Admission Requirements

Why Choose Southwestern?

“College applications can be long and boring, but the Admissions Office here at SWAU helped me with the whole process, making it simple and easy.”       

- Rebekah Azevedo, Class of 2024

Consider these top 5 reasons to choose Southwestern Adventist University:

  • Enhance your leadership abilities
  • Experience innovative programs
  • Enrich your relationship with Jesus
  • Enjoy being on a campus with a reputation for being Texas friendly
  • Graduate prepared for success

As you start the application process we are here to make it smooth, simple and easy. If you have questions and need an answer fast, just click here to email Admissions right away. Welcome to Knight Country!

Admission Requirements


Setting off on your path to wisdom and knowledge? Here’s everything you need to know.

International Students

On a journey from abroad? Our diverse student body is excited to meet you.

Graduate Students

Devoted to higher learning? We have what you’re looking for.

Home School Students

We will work with you to make sure the things you have learned in homeschooling are recognized and appreciated at the University level.

Transfer Students

Looking for a new, spiritual college experience? Welcome aboard.

SWAU Online

A superior education for the uncommon student. We're here to help you get the diploma you need.

Trust Fall Faith

Raquel Villa came to Southwestern University from the area of El Paso, TX. She took a step of faith in attending SWAU thinking that scholarships and financial aid were limited and difficult to receive. 
“An experience I will never forget from my time here is when God provided over $3,000 in just one weekend. This experience taught me patience, trust and that for God, nothing is impossible. I have seen that when God has a plan, SWAU’s faculty and staff are very understanding and they too will trust in Him.”
Raquel shares the message below for anyone interested in attending SWAU, but feels that finances can be a hindrance. “I know that finances are a great hindrance to many people, but I truly encourage those who share an interest in attending SWAU to take that leap of faith. I encourage you to join me in playing “Trust Fall” with God.”

-Raquel Villa, Psychology major

Source: A Gift That Lasts

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Financial Aid

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Information about Scholarships

We do everything we can to make our high-quality Christian education affordable and accessible to all.

Tuition Scholarship


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Applying for Aid

We have the expertise, experience and resources to help you streamline every step of your Financial Aid application.

of Southwestern students receive financial aid


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Tuition & Fees

Use Net Price Calculator to evaluate your total cost

average student financial aid per year


Now that you're admitted...

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Get Enrolled

Here's a handy checklist of things to do to get enrolled

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Make a Commitment

Paying your commitment deposit allows you to register early for classes and get priority financial aid processing

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Reserve Your Room

Paying your room deposit early reserves you a spot in a Residence Hall