900 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 serves 19,231 students (39% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 93% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,231 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,336
  • Out-state tuition: $5,452
  • Student:teacher ratio: 22:1
  • Minority enrollment: 93%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Southwestern College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 880 teachers has grown by 99% over five years.
Southwestern College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
880 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Southwestern College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The Southwestern College diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
19,231 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
22:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
7,406 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
11,825 students
6,350 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
10%
12%
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% Hispanic
73%
47%
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% Black
4%
6%
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% White
7%
23%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
4%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
2%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.45
0.70
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College Completion Rate
22%
32%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,700
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,336 is less than the state average of $1,997. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,452 is less than the state average of $7,123. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,336
$1,997
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,452
$7,123
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
80%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$6,381
$10,376
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,383
$6,000
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 19,231 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,336
  • Out-state tuition: $5,452
  • Student:teacher ratio: 22:1
  • Minority enrollment: 93%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

San Diego County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. 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.

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