SU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Southwestern University
|Admission Standards||Very High|
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. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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SU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT81%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||550|
|SAT Composite 25th||1130|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||650|
|SAT Composite 75th||1330|
|Average SAT Score||1230|
SAT Scores you need to get in
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.
|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%|
SU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT51%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||23|
|ACT Math 25th||22|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.6*
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
72% of Southwestern University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||25%||22%|
What are the requirements for admission to Southwestern University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|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.