#7 Best Private Colleges in South Carolina

Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina

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Southern Wesleyan University overview
Location Central, South Carolina
Online edu.
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Wesleyan
Southern Wesleyan University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southern Wesleyan University, established in 1906, is a private Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina, situated near the city of Greenville. The university's campus boasts a suburban setting with facilities that reflect contemporary architecture, providing a conducive environment for academic pursuits and residential life, with on-campus housing options available for students. Academically, Southern Wesleyan University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with Business, Education, and Social Sciences among the more prevalent fields of study. The institution is characterized by a moderate level of application selectivity. While Southern Wesleyan does not have a prominent reputation for intercollegiate athletics, it offers a variety of sports programs and competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

In the most recent statistical year 846 prospective students applied, and 433 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 148 enrolled in the school.  692 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 483 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $26,520 plus fees of $1,300. SWU is ranked 826 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SWU is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Southern Wesleyan University overview
SAT 1013/1160
ACT 19/23
GPA 4.0

Applications Accepted

Southern Wesleyan University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southern Wesleyan University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,060
Other Fees$1,300
Room and Board $9,650
Budget for Other Expenses$2,130
Total One Year Cost$40,660

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Wesleyan University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 66%
Education 12%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 3%
Psychology 3%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217776 IPEDS survey data for Southern Wesleyan University.

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Last updated February 24, 2024