Southwestern Admission Requirements

Southwestern University welcomes international students from around the globe and works with international students to help them transition to Southwestern.


As a selective university, Southwestern looks for excellence in its applicants. International students must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of a competitive secondary school curriculum with strong academic performance.
  • Coursework should include at least four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, two years of foreign language, three years of social science and one additional academic elective.
  • English proficiency. Southwestern does not offer courses in English as a second language. All International students must demonstrate mastery of written and oral English.
  • Students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and achieve a score of 570 on the written test or an 88 on the Internet-based test.
  • Students whose first language is English must take the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or the ACT Test.