Southwestern Student Life

Student Body

According to the 2012-2013 student body profile, Southwestern is home to 1,394 students. About 29% of Southwestern’s students come from a minority background. Texas residents comprised 89% of Southwestern University’s student body while students from other states and nations made up 11% of the student body. Overall, 33 states and 11 countries are represented in the students of Southwestern.



Over 85% of Southwestern students live on-campus in spacious apartments or residence halls that supply wireless internet, cable TV, and voice-mail.



Southwestern University participates in NCAA Division III athletics including: 

  • basketball
  • cross country
  • track & field
  • football
  • golf
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • men's baseball
  • lacrosse
  • women's volleyball
  • women's softball

In addition, Southwestern University offers club sports. These teams also compete with other colleges but are independent of the university. Fees are paid by the student athletes.

And there are a number of intermural sports. Intermural sports are non-cut sports (everyone can participate) in which students compete with other students or teams at Southwestern University. These include:

  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Frisbee
  • Racquetball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Soccer


Clubs and Organizations

Southwestern University also offers a vast amount of student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities. With more than 90 registered student organizations on campus, Southwestern University provides endless opportunities for involvement outside academics. 

Some of Southwestern’s student organizations include:

  • Southwestern Student Congress
  • Art Association
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Cheerleading
  • Southwestern University Handball Club
  • Pan-Asian Association
  • Model United Nations
  • Southwestern University Magazine & Radio
  • As well as various religious clubs & organizations

Volunteering and civic engagement are also very popular at Southwestern University. Over 70% of Southwestern students volunteer on campus or in the community. Students give more than 23,000 service hours annually at more than 100 local non-profits and agencies.