Respected sources like Money magazine, Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives, and College: The Undergraduate Experience in America by Ernest Boyer say that smaller schools like Southwestern provide students with the best educational opportunities. According to these and other sources, colleges and universities with no more than 2,000 students provide a higher percentage of students with a fulfilling and successful undergraduate experience.
Yet Southwestern offers big opportunities â€” to discover the world, to make a difference and to enrich one's life. Its size allows students to interact with faculty one-to-one, not one-to-many. It creates an academic environment where faculty care about what classes their student colleagues take and where they strive to help students graduate in four years, not five or six. Southwestern's size also fosters the development of an intellectual and social community where students are known for their individuality instead of being just another face in the crowd.