Southwestern College

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School Overview

Southwestern College is a community college in Chula Vista, California, located in the San Diego area. Founded in 1961, it is a two-year public school providing nearly 300 Associate’s degrees and professional certificate programs. With a student body of nearly 20,000, Southwestern is among the top one hundred schools in the country in terms of the number of Associate’s degrees granted.

Many students attend Southwestern in order to transfer course credits to a four-year university, including San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Southwestern students may participate in a variety of sports, including football, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, swimming, diving, volleyball, cross country and track and field. Southwestern teams compete in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

General Information

Admission Office

900 Otay Lakes Road

Chula Vista, CA 91910-7297

(619) 421-6700

Fax: (619) 482-6489



Contact: Mia McClellan

Dean, Student Services
Main Address

900 Otay Lakes Road

Chula Vista, CA 91910-7297

(619) 421-6700

www.swccd.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 17,568

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,126

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Associate

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Limited admission to nursing and dental hygiene programs.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $13,302 $14,440 $15,177 $16,174 +6.57%
Books and Supplies $920 $960 $980 $1,000 +2.04%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,046 $5,512 $6,668 $6,780 +1.68%
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,300 $4,500 +4.65%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $23,368 $25,112 $27,125 $28,454 +4.90%
In-state Off Campus $14,222 $15,400 $16,157 $17,174 +6.29%
In-state with Family $14,222 $15,400 $16,157 $17,174 +6.29%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 67 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 65 96% $531,616 $8,179
• Federal grants 18 26% $91,692 $5,094
• Pell grants 18 26% $61,328 $3,407
• Other federal grants 17 25% $30,364 $1,786
Local and state government scholarships or grants 48 71% $92,399 $1,925
Institutional scholarships or grants 63 93% $347,525 $5,516
Student loan financial aid 37 54% $211,898 $5,727
• Federal student loans 37 54% $193,298 $5,224
• Other student loans 3 4% $18,600 $6,200

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 78 3 1
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 13
Business Administration and Management 13
Education 15
General Education 13
Music Teacher Education 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 3
Psychology 18
Counseling Psychology 18
Theology and Religious Vocations 32 1
Bible/biblical Studies 14 1
Pastoral Studies/counseling 6
Religious/sacred Music 6
Youth Ministry 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Floristry/Floriculture A,C
Greenhouse Management A,C
Horticulture, Ornamental A,C
Landscaping A,C
Plant/Nursery Operations A,C
Turf Management A,C

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A,C
Landscape Architecture A,C

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies A
American Studies A
Asian American Studies A
Hispanic-American Studies A
Women’s Studies A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Dance A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Film Production/Cinematography A
Graphic Design A
Music – General A
Photography A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A
Biotechnology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Accounting Technology C
Business Administration/Management A
Construction Management A,C
Entrepreneurial Studies A,C
Finance/Banking A
Financial Planning A,C
International Business A
Marketing Research A,C
Office Clerical Services A,C
Office Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Tourism/Travel Services A,C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism A,C
Communications/Rhetoric A
Journalism A

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General A,C
Radio/Television Broadcasting A,C
Recording Arts Technology A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A,C
Computer Programming – Vendor/Product Certification C
Computer Science A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Information Sciences/Systems A
Information Technology A,C
Networking/LAN/WAN Management C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C
Web/Multimedia Management A,C

Construction Trades

Building Construction Inspection A,C
Building/Property Maintenance A,C

Education

Early Childhood Education A,C
Education – General A
Elementary Education A
Kindergarten/Preschool Education A,C
Physical Education A

Engineering

Engineering – General A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting C
CAD/CADD Drafting/Design A,C
Computer Engineering A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Occupational Safety A,C
Telecommunications A,C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A,C
Child Care Service A,C
Child Development A,C
Family/Community Services C

Foreign Language & Literature

French A
Spanish A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Hygiene A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Insurance Coding A,C
Medical Office Assistant C
Medical Records Administration A,C
Medical Records Technology A,C
Medical Transcription A,C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical A,C
Nursing Assistance C
Prenursing A
Surgical Technology A,C

History

History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General A
Legal Administrative Assistance A,C
Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A
Humanities A
Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mathematics

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C
Small Engine Mechanics/Repair A,C
Vehicle Emissions Inspection/Maintenance C

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies A,C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness A
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General A
Sport/Fitness Administration C

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy A

Physical Sciences

Astronomy A
Chemistry A
Geology A
Physics A

Psychology

Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Forensic Technologies A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C
Police Science C

Social Sciences

Anthropology A
Economics A
Geography A
Political Science/Government A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Southwestern College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(619) 421-6700
Website:www.swccd.edu/
Type of School:2-year, Public
Apply Online:https://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=279
Address:900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
Setting:21
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:18,727
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:12,359 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$1,336
Out-of-state Tuition:$5,956
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,904

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Southwestern College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwestern College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences43
Architecture and Related Services21
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2113
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs24
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services63
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services129
Construction Trades32
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields54
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences31
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics23
Health Professions and Related Programs109
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service73
Legal Professions and Studies42
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities22
Mathematics and Statistics1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians32
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies12
Personal and Culinary Services42
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Psychology1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2
Science Technologies/Technicians11
Social Sciences15
Visual and Performing Arts17
Grand total9491

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Southwestern College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Southwestern College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$1,336
Out-of-state$5,956
Books and supplies$1,791

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$0
Out-of-state$0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,32580%
Grant or scholarship aid1,31980%$4,904
Student loan aid221%$2,933

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid13,17770%$2,992
Federal student loans3052%$4,286

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Southwestern College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Southwestern College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Southwestern College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment18,727
Undergraduate enrollment18,727
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Southwestern College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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