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Reviews 524 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are probably the best in the world honestly.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: You will get a job after graduation. Southwestern has a good name for itself.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sexual assault isn't taken as seriously as it should be.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's a place to stay that isn't costing me a trillion dollars so it's ok in my book. Nothing too fancy.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is great on campus. They are all really nice and interact with people who aren't even in their sorority/fraternity. They throw great parties and are welcoming to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team definitely needs some fine tuning. Our other sports are actually pretty good but no one seems to care since it's not football, after all we do live in Texas.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If I could do it all over, I probably wouldn't choose to go to Southwestern. No, it's not a terrible school but it isn't the greatest either. For me, it's the size of campus. I feel as though I am back in HS and I'd much prefer to go to a bigger school. However, since I am basically stuck and SU for the next three years I am going to choose to make the best of it.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are usually pretty small especially when they are not core classes. The largest class I've been in had about 30 people. Labs are pretty small too and I really like that because it is much easier and comfortable to have discussions in class and the teacher gets to know you better. There are some REALLY good professors who are just super passionate about their fields and/or are really good at explaining a topic. They make class interesting and some subjects easier to digest. They are also usually very accessible or are willing to find time to meet with individuals but the student usually has to take the initiative. Professors have very different teaching styles across the board and some are definitely more appealing to specific types of people. There are only a handful or so of professors that I always hear complaint from. The majority of those complaints are NOT because of the course load or their teaching style but rather that the teachers expect a lot and I personally don't think that is a bad characteristic. There a smaller number of professors who are not very good at lecturing or do not like to help students but this number is very small and other students will usually warn you before you sign-up for their classes. Also, it is wise to keep in mind that others' experiences will be different from yours and that maybe you'll like a professor that they didn't.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I do not know enough on the subject in order to elaborate when it comes to jobs. however, our Careers Services Center is very helpful in finding internships for us in the area. They have a list of students who have obtain different internships and these students are available to be contacted if you want information. They also host a formal dinner where some of these students talk about their experiences through those internships and what they recommend. They host other events to this effect to help connect students to prospective employers such as BBQs with employers in the area and internship fairs on campus. The people at the center sit down with you and help you make a plan based on your interests. Whether you are looking into something worthwhile to do during the summer or polishing up your resume, they are willing to help you. They are very friendly and welcoming.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I trust people on campus enough to leave my dorm room open for quite a while if I'm in the building. I even leave stuff in the library or the classrooms and I have never had anything stolen so I trust people. I feel very safe walking to my dorm from the library even at 3:00 AM and even at those times I can see the SUPD officer in his little golf cart. I do feel a little bit more unsafe when running on the outdoors track at night since that side of campus is not lighted enough but otherwise I feel very safe all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: When it comes to First-Year housing there are worser fates I suppose. I personally loved my first-year dorm. Kurth Hall is pretty old and there are said to be ghosts that haunt the building at night--- I cannot attest to this but my friends can. It is currently the all-girls building and it has a hall connecting it to one of the the co-ed buildings, Mabee. If you want a big closet, Kurth is the place. My favorite aspect of it was that the study area with the desks was separate from the sleeping area as well as the giant window. A couple of downsides are that there are only two washers and two dryers to share among all three floors, but that is compensated by the fact that you have access to the Mabee laundry room which has more. Also, you can hear everything across the hall so be friends with everyone so they'll be nice when you ask them to be quite or vice versa. Mabee (oldest) and Brown-Cody (newest & "nicest") are co-ed and they both have kitchens and study lounges on each floor. Finally, Ruter is the all-boys dorm and it has community bathrooms instead of individual ones on each floor (that's all I know about it). All dorm buildings have a common room/lounge with a TV and sofas. Most people get tired of the Commons food very quickly but if you get creative and are not too picky you can survive with just the commons food. If not, there are plenty of options in Wolf Ranch.

