Southwestern College participated for the second year in RecycleMania, a national collegiate competition focused on waste minimization and recycling. In the Per Capita Classic, which measures the weight of recycled material per student, Southwestern placed 61st out of 346 colleges and universities, just edging out the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Brown University. The Per Capita Classic champion was the United States Coast Guard Academy. Among Kansas institutions, Southwestern was the Grand Champion, the winner of the Per Capita Classic, and had the best results for several targeted recyclables: bottles and cans, paper, and corrugated cardboard. The other Kansas schools that participated (and trailed SC) are Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Bethany College and Johnson County Community College.