Southwestern University: Narrative Description

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1001 East University Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626
Tel: (512)863-6511; 800-252-3166; Admissions: (512)863-1200; Fax: (512)863-6511; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1840. Setting: 700-acre suburban campus with easy access to Austin. Endowment: $265.4 million. Research spending 2002-03: $668,198. Educational spending 2002-03: $8097 per student. Total enrollment: 1,265. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,765 applied, 63% were admitted. 47% from top 10% of their high school class, 83% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 52 class presidents, 7 valedictorians, 171 student government officers. Full-time: 1,237 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 28 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 1% 25 or older, 82% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 86% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at GLCA Arts Program in New York; Washington Semester at American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 3/31, 12/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $25,410 includes full-time tuition ($18,870) and college room and board ($6540). College room only: $3240. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $790 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 105 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 31% of eligible men and 32% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, International Club, Latinos Unidos. Major annual events: Homecoming, Brown Symposium, Parents' and Grandparents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,042 college housing spaces available; 1,013 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. A. Frank Smith Jr. Library Center with 312,982 books, 53,901 microform titles, 1,469 serials, 11,396 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2 million. 223 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 25,000, Georgetown enjoys the advantage of being a small town yet is only 26 miles from the state capital, Austin. The climate is moderate, both in winter and summer. The community is served by rail, bus lines, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and Interstate Highway 35 and has a modern hospital and clinic. Located in the heart of the highland lakes region, recreational opportunities include fishing, boating, and water sports. Part-time employment is available.

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