Southern Wesleyan University (SWU)

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Southern Wesleyan University can be found in Central, SC, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 1,600 students enrolled each year at SWU.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 948 (25th percentile) - 1153 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 17 (25th percentile) - 23 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants that get into SWU. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SWU average GPA ranges from 2.80 to 3.18 for accepted students. Approximately 30 percent of all applicant were accepted at SWU, and from those that were granted acceptance about 59 percent continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SWU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Southern Wesleyan University was reported as 34.5% in Fall 2020 with over 985 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SWU ACT Scores: 17 - 23
  • SWU Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into Southern Wesleyan University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into SWU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Southern Wesleyan University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 55.0%
  • 2017-2018: 52.6%
  • 2018-2019: 53.6%
  • 2019-2020: 34.5%
  • Projected SWU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 42.8%

How Does SWU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Southern Wesleyan University is sixty-four percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Anderson University68.7%
Furman University56.8%
North Greenville University62.8%
Erskine College69.7%
Toccoa Falls College59.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SWU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading468 - 560
Math480 - 593
Total Score948 - 1153
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math16 - 23
Composite Score17 - 23
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