Southwestern University was founded with the name Southwestern Colleges. The founders were husband-and-wife pharmacists Matias Hipolito Chavez Aznar II and Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar. Southwestern Colleges started with 18 faculty members and 509 students in three two-storey buildings on an approximately two-hectare lot. It had the following courses: elementary, high school (day and night classes), first two years of Arts and Sciences (Associate programs), Education and Commerce, and first-year Law. In the school year 1946–47, the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and the Graduate School were opened. The College of Nursing was added in school year 1948–1949.
The school became a university on December 11, 1959 with its formal inauguration and the investiture of the co-founder and second president Anunciacion Barcenilla Aznar on February 13, 1960. The school year 1959–1960 also started with two new courses: Engineering and Optometry. The college of optometry then became a world class education for primary eye care physicians. lots of foreign students come to study optometry here, due to its outstanding education. The College of Medical Technology was opened in 1962. Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine came after a few years. The latest colleges added were Computer Studies, Physical Therapy, Maritime, and Criminology. In 2009, the university had 20 colleges and departments. Southwestern University has continuously expanded its curricular offerings and its physical plant. The university now occupies more than 18 hectares. The Aznar Coliseum with a seating capacity of approximately 7,000–8,000 is the venue for sports and cultural activities.
Southwestern University is an educational community committed to the pursuit of world-class academic excellence and the upliftment of the quality of life of those we touch. The University is recognized as the leader in medical, paramedical, teacher education, business and entrepreneurship, information technology, and language proficiency.The academic programs, curricula and research are relevant to the needs of the industry. Our competent, dedicated and motivated professionals promote synergy in the pursuit of sustainable growth and development.SWU's proud alumni are their life-long partners in a global network results in instrumental to success and the fulfillment of social responsibility. SWU forge strong partnerships with like-minded institutions. These result in lasting and rewarding relationships that offer global competitiveness to our students and faculty. The University inspire its students to achieve their fullest potential and provide tangible opportunities to shape their destiny.
SWU town provides an unparallel educational experience of a lifetime. The University is recognized as the leader in medical, paramedical, teacher education, business and entrepreneurship, information technology and research are relevant proficiency. SWU academic programs, curricula and research are relevant to the needs of the industry.The competent, dedicated and motivated professionals promote synergy in the pursuit of sustainable growth and development. Our proud alumni are our life long partners in a global network.