College of the Southwest

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Introduction to College of the Southwest

Founded by B. Clarence Evans in 1956, College of the Southwest first started out as Hobbs Baptist College. It was also originally chartered as a two-year junior college.

As a Christian university in its beginnings, CSW turned into a non-denominational school to serve the southeastern New Mexico and West Texas area. Recently, the school's board of trustees voted to change the official name to University of the Southwest in an effort to reflect academic growth and the expanding student body.

Student Life at College of the Southwest

Set in the southeastern New Mexico desert, CSW earns recognition as a school with "teaching" faculty, as opposed to a larger research university. The small liberal arts background makes it ideal for students who want a more personal education experience. The Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series brings influential individuals from all subject areas for inspirational lectures.

FAQs on College of the Southwest

Is College of the Southwest Accredited?

College of the Southwest is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission. The National Council for Teacher Education Standards accredits the School of Education.

What Are Some of the College of the Southwest Requirements?

To apply to CSW, prospective students must have graduated from an approved high school or high school equivalency through the General Educational Development (GED) testing program. Admission rests on high school curriculum, grade point average and standardized test scores. Applicants must submit a nonrefundable application fee, an official transcript of ACT or SAT test scores and the online application.

Can I Receive Financial Aid From College of the Southwest?

CSW will work with students in need to try to lower tuition costs, while all students are to apply for federal funding through grants, loans and work-study with their FAFSA application. There are several grant opportunities specific to New Mexico, as well as several academic, athletic and talent-based scholarships from the school.

What Career Possibilities Are There With College of the Southwest?

College of the Southwest offers degrees in computer science, environmental management, biological sciences, criminal justice, psychology, business administration, sports management and education. There are several master's degrees in various educational disciplines, such as educational administration, special education and counseling.