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Freshmen Admission Requirements

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Southwestern.  There are so many reasons to choose Southwestern – professors who know your name and want you to succeed, a spiritual atmosphere where you can grow in your walk with Jesus and so much more. 

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

High School Transcipt or GED

An official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited secondary school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

General Education Development (GED) test average score of 500 with no scores below 450.  

Texas GED 150-159 subject to committee review. 160 – 200 regular admission.

Southwestern encourages the TEA Recommended High School Program of 26 credits, which will increase a student’s opportunities for success.

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts
  • 4 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I, II, and Geometry
  • 4 credits of Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 4 credits of Social Studies, including World History, World Geography, U.S. History, ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics
  • 1 credit of Physical Education
  • ½ credit of Speech
  • 1 credit of Fine Arts
  • 5 ½ credits of Electives
  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies

ACT or SAT Score

Act minimum composite of 17

SAT minimum of 830 (old) 910 (new) for math and critical reading

Early Admission 

Submit an official transcript with a GPA of 2.75 or more

ACT or SAT must be submitted by May 15 for merit scholarship, placement and enrollment.  Students whose test scores do not meet the minimum requirements may have their admission status changed from Early to Summer Bridge.

Important Dates

March 1:  Submit applications to receive priority processing and scholarship consideration for fall.

May 1: Submit your commitment deposit to guarantee placement and priority financial aid processing.

August 1: Last day to apply