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Student Life

What's Life like as a Mustang?

Welcome to USW's Student Life Hub! Discover a wealth of resources and experiences here, including student services, housing and dining, student organizations, wellness, and campus safety. Beyond academics, USW has a vibrant community where you'll create lasting memories and find the support you need to thrive. Click a link below to learn more!

Student Services

Housing & Dining

Welcome home! At University of the Southwest, in-person students have access to both housing and dining services. Pricing for housing and dining options can be found here.



Dining services are provided at Bill Daniels Campus Center and managed by Great Western Dining Service. While a meal plan is optional for apartment residents and off-campus students, all dorm residents are required to maintain a 19-Meal Dining Plan (19 meal credits per week). Meals are "all-you-can-eat" and cannot be carried over to the next week if unused. Individual/additional meal tickets can be purchased at the dining hall and students must present their student ID to use a meal credit or meal ticket. Food service hours are as follows:

Monday - Friday
Breakfast:                          7:00AM - 8:30AM
Continental Breakfast:     8:30AM - 9:00AM
Lunch:                               11:00AM - 1:00PM
Dinner:                               5:00PM - 7:00PM

Saturday - Sunday
Brunch:                             11:00AM - 1:00PM
Dinner:                               5:00PM - 6:00PM



Wondering where to live on campus? Explore our 5 on-campus residence halls (both dorms and apartments) below to help decide which is best suited to you and your preferences. Each hall is unique, including live-in staff (dorms) to provide social and academic support. All residence halls are suite-style with various combinations of both single and double-occupancy rooms.

  • Common living area with couch and built-in shelving

  • One (1) bathroom with shower, two (2) sinks, and private toilet

  • Bed, desk, chair, dresser, and nightstand for each occupant

  • Spacious closet for each occupant

  • Coin-operated laundry facilities

  • Common-use area

  • Common-use kitchen

  • Wireless internet

  • Interior entrance to units

Unit Capacity: 3 (1 Single, 1 Double)

Gender: All Gender (Separate wings)

Building Type: Dormitory



Residence Hall South

Files & Policies

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Campus Health & Safety

At USW, we are deeply committed to fostering a campus environment that prioritizes the health and safety of our entire community. Our unwavering dedication to providing a secure and supportive setting enables students, faculty, staff, and visitors to thrive academically, personally, and professionally. We believe that a healthy and safe campus is the foundation for excellence, and we continuously strive to uphold the highest standards of health and safety, guided by the principles of inclusivity, preparedness, and collaboration.



The Campus Security Office is located in the Scarborough Memorial Activity Center. Campus security officers are contracted by the university to ensure that dangerous situations are prevented or corrected. Officers represent the university and have the authority to carry out their duties reasonably, including facility inspections, preventing disorderly conduct, traffic control, and any situation requiring the services of security. Students and employees are expected to cooperate with campus security.

(575) 942-5902



Click here to visit USW's Campus Safety page, where our complete Emergency Action Plan is detailed.



At USW, where a strong athletic tradition runs deep, we recognize the importance of campus wellness for our active student body. We're delighted to introduce our latest addition, the Mabee Recreation Center, a facility designed to cater to the specific needs of our student-athletes and wellness enthusiasts alike. Beyond our athletic programs, we understand that a well-rounded education includes the promotion of physical fitness, mental health, and overall well-being. Our campus wellness initiatives, enhanced by the new rec center, offer a diverse range of opportunities, from student life programming activities to mental health programs and relaxation spaces. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or just beginning your wellness journey, USW is here to provide the support and resources you need to maintain a healthy balance in your life, ensuring your academic and athletic success.

Groups, Clubs, & Organizations

Our vibrant campus offers a diverse array of student-led clubs and organizations that cater to a wide range of interests. Joining a student group is a fantastic way to connect with like-minded peers, make lifelong friends, and make the most of your university experience. Dive into a world of opportunities and discover your community within our thriving campus organizations.

If you are interested in starting or learning more about a student organization, contact Amanda Guzman-Appel ( for more information.

