• Fiske Guide to Colleges
    Fiske Guide to Colleges

Once again, Southwestern University is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, a premier guide to the top 300 universities throughout the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Ireland. Fully updated for its 35th edition, Fiske is considered the most authoritative source for college-admission information by prospective students, their parents, and their guidance counselors.

One of only 12 Texas schools selected, Southwestern is hailed as a “small and agile” school that “pursues a flexible and innovative brand of teaching and learning in a culture where the liberals arts are not always appreciated.” The guide highlights SU’s commitment to interdisciplinary and inquiry-based learning, with one anonymous senior stating, “We are constantly being challenged to take what we learn in class and apply it to more difficult problems.”

“We are constantly being challenged to take what we learn in class and apply it to more difficult problems.”

Among small colleges and universities, SU is recommended for providing exemplary academic programs in business and art or design. Students in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts specifically are noted as producing graduate-level creative work.

In addition, Fiske twice cites SU’s affordability compared with other private universities of similar caliber.

The guide’s systematic selection process is based on questionnaires completed by current students and administrators as well as campus visits and supplementary research conducted by the editorial staff. Each school profile spotlights useful details such as academics, social life, financial aid, campus environment, housing, dining, and extracurricular activities.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges was originally compiled and is still overseen today by Edward B. Fiske, who served as education editor of The New York Times for 17 years. Fiske’s other books include his Guide to Getting into the Right College and What to Do When for College.