Southern Wesleyan University

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Summary

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

Website: swu.edu

Phone: 864-644-5000

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 570324936

CEO/President: Dr. William D. Barker

Chairman: Sue Rickman

Board size: 31

Founder:

Ruling year: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

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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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating185 of 110217 of 129
Fund acquisition rating161 of 110319 of 129
Resource allocation rating507 of 110368 of 129
Asset utilization rating316 of 110235 of 129

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
9%4%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
2%1%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
22%30%17%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
2%1%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
78%70%83%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20222021
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%84%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%83%96%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%70%81%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%17%4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%17%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%15%14%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20222021
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.510.680.79
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
2.612.643.38
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.401.792.67
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.637.895.15
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.120.130.19
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.375.853.62
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
24%15%19%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
12%9%11%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
152%125%103%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20222021
Cash$8,493,346$6,575,962
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,490,403$955,706
Short-term investments$4,621,808$4,672,238
Other current assets$0$0
Total current assets$17,605,557$12,203,906
Long-term investments$4,037,290$4,039,512
Fixed assets$24,689,001$24,449,181
Other long-term assets$136,160$565,091
Total long-term assets$28,862,451$29,053,784
Total assets$46,468,008$41,257,690
 
Liabilities20222021
Payables and accrued expenses$1,365,152$1,235,234
Other current liabilities$866,120$1,134,474
Total current liabilities$2,231,272$2,369,708
Debt$3,989,508$4,560,490
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$666,065$829,986
Total long-term liabilities$4,655,573$5,390,476
Total liabilities$6,886,845$7,760,184
 
Net assets20222021
Without donor restrictions$28,698,633$22,108,268
With donor restrictions$10,882,530$11,389,238
Net assets$39,581,163$33,497,506
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20222021
Total contributions$11,395,794$5,842,583
Program service revenue$25,782,210$27,498,617
Membership dues$0$0
Investment income$147,363$191,010
Other revenue$774,082$508,478
Total other revenue$26,703,655$28,198,105
Total revenue$38,099,449$34,040,688
 
Expenses20222021
Program services$26,499,925$27,471,346
Management and general$4,581,515$4,616,345
Fundraising$472,073$511,902
Total expenses$31,553,513$32,599,593
 
Change in net assets20222021
Surplus (deficit)$6,545,936$1,441,095
Other changes in net assets$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,545,936$1,441,095

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Todd S VossFormer President$173,390
Dr William CrothersPresident$141,651
Dr April White PughProvost/VP for Academic Affairs$113,907
Mr Roger HouseVP for Finance/CFO/Treasurer$112,853

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022


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History

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.

For a timeline, visit: swu.edu/about/who-we-are/our-history/


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