Southern Wesleyan is an above-average private, Christian university located in Central, South Carolina in the Greenville Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 820 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Southern Wesleyan acceptance rate is 53%. Popular majors include Business, Human Services, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 44% of students, Southern Wesleyan alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,900.
NCAA Division II (without football)
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.19 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.19 responses
Most Popular Majors
Human Services58 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities41 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies20 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science10 Graduates
Information Science9 Graduates
Elementary Education6 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.15 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.24 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
Southern Wesleyan University Reviews
SWU has excellent helpful professors that go out of their way to make sure every student is getting the care and education they need. However, there is a lack of student life, especially on the weekends. Most students are locals and will leave campus to go home leaving rarely anyone around for any sort of events. I also felt really sheltered on this Christian campus because no student is allowed to live anywhere off-campus in apartments unless you are going to live with your parents even as an upper-classman. SWU has a lack of clubs/organizations and actual events for students that aren't childish events or exclusively for the elder community around Central. I did not feel like a college student while I attended this University.
I am a senior in High school and applied at Southern Wesleyan, wanting to get a BS degree in Biology, to go toward a career in Cancer Research . I toured the campus with my parents, and then set up another visit at the college, where my parents and I had lunch and talked with a Biology Dean as well as sat in on some of the actual classes of my intended major. Every staff member at SWU went out of their way to help my family in every way they could and even worked around our schedule to meet our needs as far as touring the campus and etc. All of the staff were spectacular in every way. After touring four other colleges, in my heart there is no other choice for the college I want to get my degree from. My parents and I loved everything about SWU. This was truly, a life changing experience for me and I look forward to hopefully attending the school and becoming a part of the SWU family. Thank You to everyone there, especially Bradley and Susie. God Bless everyone at SWU.
It is a positive Christian-filled atmosphere for the right student. There is a real opportunity to be part of a supportive community here. The only down-side is that there is not enough diverse options for extracurricular activities for more students to be engaged. If you're not an athlete, you're not striving for a near-perfect GPA, or you're not a music or religion major, you are often overlooked and left out. For those who are interested in any of the above categories, there are a plethora of activities for you to participate in and teams for you to be part of. In addition, there are nearby attractions that make this place a truly special place. Some of these include the close proximity to Clemson, SC; the Potters Place, which is a group of cabins each with Bibles, journals, and supplies for communion within walking distance of the dorms; and the Freedom's Hill Church, a historic place that was part of the underground railroad as well as the first Wesleyan church in the South.