175Th Anniversary of the Charter for Southwestern Universityby Representative John R. Carter
Posted on 2015-02-05
in the house of representatives
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Mr. CARTER of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 175th
anniversary of the charter for Southwestern University in Georgetown,
TX. The Lone Star State's first institution of higher education and
Texas' leading undergraduate liberal arts and sciences university,
Southwestern has progressed from its early pioneering roots to become a
vibrant and diverse center of growth and potential.
By fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity, Southwestern reflects the best values of Central Texas. Southwestern offers small classes and numerous collaborative undergraduate research opportunities. Over 1,500 students enjoy the warm, small-town feel of historic Georgetown as well as the close proximity of Austin with its vibrant, innovative, and creative culture. Outside the classroom, students are civically engaged and volunteer in the community at more than twice the national average. Half of all students study abroad and most take advantage of leadership, service, and activism opportunities in Southwestern's 90+ student organizations.
Engaging minds remains at the forefront of the university's mission. Southwestern professors balance the highest level of scholarship with a serious dedication to teaching and collaboration with our students. The university has been recognized as a leading institution of higher learning. Both U.S. News & World Report and USA Today College rank Southwestern University the top national liberal arts colleges in Texas. Southwestern is consistently recognized as one of 40 colleges in the publication Colleges That Change Lives.
I'm proud that Southwestern University calls my congressional district home. For 175 years, this great college has been transforming lives and preparing our nation's next generation of leaders for success. I wish Southwestern University only the best as it continues its proud mission of scholarly excellence.