Colleges That Change Lives

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Southwestern University

"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."
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  • 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.
  • Southwestern is a four-year, independent, undergraduate, national liberal arts college consisting of The Brown College of Arts and Sciences and The Sarofim School of Fine Arts.
  • Southwestern's core purpose is to foster a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity.
  • 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).
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • We have Pirate Bikes!! Pirate Bikes provide a quick means for students, faculty and staff to get from one place to another. Members of our campus community may pick up a Pirate Bike outside of their residence hall, academic building (or anywhere else they find them) free of charge, for their own use. They may ride to their next location and leave it unlocked for the next person.
  • Southwestern University is one of the best undergraduate colleges in the country according to a new ranking of America's Top Colleges published by Forbes magazine. The Forbes ranking looks at colleges the way a consumer might look at them, with an emphasis on factors such as teaching quality, four-year graduation rate, success after graduation, and the amount of debt that students graduate with.
  • Paideia® and the Southwestern Experience: Paideia introduces students to intentional connections. Through collaboration, participation in civic engagement activities, intercultural learning experiences and undergraduate research, students think across the disciplines to form new solutions. Ultimately, they integrate their knowledge, high-level problem solving skills and deep learning as they apply their scholarship to essential questions of the world around them.
  • Southwestern is committed to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. It was the second university in Texas to sign the Talloires Declaration, an initiative that calls on the University to envision programs and practices that make our world more sustainable. Campus initiatives include 100% “green” wind-power for all electrical needs, computer-based effluent water irrigation systems, an alternative transportation Pirate Bike Program, use of sustainable/recycled products, low/no maintenance building finishes and products, low-volume shower heads and LEED certification on all new construction projects—just to name a few.
  • Experiential Learning: Over 40% of Southwestern students parlez, habla, sprechen and parla in nearly 35 countries. At Southwestern, civic engagement includes volunteerism, activism, service and community-based learning; about 70% of Southwestern students volunteer and contribute nearly 40,000 hours of service to over 50 different agencies or programs. For the past 17 years, students have participated in "Destination: Service," which is Southwestern's Spring Break volunteer service program. Projects include building and repairing homes, working in national parks and with urban social programs and ministries nationally and abroad.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • Attention, not anonymity—with a student/faculty ratio of 11 to 1 and an average class size of 14 students, you'll know your professors and they will know you.
  • 99% of tenure-track faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • Honor Code: "I have acted with honesty and integrity in producing this work and am unaware of anyone who has not." Students established the Honor Code over a century ago (1907) to commit themselves to academic integrity and to hold each other accountable in their endeavors both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Collaborative research and publication between faculty and students is common and encouraged.
  • Students may earn Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science in Education degrees.
  • At Southwestern, it's all about undergraduate education; no graduate degrees are offered.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Southwestern’s tree-shaded campus is everything you 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 theatres, an observatory and a community garden. Seventy-eight percent 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.
  • Nearly 100 student organizations: Scholastic and honorary, government, special interest and departmental. Greek organizations include Alpha Delta Pi, 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.
  • Clusterfest—Don't let the name throw you! Southwestern's Clusterfest is one of the best little music festivals in the area. Offering a little something for everyone, Clusterfest lineups have included AWOLNATION, Sleigh Bells, Matt & Kim, The Decemberists, Common, CAKE, Wyclef Jean and Newfound Glory.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • The results are impressive! Post-Graduate Survey data for 2010-2013 reveal that 93% of graduates were either employed, attending medical, law and other professional schools or pursuing advanced studies.
  • Students begin thinking about their futures as early as freshman year and can use the Career Center to access internships and externships, career advising, graduate and professional school resources, personality/interest assessments, interview and résumé skill building, dress for success and dining etiquette workshops, job fairs and networking. It must be why Princeton Review rated Southwestern #8 in the country for best Career Services.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Middle 50% on the SAT 1070-1260
  • Middle 50% on the ACT 23-28
  • Of those providing a class rank, 37% were in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Of those providing a class rank, 69% were in the top 25% of their high school class.