Southwestern University

525 reviews
  1. Georgetown, TX
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
Southwestern University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1001 University Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626
From Southwestern University

Southwestern, Texas’ oldest university, has been devoted to teaching students to think, create and connect to make meaning and make a difference for more than 175 years.

Southwestern offers a true liberal arts education with small classes and numerous collaborative undergraduate research opportunities. One-third of students study abroad, two-thirds of students complete at least one internship and 92 percent find employment or are accepted to graduate/professional school within 10 months of graduation. All of this (and more!) combined creates a lifelong Southwestern Experience.

Southwestern University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
SAT Range
1050-1260
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$25,635/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,730/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,685/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,035/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,045/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,110/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
92%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,517Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Chill
    26%
  • Hipster
    21%
  • Open-minded
    16%
  • Weird
    16%
  • Smart
    11%
  • Dedicated/Goal-oriented
    5%
  • Sweet
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.38 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.43 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Accepting
    35%
  • Welcoming, inspiring, outside the box
    24%
  • Involved
    18%
  • Multifaceted
    12%
  • Community
    6%
  • Dank
    6%

After Southwestern University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

Reviews

525 reviews
  • Excellent
    107
  • Very Good
    179
  • Average
    192
  • Poor
    33
  • Terrible
    14
Dig Deeper – Let's be real-- there isn't a single private school in Texas that comes even remotely close to the actual diversity that exists in the state. However, SU does have much larger numbers of students of diverse backgrounds than any other private university in TX: 30% of this year's incoming class (not counting LGBTQIAP students)! Nobody pretends that's perfect, but I certainly don't think it screams "C-" either. If you look closer at SU, there are tons of resources for students of diverse backgrounds and anyone else interested in human/social justice. There's a large diversity group on campus (it leads 6 multicultural/identity groups of over 250 students, who host tons of events across campus all year), a center for those students, and a large group of faculty and students serving on the Diversity Enrichment Committee. If anything, these resources need more visibility. I'd encourage anyone who doesn't feel SU is "truly" diverse to work closer with these groups-- many of us who do would say we've found a space within SU that truly does care about diversity.
  • College Junior
  • Aug 9 2012
Georgetown is a quaint town. It is filled with welcoming locals who love Southwestern. The Georgetown square is a nice place to hang out and spend time with friends. The restaurants are great. Nice bistros and delicious Mexican food are everywhere. There is also the Round Rock outlets that are just five miles down I-35. And 10 miles further is Austin! Many students go to Austin often to enjoy leisure time. On campus, life is also a blast and many students hang out at either of the four fraternity houses. I am a Phi Delt and speaking for us, we are always happy to host anyone and any type of person. The Cove is another on campus hangout spot with pool tables, shuffleboard, fooseball, gaming systems, and delicious food.
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 8 2013
Greek life at Southwesten is a huge part of campus life. Greek life is accepting but selective enough that not anyone can walk in and join. Traditional fraternity type men will be drawn towards Pike, soccer players and stoners to KA, athletes esp. football players to Phi, and gay men or less traditional Greek men to Sig. Most girls want to join Alpha Xi Delta or Zeta Tau Alpha, but less traditionally sorority-type women might prefer Tri Delta or Alpha Delta Pi. If you want to establish yourself as a somebody, go Greek!
  • College Sophomore
  • May 11 2015