Southwestern Adventist University Launches SWAU Online

Southwestern Adventist University Launches SWAU Online

Tim Kosaka

At Southwestern Adventist University, a personalized learning experience is highly valued and achievable with small class sizes allowing for a 12:1 student to teacher ratio.  The Distance Education Office has been working on flexible options so students can take the classroom with them and complete these online programs at their own pace.  As a result, the University has launched SWAU Online, which contains full online programs with competitive pricing and excellent services for anyone seeking to earn their college degree. “Southwestern is excited about the launch of our updated online presence. We recognize in today’s mobile society taking the classroom with you meets the needs of many of today’s learners,” says Dr. Donna Berkner, Vice President for Academic Administration.

SWAU Online offers degrees in Business Administration, Christian Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, General Studies, History, and Psychology. We are introducing a brand-new Nursing RN to BS track that will provide nurses aspiring to expand their career the opportunity of earning their BS while working as registered nurses.

Recognizing that individuals who are pursuing an online degree seek a more affordable education option, Southwestern Adventist University is offering a 50% discount off our on-campus tuition for fully online students.  The RN to BS nursing program is being offered at $7,500, making it one of the most affordable programs of its kind. 

Online academic support will be provided by the Write Spot for students’ writing needs, and the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA) will provide academic coaching and career counseling. 

Online students will be able through social media to take advantage of our worship services. Spiritual guidance will be accessible through the Spiritual Life and Development Office. “Our online students will have access to many of the same spiritual benefits that our on-campus students are blessed with,” Russ Laughlin, Vice President for Spiritual Development. 

University President Ken Shaw shared that “SWAU Online has been in the making for almost a year and it is nice to see it being rolled out where students from around the country can now participate in our quality courses and interact with our wonderful faculty while completing the programs affordably from their own homes.” 

For more information about SWAU Online, its programs, support services, and pricing, individuals can visit

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