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Southwestern University

Georgetown, Texas

Engaging minds and transforming lives since 1840, Southwestern University is a private national liberal arts and sciences institution committed to fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,538 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
10% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
113 full-time faculty
49 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

More than 75% of students live on campus.

School Location

Southwestern’s location in the heart of Central Texas, just 30 miles north of Austin, allows students to enjoy the warm, small-town feel of historic Georgetown as well as the close proximity of Austin with its vibrant, innovative and creative culture.

Retention Fall 2014

82% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate

73% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2014

Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 5%
White 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

Athletics

Southwestern is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and our athletes compete in NCAA Division III basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field for men and women; men’s baseball, football and lacrosse, and women’s softball and volleyball. For those looking for less official (but still competitive) activities to choose from, there are 22 intramural sports and four club sports: SU Cheerleaders, SU Dancers, Handball and Fencing. More than 80 percent of students participate annually in some form of organized physical activity.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Animal Behavior, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Communication Studies, Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, French, German, Greek, History, Independent Major, International Studies, Kinesiology, Latin, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish and Theatre.

Certification Programs: Education
Pre-professional Advising: pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-law, pre-engineering.

More Distinctions

  • Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good. Southwestern is one of 40 colleges included in the new edition of "Colleges That Change Lives."

  • Southwestern is included in the 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

  • Southwestern Office of Career Services was ranked #8 in the country by the Princeton Review.

  • Forbes has recognized Southwestern as one of the top 200 collegesin the nation and 7th among Texas institutions.

  • Southwestern is included in Kiplinger’s 2014 list of the 100 top values in liberal arts colleges.

  • Southwestern is one of 44 colleges and universities in the country to be a named a Best Buy school in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Southwestern #1 National Liberal Arts Colleges in Texas.

  • Money’s Best Colleges lists Southwestern in the top 25 percent of four-year colleges in the nation based on value.

More than a third of Southwestern students study abroad at least once. A London experience is available each fall along with summer programs in locations such as Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Peru and Spain. Students have access to universities around the world through the International Student Exchange Program. In addition, Southwestern offers opportunities for semesters in New York (arts) and Washington D.C. (politics), as well as internships, both domestic and abroad.

At a rate that is twice the national average, Southwestern students give more than 39,000 service hours annually to more than 100 local nonprofits and agencies.

Paideia, Southwestern’s uniquely designed curriculum is interdisciplinary, integrative and intentional. Courses are organized as Paideia Clusters around thematic questions. The cluster courses help students become more aware of the disciplinary considerations of the questions. Interdisciplinary exploration begins in the Paideia Seminar, where students and faculty integrate various perspectives. Paideia moves student and faculty understanding beyond the disciplines and enhances connections between learning experiences as they seek creative solutions to the global challenges of today.  

The Southwestern Inquiry Initiative, funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is transforming science and math at Southwestern University. Faculty throughout the Natural Sciences are incorporating the process of inquiry into introductory classes and laboratories, and a new cadre of specially-trained peer mentors, the SCI Guides, will help students maximize their learning and critical thinking skills. Learning through discovery will continue for students who conduct research with faculty mentors in SCOPE, the Inquiry Initiative’s summer research program. Through intentional, evidence-based practices, we are building an even stronger and more successful scientific community here at Southwestern University. The Inquiry Initiative supports Southwestern’s natural sciences in generating a creative, accomplished, and diverse pool of Southwestern student scientists.

Southwestern has approximately 100 student organizations from scholastic and honorary, to government, Greek, special interest and departmental. 

Students also have the opportunity to attend several lectures and symposia throughout the year, including:

Brown Symposium Series
The Roy and Margaret Shilling Lecture Series
The Writer’s Voice
The Lurlyn and Durwood Fleming Scholar in Residence Program in Religion
The A. Frank Smith, Jr. Distinguished Lecture Program
The Jessie Daniel Ames Lecture
The Willson Lectureships

Paideia Connections: Engaging in Scholarly Conversations series is a new series on campus that features short talks by two faculty members from diverse fields about their recent scholarly work. Following their talks, members of the campus community and the general public are encouraged to engage in thought-provoking discussions and invited to share connections they make between the presentations. “Paideia Connections” takes its name from Southwestern’s Paideia curriculum, which encourages students and faculty members to make connections between various disciplines and disparate ideas. In collaboration with Southwestern’s Brown Chairholders and University Scholars, President Edward Burger initiated the series in spring 2014, and serves as the event moderator.

Of the 284 graduates of the Class of 2012, 91 percent had obtained employment or had been accepted into graduate or professional school within 10 months. 

In a recent survey of the class of 2003, Southwestern’s Office of Career services collected several testimonials from alumni:

Aaron Rohre ‘03 earned a master of divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. “Southwestern almost over-prepares you for grad school,” he said. “The high requirements for writing, reading and participation put me in a place that almost seemed a little bit unfair in a field that has a lot of second-career people who are coming back to academics.”

“In the long run I do feel like it (a Southwestern education) serves us very well, and we’re able to move ahead of our peers who didn’t have the experience that we had, and who weren’t necessarily forced outside of their comfort zones, or forced to market themselves a little bit more, or to use the resources that they have available.” Whitney Griffin Randolph ‘03, Senior Vice President in the Energy Finance group at OneWest Bank in Dallas

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2014

3,487 Total Applicants
1,692 Total Admissions
382 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
48.52% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 530 630
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 22 29
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

www.southwestern.edu/aid/calculator/index.php 

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015

Expenses  
Tuition $36,120
Room and Board (on campus) $10,550
Room Only $5,190
Board Only $5,360
Estimated Total On Campus $46,670

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
57% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$22,418 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,738 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS

Southwestern believes in investing in its students.  Whether somebody is a First-Year, Transfer, or Continuing student – making the Southwestern Experience possible through a comprehensive offering of merit scholarships and need-based financial aid for great students is the goal.

Southwestern offers a variety of scholarships to first year and transfer students who demonstrate academic excellence regardless of a family’s financial circumstances.

The Brown Scholarship is Southwestern’s most prestigious and competitive award. Candidates must rank minimally in the top 5% of their high school class (or if high school does not rank, have the equivalent of a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale). In addition, students must score at least a 1400 on the SAT (CR+M) or 31 on the ACT. A personal interview with a member of the admission staff is required to be considered. Interviews must be conducted by February 1.

The Texas Methodist Foundation, in partnership with Southwestern, administers
competitive supplemental scholarship program to benefit high-achieving African-American, Hispanic and Native American students. Scholarship amounts are added to other Merit Scholarships and start at $2,000 per year. Applicants must rank minimally in the top 10% of their high school class (or if high school does not rank, have the equivalent of a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale). There is no testing minimum. A personal interview with a member of the admission staff is required and must be conducted by February 1.

Students are also eligible for awards in vocal/instrumental music, theatre and art.

For more details about all of Southwestern’s scholarships, grants and aid visit: http://southwestern.edu/aid/types/index.php

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