Chances of getting into Southwestern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
43.1%
Admission Difficulty for Southwestern University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into SU and can I get accepted? The school has a 43% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,783 out of 4,133 applicants were admitted making SU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent. Southwestern University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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SU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1180-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
77%
SAT Scores for Southwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Southwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1280

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Southwestern University?

Southwestern University typically requires applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southwestern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >56%
1280 to 1380 Avg + 43%-56%
1180 to 1280 Avg - 31%-43%
1080 to 1180 Reach 21%-31%
Less than 1080 Low <21%
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SU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Southwestern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Southwestern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 30
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SU?

Admission data indicates that SU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southwestern University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Southwestern University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
29 and Above Good >56%
26 to 29 Avg + 43%-56%
23 to 26 Avg - 31%-43%
20 to 23 Reach 21%-31%
Less than 20 Low <21%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.6*
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Southwestern University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Southwestern University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in Texas for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School Class Rank

72% of Southwestern University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southwestern University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 37%
Top 25% of class 72%
Top 50% of class 95%
Bottom 50% of class 5%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Southwestern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,389 1,744 4,133
Accepted 1,071 712 1,783
Acceptance Rate 45% 41% 43%
Enrolled 197 165 362
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 23% 20%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southwestern University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Southwestern University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southwestern University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=228343 IPEDS survey data for Southwestern University.