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.



To receive priority processing and scholarship consideration, applications should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.  Application deadline is August 1.


Transfer Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all college/universities attended with a GPA of 2.0
  • Students with less than 24 credits will need to submit ACT/SAT scores and proof of secondary school completion.

Academic credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted as transfer credit subject to the following guidelines:

  • Courses with grades of C- or higher will transfer
  • Even though credit hours are transferable, the hours may not necessarily apply toward a particular degree program or general education requirements
  • All courses taken at a community college transfer as lower-division hours only
  • Courses considered technical, developmental/remedial, continuing education, co-operative education, extension, English as a Second Language, and non-credit classes will not transfer
  • Transcripts submitted from non-accredited institutions are evaluated on a course by course basis
  • Transcripts from universities outside the United States must be evaluated for the student by an independent evaluation service.  Southwestern recommends the use of World Evaluation Services www.wes.org

Transfer students who have not completed the general education mathematics requirement and/or the freshman composition requirement prior to enrollment at the University should submit the ACT or SAT for math placement prior to registering for classes.  An SAT math score of 500 or an ACT math score of 21 is a prerequisite for MATH 110.  An SAT critical reading score of 450 or an ACT English score of 17 is a prerequisite for ENGL 121.

Applicants who do not meet the published requirements may be considered for admission on academic probation.  A letter of intent to succeed along with two references need to be submitted to the Office of Admissions for consideration by the Admissions Committee.