Southwestern Community College (Creston)

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801-0000
Tel: (641)782-7081
  • 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 1,600 students (48% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 33:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 6% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 31%.
  • Southwestern Community College (Creston) is the only community colleges within Union County, IA.
  • The nearest community college is Vatterott College-Des Moines (49.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 62 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
Southwestern Community College (Creston)(IA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty62 staff95 staff
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,600 has declined by 9% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 21:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.12 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 19% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,600 students2,620 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:133:1
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students764 students1,090 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students836 students1,530 students
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Enrollment Breakdown IA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Asian (2008-2011)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwestern Community College (Creston) White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Community College (Creston) More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Non Resident (2007-2013)
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Ethnicity Breakdown IA 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.0.120.50
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,100$36,200
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,800 is more than the state average of $4,714. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,010 is less than the state average of $5,619. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,800$4,714
Southwestern Community College (Creston) In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,010$5,619
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid97%88%
Southwestern Community College (Creston) % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$11,500$12,000
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,250$6,334
Southwestern Community College (Creston) Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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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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 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Kaplan University-Davenport Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.