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Southwestern University

City Year is proud to partner with Southwestern University, a leader in innovative undergraduate education, offering a life-enriching residential liberal arts and sciences experience for talented individuals who share a passion for intellectual exploration, engagement, and growth.

Southwestern University offers City Year AmeriCorps members, alums and staff

20% scholarships

A minimum of 20% tuition scholarships will be awarded to 5 City Year applicants (AmeriCorps members, alumni who completed at least one year of service, and City Year staff members employed for at least two years are eligible) for Southwestern’s undergraduate programs.

Scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years (8 semesters) for First-Year and/or transfer students. Students must meet scholarship renewable criteria, including maintaining a gpa of 2.0 or better and continued full time enrollment. Eligible prospective participants will also need to meet all applicable admissions standards as set forth by the university.

Students may be eligible for additional merit scholarship and need-based aid.

Benefits will be available for those admitted for Fall 2024 or later.

Additional benefits

  • No application fee to apply
  • Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to serve for additional time with City Year before starting their studies.

Why City Year loves Southwestern University

Southwestern University is a leader in innovative undergraduate education, offering a life-enriching residential liberal arts and sciences experience for talented individuals who share a passion for intellectual exploration, engagement, and growth. Discovery and creation are intentionally fostered throughout a diverse and inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, empowering all to advance research, scholarship, and the creative arts and lead fulfilling lives that contribute to the well-being of humanity.

Southwestern University, under the auspices of the United Methodist Church, is committed to undergraduate liberal education involving both the study of and participation in significant aspects of our cultural heritage, expressed primarily through the arts, the sciences, the Institutions, and the professions of society. As a teaching~learning community, Southwestern encourages rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative teaching, and the expression of free human life. The University seeks to involve the student in finding a personal and social direction for life, developing more sensitive methods of communication, cultivating those qualities and skills which make for personal and professional effectiveness, and learning to think clearly and make relevant judgments and discriminations.

Degree Programs

Please consider the major and minor offerings at Southwestern for additional details about the degree programs offered at SU.

To apply

Visit Southwestern’s admission website to learn more about the application options and apply online.

Deadlines for programs can be found on the Admission FAQ page.

Currently serving corps members are encouraged to apply during their corps year; although enrolment may be deferred if a corps member decides to participate for an additional year.

To identify your City Year affiliation and apply for the scholarship:

A service verification letter must be requested by emailing with “Southwestern University” in the subject line. Within the email, include your service site and corps graduation month and year.

This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the Southwestern University Admission Office to be added to your applicant file.

To contact the admissions office

For questions about this partnership, please contact Christine Bowman, Assistant Vice President of Admission at or by calling 1.800.252.3166.

Please note that all admissions and scholarship decisions are made by the educational institution. AmeriCorps members, alums and staff interested in these scholarships must complete the full application process for the institution. Please pay close attention to deadlines and consider beginning work on your applications early in the year.

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