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Southwestern University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1840
Affiliation: United Methodist
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,277
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $279,939,773
Admissions Address

PO Box 770
Georgetown, TX 78627-0770



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Send application by: February 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Thomas Oliver
Admissions office telephone: (800) 252-3166
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: February 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 1
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $40
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.southwestern.edu/admission-finaid/adm-apply.html Tuition deposit: $250 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $250 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 4
Science 3 4
Lab 2 2
Foreign language 2 3
Social studies 2 2
History 2 2
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 17 19

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Important
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Important
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 65%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 76%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 64%
Total applicants: 1,955
Total acceptances: 1,271
Total freshman enrollment: 345
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 20%
Male applicants: 771
Male acceptances: 474
Male freshman enrollment: 124
Female applicants: 1,184
Female acceptances: 797
Female freshman enrollment: 221
Out-of-state freshmen: 6%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 113
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 26
Students enrolled from waiting list: 13

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 50%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 85%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 86%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 94%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 555 – 670
Math: 560 – 665
Combined: 1115 – 1335

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 15.1% 14.2%
600-699 46.2% 44.3%
500-599 27.7% 34.5%
400-499 11.1% 7.1%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 51%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 23 – 29

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 17.6% 0.0% N/A
24-29 55.7% 0.0% N/A
18-23 25.6% 0.0% N/A
12-17 1.1% 0.0% N/A
6-11 0.0% 0.0% N/A
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% N/A


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