Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University, also known as SWU, is located in Central South Carolina, United States. It was founded in the year 1906, and the Wesleyan Church played a vital role in establishing this university. Its main campus occupies an area of approximately 250 acres. The university offers a wide variety of degree programs through the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Fine Arts
  • Division of Modern Languages
  • Division of Religion
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • Science Division
  • Social Sciences Division

Southern Wesleyan University's athletics department fields women's teams in cross country, basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball, and men's teams in basketball, baseball, golf, cross country, and soccer. The university's sports teams are nicknamed the Warriors.

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Contacting Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University
907 Wesleyan Drive
Central , SC 29630-1020
General Phone: (864) 644-5000

Southern Wesleyan University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management491business, business management, operations management, electronic commerce, accounting, human resources development, CIO training
Education and Teaching335education, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, English teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling14psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14health and physical education, sports and fitness management, recreation and leisure studies
Religion and Philosophy13religion, religious music
Liberal Arts9English, general studies, social services, history
Media5communication studies
Medicine2pre-dentistry, pre-med
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Security and Law Enforcement2forensic science, criminal science, criminology
Family and Social Work1human services
Science1biology, chemistry
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Wesleyan University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37639
Associate's degree734
Master's degree4445

Southern Wesleyan University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Wesleyan University had a total enrollment of 2,445 students (2,177 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 61%
Graduate 39%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 61%
Black 29%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 11%
20-21 9%
22-24 8%
25-29 16%
30-34 14%
35-39 15%
40-49 19%
50-64 8%
65+ 0%

Southern Wesleyan University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %

Southern Wesleyan University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Wesleyan University offers campus housing for 521 of its 2,177 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Central, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Southern Wesleyan University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430540
SAT Math430560
SAT Writing410540
ACT Verbal1624
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT42%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southern Wesleyan University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,000
Room and board $ 7,450
Room charge $ 2,400
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,200
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Southern Wesleyan University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342200)

Southern Wesleyan University Faculty

Southern Wesleyan University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$69,7922*
Associate professorcalendar year9$60,6222*
All faculty totalcalendar year15$64,2904$62,636

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$54,9051*
Associate professoracademic year6$48,0111*
Assistant professoracademic year2*8$42,032
Instructoracademic year3$34,6001*
All faculty totalacademic year23$49,38811$41,678

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Wesleyan University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference
Baseball Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference
Track Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports244569

Southern Wesleyan University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Human Resources Development
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminalistics and Criminal Science
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Southern Wesleyan University Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 6%Southern Wesleyan University % of degrees in business and management
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 7%Southern Wesleyan University % of degrees in education and teaching
% students 40 years or older
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Top 9%Southern Wesleyan University % students 40 years or older
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 13%Southern Wesleyan University % students on athletic fin. aid
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Southern Wesleyan University % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Southern Wesleyan University Female % of student body

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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