Southwestern University Class Ring

Founding Year: 1840

Mascot: Pirate

Colors: Black & Gold

Southwestern University, also known as Southwestern or SU is an exclusive, not-for-profit, liberal arts university in Georgetown, Texas. Established in 1873 from a revival of collegiate charters granted in 1840, Southwestern is considered as the oldest university in Texas. The institution used to be associated with the United Methodist Church with a nonsectarian curriculum.

In 1835, Col. William B. Travis penned a letter to the “NY Christian Advocate” encouraging the establishment of a Methodist presence in the Republic of Texas. Five years afterwards, in 1840, the vision of Methodist missionary, Martin Ruter helped give birth to the first Southwestern’s four root colleges.

Before assuming the university’s current form, 4 educational institutions have been established through the charters have been granted by the Texas Legislature: Rutersville College of Rutersville, Texas, Wesleyan University of San Augustine, Texas, McKenzie University of Clarksville, Texas, and Soule University of Chappell Hill, Texas.

In 1873, the union of the four institutions opened up in Georgetown as Texas University. And because they wanted to keep that name for a proposed state university in Austin, the University of Texas, the Texas Legislature granted a charter in 1875 under the name Southwestern University as a continuation of the charters for Rutersville, Wesleyan, McKenzie, and Soule. 1840, Ruttersvilles College’s opening, is the date that Southwestern considers as its founding date. Thus, the institute claims to be the oldest university in Texas and the second oldest coeducational liberal arts university west of the Mississippi.

In 1915, Southwestern became a charter member of the Southwest Conference. After World War II, Southwestern renovated itself into a liberal arts institution, suspending its post-graduate degrees, disbanding the football team, and rebuilt much of the campus with a massive capital campaign. The endowment rose substantially.

Southwestern’s participation in the Navy’s V-12 program helped the university prosper, and also by eliminating its graduate programs and concentrating on the liberal arts and sciences and the education of undergraduates only.

As the University’s reputation increased, so did its enrollment. By 1978, they have successfully enrolled 1,000 students. The annual Brown Symposium was established in 1977. By the early 1980s, “Southwestern University” started to become acknowledged and began to appear in national college guidebooks. In 1988, US News & World Statement named Southwestern the top regional liberal arts college in the nation, and has included Southwestern among its more competitive “National Liberal Arts College” category.

Southwestern University offers 40 bachelor’s degrees in the arts, sciences, fine arts, and music and also interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Colleges and the National Association of Colleges of Music.


The Southwestern ring is a symbol of the “Southwestern Experience.” Juniors or seniors qualify to purchase their ring after 75 completed hours or more.

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The President’s Table Dinner

President Burger introduced a new tradition to Southwestern when he arrived at the University in 2013. It’s a special, one of a kind opportunity, and one that every student can look forward to participating in their senior year: The President’s Table Dinner.

President Burger habitually hosts small dinner parties at his home on the edge of campus, where students, faculty, staff and honored guests spend an evening engaged in hearty conversation over dinner and dessert. His long dining table, which seats eighteen, encourages an intimate environment that allows for relating with peers in a way that isn’t always doable inside a classroom.

By the time they graduate, every SU student will have been invited to dine with the President at the Turner Fleming House. What a delightful and memorable college experience!


The Southwestern Candlelight Services mark the beginning of the Advent season. It was originally called the Christmas Carol Service and was described as “the most beautiful and elaborate pre-Christmas entertainment ever given at Southwestern.”

Traditionally taking place on the Thursday during the last week of fall-semester classes, Candlelight provides an opportunity to look back on past accomplishments and be hopeful for the future. The ceremonies also bring together members of the campus and the surrounding city.

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