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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
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.
About Southern Wesleyan University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Conference Carolinas
Address
907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, SC 29630
Website

Southern Wesleyan University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
810-1050
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$16,008/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$17,538/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.19 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.19 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
820Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
540
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
33%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
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  • Christian
    36%
  • Determined
    27%
  • Open and Friendly
    18%
  • Studious
    9%
  • Weird af
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
71%
Poll
80%
of students say they don't have Greek life.15 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.24 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 10 responses
Report
  • Conservative
    50%
  • Home away from home
    30%
  • Small
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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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.
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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.