Private, Christian college in South Carolina

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Eclipse Over SWU - August 21, 2017

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

History of SWU

Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, as a four-year, private, liberal arts college, SWU’s structure and name have changed, but our mission—to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom—has remained.

 

October 15, 1906

The school is established as Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute with three instructors. It is one of five colleges and universities sponsored by The Wesleyan Church.

1909

The school is chartered as Wesleyan Methodist College.

1928

The school becomes a junior college offering a four-year theological degree.

1958

The high school academy and junior college at the institution are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

1963

Re-organized as a four-year liberal arts institution and named Central Wesleyan College.

1986

The Leadership Education for Adult Professionals program—now called Adult and Graduate Studies—is established.

1994

The college is renamed Southern Wesleyan University.

2002

SWU begins offering master’s degree programs in business administration and in education.

2006

SWU celebrates its centennial.

2013

SWU begins offering fully-online programs nationwide.

2013

SWU is accepted into the NCAA Division II membership process.

2016

SWU is accepted as a full member in the NCAA Division II.