The Association of Southwestern University Alumni

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“To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000”

In 2006, University Historian, Dr. Bill Jones (professor emeritus of history), wrote this 559-page book about Southwestern’s storied history. He writes, “Based on extensive research and rich with vivid detail, To Survive and Excel: The Story of Southwestern University, 1840-2000 narrates the history of Southwestern University in Georgetown from the time of the Republic of Texas to the present while providing a unique perspective on the development of the Lone Star state.”

Thanks to the staff in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library at Southwestern, Dr. Jones’s book is available in PDF version (and is searchable) for all to learn about the history of the University. 


Career Services for Alumni

Southwestern’s Office of Career Services has a variety of services and opportunities for alumni

  • One free 30-minute individual career consultation.

  • Free personality self-assessment; interest self-assessment for a nominal fee.

  • Unlimited access to the Career Services Resource Center and extensive website.

  • Free access to PirateLink, a Web-based job posting and resume referral system where all full-time, part-time and internship positions advertised to Southwestern University are posted.

  • Access to on-campus recruiting for full-time jobs.

  • Access to programs and workshops on a space-available basis.


Legacy Link Program 

Southwestern families create a linkage between generations of alumni. As a University, we recognize legacies as the children, grandchildren or siblings of our alumni. If you are a member of a Legacy Family, participate in Southwestern’s Legacy Photos at Orientation and Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

Have a new legacy in the family? Announce the birth of your child through a Class Note.

Starting in 2015, the Offices of Admission and University Relations will roll-out a new Legacy Link program, celebrating milestone birthdays of our youngest legacies - at birth, age 5, age 10 and age 16. If you have a Future Pirate in your family, email their birth date to University Relations - Alumni and Parents, and we will send them birthday gift on those milestone years!

If there are children in your family with whom you want to receive Southwestern Admission materials, please complete this Admission Request Form.


Pirate Party Packs

Planning an alumni gathering with your friends? Let Southwestern know and we’ll send you an SU Party Pack (SU goodies: 10 cups, 10 koozies and 10 eye patches.). In return, we ask that you share with us who is planning to attend your Southwestern party. Email University Relations - Alumni and Parents to request your Southwestern Party Pack. Please allow at least two weeks for delivery of items. We appreciate that you are engaging classmates and friends by continuing their Southwestern Experience.


Alumni Pirate ID Card

There are many benefits you may enjoy as an Alumni Pirate ID Card holder. However, this benefit is ONLY available to alumni who graduated between 2007 and the present. We do hope to offer this benefit to all alumni in the future. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

HOW DO YOU GET AN ALUMNI PIRATE ID CARD? Send a passport-sized photo as a JPEG file (300 dpi) and your mailing address to and we’ll have a card made and sent to you!

Sou’wester Yearbooks

You’d be surprised at how many people stop by the Schrum Alumni Center (located in the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building) and the University’s Special Collections (located in the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center) to flip through yearbooks (dating back to the early 1900s). GREAT NEWS! Now you can search the pages of yearbooks at your own leisure. 

Access the Sou’wester Yearbooks online (1904 - 2002). 


Historical Alumni Directory

Often times, we have historians, family members and friends of our alumni come through asking questions about members of the Southwestern community. The Historical Alumni Directory (1844-1920) has a list of alumni who attend Southwestern and the four root colleges. 


#BeSouthwestern - 365 days a year

During his inauguration speech, President Edward Burger challenged members of the Southwestern community to engage with the University everyday throughout the year. Take the challenge and participate on a daily basis!