Southwestern Illinois College

  • Southwestern Illinois College upholds the dignity and worth of all people and believes that learning is a lifelong process which enhances the quality of life. The college provides for individual growth through educational excellence and active partnerships with students and the community.
School Highlights
  • Southwestern Illinois College serves 8,859 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 40%.
  • Southwestern Illinois College is the only community colleges within Saint Clair County, IL.
  • The nearest community college to Southwestern Illinois College is Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts (17.0 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 272 teachers has declined by 11% over five years.
Southwestern Illinois College(IL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty272 staff123 staff
Southwestern Illinois College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Southwestern Illinois College has declined by 25% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has increased from 32:1 over five years.
  • The Southwestern Illinois College diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 13% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,859 students3,999 students
Southwestern Illinois College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:135:1
Southwestern Illinois College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,798 students1,386 students
Southwestern Illinois College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,061 students2,613 students
Southwestern Illinois College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwestern Illinois College Enrollment Breakdown IL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Southwestern Illinois College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Southwestern Illinois College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Southwestern Illinois College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwestern Illinois College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southwestern Illinois College More (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
Southwestern Illinois College Ethnicity Breakdown IL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.430.59
Southwestern Illinois College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwestern Illinois College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,600$32,200
Southwestern Illinois College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $12,768 is more than the state average of $7,978. The in-state tuition has grown by 94% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $16,640 is more than the state average of $10,454. The out-state tuition has grown by 58% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$12,768$7,978
Southwestern Illinois College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$16,640$10,454
Southwestern Illinois College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition Notes$3,904 for in-district students.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid68%83%
Southwestern Illinois College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,644$7,862
Southwestern Illinois College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$4,000
Southwestern Illinois College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
College Activities Board, Miscellaneous Clubs & Organizations, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Southwestern Illinois College is a comprehensive educational institution committed to providing you the best learning opportunities. We are the starting point for higher education, the bridge to developing career skills and the pathway to personal achievement. SWIC is the sixth largest community college in the state of Illinois. We operate campuses in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud, plus more than 20 off-campus sites located throughout the district. SWIC began as Belleville Junior College in 1946. The first graduating class, the class of 1948, had 48 graduates. Today, SWIC operates three campuses and more than 20 off-campus sites, and provides educational opportunities to more than 25,000 students each year. At SWIC, our students benefit from the variety of programs from which they can launch a career or transfer to a four-year college or university; smart classrooms equipped with the latest technology; and a wide array of student services and activities that enhance the college experience. SWIC offers more than 150 associate degree and occupational certificate programs. SWIC is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). As an AQIP institution, continuing accreditation is contingent on an ongoing cycle of self-examination, identification of programmatic and institutional needs, and a program of positive action that leads to self-improvement. Extending an uninterrupted streak to 70 years, SWIC has been re-accredited through 2024.

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For Illinois public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,978 per year for in-state students and $10,454 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,527 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Illinois is 82%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Illinois community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Illinois is Kendall College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.