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Southern Wesleyan University

Central, South Carolina, United States
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student focusedlearning community dedicated to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant leaders who impact the world for Christ.

Bachelor's programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. 


Southern Wesleyan University is a private Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education.


From business to the sciences to the religion, Southern Wesleyan University thrives on research.


The goal of the Southern Wesleyan University Career Services staff is to assist all students in meeting their individual career planning needs. We have available a number of resources and programs to help support and assist learners in preparing a professional, proactive approach to career management. Our mission is to enable students and alumni to increase career awareness through assessment, research, experiential learning and the development of job search competencies resulting in informed decision-making. We encourage, through the use of an electronic portfolio, ongoing documentation of acquired skills, experiences and accomplishments in preparation for lifelong career management.

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Student services

SWU Student Activities (SWUSA) is the primary student programming body for the university. SWUSA plans various types of student events throughout each semester.

Housing services

The college experience is about learning and growing, and we recognize not all of that goes on in the classroom. That is why Residence Life at Southern Wesleyan University focuses on fostering intentional community and holistic personal and social development in a Christ-centered environment.

  • New Residence Hall
  • Mullinax Hall
  • Apartments
  • Stuart-Bennett Hall

Library services

The Claude R. Rickman Library engages the Southern Wesleyan University community by supporting and cultivating scholarship and creativity through access to staff, services, and resources. As part of the Claude Rickman Library located at Southern Wesleyan University, Faith Clayton Room houses a collection of local history and genealogy about Upstate South Carolina.

ICT services

Behind Southern Wesleyan University's old bricks and historic facades is a high speed fiber-optic network connecting all academic buildings and residence halls, providing access to the Internet, Instant Messaging, and e-mail from each residence hall room and faculty office. Computer labs, which are open to students, expand the Southern Wesleyan University community to the world.

Medical services

Services offered in the Health Center include:

  • Provide first aid
  • Provide non-prescription medications
  • Perform blood pressure screenings, urinalysis, rapid strep testing rapid influenza testing, and visual screening
  • Weight screenings and assistance with weight management
  • Free pregnancy screenings
  • Pregnancy counseling for both planned and unplanned pregnancies
  • Referrals for STD testing and counseling

Student Life

Campus life

Ask a Southern Wesleyan student what’s so special about this place, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear the word “community.” While many private universities like to use the word “community,” we are redefining it. The Southern Wesleyan community genuinely cares for and helps others. From move-in day to graduation day you’ll experience real community at Southern Wesleyan University.

The community atmosphere we’re talking about is what makes this place magnetic. At Southern Wesleyan you can actively participate in real community and you’ll be changed by the Southern Wesleyan University experience.

Sports facilities

Student-Athletes are given the opportunity to excel athletically, academically, and spiritually. Southern Wesleyan annually recognizes numerous allconference, all-region and academic award winners.Southern Wesleyan University currently fields 19 varsity sports and two junior varsity teams.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

  • Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Sigma Deltas (Fellow Servants)
  • SWU Enactus
  • Student Missions Fellowship
  • Outdoor Club (Facebook)
  • Cheerleading Club


Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Central, South Carolina, United States

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