Southwestern College (Chula Vista)

Tel: (619)421-6700
20,764 students
Public institution
Southwestern College is committed to meeting the educational goals of its students in an environment that promotes intellectual growth and develops human potential.
School Highlights
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) serves 20,764 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 49:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) is one of 22 community colleges within San Diego County, CA.
The nearest community college is Pima Medical Institute-Chula Vista (5.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 426 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
College Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 426 staff
61 staff
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 20,764 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 49:1 has increased from 41:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.64 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 60% over five years.
Total Enrollment 20,764 students 1,315 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 49:1
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 7,873 students
815 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 12,891 students
1,061 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Black (2006-2013)
% White
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) White (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Hawaiian (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Unknown (2006-2013)
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.64 0.70
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,334 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 72% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,366 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,334 $5,590
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,366 $10,086
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Established in 1961, Southwestern College is one of 109 public community colleges in the state of California and the only institute of higher education located in the southern portion of San Diego County. Its location—nestled between the City of San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico international border on a 156-acre plot—positions it to play an important role in the intellectual growth of the more than 400,000 residents that call South County home. Serving approximately 19,000 students annually, Southwestern College offers more than 285 associate degree and certificate options. A host of noncredit courses designed to enhance personal and professional development are also offered through the College's Continuing Education department. Southwestern College has continuously received accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Whether pursuing an A.A. degree, preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university, or acquiring new occupational skills, students attending Southwestern College are given every opportunity to meet their educational goals. In addition to its centers, Southwestern College also provides off-campus classes at several extension sites throughout the district and operates an Aquatic Center in Coronado in conjunction with the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Current enrollment—at all locations—exceeds 19,000 students. More than a half-million students have attended Southwestern College since opening its doors 40 years ago.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 823 students | 5.90 Mi780 Bay Blvd Suite101
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • 1,133 students | 7.50 Mi4393 Imperial Avenue Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92113
  • 7,435 students | 7.80 Mi900 Rancho San Diego Pky
    El Cajon, CA 92019
  • Platt College-San Diego
    Private for-profit
    371 students | 9.30 Mi6250 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92115
  • 17,864 students | 10.50 Mi1313 Park Boulevard
    San Diego, CA 92101
Did You Know?
For San Diego County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,882 per year for in-state students and $8,693 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,778 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

San Diego County, CA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Coleman University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.