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Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate51%
Acceptance Rate51%

Southwestern University Admissions

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 submit their applications to Southwestern University for fall semester should hear back from Southwestern University by April 1.

Southwestern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is 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%
Waitlist Yes

Southwestern University Application Deadlines

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

Applying Early to Southwestern University?

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 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 roughly 66% of early action applicants and 51% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, 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 to college early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Southwestern University Admissions

Transferring to Southwestern University

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Southwestern University

Southwestern University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Southwestern University Look For in an Applicant?

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 when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Southwestern University

What does Southwestern University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
First Generation Important
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered

Make sure to check with Southwestern University for more information on admission factors.

Southwestern University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Southwestern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Southwestern University?

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Southwestern University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10%
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.

About GPAs

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.

Standardized Test Scores

Southwestern University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2022, 39% of Southwestern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Southwestern University?

To be competitive with other Southwestern University applicants, you should strive to earn 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.

What is a Good ACT Score for Southwestern University?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Southwestern University

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

Southwestern University Admissions FAQs

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 you can make the call whether or not to send your test scores. 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 it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Southwestern University's acceptance rate?

✅ Southwestern University's acceptance rate 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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Southwestern University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


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.


Southwestern University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

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

Southwestern University ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Southwestern University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1155 - 1320


Math SAT Range

560 - 650


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1155 to 1320


1155 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Southwestern University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

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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