If you are applying to University of the Southwest, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.
Here is an overiew of some of University of the Southwest's admissions stats.
|University of the Southwest 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||2.6|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||14%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||11%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||30%|
These are the application deadlines for University of the Southwest.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
University of the Southwest does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is moderately difficult to get into University of the Southwest. University of the Southwest evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, University of the Southwest accepted 66% of all applicants, around 173 from the 263 applicants.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of the Southwest, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
It is not competitive to be admitted as a transfer student.
University of the Southwest has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.
What does University of the Southwest consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with University of the Southwest for more information on admission factors.
To apply to University of the Southwest, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of the Southwest's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.0|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to University of the Southwest have an average unweighted GPA of 2.6.
Out of all students that were admitted, 86% submitted a class rank. At University of the Southwest 14% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 0.07% were in the top 25% and 44% were in the top 50%.
At University of the Southwest, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||––|
|3.50 and 3.74||––|
|3.25 and 3.49||––|
|3.00 and 3.24||––|
|2.50 and 2.9||––|
|2.00 and 2.49||––|
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 University of the Southwest directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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.
University of the Southwest considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
University of the Southwest does not have 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.
In 2017, 11% of University of the Southwest's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be most competitive at University of the Southwest, you should strive to earn between 15 and 20.5 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 20.5 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of the Southwest's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 20.5, and three out of four students scored lower than 20.5 on the ACT.
A 15 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of the Southwest students. Only one out of every four students scored below 15.
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For transfer students, it is not competitive to get admitted to University of the Southwest. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in University of the Southwest during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Winter Term
• Spring Term
• Winter Term
• Summer Term
Does University of the Southwest accept transfer credits?
✅ University of the Southwest accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of the Southwest accepts:
• CLEP subject tests • Life Long Learning Credit
Do I have to submit test scores to University of the Southwest?
✅ University of the Southwest is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is University of the Southwest's acceptance rate?
✅ University of the Southwest's acceptance rate is 66%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of the Southwest?
❌ University of the Southwest does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into University of the Southwest? University of the Southwest is a somewhat selective institution. The University of the Southwest acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
21 and Above
15 to 21
15 and Less
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.
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At University of the Southwest, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 2.63. 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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