Alumni Association

University of the Southwest (USW) graduates are inducted into the alumni association during their graduation ceremony. Annual homecoming weekend activities include on-campus athletic events and awards for the Distinguished Young Alumni and Alumni of the Year. There is no membership fee.

Career Intelligence Association

The Career Intelligence Association (CIA) is a student organization for students interested in promoting and supporting career development.  CIA provides students an opportunity to learn about and prepare for various career paths by assisting USW Career Services with planning and leading outreach activities, career development workshops, guest speaker events, featuring a wide variety of professionals, tours of employer sites, and offering assistance with seeking and applying for career opportunities.

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an organization dedicated to shaping the future of education. We are here to inspire and equip aspiring and newly minted teachers to thrive in their professional journeys. Our mission is to empower individuals who have a passion for teaching, ensuring that they are well-prepared and equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to make a lasting impact. At Kappa Delta Pi, we firmly believe that excellent teachers play a crucial role in building thriving communities and creating lifelong opportunities for all. By advocating for quality and equitable education, we strive to create a brighter and more inclusive future for students from all walks of life. Join us in our pursuit of excellence and let's make a difference together!

STEM Research Group

For students who are interested in research, the purpose of this group is to foster the independence of conducting an undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) research project, to gain essential hands-on experience working in the lab, to publish a paper in a peer-review academic journal, and to lay solid foundation for the further study at graduate school or for the skills in workplace.

Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Nu Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Its purposes are: to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature; to promote interest in literature and the communication on campus and in the surrounding community; and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Alpha Nu chapter sponsors a variety of activities, including writing competitions, awards ceremonies for the competitions, and book drives.

Student Government

The purpose of Student Government is to encourage communication and understanding between students and the university administration. Student Government is responsible for many campus projects and activities. Every student at University of the Southwest (USW) is encouraged and eligible to serve as a member of Student Government. Officers and representatives are elected by the students.

Student Success Services

Student Success Services, under the umbrella of Academic Affairs, exists primarily for the purpose of assisting students in the achievement of their academic and career goals. Services are on an individual and small group basis, offering academic success strategies. Cooperative special needs programs are also individualized but are initiated through the Office of Special Services. Weekly study halls and tutoring are available. Additionally, Student Success Services conducts student status checks for every course at various intervals depending on the duration of the class for each semester. University of the Southwest (USW) faculty are asked to identify those students who are in academic jeopardy, excessively absent, and/or not participating. These strategies include but are not limited to: tutoring, mentoring, counseling, study hall attendance, and more. If there is a signed FERPA agreement, more extensive measures can and will be taken in order to maximize the greatest resource support for the struggling student.

TriBeta National Biological Honor Society

TriBeta National Biological Honor Society is an organization for undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. The society's objectives are: to promote biological science understanding and appreciation, to facilitate activities and experiences in biological related fields, and to expose students to numerous avenues in the field of life science, exercise science and biology. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to publishing the BIOS journal, which focuses on student research, the society sponsors annual regional and national scientific meetings. A benefit to TriBeta student members is eligibility to apply for research grants from the national office. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for research grants once a year from the national office. Grant applications are due in September each year.

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Campus Ministry

Our faith-based community is the heart and soul of our campus life. As a Christian university, we are committed to nurturing the spiritual growth and well-being of our students. Explore the opportunities below to learn more about our campus ministry initiatives and how we can support your faith journey during your time at USW. Join us as we seek to deepen our faith, build meaningful relationships, and make a positive impact on our campus and the world.

Weekly Worship ("Chapel")

Weekly worship ("chapel") is held in the Scarborough Memorial Activity Center (SMAC) from 11:00AM - 11:30AM each Wednesday when school is in session. Students, faculty, staff, and guests from the community are all welcome.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

University of the Southwest's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a vibrant, dynamic group of student-athletes and non-athletes who meet weekly for spiritual growth through Bible study and discussion and fun fellowship. Our local chapter is affiliated with the National FCA Organization.