Southwestern University


Highest Degree Offered: Bachelors

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Texas


Founded in 1840, Southwestern University is the oldest university in Texas. The school is located in Georgetown, just north of Austin. The designation of "university" is a bit misleading, for the college got rid of its graduate programs in the second half of the twentieth century and focused on strengthening its undergraduate curriculum. Today, Southwestern is a well-respected and highly selective liberal arts college. The school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The Southwestern Pirates compete in Division III athletics.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Drama, English, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1270
Total Grad Students:
Undergraduate Students: 1270
Faculty: 122

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Percent Male: 39%
Percent Female: 61%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 77%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1001 University Ave
Georgetown Texas 78626


Main Email:

Main Phone: 512-863-3651

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Gail Roberson
Associate Director of Admission, Admission Office

Transfer Services Contact:
Kim Murphy
Director of Center for Academic Success, Center for Academic Success

International Admissions Contact:
Adam Navarro-Jusino
Assistant Director of Admission, Admission Office

Athletics Contact:
Glada Munt
Athletic Director, Southwestern Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
An overall college GPA of a 3.0 is required for transfer admission consideration. This GPA should reflect all college work from all previous accredited institutions and excludes technical, vocational and remedial courses. The high school record is also considered in the admission process.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
All non-technical/non-vocational courses from accredited colleges, in which a student has earned a C- or better, are eligible for transfer to Southwestern.

Credits (Min/Max):
A student must take at least 64 hours at Southwestern University in order to earn a degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT I or ACT standardized test results are required by Southwestern to be considered for admission, without prescribed minimum levels.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
RECOMMENDATIONS from college professors, high school teachers or parents are optional, although highly recommended. All recommendations provide further information about the student. We do require the College Official's Report.

Essay(s) required:
The ESSAY is required of all candidates. The essay provides a sample of original written work and further insight into the candidate.

Application Fee:

Other Requirements:
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES are reviewed to assess what a candidate has accomplished outside of the classroom, noting leadership positions held, breadth of experience and sustained interest in individual activities.

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 25 31
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 560 680
Math 560 650

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 65%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -65%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 1220

Room and Board: 9680

Tuition and Fees: 33440

Total Cost: 45340

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7945

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 95%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 54%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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