Southwestern College

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100 College Street

Winfield, KS 67156-2499

Phone: (620) 229-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 25
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#83 Overall Score: 40 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Southwestern College is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,304, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southwestern College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 83. Its tuition and fees are $23,886 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Southwestern College offers a hilly, wooded, 128-year-old campus that is on the cutting edge in technology, and each student at Southwestern receives a laptop computer. A recent survey showed SC students far more satisfied with their interactions with faculty than most students in similar schools across the nation. This helps our students finish their undergraduate degrees quickly; nearly always a degree can be earned in four years. A master's degree in education, business, or leadership can be earned in as little as one additional year of on-campus study. We prepare our students for post-college life by emphasizing internships and intentionality in career preparation. Our service learning teams, Leadership Southwestern, Discipleship Southwestern, and Green Team, each have been nationally recognized for excellence. The Green Team is the newest service learning opportunity, appealing to students of all academic disciplines who take an interest in renewable energy. Each of these service learning programs offers substantial scholarship opportunities, as do the performing arts, communications, athletics, and other activities. Students of all faiths find SC a safe harbor to explore their beliefs and grow spiritually.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $19,879,324


When applying to Southwestern College, it's important to note the application deadline is August 25. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Southwestern College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 87.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 87.9%
Application deadline August 25
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Southwestern College is 12:1, and the school has 83.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Southwestern College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 9%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Southwestern College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,304, with a gender distribution of 54.8 percent male students and 45.2 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Southwestern College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,637
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Southwestern College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Southwestern College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Southwestern College, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Southwestern College.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Southwestern College, 80.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,110.

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Tuition and fees $23,886 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,636 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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