Southwestern University

I had the pleasure of touring Southwestern University today. Here's the quick facts:

Student Body: 1271

Location: Georgetown, Texas (just north of Austin)

SAT Middle 50% Range: 1120-1320

Acceptance Rate: 65%

The campus is nicely laid out with old stone buildings.  It is difficult to distinguish old buildings from new buildings.  There was a welcoming feeling to the campus.  Students were busy studying and attending classes as it was mid day.

Academics at Southwestern are rigorous.  The average class size is 14.  My tour guide said this allows for a great deal of participation.  Many students choose to double major.  Popular majors include business, biology, and fine arts.

I liked the housing options.  Freshman are required to live on campus and over 85% of the students live on campus all four years.  Freshman have the option of living with their core class in a living and learning community or they can live in traditional dorms.  The dorm rooms were large and modern. Upperclassman can choose from traditional dorms or campus apartments.

There is one central dining hall on campus.  The food looked tasty although I did not have a meal.  The tour guide said he had been pleased with the food options.

The campus had a very comfortable feeling.  The library was especially cozy with great little study nooks and a coffee bar.

Georgetown is a wonderful location.  It is about 30 minutes from the center of Austin.  This provides students with plenty of entertainment options.  However, the campus seemed to be full of social activities.

My favorite building: The Fine Arts Center- this building was beautiful and quite impressive for a school of this size.

Most interesting program: Paidea Program- this is a program that students begin during their Sophmore year.  It includes study abroad, community service, and research.

Southwestern had all the great attributes of a solid liberal arts education- top notch professors, beautiful campus, innovative programs, a diverse student body.  I highly recommend visiting this campus.