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Here are some of the things that set Southwestern apart from other schools

  • Fourteen students from Southwestern have received Gilman International Scholarships in the past four years.

  • Students from Southwestern have won the Southwestern Anthropological Association’s studentpaper competition for four years in a row

  • Southwestern has won its conference in the EPA’s College & University Green Power Challenge every year since 2011

  • Ninety percent of Southwestern graduates consistently say they are either very happy or satisfied with how Southwestern prepared them for employment or graduate school.

  • One year after leaving Southwestern, about 92 percent of graduates have consistently either found work or are attending graduate school.

  • Southwestern is among the 10 schools with the highest CPA Exam pass rates in the Southwest.

  • Southwestern seniors rank in the top 10 percent of all college students taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment test.

  • Of the top 100 nationally ranked liberal arts colleges in the United States, Southwestern ranks first in the percentage of Hispanics/Latinos who are enrolled.

  • Southwestern is one of less than 100 colleges and universities in the United States to have been given full membership in the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), one of the leading study abroad organizations in the United States.

  • Sociology majors from Southwestern have received the Southern Sociological Society’s Odum Award for Best Undergraduate Research Paper five out of the past seven years.

  • In the past decade, 16 Southwestern graduates have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for advanced study in the sciences.

  • 75 percent of Southwestern graduates who have applied to medical, dental and veterinary school over the past 15 years have been admitted.

  • Southwestern is one of only about 280 colleges in the country to have been granted a chapter of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Southwestern was one of only 113 schools in the country that were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2013.

  • Southwestern is one of 16 top liberal arts colleges around the country whose students are eligible to apply for the prestigious Kemper Scholars program, a scholarship-internship program that prepares students for leadership in business and nonprofit management.

  • 15 students from Southwestern have received Fulbright assistantships for either teaching or research.

  • Education majors from Southwestern have been selected to receive scholarships from the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA) every year for the past 14 years. No other school has had so many students receive this scholarship, which honors the best teacher candidates in the state.

  • In the past eight years, four students from Southwestern have been selected to receive the Academic Internship Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. No other school has had more than one student receive this award.