The Vision and Mission Statements of Southwestern College

Our Vision

Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, is a learning community dedicated to:

  • Intellectual growth and career preparation
  • Individual development and Christian values
  • Lifetime learning and responsible citizenship
  • Leadership through service in a world without boundaries

The Mission of Southwestern College

Southwestern College provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth.  Founded in 1885 by Kansas Methodists and now related to the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, the college offers bachelor’s and graduate degrees on-ground and online.

Southwestern College:

  • Prepares students for careers and for graduate studies with courses that foster critical thinking and effective communication and are characterized by meaningful professor-student interaction.
  • Employs emerging technologies that promote learning.
  • Strives to live by and teach a sustainable way of life.
  • Provides preparation for a wide range of church-related vocations and involvement.
  • Offers programs that embrace prior learning and facilitate career progression for working adults, members of the armed services, and persons in transition.
  • Affords a residential learning experience abundant with co-curricular activities that build social awareness and interpersonal skills and cultivate an ethos of service and leadership.

Statement in Advance of 2019 UMC Special Session:

Affirmation of Southwestern College’s Commitment to Inclusion and Acceptance


Southwestern College is a college that deeply values its connection to the United Methodist Church. As Moundbuilders, and as a Methodist-affiliated institution, we reaffirm our tradition to respect and value each and every individual as a beloved child of God.

In full accordance with our mission as a college, and our historical traditions and strengths, we remain firmly committed to supporting all students, faculty, and staff - a community of individuals with unique and valuable identities; faith, race, sexuality, gender, abilities, socioeconomic class, etc. 

Southwestern College is a community that cares about each person, benefits greatly from our collective diversity, and is fully committed to equity and inclusion. 

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