Southwestern University (TX) Updates

Southwestern University


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN                         

Welcome to the 2017–18 academic year! 
With all of the changes in our profession, it feels like the summer break is shorter and shorter, but we are excited that 363 first-year students and 37 transfers have chosen to join our community this fall. Through our collaboration, Southwestern will welcome engaged learners who are most interested in a strong liberal arts experience. In this class of students, we find scholars, artists, leaders, athletes, scouts, volunteers and a hosts of other talents that will shape our community in amazing ways. 
Pirate Press, our quarterly newsletter for counseling colleagues, will feature important updates and insights about Southwestern University. Please note our new SAT policy, which we hope will alleviate stress and minimize financial elements of the college process for your students. Southwestern continues to think of ways to make the admission process student friendly and, hopefully, make the college search process easier for everyone.  
As always, if there is a way our team can support students, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to another great year in helping students find the right fit!

Christine D. Bowman, MEd
Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services
Board Chair, Colleges That Change Lives

While we are open and ready for students to visit independently during the week (schedule today!), we will host two large-scale visit programs this fall semester as well as smaller-scale programs on select Saturdays:

As of August 1st all application websites re-opened, and Southwestern began accepting applications for students interested in enrolling for the class of 2018. In order to submit a complete application for holistic review, students must submit:

  • Application (Common App, ApplyTexas, or Southwestern App)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • SAT of ACT scores (see below for our new reporting policy)
  • Essay (Any topic)

All official forms can be sent directly through Naviance or via email to ​

Fall 2018 Deadlines:
November 1st – Early Decision (Binding)
December 1st – Early Action (Non-binding)
February 1st – Regular Decision (Rolling admission)

(Helpful Reminder: Southwestern is Texas’s first institution of higher learning…and all of our application deadlines are on the first of their respective months!)

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, we will not require an official score report for admission and scholarship purposes. We will accept any of the following: a downloaded score from the College Board or ACT websites, a score from a high school transcript, or an official score report. A student will only need to send the official score report once they have committed to Southwestern, if they used a downloaded score report in the admission process.

Southwestern will add four new minors in the fall. The new minors all focus on the interdisciplinary nature of our Paideia curriculum by emphasizing connections across disciplines. The new minors are: Health Studies, Data Science, International Studies, and Animal Studies.

The Princeton Review listed Southwestern as one of the 382 Best Colleges, and one of the best colleges in the western region. It also ranked Southwestern highly in several categories nationally, including:
#11 in Impact and #1 in Texas
#12 in Career Services and #1 in Texas
#20 in Health Services
A College That Pays you Back

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