Southwestern College

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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.

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