Just down the road from Water Oak is Texas’ oldest institution of higher learning: Southwestern University. Founded in 1840 by Methodist missionaries, Southwestern was initially a collection of four colleges scattered around the state. In 1873, the colleges were united into a single school in Georgetown where the university stands today.
One hundred and forty years later, Southwestern University is one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. In 2012 U.S. News and World Report listed it as number 60 for liberal arts schools nationwide. Forbes Magazine included it in its 2012 list of the top 100 undergraduate schools in the United States and listed it as #2 in Texas.
Southwestern’s entering class size for 2012 was 357. Included in that number were 10 high school valedictorians and 8 salutatorians, as well as international students from China, India, Honduras and Puerto Rico.
Popular areas of study include the social sciences, business, communication (including journalism), performing arts and education. With a student-faculty ration of 10:1, Southwestern fosters a spirit of collaboration between students and their professors. The vast majority of its classes number fewer than 20 students.
Here at Water Oak, we’re delighted to be located so close to Southwestern and hope you’ll take a stroll around campus to see what all the fuss is about.