Southwestern College is a public, two-year community college in southern San Diego County. Its 156-acre campus is situated halfway between the city of San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border. Southwestern College offers more than 300 associate's degrees and vocational certificates. The college offers associate's degrees in more than 130 different majors, and Career Technical Education Certificates in more than 100 majors. Many non-credit courses are also available to for continuing personal and professional development.
Many students attending Southwestern College are preparing to transfer to four-year colleges or universities where they will complete their bachelor's degrees. Southwestern College consistently ranks in the top 100 among community colleges for the number of associate degrees conferred.
Southwestern College is ranked 24th among community colleges in the nation for minority students.
The college is in the final stages of planning before construction of a Child Development Center that will serve roughly 120 children daily. It will feature six classrooms and many observation rooms for college students enrolled in the Child Development Programs.
Southwestern recently launched its Cultural Exchange Excursion program, with an excursion that took participants to China.
A range of learning options are available at Southwestern College, including distance learning, online classes, weekend and evening classes, and sessions of different lengths for accelerated or convenient learning.
Southwestern College was founded in 1961. Since 1964, it has received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The academic calendar for Southwestern College follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters or "terms." There are several short sessions available within most semesters or terms.
Colleges and Schools
The schools and academic divisions at Southwestern College include:
- School of Business, Professional & Technical Education
- School of Social Sciences & Humanities
- School of Language and Literature
- School of Arts & Communication
- School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering
- School of Health, Exercise Science & Athletics
- Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)
- Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa
- Higher Education Center at National City
Student clubs and organizations on the Southwestern College campus are plentiful, and cover interests in architecture, medieval combat, debate, dental hygiene, earth science, folklore, hip hop dance, jewelry making and performing arts, among others.
There are also many events on campus, including the Festival of Nations, which is a cultural event that highlights the multi-ethnic population of Southwestern College and the surrounding communities.
Student services on campus include a range of dining options, health services, veteran services, academic assessment, learning communities, disabilities support services, a career center, counseling and career guidance, a women's resource center, and more.
The school colors for Southwestern College are burgundy and white, with gold as an accent color. The school mascot is a black jaguar. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Southwestern "Jaguars" or "Jags."
The Southwestern College "Jaguars" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross County
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
In addition to its main campus in Chula Vista, Southwestern College has a Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa, and a Higher Education Center at National City.
A new child development center is soon to begin construction, and Southwestern College also plans construction of a Family Resource Center within the educational village at its Higher Education Center in National City.
Southwestern College was designated a "Best Small Business Support Organization" by the San Diego Supplier Development Council. The designation was given for the efforts of the college's Contracting Opportunities Center that liaises with small businesses in the community.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,500. 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
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
- Out-of-State: $5,400-$6,485
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $46-$55 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $240-$290 per credit 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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||79%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||79%||$5,047|
|Receiving Student Loans||1%||$3,008|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Southwestern College – Chula Vista may provide student services like:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how Southwestern College – Chula Vista compares against other community colleges in San Diego County and the community colleges in California as a whole.
|Southwestern College – Chula Vista||San Diego County||California|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Southwestern College Education Center National Cit
- Dental Hygienist Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2000)
Campus: Southwestern College – Chula Vista
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2000)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in California
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 (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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