Chances of getting into Southwestern University

Southwestern University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
45%
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 45% acceptance rate ranking it #12 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,049 out of 4,551 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 34 percent. Southwestern University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
81%
SAT Scores for Southwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Southwestern University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

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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 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Southwestern University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >58%
1230 to 1330 Avg + 45%-58%
1130 to 1230 Avg - 32%-45%
1030 to 1130 Reach 22%-32%
Less than 1030 Low <22%
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SU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for Southwestern University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Southwestern University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 28
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 #10 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 51 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 >58%
26 to 29 Avg + 45%-58%
23 to 26 Avg - 32%-45%
20 to 23 Reach 22%-32%
Less than 20 Low <22%
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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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Admission Statistics

Southwestern University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,515 2,036 4,551
Accepted 1,170 879 2,049
Acceptance Rate 47% 43% 45%
Enrolled 226 216 442
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 25% 22%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

81% of students submit their SAT scores to SU. 51% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

45% of those who apply are granted admission to SU. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1330. 81% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 29. 51% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.