U.S. News Rankings
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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).
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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.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||87.9%|
|Application deadline||August 25|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||41%|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
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.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
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|
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.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$23,886 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$6,636 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data