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Undergrad Profile

First in Texas 

Texas’s first institution of higher learning, Southwestern University was chartered in 1840. Today Southwestern is one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives” and according to Forbes’s list of “America’s Top Colleges,” the top-ranked national liberal arts college in Texas.

Engaging minds
Academics are central to the Southwestern experience. Here students have numerous opportunities to work collaboratively with professors, who are both innovative teachers and leaders in their respective fields of research. Ninety-five percent of our classes have fewer than 29 students, and we maintain a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. In addition, more than 100 student organizations provide numerous opportunities for leadership and personal growth.

Southwestern offers generous financial aid awards that include both merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. This enables many of our undergraduate students to attend and succeed at Southwestern. Approximately 89% of incoming students receive a merit scholarship of $15,000 or more.
Making meaningful connections
Paideia—Southwestern’s interdisciplinary curriculum—provides students with unique opportunities to create personal connections to the fundamental questions and ideas that shape our world. Through collaboration, civic engagement activities, intercultural learning experiences, and undergraduate research, all Southwestern students learn to think across disciplines and integrate new outlooks into their respective majors.
Deep in the heart of Texas
Southwestern’s residential campus, located in the heart of Central Texas, is home to more than 1,500 students representing 35 states and 10 countries who enjoy the historic feel of Georgetown and its variety of cultural, social, and recreational activities, as well as the close proximity of Austin with its vibrant, innovative, and creative culture.
Commitment to the environment 
Southwestern is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review, and has taken top honors in the EPA’s Green Power Challenge for using 100% wind-powered electricity. Other sustainable initiatives include LEED-certified buildings, campus-wide composting and recycling, a “Pirate Bike” share program, electric car charging stations, and a community garden—just to name a few.
Pirate power!
Southwestern’s student-athletes—the Pirates—compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference on 20 varsity teams, including basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and track & field for men and women; baseball and football for men; and softball and volleyball for women.
Transforming lives
With help from Southwestern’s nationally ranked Office of Career Services, two-thirds of all Southwestern students complete at least one internship experience, and 92% have found employment or have been accepted to graduate/professional school within 10 months of graduation.




Majors & Programs
* Minor only
• Anthropology
• Architecture* 
• Art (Studio)
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Chinese* 
• Classics
• Communication Studies
• Computational Mathematics
• Computer Science
• Dance* 
• Economics
• Education
• English
• Environmental Studies
• Exercise & Sports Studies* 
• Feminist Studies
• French
• German
• Greek
• History
• Independent Major
• International Studies
- East Asia
- Europe
- Latin America

• Kinesiology
• Latin
• Latin American & Border Studies
• Mathematics
• Music
• Philosophy
• Physical Science
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Race & Ethnicity Studies*
• Religion
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-engineering
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-ministry
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-veterinary Medicine