Southwestern Community College

  • 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 serves 1,547 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the state community college average of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 28%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 62 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwestern Community College(IA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty62 staff95 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Southwestern Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 19:1 over five years.
The Southwestern Community College diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has grown by 159% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,547 students2,221 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:118:1
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# Full-Time Students683 students994 students
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# Part-Time Students864 students1,227 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
260400
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
6%
7%
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% Black
5%
7%
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% White
83%
72%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
8%
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Diversity Score0.300.46
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College Completion Rate
45%
36%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,100$36,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,800 is less than the state average of $5,984. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,010 is less than the state average of $6,485. The out-state tuition has declined by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,800$5,984
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,010$6,485
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid94%92%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,331$11,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2019 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Southwestern Community College is Purdue University Global-Des Moines (50.5 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Iowa public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,984 per year for in-state students and $6,485 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,086 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Iowa community colleges have a diversity score of 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Iowa is Southeastern Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.