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.

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.

Freshmen Application Requirements

Freshmen Applicants

  • Complete your application online.
  • Submit official high school transcript.
  • Submit official SAT or ACT score(s) or utilize SWU’s Test Optional admissions policy*
    • The ACT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 3837.
    • The SAT school code for Southern Wesleyan University is 5896.

*Test Optional Admissions Policy

SWU has a test-optional admissions policy for students applying. In lieu of SAT or ACT scores, a personal essay, and letter(s) of recommendation will be requested if a students unweighted GPA is below a 3.0 GPA before an admissions decision is made. Your admissions counselor will guide you through this process.

South Carolina residents still need to take SAT or ACT to qualify for state financial aid! Also, SWU Academic Scholarship amount may be impacted without test scores.

Enrollment requirements for high school transcript

  • 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

Conditional admission - Grade point average of less than 2.3 and/or SAT of 850 or below (combined Evidence Reading/Writing and Math) or an ACT of 17 or below (super score) will be considered on a case by case basis and may be reviewed by the University Admissions Committee process for consideration.

Once accepted, utilize our Accepted Student Checklist to become a SWU student:

Accepted Students Checklist


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.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Sexual Misconduct Policy (Title IX)