Southwestern University

An aerial view of the Southwestern University campus, where students are educated for tomorrow.

“Southwestern is one of the few jewels of the Southwest whose mission is to prepare a new generation to contribute to a changing society, and to prosper in their jobs, whatever and wherever in the world they may be.
Colleges That Change Lives

Although Southwestern University is not hosting admission-related visit events at this time, we invite you to preview the Southwestern Experience from your home! At our new website, Virtual Southwestern, you can tour our historic campus; meet some of our wonderful community members, including current students; have your questions answered during virtual information sessions; and get the latest updates. The offices of Admission and Financial Aid remain dedicated to providing you with personal attention, so please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns. 

Southwestern University
1001 East University Avenue
Georgetown, Texas 78626
512.863.1200 / 800.252.3166
⋅ 1,434 students; 422 new students in 2018
⋅ 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ 10% are from out of state
⋅ Students from 34 states and 14 nations are represented on campus.
⋅ Underrepresented student constitute 32% of the student body.
⋅ Tuition and Fees: $43,560
⋅ Room and Board: $11,640
⋅ Books, Transportation, and Personal Expenses: $2,670
⋅ Total: $57,870
⋅ Southwestern considers every individual student’s needs when it comes to financial assistance. We partner with students and their families to explore every possible financing option available, whether it’s assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, low interest loans or payment plans. FAFSA submission deadline is March 1, except for Early Decision candidates who must submit a FAFSA by December 1.

The Southwestern University women's lacrosse team prepares for a game

Southwestern University students work with a professor in a science lab

A Southwestern University student smiles in her graduation cap and gown

A Southwestern University professor and students enjoy class outside in the sunshine

Southwestern University orchestra students play violins together

  • The world is changing—and at an accelerating pace. In a 21st-century career, you will be required to advance the frontiers of knowledge, adapt quickly to change, problem-solve new and complex challenges, and anticipate what’s next. We’ve created an experience that prepares you for these new realities. Combining our flexible curriculum, the development of modern ways of thinking, and real-world experience, SU will equip you with the skills required to adapt, create, collaborate, and view challenges from multiple perspectives. These  skills represent a valuable piece of a much broader, more relevant education for the tomorrow that awaits you.
  • Southwestern is located in historic Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin, and within a three-hour drive of three of the nation’s 10 largest cities (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio).
  • Undergraduate research at Southwestern goes well beyond the library stacks or the lab bench. Alongside faculty, you will develop authentic, previously unexplored questions and test your own hypotheses, making original contributions to your fields of study. For example, SCOPE is an eight-week summer research program in which you can collaborate with faculty and peers on research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, kinesiology, math, computer science, and physics. Our students regularly present at professional conferences and even coauthor publications.
  • Southwestern is a four-year, independent, undergraduate, national liberal arts and sciences college consisting of the Brown College of Arts and Sciences, the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, and the Garey School of Natural Sciences.
  • Chartered by the Republic of Texas in 1840, Southwestern is the first institution of higher learning in Texas and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Worth Noting
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Southwestern the #1 national liberal arts college in Texas. The Princeton Review rated SU #6 in the nation and #1 in Texas for Best Career Services and named us #3 in the U.S. and #1 in Texas among its Schools Making an Impact list. Washington Monthly ranks Southwestern first among Texas liberal arts universities and in the top 70 nationwide based on our contribution to the public good. Forbes ranks Southwestern the #1 undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college in Texas in its Grateful Graduates Index. The Fiske Guide to Colleges features Southwestern as one of best colleges and universities in the U.S, Canada, Britain, and Ireland.
  • Paideia® is our innovative approach to education promoting interdisciplinary study. You will learn to find connections across majors, between disciplines, and in relation to your experiences outside the classroom. Paideia helps create a powerful intellectual practice, empowering you to think in broader, more collaborative, and more original ways. You will graduate with a cultivated curiosity and the desire to learn, explore, and create change—in your careers and in life.
  • We have Pirate Bikes! Pirate Bikes are a Southwestern fixture and are scattered across campus ready to ride anytime, day or night. Whether you are an avid cyclist or a rookie, bright yellow Pirate Bikes are a fun way to move you around campus.
  • Southwestern is named one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. Southwestern has also taken top honors in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Challenge for using 100 percent wind power electricity. Other sustainable initiatives include LEED certified buildings, campus-wide composting and recycling, electing car charging stations, and a community garden—just to name a few.
  • Southwestern students develop a broader perspective because many have been exposed to a larger world. Approximately 40% of our students study abroad across all majors and all across the world, from traditional locations such as England, France, and Italy to less traditional destinations such as South Africa, Nepal, and China.
  • Community-engaged learning is at the core of a Southwestern education. About 50% of Southwestern students volunteered and contributed 9,500 hours of service in 2018–2019. By engaging in the community, we’re helping to change lives. And in the process, our lives are changed, too.

