Freshmen Application Requirements

If you’re applying as an incoming freshman, you must have:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent.  Your high school courses should include at least:
    • Four units of English (college-preparation or equivalent)
    • Two units of science
    • Two units of social studies
    • Two units of mathematics
  • A GPA of 2.3 (or rank in upper half of your graduating class at time of acceptance)
  • A composite SAT score of 860 (based on the critical reading/verbal and math sections) or an ACT score of 18

To apply:

  • Complete your application (by phone, online, or PDF) and submit it along with your $25 (U.S. dollars) application fee (non-refundable).
  • Have your official high school transcript sent to us.
  • Request that your SAT or ACT test score be sent to us.
    • The ACT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 3837.
    • The SAT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 5896.

Once accepted, you will need to:

  • Complete the FAFSA (school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 003422).
  • Complete the Southern Wesleyan University physical examination form (pdf).
  • Submit the housing form (pdf) and the $200 (U.S. dollars) security deposit (for residents students only).
  • Pay the $200 (U.S. dollars) tuition deposit.
  • Register for new student orientation.


Don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Admissions staff.  You can reach us by phone at 1-864-644-5550 or 1-800-C-U-AT-SWU or email at  .

All forms and information can be sent to:

Office of Admissions – Box 1928
Southern Wesleyan University
PO Box 1020
Central, SC 29630-9989



In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church. Read more about the Gender Nondiscrimination Policy.

If you would like to speak with someone concerning an alleged violation of the Nondiscrimination Policy, or would like to file a complaint, you can speak to our University Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator for Southern Wesleyan University is the Associate Vice President for Student Life, Dr. Justin Carter. His campus phone number is 864-644-5144. You can also reach him via email at . His office is located at 212 Jennings Campus Life Center (CLC).