A Framework for Living

Students at Southwestern are given a framework for living, which they will learn to build upon and design to fit their future during their time at Southwestern.

Prospective Students

First Time Freshmen

Freshman Admission

Admission is granted to applicants who meet admissions requirements and who will uphold the standards of the university in accordance to the Christian principles as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Admission Requirements

  • High School GPA of 2.5
  • GED average score of 500 with no score below 450
  • New GED 160-200
  • 830 SAT for critical reading and math *
  • 17 ACT composite

Students who wish to enroll at Southwestern, but do not meet one of the two minimum admission requirements (GPA or ACT/SAT) must participate in CORE Enrichment.  Completion of Core Enrichment guarantees the student entrance into the fall semester.   CE is a three-week session prior to the beginning of the freshman year and provides developmental learning support in the areas of math, reading, and writing.  At the end of the session, students will be assessed and will be given a course schedule according to placement results and their chosen major.

Early Admission

  • High School GPA of 2.50 or above

ACT or SAT is required to be submitted no later than May 15 for placement and enrollment in the fall.  It is also required for merit scholarships.  Student who do not meet the minimum requirement may have their admission status changed from Early to CORE Enrichment.

* Southwestern Adventist University will accept current and redesigned SAT scores (beginning in fall 2015) for admission, scholarship, and program qualification. Applicants must submit scores for either test.