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.

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Warriors at heart. Your campus experience may only last a few years, but your connection to Southern Wesleyan can last a lifetime. Stay connected to SWU through events, publications, and social media.

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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.

International Students

If you’re applying as a freshman international student, you will need:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent. Official transcripts of all foreign academic work, evaluated by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) association member. Click for a list of association members.
  • A GPA of 2.3 converted on a 4.0 scale, or you must rank in upper half of your graduating class at the time of acceptance.
  • A composite SAT score of 860 or ACT score of 18.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score if English is not your first/native language.

If you’re applying as a transfer international student, you will need:

  • An official college transcript. Official transcripts of all foreign academic work, evaluated by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) association member. Click for a list of association members.
  • A GPA of 2.0 converted on a 4.0 scale, or you must rank in upper half of your class at the time of acceptance.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score if English is not your first/native language.

International Student-Athletes

International student-athletes must also complete NCAA eligibility requirements for athletic certification.  A complete list of international student-athlete pre-certification requirements is available on the NCAA website.

A word-for-word, line-by-line certified English translation of all foreign academic work is one of the NCAA pre-certification requirements for student-athlete eligibility.  SWU faculty cannot provide certified English translations. To search for ATA (American Translators Association) certified translators, visit www.atanet.org.

English Competency Testing

We require all applicants whose first/native language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from either IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The scores we require are at minimum:

  • An overall band score of 6.0 for the IELTS
  • A 500 (paper test), 173 (computer test), or 61 (online test) for the TOEFL

Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS or TOEFL test and request that your official test scores be sent to the address below. We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students.

Submit to:
Southern Wesleyan University Admissions Office
PO Box 1020
Central, SC 29630
United States of America

To apply:

  • Complete your application online, and submit it with your non-refundable $25 (U.S.) application fee.
  • Provide 2 recent photographs with your application (optional).
  • Submit an official transcript in English or with translation.
  • Have your official SAT or ACT test score sent to SWU (freshmen only).
    • The ACT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 3837.
    • The SAT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 5896.
  • Have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to SWU (if English is not your primary language).

Once you’re accepted, you will need to:

  • Complete the Southern Wesleyan University physical examination form (pdf).
  • Submit the housing form (pdf).
  • Register for new student orientation. 
  • Submit a Declaration of Finances form listing scholarships and grants.
  • Provide a deposit equal to first year's expenses.
  • Report to American Consulate and submit your I-20 to obtain a student visa.
  • Arrive at school no later than appointed date on your visa.
  • Show proof of health insurance to Business Office.

International Payments

Southern Wesleyan has partnered with peerTransfer in order to streamline the process of international payments. peerTransfer allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with peerTransfer you can:

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

To get started, visit swu.peertransfer.com.

To learn more about the peerTransfer process, watch this video.

 

QUESTIONS?

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

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

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).