Southwestern University

Overview of Southwestern University

Southwestern University is in a town not far from a more urbanized area, in Georgetown, TX. The school has a United Methodist religious affiliation. Southwestern University is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

There are more programs of study at Southwestern University than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at the school include drama and performing arts, mathematics, media, music, science.

Southwestern University Selectivity

Southwestern University does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007-2008 was 550 to 670 for students at the school. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 560 and 660.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Southwestern University does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Southwestern University are higher than most.

Student Body

The school, in 2007-2008, had 1,294 students (1,270 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Southwestern University is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Southwestern University makes available student meal plans. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Southwestern's Core Purpose: Fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity."

More complete details are provided below.

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Contacting Southwestern University

Southwestern University
1001 University Ave
Georgetown , TX 78626
General Phone: (512) 863-6511

Southwestern University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts89American studies, European studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, Chinese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Science42biology, biochemistry, animal behavior, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Business and Management38business, accounting, international business
Media31communication studies, mass communication, political communication
Therapy and Counseling26psychology
Education and Teaching17education, special ed, elementary school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion
Art Studies13art studies, arts management
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Music6music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, musicology
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental studies
Fine Arts0art history and criticism

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree30553

Southwestern University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southwestern University had a total enrollment of 1,294 students (1,270 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 77%
Black 3%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 49%
20-21 42%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
State unknown1%

Southwestern University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %

Southwestern University Room and Board (2007)

Southwestern University offers campus housing for 1,086 of its 1,270 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Southwestern University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550670
SAT Math560660
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT52%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Southwestern University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,940
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,940
Room and board $ 8,380
Room charge $ 4,630
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,240
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,220

Financial Aid:
Southwestern University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 362000)

Southwestern University Faculty

Southwestern 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
Professoracademic year24$91,27710$77,300
Associate professoracademic year25$72,41719$67,438
Assistant professoracademic year10$53,59124$55,209
Instructoracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year4$44,0004$42,250
All faculty totalacademic year63$74,80958$62,032

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

Southwestern University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Southwestern University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Political Communication

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Behavior and Ethology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Southwestern University Highlights

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What Sets Southwestern University Apart:

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% of degrees in music
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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checked United Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
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 NCAA athletic conference member

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