SWU rated in ‘Best Bang for the Buck’
Southern Wesleyan University ranked number 8 in the Best Bang for the Buck Southeast Colleges category of the 2018 Washington Monthly College Rankings.
Southern Wesleyan earned the eighth spot based on criteria that included relatively high rates of graduation, the number of students receiving Pell grants, first-generation student performance ranks, net price of attendance for families earning below $75,000 annually and loan repayment rates. The Best Bang for the Buck colleges represent a mix of elite institutions across five regions of the U.S.
“Since its inception in 1906, Southern Wesleyan University has been deliberately offering the highest quality at the lowest possible cost for our students. We have always had an eye to serving the growing population of bright and capable students who often find most of higher education out of their financial reach, and then discover Southern Wesleyan. For us it is about changing students’ lives, and their future,” said Southern Wesleyan University President, Dr. Todd Voss.
Chad Peters, Southern Wesleyan’s vice president for enrollment management, counts it an honor for to be recognized as a “best bang for the buck” university.
“Earning a college degree is an incredible lifetime investment that not only impacts earning potential, but leads to healthier lifestyles and advanced job opportunities. One of our vision statements is ‘inventive learning.’ We are constantly looking for opportunities for our students to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty by doing practical hands-on learning while also learning valuable knowledge in the classroom. This is accomplished in our student-run businesses, in our criminal justice lab, or during on-campus student internship opportunities. This is value added as many of our graduates gain valuable skills that make them highly desired by employers,” Peters said.
Washington Monthly touts its survey as a different kind of college ranking from major publications such as U.S. News and World Report. According to Kevin Carey, college guide editor for Washington Monthly, “we give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt.”
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused, faith-filled community that offers inventive learning experiences. The university endeavors to prepare its students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. At the same time, it’s Southern Wesleyan’s desire to practice contagious generosity within the surrounding community. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.