Southern Wesleyan University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a small, private, Christian institution situated in Central, South Carolinas.  Students can select from 42 academic programs, and amongst undergraduates, business administration is by far the most popular major. Academics are backed by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 17. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s more 20 clubs and organizations. The Southern Wesleyan Warriors play in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).


  • Total Enrollment: 1,551 (1,226 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male/60% Female
  • 66% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $245,476,110
  • Books: $1,060
  • Room and Board: $9,190
  • Other Expenses: $2,130
  • Total Cost: $37,856

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 72%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,793
    • Loans: $7,550

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Religion, Psychology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 31%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 41%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Southern Wesleyan University Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 54%, Southern Wesleyan University is moderately accessible. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data             

  • Southern Wesleyan University Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/560
    • SAT Math: 490/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 18/23
    • ACT English: 16/23
    • ACT Math: 17/23

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Southern Wesleyan University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Southern Wesleyan University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Southern Wesleyan University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Georgia State University, State University of New York at Fredonia, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of California, Merced, La Salle University, Liberty University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Southern Wesleyan University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Southern Wesleyan University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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