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Southern Wesleyan University
Motto "Quality Education with a Christian Perspective "
Established 1906
Type Christian
Religious affiliation Wesleyan Church
President Dr. David J. Spittal
Provost Dr. R. Keith Iddings
Students 2700
Undergraduates 1500 (traditional)
Location Central, South Carolina, USA
34°43′27.6″N 82°46′18.9″W / 34.724333°N 82.771917°W / 34.724333; -82.771917
Campus Main in Central South Carolina, Branches in Greenville, SC
Former names Wesleyan Methodist College (1909-1959)
Central Wesleyan College (1959-1994)
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname SWU
Mascot Warriors
Athletics [1]
Affiliations NCCAA,NAIA,
Website [2]

Southern Wesleyan University is a four-year and graduate Christian college, with its main campus in the town of Central, South Carolina. The university was founded in 1906 by what is now The Wesleyan Church.

Southern Wesleyan University prepares students for leadership and graduate study in such fields as business, education, religion, music, medicine, law and a variety of civic and social service professions. Southern Wesleyan offers more than 40 major areas of study for undergraduates and also offers graduate degrees in the areas of business, education and ministry. It has recently added majors in forensic science, forensic computer science, communication, management of information technology and human services. The university serves more than 2,700 students in total. There are more than 600 traditional undergraduates enrolled at the main campus in Central, S.C. In addition, undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in an accelerated format at regional learning centers in Central, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, North Augusta, Greenwood and Spartanburg. Most of the students in these locations are working adults.

The university has 10 intercollegiate athletic teams. Three of those, men's soccer and both men's and women's basketball, have traveled to other countries on short-term mission trips within the last few years. In 2007, women's basketball and men's baseball teams won their respective National Christian College Athletic Association national championships.


General information

Rickman Library at Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) occupies a 250-acre (1.0 km2) campus near the town of Central, S.C.

Southern Wesleyan University's school mascot is the warrior, and the school colors are blue and gold.

The following is a link to a map of the Southern Wesleyan University main campus in Central, SC. Campus map

Freedom's Hill - the chapel built for the first Wesleyan Methodist church that Rev. Adam Crooks established in the South - has been relocated to Southern Wesleyan University. The renovated chapel is now used by SWU students.


Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Education has recently received accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the teacher education programs at the undergraduate and masters levels. More information about NCATE is available at the NCATE website. Degree programs in Music and Music Education have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). More information about NASM is available at the NASM website.


Southern Wesleyan University is a four-year, liberal arts institution dedicated to the concept that God is the source of all truth and wisdom. The university mission statement states: “To help men and women become all God intends them to be through an excellent learning experience that promotes intellectual inquiry, fosters spiritual growth, equips for service and mobilizes leaders whose lives transform their world through faith, knowledge, love and hope as they serve Jesus Christ and others.” The university seeks to meet the needs of students with various abilities and backgrounds, enabling them to realize their personal and professional educational goals.

The school was founded as a result of a prayer meeting in a field that is now part of the main campus. Representatives of Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states met at Central to consider the possibility of establishing a college. Classes at the university began on October 15, 1906. Initially known as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute (1906-1908), subsequent names included Wesleyan Methodist College (1909-1959) and Central Wesleyan College (1959-1994). The school was renamed Southern Wesleyan University in 1994.

A campus fixture for nearly 60 years, Smith Hall was the first building constructed on College Hill. When it opened in 1906, it housed the chapel, six classrooms, administrative space and a small library collection. In 1916, construction was completed on Grimes Hall, which became the central campus landmark until the early 1970s. The building served classroom and administrative purposes, as well as chapel, library and dining hall at times. Since then the campus has expanded to nearly 20 buildings over 250 acres (1.0 km2) in Central, S.C.

For a number of years the college operated as a two-year junior college, except for the four-year theological program. At one time elementary and secondary school classes were offered as well. In the late 1950s, the pre-college programs were phased out and the college moved to a full four-year program. The junior college program had previously received accreditation, but Central Wesleyan College was first accredited to award bachelor's degrees in 1973. The university is now accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

In addition to the traditional college program, in 1986 a nontraditional program for working adults was added. Initially known as Leadership Education for Adult Professionals (LEAP), the program has now expanded to several degree programs operating under the title of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS). The initial LEAP program offered a bachelor's degree in management. An associate's degree in business began in 1988. Master's degree programs in Christian Ministries and Management were added in 1990. Master's programs in Business Administration and Education began in 2002. Although the college has changed structure over the years, the mission of the college has remained a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom.

Fine Arts Division

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The spacious Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center was opened in August 2008. All Fine Arts classrooms, practice rooms, chapel, etc. are held in this new building.


Music Degrees

Music B.S.

The B.S. in music, a general degree, provides the student with a foundation in musical studies while giving elective opportunity for study in a secondary area which often integrates with music, e.g., business or computers. Although an applied performance degree is not offered at Southern Wesleyan University, some B.A. in music majors concentrate in performance by taking additional hours in applied areas of study, particularly in their freshman and sophomore years.

