I am looking into both schools (and not only these schools, for whatever that's worth) for PhD work. I've read/heard that SWBTS is "second rate," but what I want to know is why that is. Is it the faculty, academics, administration, some combination? And what is the prevailing opinion of academic freedom at both of these institutions? I happened to be at SEBTS last year for a conference and enjoyed the faculty I met from the school and the area so much I decided to look into it. I have never visited SWBTS (at least as of yet). Any help would be appreciated.