Preview Day - October 20

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.

Fine Arts Events at SWU

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.

Awaken Your Purpose Stories

A place where your story can be written

Southern Wesleyan University is a place where your dreams and your future collide with God's vision and direction; a place where your story can be written. Read about a few recent graduates and how God has been writing their story at SWU.

Akilah Jefferson

Preparing for a Calling

When I found my calling to law enforcement in high school, I began imagining what type of college experience would be best to shape me and challenge me in new ways. The one thing I knew: I wanted to attend a family-oriented school that would both prepare me for my calling and provide me with support. I decided to pursue a degree in forensic science in order to someday work in the lab and analysis area of law enforcement, so I was happy to find this program at a smaller university. What I uncovered at SWU was a supportive community and a place ripe with opportunity for success. From being challenged in the classroom to pursuing internships and real-world experience as part of the campus security staff, I was constantly challenged to excel, and I thrived in this environment. Without the support and training I received at SWU, I might not have found a position as a policewoman with the opportunity to transition to the forensics lab.

Akilah Jefferson
Forensic Science
Class of 2017

Nathan Stegenga

Discovering my potential

During my time at Southern Wesleyan, I was able to mature into a leader through different campus activities and organizations, through being a resident assistant, and through the challenge to develop my walk with God. I began my journey by pursuing my passion for the outdoors and all of the adventures they hold. As I developed my course of study at SWU, I was also able to help shape the Recreation and Sport Management major’s brand new Outdoor Leadership concentration. On top of all of the amazing opportunities for serving in this area, I was also able to spend a semester in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as part of my undergraduate experience. Through these experiences as well as internships with Peak 7 Adventures, an outdoor adventure ministry, I feel very prepared for both my career and for whatever leadership opportunities are presented to me in life.

Nathan Stegenga
Recreation and Sports Management - Outdoor Leadership Concentration
Class of 2017

Mikkaela Bailey

Broader Horizons

I knew I wanted to have the experience to travel and see other cultures while in college. When I moved from Baltimore to South Carolina in my sophomore year of high school, it was hard for me to imagine myself spending my college years exploring the globe because of my location and financial concerns, but there was a hunger for new experiences that I simply could not deny. When I was presented with the opportunity to travel to Italy for spring break my freshman year at SWU, I simply could not give up a chance to see the world. Through study abroad opportunities and grant funded research, I was able to see broader horizons and explore two more nations before graduation. While I was away pursuing these great learning experiences, I found comfort in the knowledge that SWU was waiting for me with the same welcoming spirit that inspired my college choice. I am excited to continue my studies and passion for travel as I pursue a graduate school.

Mikkaela Bailey
History
Class of 2017

Britney Fernandez

A Second Family

When I first toured the campus at Southern Wesleyan, I had the feeling that I could be at home here. Family is very important in Cuban culture, and I have found that the right people can make the journey more amazing than I could ever imagine. Not only did I find myself making friends who became like family to me, but I found a true home in the music department with faculty who are much more than professors; they are mentors, spiritual leaders, and lifelong friends. Even though I initially believed I was meant to be a doctor, I found myself so strongly drawn to music that I changed my major and found my true passion and calling in the vocal performance program. Here, alongside my SWU family, is where I feel at home.

Britney Fernandez
Music
Class of 2017

Michel Herszenhaut

Finding Strength in the Struggle

As cheesy as it sounds, the struggles we face are our path to success, and I have learned this from experience. Being from Brazil, I found it hard to adjust to college in the USA. I knew college in America would be a good choice, but I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I chose a school in the Midwest. I struggled to make friends, my grades were dropping, my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and I tore my ACL. I needed a change, so I transferred to SWU on a friend’s recommendation. What began as a total shot in the dark quickly turned into a great decision. When I came to SWU I felt the sense of purpose and family atmosphere I had been missing. Through my struggles I questioned my choices, but the people I met and the purpose I found here inspired me to push through and finish college. Now, as I prepare to move back home to Brazil, I am grateful to be a stronger person.

Michel Herszenhaut
Business Administration
Class of 2017