with University of the Southwest directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

University of the Southwest's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

University of the Southwest's endowment was valued at $5.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $4,936 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at University of the Southwest

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

University of the Southwest meets 53% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend University of the Southwest full-time are awarded $17,500 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at University of the Southwest.

Based on this information, is University of the Southwest the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is University of the Southwest a good school for you?

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Where is University of the Southwest?

University of the Southwest is located in the small town setting of Hobbs, New Mexico.

If you want to see University of the Southwest for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take North Lovington Highway to Hobbs, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Lea County-Hobbs.

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

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College Info

6610 Lovington Highway Hobbs, NM 88240-9129

Campus Setting: Small Town

University of the Southwest Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of the Southwest is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of the Southwest is Continuous processing.

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

University of the Southwest ACT Scores


ACT Range

15 - 21

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

21 and Above


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15 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of the Southwest is 18. Students with an ACT score of 21 and above have a good chance of getting into University of the Southwest. Students with an ACT score that falls between 15 and 21 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 15 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

University of the Southwest SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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University of the Southwest Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of the Southwest is like? There are approximately 1,059 students enrolled at University of the Southwest, including 450 undergraduate students and 609 graduate students. 67% percent of students attend school full-time, 52% percent are from NM and 48% percent of students are from other states.


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