Southern Wesleyan University

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Southern Wesleyan University is a private Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education. We are proud to be an institution of The Wesleyan Church, a worldwide body of evangelical Protestant believers. Our name has changed over the years, but our mission-to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom-has remained.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Southern Wesleyan University
PO Box 1020
Central, SC 29630


Phone: 8646445000


Organization details

EIN: 570324936

CEO/President: Dr. Todd Voss

Chairman: Charles L. Joiner

Board size: 31


Year founded: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.

Mission statement

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant leaders who impact the world for Christ.

Statement of faith

he following is a summary of the doctrine set forth in the Articles of Religion, but the statement is not intended to replace or in any way supersede the more explicit affirmations found in the most current version of The Discipline of the Wesleyan Church. We believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son, suffered in our place on the cross, that He died but rose again, that He now sits at the Father's right hand until He returns to judge all men at the last day. We believe in the Holy Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. We believe that by the grace of God every person has the ability and responsibility to choose between right and wrong and that those who repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified by faith. We believe that God not only counts the believer as righteous but that He also makes him righteous, freeing him of sin's dominion at conversion, purifying his heart by faith and perfecting him in love at entire sanctification, and providing for his growth in grace in every stage of his spiritual life, enabling him through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to live a victorious life.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating276 of 91323 of 111
Fund acquisition rating50 of 91510 of 111
Resource allocation rating760 of 91589 of 111
Asset utilization rating289 of 91327 of 111

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$452,113$768,023$881,752$1,423,965
Short-term investments$6,970,530$2,488,371$2,162,379$1,159,723
Other current assets$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,604,851$10,465,506$14,457,862$16,542,116
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$25,040,575$25,749,661$23,484,017$21,667,412
Other long-term assets$1,667,581$1,721,321$1,825,895$1,809,438
Total long-term assets$26,708,156$27,470,982$25,309,912$23,476,850
Total assets$39,313,007$37,936,488$39,767,774$40,018,966
Payables and accrued expenses$1,031,697$453,632$301,670$242,971
Other current liabilities$1,323,722$652,947$2,036,042$2,412,261
Total current liabilities$2,355,419$1,106,579$2,337,712$2,655,232
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,150,868$7,813,057$8,077,287$8,700,734
Total long-term liabilities$7,150,868$7,813,057$8,077,287$8,700,734
Total liabilities$9,506,287$8,919,636$10,414,999$11,355,966
Net assets2018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$20,200,648$20,203,087$20,564,695$20,171,258
With donor restrictions$9,606,072$8,813,765$8,788,080$8,491,742
Net assets$29,806,720$29,016,852$29,352,775$28,663,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,643,886$3,084,321$3,082,778$3,813,154
Program service revenue$16,128,753$17,263,581$18,665,428$19,424,924
Membership dues$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,153,681$469,340$170,367$145,067
Other revenue$5,036,686$4,677,855$4,547,988$4,429,272
Total other revenue$24,319,120$22,410,776$23,383,783$23,999,263
Total revenue$27,963,006$25,495,097$26,466,561$27,812,417
Program services$20,678,363$19,091,909$19,888,751$20,027,958
Management and general$6,494,775$6,739,111$5,888,035$5,779,459
Total expenses$27,173,138$25,831,020$25,776,786$25,807,417
Change in net assets2018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$789,868($335,923)$689,775$2,005,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$789,868($335,923)$689,775$2,005,000


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/8/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Southern Wesleyan University was originally established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute whose mission was to develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training. Now, as a four-year, private, liberal arts college, SWU's structure and name have changed, but our mission-to be a Christian community of learners that recognizes God as the source of all truth and wisdom-has remained.

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