Southwestern focuses on life, not just the life of the mind. SC upholds a perennial promise to educate students in the liberal arts tradition to think, analyze, solve, communicate, and create. This gives Moundbuilders the broad foundations required to excel not just as professionals, but also as people.
Southwestern offers an academic experience lived through innovative curriculum, outstanding faculty, and classmates who challenge and inspire.
With over 40 undergraduate and graduate majors, as well as a connected faculty that provides excellent advice and support, it is not surprising that Southwestern has been praised by young alumni who reported that they are happy with their preparation for their careers and graduate school. Additionally, eighty percent of SC graduates complete their degree in four years.
Moundbuilders learn to be nimble thinkers who can adapt and solve problems—who can invent new solutions. The college encourages environmental responsibility and global thinking at large. Ultimately, it emphasizes leadership and service in a world without boundaries.
Southwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, or physical disability, veteran status, or other non-merit reasons, in hiring, admissions, and educational programs or activities.
Get to know Southwestern College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Quantitative Literacy Center
- Disability Services
- Academic Tutors
- Student Success Initiative
- Peer Mentors
SERVICE AND SCHOLARSHIP
Southwestern College’s commitment to community outreach is apparent in its mission: “Leadership through service in a world without boundaries.” Service-learning allows SC students to apply their education to the community around them, using their brains as well as their hearts to solve problems and provide care to real lives in need. Moundbuilders who want to serve but are uncertain of how to get involved can be guided through a Service-Learning Tour to explore the programs and activities that are available on campus. Groups like the Discipleship Team, Leadership Team, and Green Team are all spreading the love to the surrounding community with active, intelligent, and compassionate SC scholars.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 91 | 10-19: 48 | 20-29: 34
30-39: 14 | 40-49: 4 | 50-99: 3 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 42%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 26%
AN INTRO TO EXCELLENCE
New students are immediately immersed in the spirit of SC through Builder Camp, an incredible orientation experience that sets a precedent for what they can expect at college. Upperclassmen who have fallen in love with SC firsthand volunteer to act as peer mentors and orientation leaders, giving every freshman a foundation of support right from the start. Team-building and community-bonding activities bring students together as they learn the traditions and values of Southwestern College.
FOCUSED ON VALUES
Students who want to be active in their Christian exploration and development find that Southwestern provides a range of helpful outlets. Founded by the Methodists, the college maintains strong connections with the United Methodist Church and is therefore able to create unique opportunities for students and faculty alike.
Even students who don’t identify as Christian nevertheless find great value in attending a college with a history like Southwestern’s. Embracing respect, care, and curiosity, the Southwestern College community is interested in asking big questions and opening discussion up to a challenging range of differing perspectives.
Located in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern is situated on one of the highest hills in the Walnut Valley. An inviting and friendly community, Winfield offers cultural and recreational attractions, a historic Main Street, two Fortune 500 companies, and an annual international music championship and festival. Winfield is an easy 40-mile drive from Wichita.
The Southwestern College Moundbuilders belong to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The college competes in 18 varsity sports. Additionally, Southwestern was one of the first colleges in the country to offer scholarships for its eSports program. Intramural offerings are organized by student life.
The college also has a unique and long-held tradition of the Jinx. In fact, a Jinx cat lives in the Southwestern’s historic Stewart Field House.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 97%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for married students
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
A REAL ADVANTAGE
The Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW) mined statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard to compile the earnings report for more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities. The report takes into account the majors offered by the college (science and engineering fields tend to earn higher salaries, for example) and then projects what graduates of that college could be expected to make.
Of the 22 colleges and universities in the state, Southwestern College had the best discrepancy between what its graduates were projected to make and what they were actually earning. The true earnings of alumni exceeded their projected earnings by over $6,000—the highest positive gap in Kansas!
It’s a given: students who choose Southwestern College are guaranteed personal attention as they sort out their career path and goals for the future. Beginning their freshman year, new Moundbuilders take the PREP 499 seminar, which sets time aside specifically for them to prepare for their job or graduate school search, application, and interview processes. The course gives each student a consistent schedule with which to meet with their faculty advisor as well as the resources they need to get involved in a skill-building internship. And throughout the rest of college, students continue to meet with these advisors and work further toward their successful futures.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Class rank | Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | Alumni/ae relation
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 420 | 75th Percentile: 520
25th Percentile: 420 | 75th Percentile: 510
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 22
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $7,760