Southwestern Community College

  • Southwestern Community College is a learning and teaching institution offering high-quality, innovative instruction and support, which promotes student achievement, academic excellence and economic development.

School Highlights

Southwestern Community College serves 2,324 students (31% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 10:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American), which is less than the state average of 45%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 337 teachers has grown by 100% over five years.
Southwestern Community College(NC) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty337 staff256 staff
This chart display total faculty of Southwestern Community College and community college average number of faculty in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Southwestern Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has decreased from 18:1 over five years.
The Southwestern Community College diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,324 students2,330 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Southwestern Community College and community college average number of enrollment of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio7:110:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Southwestern Community College and community college average student staff ratio of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students721 students727 students
This chart display the total number of Full-Time students enrollment of Southwestern Community College and average number of community college Full-Time students enrollment of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Students1,603 students1,603 students
This chart display the total number of Part-Time students enrollment of Southwestern Community College and average number of community college Part-Time students enrollment of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Southwestern Community College. This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of NC.
% American Indian/Alaskan
8%
1%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Asian
1%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of Asian community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Hispanic
9%
12%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
2%
21%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of Black community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% White
75%
55%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of White community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Two or more races
3%
3%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Southwestern Community College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Unknown races
1%
4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Southwestern Community College. This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in NC.
Diversity Score0.420.64
This chart display the diversity score of Southwestern Community College and the community college average diversity score of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
41%
26%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of Southwestern Community College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-Time students of NC by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$25,800$27,500
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Southwestern Community College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of NC by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,576 is less than the state average of $3,920. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,768 is less than the state average of $9,538. The out-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,576$3,920
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Southwestern Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,768$9,538
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Southwestern Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Tuition NotesTuition listed is for the fall and spring semester attending full-time.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%76%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Southwestern Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in NC by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$12,026
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Southwestern Community College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,000$5,625
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Southwestern Community College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in NC by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • We offer quality programs that fit with your educational and career goals at a fraction of the cost! Students at four-year public universities in North Carolina pay 2-6 times more in tuition and fees compared to students at Southwestern Community College.When it comes to Tuition and Fees, SCC is dedicated to providing an affordable education. Review our estimated Cost of Attendance to help determine your cost and view our tuition payment plans for flexible payment options.Our cost may be low but the value of an SCC education is high! 90% of our graduates stay, live, and work within our service area, and our transfer students have over a 95% success rate at 4-year institutions in the UNC system.
  • Key student resources include our Learning Assistance Center, Student Support Services, Disability Services, Library, and E-Learning department.All of our students have access to one-on-one academic advising and career counseling to prepare them for whatever is next!
  • Through an agreement with the University of North Carolina system, SCC students can earn up to 61 hours worth of credit that will transfer to any public university and many private colleges in the state. Completion of the Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, or Associate in Science degree program ensures students` transfer with junior status into most majors.Our University Transfer Advising Center (UTAC) provides advising services for Arts and Sciences students planning to transfer to a university or 4-year college.Many SCC programs have also established transfer articulation agreements with other colleges and universities opening doors of opportunity for graduates to pursue a bachelor`s degree. These agreements are designed to identify the maximum number of transferable credits that can be completed at SCC, as well as the courses remaining upon transfer.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Southwestern Community College is Haywood Community College (19.9 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 1,632 students | 19.90 Mi185 Freedlander Drive
    Clyde, NC 28721
    (828) 627-2821
    19.901,632
  • Brevard College
    Private not-for-profit
    751 students | 28.10 MiOne Brevard College Drive
    Brevard, NC 28712
    (828) 884-8332
    28.10751
  • 7,003 students | 39.60 Mi340 Victoria Rd
    Asheville, NC 28801
    (828) 254-1921
    39.607,003
  • 303 students | 41.20 Mi140 Sweeten Creek Road
    Asheville, NC 28803
    (828) 398-2500
    41.20303
  • 2,332 students | 44.00 Mi180 West Campus Drive
    Flat Rock, NC 28731
    (828) 694-1700
    44.002,332
Recent Articles
What states are home to the most diverse and least diverse community colleges? In our exclusive diversity report, we analyze our data to determine how much diversity there is on community college campuses throughout the United States. In addition, learn about the benefits of attending a community college with a diverse student body.
As the third wave of TAACCCT grants are issued, we take a look at how community colleges are using this federal money to beef up job training programs across the country.
We take a closer look at the Upward Bound program, which is designed to prepare students for college whom might not otherwise succeed due to economic or family factors.
Did You Know?
For North Carolina public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,920 per year for in-state students and $9,538 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,438 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in North Carolina is 69%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

North Carolina community colleges have a diversity score of 0.64, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in North Carolina is Richmond Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.