Southwestern University Snapshot
A small, private, undergraduate, national liberal arts university just north of Austin, Southwestern University is Texas’ oldest institution of higher learning. Students at Southwestern have an opportunity to work closely with professors in an intimate academic environment on one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. Southwestern has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics; a place where students can ask questions and find answers in fields ranging from Environmental Studies to French, from Physics to Latin to Religion, and many more. Additionally, classroom learning is augmented by an environment that encourages participation in faculty-student research, athletics, intramural and recreational sports, and student organizations.
Southwestern University Profile
Southwestern University enrolls approximately 1,300 students, maintains a student/faculty ratio of 10:1, and offers courses in 48 areas of study. More than 60% of students volunteer on campus or in the community – twice the national average. More than 80% of students participate annually in some form of organized physical activity through at least one of the eleven intercollegiate teams, twenty-two intramural sports, and/or four club sports. Additionally, Southwestern has over 90 student organizations ranging in focus from scholastic and government to special interest and Greek. Of the 275 graduates in the class of 2010, 92% of 274 respondents had either obtained employment or acceptance into a graduate/professional school within ten months of graduation – a reflection of the success of Southwestern and its students.
Located in historic Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin, Southwestern’s serene residential campus occupies a small portion of 700 acres that include the San Gabriel River and areas reserved for biological and environmental research. The Georgetown/Austin area, on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, offers unlimited outdoor recreational activities for Southwestern students. From horseback riding, canoeing, and hiking to cycling, camping, and rock-climbing, you will find natural resources are abundant here. Central Texas also offers an enormous benefit: almost year-round warm weather for getting outdoors and access to the state’s best parks, rivers, and lakes, Gulf of Mexico beaches, and Hill Country trails and climbing spots.
Just north of Austin, Georgetown (population 47,000) includes one of Texas’ “Best Historic Town Squares,” where the Williamson County Courthouse serves as the centerpiece to the finest collection of late Victorian commercial architecture in the state. Georgetown was the first city in Texas to be named a Great American Main Street City in 1997, the highest honor bestowed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today, three National Register Districts host more than 180 historic businesses and homes.
The first thing you need to know about Austin is that it’s only a stone’s throw from Georgetown. Aside from being Texas’ state capital and the live music capital of the world, Austin is also one of the country’s top five “intellectual capitals” according to Fortune magazine.