212 reviews
  1. Central, SC
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A
Southern Wesleyan University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Southern States Athletic Conference
Address
907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, SC 29630
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
SAT Scores Range
810-1050
ACT Scores Range
20-24
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Southern Wesleyan University

Cost

Net Price
$16,022/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,144/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,496/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,211/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,013/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,926/ year

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.15 responses
87%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.15 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.15 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,353Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
57%
Pell Grant
57%
Varsity Athletes
15%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
71%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.11 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.20 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • Conservative
    83%
  • Small
    17%

After Southern Wesleyan University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses

Southern Wesleyan University Reviews

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If I could do it over, I wouldn't choose swu again. It doesn't feel like you're getting the full experience of being a college student here. The campus and classes are so small that you see the same people everyday as if you're still in high school, depending how big your high school was. After classes and on weekends, there's nothing and no where fun to go on campus. You can drive about 15 min to Clemson and find something there, but you'd wish there'd be something cool to do that's closer after awhile. Being a private Christian school, there are lots of rules here that a normal college wouldn't have, so you can get in trouble for a lot of little things which makes it annoying. Most of the students and teachers are pretty religious and it can feel overwhelming if you're not super religious. You are required to take religion classes each semester that have nothing to do with your major and they affect your GPA the most. So it basically feels like you're at church camp rather than a university. It is also expensive to go here so you're gonna need to consider opening loans for your first few years even when applying for scholarships. They make you live on-campus so you'll have to pay the full room & board and meal plan, even though the cafeteria is only open certain times of the day and the food is pretty crappy. Other students may be happy with this, but I'm not settling for that as I'm already planning to transfer.
Southern Wesleyan is a university that cares about its students. All of the professors at Southern Wesleyan choose to be there because they love what they do. Likewise, most students choose to be there because they want to be there and because they love it. Southern Wesleyan is more than just a school, it is a place of community where everyone encourages each other and wants to see everyone do well.
For a school that has over half of its students as athletes, the athletics here are not that great. Soccer and Track are the sports team that perform the best here, but both sports are not very interesting enough to watch in general. The school just moved up to Division II, which is good but most other D2 teams that swu plays are way more talented and higher skilled so the teams at swu are not too entertaining to watch. The facilities are not very good here ether, which makes it hard to want to go games. The baseball field has the most decent facility, while softball, track, soccer, and basketball is ok but the stands are no better than a rec game. The weight room at my high school was 10X better than what swu has. Compared to what other small schools have, they blow swu out of the water when it comes to facilites