The Princeton Review calls Southwestern University one of Americas Best Value Colleges, noting that Southwestern is $10,000 to $15,000 lower than what youd expect for a liberal arts college of its academic caliber.
Even so, the full sticker price of a Southwestern educationincluding tuition, fees, room and board, books and a realistic estimate of personal expensesis more than $41,000 for the next academic year.
While about 67 percent of the average students needs are met by the University through need-based and/or merit scholarships, these students receiving financial aid still pay around $18,000 a year for a Southwestern education.
A Southwestern education is resource intensive, but extremely beneficial to students.
In his book, Colleges That Change Lives, author Loren Pope described Southwestern as one of the few jewels of the Southwest whose mission it is to prepare a new generation to contribute to a changing society, and to prosper in their jobs, whatever and wherever in the world they may be.
Providing students with financial assistance allows Southwestern to recruit and retain a diverse and highly qualified student body, whose contributions to society will continue to add value to the degrees of future and past graduates alike.
However, in the current economic environment, a growing gap exists between the demonstrated financial need of our students and the resources available on campus to assist them. Southwestern must increase the amount of assistance it is able to provide. It is critical to our students and their families.
The Southwestern Experience has changed the lives of many and continues to transform the lives of deserving students today. Southwestern invites all alumni and friends to make an annual gift to support our students. Every gift matters.
If you wish to make a gift, please go to www.southwestern.edu/giving/annual-giving-form.php or call the Development Office at 800-960-6363, extension 1482, to discuss your plans.