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Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate45%

Southwestern University Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Southwestern University. The acceptance rate at Southwestern University is 45%. Last year, 5,557 students applied to Southwestern University and 2,489 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to Southwestern University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 2/1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Southwestern University for fall semester should hear back from Southwestern University by April 1.

Southwestern University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Southwestern University's admissions stats.

Southwestern University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25.5%
Mean SAT Score 1241
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
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 2 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Southwestern University?

Southwestern University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning 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 34%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 45%.

Southwestern University accepts around 62% of early action applicants and 45% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Southwestern University admitted 22 of the 64 students who applied early decision. Last year, Southwestern University admitted 1,283 of the 2,61 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 admission, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

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

More on Southwestern University Admissions

How To Get Into Southwestern University

Southwestern University is a very difficult school to get into. Southwestern University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Southwestern University accepted 45% of students, approximately 2,489 of the 5,557 students who applied.

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.

Transferring to Southwestern University

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Southwestern University

In 2022, Southwestern University waitlisted 90 students and 16 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 9 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Southwestern University Look For in an Applicant?

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 apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Southwestern University

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

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

Southwestern University Application Requirements

To apply to Southwestern University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Southwestern University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
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, 57.6% submitted a class rank. At Southwestern University 25.5% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 62.2% were in the top 25% and 88.2% 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 9.2%
3.75 and 3.99 25.9%
3.50 and 3.74 23.6%
3.25 and 3.49 18.4%
3.00 and 3.24 13.5%
2.50 and 2.9 9.2%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

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 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, 43% of Southwestern University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% 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 aim to earn between 1140 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Southwestern University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Southwestern University student is 1241.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Southwestern University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Southwestern University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Southwestern University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Southwestern University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Southwestern University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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 • DSST/DANTES

Does Southwestern University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Southwestern University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Southwestern University's acceptance rate?

✅ Southwestern University has an acceptance rate of 45%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Southwestern University?

✅ Southwestern University's early decision acceptance rate was 34% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Southwestern University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Southwestern University was 62% 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 45%. This means that the institution accepts 44 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1320


Math SAT Range

550 - 670


Reading SAT Range

570 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1140 to 1320


1140 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Southwestern University students is 1241. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Southwestern University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 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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