University description (as per official university website)
In 1892, Seventh-day Adventists living near Dallas chose a committee to locate property for a school in Johnson County. The committee members personally financed the purchase of 800 acres, five miles east of Cleburne, for $8,000.
At a time in our nation when railroads went broke, banks closed, and businesses failed, hearty Adventist families converged on the land in November and December 1893. They brought all their earthly possessions in covered wagons and began to clear the land and build houses. Most lived in tents during those first winter months.
On January, 6, 1894, a school building was completed. It doubled as a church which was organized with 67 members. The next day, school opened with 56 students in all grades. The enrollment soon increased to 90 as other families moved to the new town soon to be named Keene.
December 20, 1902 was an important day in Keene as the first train pulled into town. Local citizens had raised $3,000 to get a passenger train on the 10-mil stretch from Cleburne to Egan. The new railroad had one stop, Keene’s little depot. The train, operated by a steam engine called Old Betsy had a coal car, wooden baggage car and passenger coach. It served as the primary means of transportation for 20 years. Old Betsy is now the name of Keene’s main street, which follows the route of the original railroad track.
The mission of Southwestern Adventist University is to offer quality higher education in a Christ-centered environment shaped by Seventh-day Adventist and Christian values.
Southwestern Adventist University is to be a leader in Seventh-day Adventist higher education, and make significant contributions to religiously affiliated education in general.
*We believe that God is the ultimate source of meaning.
*We affirm the Seventh-day Adventist tradition of service.
*We are committed to the harmonious development of body, mind, and spirit.
*We are committed to educating free citizens, men and women of integrity, who value learning and inquiry.
*We are committed to the liberal arts tradition, which educates for life, not merely vocation.
Attitudes and Ideals
The University broadens the student's intellect, strengthens the spiritual dimension, contributes to social growth, fosters attitudes and practices of healthful living, develops a wholesome respect for the dignity of labor, and instills a sense of selfless service.
The student enrollment at Southwestern Adventist University was 890 in 2007 (794 full-time equivalent).
About 42% of the freshmen class in 2007 was male and women were 58% of the class.
Undergrads are 94% of enrolled students and graduate students are 6%.
Students living in the US make up 100% of incoming freshmen.
Among freshmen students, 99% are full-time and 1% are part-time.