Southern Wesleyan University
Central, SC 29630-1020


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,880
Religious affiliation Wesleyan
Student to faculty ratio 18:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 546 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Southern Wesleyan University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 896 applications and 493 students were granted admission. Southern Wesleyan University is at the #53 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Southern Wesleyan University's tuition was $23,660 for all students regardless of residency (11.7% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Southern Wesleyan University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 51% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,437 (which is 0.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Southern Wesleyan University in 2016-2017, was 134, which is 72% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,800 (which is 1.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Southern Wesleyan University has enrolled a total of 1,880 students (912 students full-time and 968 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,880 students, 153 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 35% men and 65% women and 1,424 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 456 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 369 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 56%

Black/African American: 25%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%

Hispanic: 4%

Non-resident alien: 2%

Asian: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Southern Wesleyan University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 25% 133 0
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 24% 130 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 18% 96 93
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 6% 30
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 16 0
English Language And Literature/letters 1% 6
Visual And Performing Arts 1% 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 1% 6
Physical Sciences 1% 4
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1% 3

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Southern Wesleyan University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Southern Wesleyan University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $34,000. Last year, out of the total 773 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 711 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,002 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 882 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $34,000 $40,200
Employment Rate 92% 88%
Total Graduates 773 1,002

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Southern Wesleyan University.

Anderson University
16.2 mile away
Furman University
22.7 mile away
Erskine College
34.6 mile away
Toccoa Falls College
35.1 mile away
Brevard College
35.2 mile away
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37.8 mile away
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45.8 mile away
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49.5 mile away