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.

SWU Profile

SWU at a Glance

Here you can see the basics about our campus, students, faculty, academic and athletic programs. This is a great starting point to find out if Southern Wesleyan University is the right fit for you!

Fast Facts
  • Private, nonprofit university
  • Founded: 1906
  • Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church
  • Locations: Main campus is in Central, South Carolina. Regional locations across South Carolina in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and North Augusta.
  • Main Campus Size: 350 acres
  • Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (see more about accreditation)

Student Profile
  • 1,808 total students enrolled
  • 772 traditional undergraduate students
  • 549 evening and online undergraduate students
  • 365 evening and online graduate students
  • 61% female / 39% male
  • 60% resident students / 40% commuter students (traditional program only)
  • 30 states and 10 countries represented in student body
  • 37% students from underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural populations

* based on fall 2015 enrollment

Academic Programs
  • Over 40 areas of study offered
  • 5 graduate level degree programs offered
  • 18:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 56 full-time faculty
  • 73% of full-time faculty hold terminal degree
  • Rigorous Honors Program
  • Various study abroad options available

Financial Aid
  • All first-year students receive financial aid in some form
  • $24,998 average traditional undergraduate financial aid package for first-year students (includes all forms of aid)
  • $23,633 average traditional undergraduate financial aid package for all students (includes all forms of aid)

* based on 2015-2016 academic year

Athletics and Student Organizations
  • Team name: Warriors
  • 19 men's and women's collegiate sports
  • Dual membership in NCAA Division II and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)
  • 11 NCCAA national championships since 2007
  • 15+ student clubs and organizations, including intramural sports, service clubs, academic clubs, and student government