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.

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.

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 at Southern Wesleyan University

At Southern Wesleyan University, we believe God created you for a unique purpose. We believe you were meant to impact the world for good. Our Christ-centered, student-focused learning community is devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.

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The SWU Viewbook will help you know more about Southern Wesleyan and see if it is the right fit for you. With information about majors, campus life, our faith-filled community, athletics, financial aid, and more, this is a great way to get to know SWU!

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

Majors at SWU


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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

Faith-Filled Community

Ask a Southern Wesleyan student what’s so special about this place, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear the word “community.” While many private universities like to use the word “community,” we are redefining it. From move-in day to graduation day you’ll experience real community at Southern Wesleyan University. The community atmosphere we’re talking about is what makes this place magnetic.

At the center of Southern Wesleyan University is an unwavering dedication to Jesus Christ and the relentless pursuit of His Kingdom and work in our communities, our world, and us. At SWU, students have the opportunity to grow in their faith through worship and learning experiences. You can also put your faith into action through various local serving opportunities, global cross-cultural trips, or traveling summer ministry teams. Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, there are opportunities for you to grow at Southern Wesleyan. It's really all about helping you find God's purpose for your life, preparing you for that purpose, and sending you out to impact the world.

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Patrick Hampton

Transforming My Passions into Purpose

I was looking to reinvent myself after high school. At the time, I did not know what I wanted for my future career, but I knew I wanted to be different and meet new people. Even though I came to SWU with a passion for music and not much else, God knew exactly what I was supposed to do when I arrived. He has led me to some amazing new friendships and experiences through my time at SWU, and it is crazy to think that there is more in store for me. I took on a leadership position in the SWU Gospel Choir, I started leading people in worship experiences through summer ministry teams, and I encountered God in new ways through music. God took this awesome thing I was already passionate about and transformed it into something much bigger than myself. Best of all, He transformed me through the experience.

Patrick Hampton
Music
Class of 2018

Value & Investment

We understand that cost is important when choosing the right school. At Southern Wesleyan University, we believe an education should be affordable and accessible. College may be one of the biggest expenses you encounter over the next few years, but it can be one of the best investments you will ever make.

SWU alumni have lower student loan debt and higher average salaries than the national averages for college graduates, making an education at Southern Wesleyan an incredible investment in your future.

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OneLife Gap Year Program

OneLife

Have you considered all of your options for life after high school?

OneLife Institute is a Christian gap year program at SWU for students looking for a different type of educational experience. OneLife students earn college credits while gaining experiences through travel and serving opportunities outside of the classroom.

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