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Southern Wesleyan University Overview

Southern Wesleyan University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Central, South Carolina. The suburban atmosphere of Central makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Southern Wesleyan University Known For?

330 Undergraduate Awards
$27,137 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at SWU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average SWU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Southern Wesleyan University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SWU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Human Resource Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Most Popular Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Southern Wesleyan University?

Location of Southern Wesleyan University

Contact details for SWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 907 Wesleyan Drive, Central, SC 29630-1020
Phone: 864-644-5000

How Do I Get Into SWU?

You can apply to SWU online at:

Admission Requirements for SWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into SWU?

53% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
SWU has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 51%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Can I Afford Southern Wesleyan University?

$27,137 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
8.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SWU is $27,137. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SWU, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $6,595 a year. That adds up to $26,380 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SWU is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Southern Wesleyan University Undergraduate Student Diversity

800 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,150 undergraduate students at SWU, with 800 being full-time and 350 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SWU

There are also 280 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 800 full-time undergraduates at SWU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Wesleyan University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 127
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 577
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 32

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Southern Wesleyan University. At this time, 13 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 18 countries are represented at SWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Colombia, Canada, and Germany.

Online Learning at Southern Wesleyan University

786 Took All Classes Online
1,045 Took At Least One Class Online
43.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at SWU. In 2017-2018, 1,045 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SWU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 10th most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of SWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southern Wesleyan University was 43.5%. This is the #35 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at SWU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of SWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 3%
Educational Administration 33%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 43%
Health Professions 50%
Human Development & Family Studies 43%
Human Services 12%
Public Administration & Social Service 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at SWU ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at SWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Human Services #2
Public Administration & Social Service #3
Educational Administration #3
Teacher Education Grade Specific #4
Human Resource Management #5
Education #8
Business Administration & Management #15
Business, Management & Marketing #18

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southern Wesleyan University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 116 25 141
Educational Administration 0 0 45 45
Human Services 0 41 0 41
Liberal Arts General Studies 32 0 0 32
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 7 24 31
Human Resource Management 0 0 22 22
General Biology 0 17 0 17
Criminology 0 15 0 15
Religious Studies 0 11 0 11
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 10 0 10
Health & Physical Education 0 10 0 10
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 9 0 9
General Psychology 0 9 0 9
Computer Information Systems 0 7 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 7 0 7
History 0 7 0 7
Chemistry 0 7 0 7
Communication & Media Studies 0 6 0 6
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 4 0 4
Special Education 0 3 0 3
General English Literature 0 3 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 0 3 0 3
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 3 0 3
Mathematics 0 2 0 2
Music 0 1 0 1
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0
Nursing 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 32 298 116 446


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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