Faculty & Academics
  • Forget the 300-seat classrooms. Here at Southwestern, you’ll study in small classes averaging just 18 students. In this more intimate, more active learning environment, you’ll engage, you’ll discuss, you’ll debate, you’ll connect—and, as a result, you’ll thrive.
  • In 2016, Southwestern completed Phase I of a $37 million Science Center. Phase I contains 24,000 square feet of new space dedicated to teaching laboratories, student-faculty research areas, collaborative study spaces and a state-of-the-art $500,000 nuclear magnetic resonance imaging instrument. Phase II, containing 58,000 square feet of space for teaching laboratories, with additional student-faculty research space, and more was completed in summer 2019.
  • Southwestern faculty are nationally recognized experts in their fields. They are also caring mentors who work alongside their students, sharing valuable advice, guidance and experience. These close mentoring relationships distinguish a Southwestern education. And if you come here, they will help to distinguish you.
  • Southwestern students often engage in research as undergraduates. Working across a wide variety of areas, ranging from breast cancer and genetic sequencing to ecology, our students are not only conducting research, but they often present at conferences and publish manuscripts as well. Each year, Southwestern students and faculty take a day off for the Research and Creative Works Symposium, a daylong celebration of the work of our students, faculty, and staff. Southwestern aims for diversity in the presentations to provide an opportunity for everyone to engage in conversations on thought-provoking topics, to question our own perspectives, and to see the world from a multifaceted view.
  • Our Honor Code creates a unique bond of trust among our students and faculty. Our students write and sign the honor pledge when completing every exam, paper, and assignment. It’s a reminder for us all of how we should work and who we should be.
  • Southwestern offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, bachelor of fine arts, and bachelor of science in education degrees.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Animal Studies *
Applied Physics
Architecture and Design Studies *
Art (Studio)
Art History
Chinese *
Communication Studies
Computational Mathematics
Computer Science
Data Science *
Design Thinking *
Early Modern Studies *
Environmental Studies
Exercise and Sports Sciences *
Feminist Studies
Health Studies *
Independent Major
International Studies
Latin American & Border Studies
Political Science
Race and Ethnicity Studies *

* Minor Only

Pre-Professional Programs
Pre-Dentistry Pre Dentistry
Pre-Engineering Pre Engineering
Pre-Law Pre Law
Pre-Medicine Pre Medicine
Pre-Ministry Pre Ministry
Pre-Physical Therapy Pre Physical Therapy
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Pre Veterinary Medicine

Campus Life
  • Southwestern’s tree-shaded campus is everything you can imagine when you dream about college—and then some. Grand buildings radiate around the heart of the campus, offering a spacious sports and recreational center, research laboratories, two live performance theaters, an observatory, and a community garden. In total, 78% of students live in roomy on-campus apartments or residence halls, which include wireless Internet, cable TV, and housekeeping service.
  • Southwestern Pirates compete in NCAA Division III basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, men’s baseball and football, and women’s volleyball and softball. Intramural and club sports include handball, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball, to name a few.
  • Southwestern has more than 100 scholastic and honorary, government, special interest, and departmental student organizations. Greek organizations include Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta Chi and Zeta Tau Alpha for women; Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, and Pi Kappa Alpha for men.
  • Friday Night Live: From internationally known performers to homegrown singer-songwriters, Friday nights at Southwestern are a big deal! Entertainment comes in all forms including illusionists, magicians, jugglers, comedians, slam poets, casino nights, mentalists, ventriloquists, movie nights and bands/artists covering a multitude of musical genres like pop, folk, country, bluegrass, Latin, fusion, rock punk, indie, zydeco, hip-hop and blues, just to name a few.

Varsity Sports

Southwestern University fields 20 varsity teams, competing at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (football is a member of the American Southwest Conference). Southwestern offers a full athletic experience: more than 60% of our students participate in intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, or club sports.

20 varsity teams in the NCAA Division III, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • The results are impressive! Postgraduate survey data for the Class of 2017 reveal that 90% of graduates were employed or attending graduate or professional school within 10 months of graduation.
  • Students begin thinking about their futures as early as their first year and can use the Center for Career and Professional Development to access internships and externships, career advising, graduate- and professional-school resources, personality or interest assessments, interview preparation and résumé building, dress-for-success and dining etiquette workshops, job fairs, and networking. It must be why the Princeton Review rated Southwestern #1 in Texas and #6 in the nation for Best Career Services.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Middle 50% on the SAT 1150-1310
  • Middle 50% on the ACT 24-30
  • Of those providing a class rank, 34% were in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Of those providing a class rank, 70% were in the top 25% of their high school class.