Southwestern College (Chula Vista)

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
Tel: (619)421-6700
19,000 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 19,000 students (40% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 43:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 78% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Southwestern College (Chula Vista) is one of 21 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 439 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) (CA) Community College Avg.
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 439 staff 78 staff
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Total Faculty (2007-2015)

Student Body

  • The student population of 19,000 has declined by 5% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 43:1 has decreased from 56:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.64 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment 19,000 students 2,419 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Total Enrollment (2007-2015)
Student : Teacher Ratio 43:1 44:1
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Student Staff Ratio (2007-2015)
# Full-Time Students 7,642 students 1,297 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students 11,358 students 5,258 students
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Asian (2007-2015)
% Hispanic
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Hispanic (2007-2015)
% Black
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Black (2007-2015)
% White
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) White (2007-2015)
% Hawaiian
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups 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 0.73
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Diversity Score (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,334 is more than the state average of $1,220. The in-state tuition has grown by 26% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,654 is more than the state average of $6,184. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,334 $1,220
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,654 $6,184
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 78% 81%
Southwestern College (Chula Vista) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Source: 2015 (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
  • 901 students | 5.90 Mi780 Bay Blvd Suite101
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  • 967 students | 7.50 Mi4393 Imperial Avenue, Suite 100
    San Diego CA  92113
  • 8,644 students | 7.80 Mi900 Rancho San Diego Pky
    El Cajon CA  92019
  • Platt College-San Diego
    Pivate, for profit
    316 students | 9.30 Mi6250 El Cajon Blvd
    San Diego CA  92115
  • 16,298 students | 10.50 Mi1313 Park Boulevard
    San Diego CA  92101
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For San Diego County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,140 per year for in-state students and $5,532 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,796 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 0.66, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Platt College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.