Southwestern Illinois College

Tel: (618)235-2700
10,286 students
Public institution
Southwestern Illinois College upholds the dignity and worth of all people and believes that learning is a lifelong process which enhances the quality of life. The college provides for individual growth through educational excellence and active partnerships with students and the community.
School Highlights
Southwestern Illinois College serves 10,286 students (47% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 47%.
Southwestern Illinois College is the only community colleges within St. Clair County, IL.
The nearest community college is Sanford-Brown College-Collinsville (12.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 338 teachers has grown by 17% over five years.
College Southwestern Illinois College 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 338 staff
61 staff
Southwestern Illinois College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 10,286 has declined by 28% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has decreased from 48:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 38% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,286 students 1,315 students
Southwestern Illinois College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
Southwestern Illinois College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 4,799 students
815 students
Southwestern Illinois College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,487 students
1,061 students
Southwestern Illinois College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Southwestern Illinois College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Southwestern Illinois College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Illinois College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Southwestern Illinois College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Southwestern Illinois College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Illinois College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Southwestern Illinois College Unknown (2009-2013)
Southwestern Illinois College 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. 0.54 0.70
Southwestern Illinois College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $8,624 is more than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 41% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $12,516 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,624 $5,590
Southwestern Illinois College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $12,516 $10,086
Southwestern Illinois College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 61%
Southwestern Illinois College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southwestern Illinois College is a comprehensive educational institution committed to providing you the best learning opportunities. We are the starting point for higher education, the bridge to developing career skills and the pathway to personal achievement. SWIC is the sixth largest community college in the state of Illinois. We operate campuses in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud, plus more than 20 off-campus sites located throughout the district. SWIC began as Belleville Junior College in 1946. The first graduating class, the class of 1948, had 48 graduates. Today, SWIC operates three campuses and more than 20 off-campus sites, and provides educational opportunities to more than 25,000 students each year. At SWIC, our students benefit from the variety of programs from which they can launch a career or transfer to a four-year college or university; smart classrooms equipped with the latest technology; and a wide array of student services and activities that enhance the college experience. SWIC offers more than 150 associate degree and occupational certificate programs. SWIC is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). As an AQIP institution, continuing accreditation is contingent on an ongoing cycle of self-examination, identification of programmatic and institutional needs, and a program of positive action that leads to self-improvement. Extending an uninterrupted streak to 70 years, SWIC has been re-accredited through 2016.

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Did You Know?
For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $8,129 per year for in-state students and $10,062 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,816 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois 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 0.65, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Taylor Business Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.