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.

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.

SWU Profile

SWU at a Glance

Here you can see the basics about our campus, students, faculty, academic and athletic programs. This is a great starting point to find out if Southern Wesleyan University is the right fit for you!

Fast Facts
  • Private, nonprofit university
  • Founded: 1906
  • Affiliation: The Wesleyan Church
  • Locations: Central, South Carolina
  • Main Campus Size: 300 acres
  • Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (see more about accreditation)

Southern Wesleyan University is an accredited nonprofit university, and one of the best Christian colleges in South Carolina.

Student Profile
  • 1,175 total students enrolled
  • 640 on-campus undergraduate students
  • 256 online undergraduate students
  • 279 online graduate students
  • 67% female / 33% male
  • 66% resident students / 34% commuter students (on-campus program only)
  • 30 states and 4 countries represented in the student body
  • 27% of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural populations
  • 44% Pell Grant recipients

* based on Fall 2022 enrollment

Students enjoy the Christian college environment and small class sizes provided at SWU.

Academic Programs
  • Over 50 areas of study offered
  • 5 graduate degree programs offered
  • 2 doctoral degree program offered
  • 14:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 46 full-time faculty
  • 83% of full-time faculty hold terminal degree
  • Rigorous Honors Program
  • Various study abroad options available

SWU students receive a Christian college education with faith-integrated curriculum.

Financial Aid
  • All first-year students receive financial aid in some form
  • $23,982 average on-campus undergraduate financial aid package for first-year students (includes all forms of aid)
  • The average indebtedness of SWU graduates from the on-campus program is $23,200.

* based on 2021-2022 academic year

SWU has been recognized as one of the best value and most affordable Christian colleges.

Athletics and Student Organizations
  • Team name: Warriors
  • 18 men's and women's collegiate sports
  • Dual membership in NCAA Division II and NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)
  • 17 NCCAA national championships since 2007
  • 15+ student clubs and organizations, including intramural sports, service clubs, academic clubs, and student government

SWU is a NCAA Division 2 college where students can earn athletic scholarships.