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?
- 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.
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.
Where Is Southern Wesleyan University?
Contact details for SWU are given below.
|Address:||907 Wesleyan Drive, Central, SC 29630-1020|
How Do I Get Into SWU?
You can apply to SWU online at: https://www.swu.edu/campus/apply/
Admission Requirements for SWU
|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|
How Hard Is It To Get Into SWU?
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?
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
There are also 280 graduate students at the school.
Of the 800 full-time undergraduates at SWU, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southern Wesleyan University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||127|
|Hispanic or Latino||47|
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
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|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||43%|
|Human Development & Family Studies||43%|
|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|
|Public Administration & Social Service||#3|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#4|
|Human Resource Management||#5|
|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.
|Business Administration & Management||0||116||25||141|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||32||0||0||32|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||0||7||24||31|
|Human Resource Management||0||0||22||22|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||0||10||0||10|
|Health & Physical Education||0||10||0||10|
|Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies||0||9||0||9|
|Computer Information Systems||0||7||0||7|
|Human Development & Family Studies||0||7||0||7|
|Communication & Media Studies||0||6||0||6|
|Health/Medical Prep Programs||0||4||0||4|
|General English Literature||0||3||0||3|
|Natural Resources Conservation||0||3||0||3|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||0||3||0||3|
|General Social Sciences||0||0||0||0|
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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