Southwestern Christian College

Southwestern Christian College

  • Number of Online Degrees Offered: None
  • Hybrid Option: Yes
  • Degree Levels Offered: Associate, Bachelor’s
  • Degree Fields Offered: Liberal Arts, Religious Studies

The private, not-for-profit Southwestern Christian College (SwCC) was founded in 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas, as Southern Bible Institute. Its first class consisted of just 45 students. The trustees of SwCC purchased property in Terrell, including the first dwelling built in Terrell, an octagonally shaped home known as the Round House, and began operating there as Southwestern Christian College. The local chapter of the Historical Society has since placed marker at the site of the Round House.

When Dr. Jack Evans Sr. was appointed president of SwCC in 1967, he became the first African-American president of the only predominantly black Christian College among Churches of Christ. The school became fully accredited under his leadership in 1967. Dr. Evans still serves as SwCC’s president.

Online Learning at Southwestern Christian College

SwCC offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a two-year associate degree in the liberal arts. For their bachelor’s, students can expect a core curriculum of courses including English, history, humanities, and mathematics, along with classes in religion, the Bible, and ministry. After completing 35 semester hours in Bible and religious education, candidates for a bachelor’s must complete two one-hour internships.

Open-enrollment and non-credit online classes are available from SwCC. You do not have to be admitted to SwCC to take online courses. Students enrolled in a degree program at SwCC or another institution will need to see approval to use any online courses toward a degree.

SwCC’s Center for Student Success provides additional academic support for students, including tutorials, academic, personal, and career counseling, and workshops in note taking, time management, and test taking strategies. The program’s services are free, and include tutoring in Bible studies, biology, English, mathematics, psychology, sociology, reading, Greek, computer science, and speech.

Enrolling at Southwestern Christian College

Prospective students can apply to SwCC online or by downloading and printing up a pdf of the application form. Online applicants should note the additional materials (see below) the Office of Admissions must receive in order to process an application for admission. August 17 is the application deadline for the fall semester, January 10 is the deadline for the spring.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

  • Completed application and $20 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • SAT/ACT (Not required, but recommended)
  • Medical record (Downloadable form is on the SwCC website)
  • Immunization record
  • Current photograph
  • Academic Recommendation Form (Downloadable form is on the SwCC website)
  • Character Recommendation Form (Downloadable form is on the SwCC website)
  • Residential Application (Downloadable form is on the SwCC website)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • One-page essay describing to your potential roommate two items you’d bring to SwCC and why you want to attend SwCC
  • Additional information for foreign applicants is available on the SwCC website)