Learning, Doing, Growing

Southwestern Adventist University believes in the development of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Opportunities Abound

We are more concerned with the quality of our many small programs than the development of bigger ones. As such, the educational focus is personal, and students have many opportunities to flourish.

An International Flavor

With students from more than two dozen countries, Southwestern offers the young person an opportunity to meet and interact while learning how the rest of the world lives.

Admissions

Admission to Regular Freshman Standing

Students may apply as early as the fall semester of their senior year in high school. First year freshman applicants may apply for early or regular acceptance. The priority date for early acceptance is March 15 and requires submission of all admission materials, including partial (six or seven semesters) high school transcripts, and test scores. Students with an early acceptance status assume the responsibility for submitting final official transcripts after high school graduation. Applicants for regular acceptance must submit all admission materials, including a final transcript by June 30.

All application materials must be received by August 1 for an admission decision to be made prior to fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. Students requesting a late admission decision will be assessed a late application fee of $25.

Students applying for admission to the University must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions and Records:

  1. A formal application for admission
  2. An official high school transcript or
    Official GED test results or
    A home school transcript with courses, grades, and dates of completion and a state-issued certificate of secondary school completion if applicable
  3. Official SAT or
    ACT score report

Students will be accepted in good and regular standing if they meet the following criteria:

  1. A high school grade point average of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in major subjects or
    GED minimum test results of 400 on each of 5 tests or 450 average on all 5 tests
  2. Minimum SAT scores of 500 in mathematics and 430 in Critical Reading or
    minimum ACT scores of 21 in mathematics, 17 in English and a composite score of 18

The University expects applicants for admission to follow a standard college preparatory course of study during high school.

The minimum high school curriculum for a diploma includes

  • 4 units of English

  • 3 units of mathematics to include Algebra I and Geometry

  • 2 units in physical science and biology

  • 4 units of social studies

The University recommends a more rigorous high school program that will increase a student's opportunities for scholarships and academic success.

  • 4 units of English

  • 4 units of mathematics, especially an advanced unit during the senior year

  • 4 units of science to include both physical and natural science

  • 4 units of social studies

  • 2 units of one foreign (non-English) language

Applicants taking Advanced Placement classes should consult the AP examination program in the Academic section of this Bulletin. Other questions about admission can be directed to the Office of Admissions and Records or your admission counselor.