Social life on campus depends on the person. You can be social with the people in your residence building or join a club/greek organization etc. and easily make friends. There are weekly and other themed parties organized throughout the semesters by the Greeks as well as other events organized by various groups on campus such as the Soundwave concert and Cup Cake Wars. There is plenty happening all year round, you just have to keep an eye out. Personally, I think living on campus is better; it's easier to get around and everything is just closer, it saves time. Also, having a bike is useful :)

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek organizations do host many social events on campus. They are really fun events that are entertaining and also raise awareness. They are definitely major players in making up the social atmosphere on campus but they are not the only ones involved; there are plenty of organizations (non-Greek) that also play a huge part in augmenting campus social life by planning fun events. Most non-Greeks are pretty nonchalant about Greek life; they participate in the events but no one makes a big deal if you are not part of a Greek organization. There is Greek housing for male organizations but there isn't any for female or Co-Ed organizations.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Depending on the sport, a sizable amount of students will often attend sports events mainly to cheer on their friends and more rarely because of their school spirit. Basketball, lacrosse, and soccer (both women and men sports) seem to be the most popular ones---I say this from personal opinion, I have not taken a poll or have any statistical evidence to say this. Football is not as popular as in most other schools. Sometimes it's not easy to go cheer on your friends; for instance, unless I was willing to make the trip, I could not go cheer for my friends on the track team because all of their meets where in a different city.

The athletics facilities are nice. Apparently, our divers are currently doing very well as well as our track team, women's tennis, and volleyball.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is small enough that you will probably see everyone, both students and staff, at some point even if you don't know their names. If you are very involved on campus (and most people are in one way or another) you will probably get to know a very large portion of the population. Everyone is very friendly, welcoming, and supportive. We overlook our differences, whether they are religious, political, cultural, etc., and respect each other. I think that most people on our campus realize that it is more important to work with people with different ways of thinking in order to have multifaceted conversations rather than striving to impose one's own individual beliefs and opinions on everyone else.

Teachers are very passionate about what they teach and are very approachable; this also includes our current president who is very open to visitors and loves discussing elaborate topics with students. Students are worldly and well-rounded; most students are not only passionate about their chosen major(s)/minor(s) but also involved in sports and some sort of art form(s) (music, theater, painting, sculpting, photography, etc.).

Overall, this school is made unique in the fact that it is a community and most members are well-rounded individuals with many interests and passions who enjoy sharing those passions with others. I have felt welcomed from the very first time I set foot here and there is an over whelming amount of places to seek help when you need it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not there at first glance, but the more you look, the more you will find.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are not always the most skilled at being teachers, but most of them love their work and are happy to help students as much as they can.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The entire school hates the football team, and most of the actual football players are not that into the team

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Above all else, the one thing we can all agree on is that we live on a safe campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have a lot of programs in place.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have learned so much this first year and made many new friends.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is revered as an academically challenging school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not active with greek life.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It is a small school, with some relatively young programs.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a very small, family like campus. There are support pieces in place. The academic rigor is definitely challenging.


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How much a student likes Southwestern depends entirely on the personality and upbringing of the individual student. For many, Southwestern is a collegiate paradise. The school feels safe, close-knit, and supportive. This is particularly true for those students that come from other small Texan towns similar to Georgetown. To others, the school feels constricting, bland, and homogenous. If you would rather live in a relaxed, affluent, (though academically rigorous) environment instead of one that regularly pushes your comfort-zone boundaries, you may very well be the ideal Southwestern student. There are very few students who are in the middle about their feelings towards Southwestern; they either love it or hate it. Many of those that dislike Southwestern came in with poor attitudes, often because Southwestern was not their first choice. However, as the popularity and prestige of Southwestern grows, so does the number of students coming here because it's where they want to be.

Essentially, Southwestern provides top-notch and unique educational opportunities for its students. Some students take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities, others do not. Some students take advantage of the thriving social and Greek scene, others do not. Because Southwestern tends to be isolated, it takes effort on your part to go out and find things to do, like driving to Austin or exploring what small things Georgetown has to offer-none of these things will just fall into your lap. The same goes for the school itself; to get the most out of your time at Southwestern, you have to be prepared to make the school work for you. If you invest lots of energy and work in Southwestern, it's bound to return the favor tenfold.

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