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

Total undergrads: 17,568

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,126


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

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


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


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 – 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 – 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 – 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
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 19,231
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 26 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,648 (66% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,340
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,472
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 80%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,183

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Southwestern College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Southwestern College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 44
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2515
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 24
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 53
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 108
Construction Trades 32
Education 11
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 74
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 43
Health Professions and Related Programs 98
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 64
Legal Professions and Studies 32
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 22
Personal and Culinary Services 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Science Technologies/Technicians 11
Social Sciences 25
Visual and Performing Arts 27
Grand total 9795

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,340
Out-of-state $7,472
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,547 80%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,537 80% $5,183
Student loan aid 20 1% $3,357

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 12,015 65% $3,223
Federal student loans 199 1% $4,583

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.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
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 2020

Total Enrollment 19,231
Undergraduate enrollment 19,231
Graduate enrollment 0

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

*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. 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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