• 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 17,621 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 17,621 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,336
  • Out-state tuition: $5,452
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • 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 100% over five years.
Southwestern College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
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 20:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The Southwestern College diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
17,621 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
6,403 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
11,218 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
125 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
6,403 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
54 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
11,218 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
10 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
12%
14%
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% Hispanic
66%
45%
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% Black
4%
5%
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% White
11%
26%
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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
3%
% Unknown races
2%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.53
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
12.35%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
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 more than the state average of $1,246. 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 $6,603. The out-state tuition has declined by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,336
$1,246
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$5,452
$6,603
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
89%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$4,900
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,000
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
89%
Source: 2021 (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southwestern College cost?

Southwestern College's tuition is approximately $1,336 for In-State students and $5,452 for Out-State students.

What is Southwestern College's ranking?

Southwestern College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Least expensive tuition, Average community college minority breakdown, Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 17,621 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,336
  • Out-state tuition: $5,452
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

San Diego County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in San Diego County, CA is Concorde Career College-San Diego. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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