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Southwestern Community College (SWCC)

1501 W. Townline Street, Creston, IA

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“Smart Decision.Smart Start.” These words describe a Southwestern Community College education. Today’s savvy young people recognize good quality when they see it. With an enrollment of only 1468 students, SWCC is a school where students can get a high-quality education in an intimate environment. Offering two-year educational programs in a variety of fields and continuing education in many areas, Southwestern is meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of their students and shareholders. With their finger on the pulse of the community, SCC offers continuing education. Its SWCC@night for adults is an evening program designed to meet the needs of mature learners’ busy lives and schedules.

While the college offers solid instruction and pedagogy, the school realizes that learners need to take breaks from study to recharge their brains, get to know new friends, and renew themselves. SWCC has clubs and activities to meet various tastes and offers an abundance of sporting activities for student participation: cross country, volleyball, soccer, and more.

Extremely affordable tuition rates make an SWCC education one of the sweetest deals going. With its intimate campus and great tuition rates, SWCC is an attractive place to start down the path to your successful future. Call the admissions office for details on admission requirements.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,100-$4,900
    • Out-of-State: $4,300-$5,130
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $140-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $140-$170 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships78%$4,722
Receiving Student Loans66%$4,999

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 6%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Southwestern Community College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares Southwestern Community College against community colleges in the entire state of Iowa.

 SWCCUnion CountyIowa
Graduation Rate45.3%-33.6%
Transfer-out Rate19.8%-21.2%

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Agricultural Business (A)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering Technology

  • Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering cad (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Precision Production

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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