Southwestern Community College (Creston)

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801
Tel: (6.4)178-2708
1,572 students
Public institution
Southwestern Community College exists in order that Area XIV community members have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge sufficient for successful employment, higher education achievement, or adult and continuing education.
School Highlights:
Southwestern Community College (Creston) serves 1,572 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 9% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 34%.
Southwestern Community College (Creston) is the only community colleges within Union County, IA.
The nearest community college is ITT Technical Institute-Clive (48.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 64 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
College Southwestern Community College (Creston) 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 64 staff
61 staff
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 1,572 has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 70% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,572 students 1,296 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 733 students
814 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 839 students
1,040 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Black (2006-2013)
% White
Southwestern Community College (Creston) White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Community College (Creston) More (2010-2013)
% Non Resident races
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Non Resident (2006-2013)
Southwestern Community College (Creston) 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. 0.17 0.68
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,650 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,860 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,650 $5,660
Southwestern Community College (Creston) In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,860 $10,250
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Total Dormitory Capacity 180 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 91%
Southwestern Community College (Creston) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Within Arts & Sciences, you can earn the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The A.A. degree is primarily a general education degree intended for transfer to a four-year institution. The A.S. degree is designed for students preparing to enter the job market, but may also transfer to a four-year institution. The objective of the Vocational/Technical programs is to provide instruction of a preparatory type in the development of basic skills, safety, technical knowledge, and related information for the purpose of preparing persons for employment. Student Support Service program offers academic support, counseling services and cultural enrichment activities to students who are first generation in college, low-income or have a disability. The focus of Educational Talent Search (ETS) is to encourage and assist students to reach their academic and personal goals by helping them stay in school, enroll in a post-secondary school of their choice or help them complete the GED.

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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,249 per year for in-state students and $5,184 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,927 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa 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 0.53, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.