Music B.S. (Music Education Concentration)

The B.S. in music with a concentration in music education prepares an individual for certification as a music teacher within the South Carolina schools. Students pursuing this degree also serve in private school music programs as well as private applied music instructors.

Music B.S. (Emphasis on Church Music)

The B.S. in music with an emphasis on church music prepares an individual to serve as a minister of music in a local church setting.


Opportunities abound in the areas of choral, vocal, instrumental, piano and organ. Music students at SWU are among the most active and involved students in study and campus activities, including student body leadership positions.

Performance ensembles consist of music students as well as interested and talented students from other academic disciplines. All students who perform in ensembles are eligible to receive ensemble scholarships. Performing ensembles include Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, several vocal and instrumental quartets and the ministry teams—University Singers and The Difference.

For more information on the Fine Arts Division, visit the Fine Arts hyperlink in the External Links section.


SWU Administration Building
  • Rev. Ken Dill is the associate vice president for Spiritual Life and University Chaplain. Ken Dill’s training and experience in personal, pre-marital, marriage and spiritual counseling prepare him to assist students in a variety of areas. His responsibilities also include supervising all aspects of chapel, training and mentoring ministry teams, teaching and coordinating marriage and family seminars, director of chaplain support services for AGS (Adult & Graduate Studies) and serving as chaplain for the SWU community. Ken, an ordained minister, has a master's of divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He has served as youth pastor, pastor, administrator and teacher. (Spiritual Life) Ken Dill addressing students
  • Dave Tolan is director of the missions program. He sponsors the Student Missions Fellowship (SMF), coordinates student mission efforts and spends time mentoring and counseling with students considering their role in Christian service and missions. Dave, an ordained minister, has a master’s of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ken. He has experience in pre-marital counseling and has served as a youth pastor and pastor. Dave and his wife, Donna, have 10 years of experience as a missionary teacher and pastor in Zambia. Commissioning service at SWU


Southern Wesleyan University offers four housing options for traditional students on campus.

All rooms include:

  • air conditioning
  • local phone service
  • cable TV hookup
  • Internet access

Childs Hall

Childs Hall, the oldest dormitory on campus (1947), originally served as an all male facility. It was recently converted into an all female dorm. Childs has 38 single or double occupancy rooms on 3 floors, with a computer lab on the first floor and a kitchen/lounge on the third floor. There are additional rooms in the basement as well as washing machines and dryers. An apartment on the first floor houses the Resident Director.


Mullinax Hall, completed in 2005, is Southern Wesleyan's newest dormitory. Mullinax, an upperclassmen dorm, has the feel of suite style hotel rooms and each room shares a bathroom with its adjacent partner. It has 78 active rooms on 4 floors for residents. In the basement there are washers and dryers, a game room, a computer lab, and an apartment for the Resident Director.

North & South Apartments

The apartments, for upperclassmen, offer four rooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen in each apartment. There are 35 apartments in use, with a capacity of 140 students. One apartment is used for the Resident Director. The twin apartment units were completed in 2000.


Stuart-Bennett, the second oldest dormitory on campus, was constructed in 1963 and enlarged in 1966. A disastrous fire destroyed the original female dorm, McDonald Hall, in December 1962. In its place a new dorm was constructed and named in honor of the two victims of the fire, Myrna Stuart and Crystal Bennett. It has been recently converted into a co-ed dorm, with separate floors for male and female students. Stuart-Bennett has 94 available rooms on five floors. In addition, there are bathrooms on each floor. There is a lounge on the fourth floor. On the first floor, there is a nurse's station, a computer lab in the lobby, a glassed lounge in the lobby nicknamed the "fishbowl," and an apartment for the Resident Director.

For more information, visit Southern Wesleyan Student Life

Information was procured from Southern Wesleyan Main Page

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Student activities


Southern Wesleyan University features 10 intercollegiate sports. For male athletes, options include baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, and cross country. Female athletes may participate in basketball, softball, cross country, soccer and volleyball.

Southern Wesleyan teams compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference, comprising 12 colleges in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. SWU also participates in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In 2007, the baseball and women's basketball teams each won NCCAA national championships.


Southern Wesleyan University students have a variety of recreational opportunities. The Tysinger Gymnasium is a great resource for students, housing the basketball court, a workout gym and an activity room. The university has a full sized tennis court. Intramural sports include basketball, ultimate frisbee and flag football.

In addition to routine opportunities for relaxation, many events are held during the year. These may include special student activities, special speakers, theatrical productions, concerts and musical presentations.


Ignite, which is a local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), started as an ambitious dream that has grown into a burning reality. The dream was to see the athletes at Southern Wesleyan University changed for Christ. Ignite sponsors a variety of activities, including special events, worship, small group meetings and outreach opportunities.

For more information about IGNITE and its sponsored activities, see IGNITE.

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