University Highlights

Scholarships and New Programs Focus on Student Experience
March 20, 2020

Announcing a new Southwestern Union Freshman Scholarship! The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to freshmen living within the Southwestern Union (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas or Oklahoma) who commit to SWAU for fall 2020 and spring 2021 by April 1. 

“We understand that tuition costs and expenses are key factors to consider in selecting colleges and universities,” shared Ken Shaw, president. “In collaboration with the Southwestern Union, we are excited to offer this $5,000 scholarship to help make Christian higher education affordable.” Learn more about this scholarship at

Nursing Guarantee: SWAU now offers guaranteed nursing program admission to individuals who simply enroll as a full-time freshman, declare nursing as a major, successfully complete all nursing prerequisite courses, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and achieve proficient level or above on the TEAS nursing admission test. 

“Nursing majors usually begin nursing courses in the second semester of their sophomore year, meaning that students are often anxious during the first year and a half, not knowing if they will be accepted into a nursing program after working hard to complete their prerequisites,” shared Kerrie Kimbrow, Advent Health endowed chair of the department of nursing. “At SWAU, we want our pre-nursing students to be assured of a place in our program. They can then focus on success.” Learn more at

New Programs: SWAU is pleased to introduce two new academic programs: Cybersecurity and Criminal Justice. Both will be offered as online programs.

“In an effort to provide relevant career opportunities for our students, we feel these two programs will offer our students degrees that will ensure a variety of employment opportunities,” shared Donna Berkner, interim vice president for academic administration. “The faculty for these programs have intentionally embedded internships into the curriculum to provide for real hands-on learning experiences.” Learn more at

By Tim Kosaka, Marketing and PR Director