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IPEDS ID: 123800
OPE ID: 00129400
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Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 91910
General information:  (619) 421-6700
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Two but less than 4 years certificate
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  19,000 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  28 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Mission Statement
  Southwestern Community College District promotes student learning and success by committing to continuous improvement that includes planning, implementation, and evaluation. We serve a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high quality academic programs and comprehensive student services. The District provides educational opportunities in the following areas:

- associate degree and certificate programs
- transfer
- professional, technical, and career advancement
- basic skills, personal enrichment
- non-credit adult education
- community services
- economic, workforce, and community development.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty189749
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,656$1,665$1,710$1,7462.1%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$10,863$10,962$11,268$11,4932.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Off Campus$17,630$18,236$18,479$18,7241.3%
Off Campus with Family$6,893$7,274$7,319$7,3480.4%
Off Campus$22,950$23,556$22,511$22,8401.5%
Off Campus with Family$12,213$12,594$11,351$11,4641.0%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,36478%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,36078%$6,452,410$4,744
Federal grants95255%$4,393,023$4,615
Pell grants95255%$4,354,023$4,574
Other federal grants885%$39,000$443
State/local government grant or scholarships1,34977%$2,055,037$1,523
Institutional grants or scholarships111%$4,350$395
Student loan aid272%$87,321$3,234
Federal student loans272%$87,321$3,234
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid113,73270%$38,053,558$2,771
Pell grants5,72229%$22,781,395$3,981
Federal student loans3292%$1,368,069$4,158
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$6,394$5,971$5,931
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$4,055$3,641$3,995
$30,001 – $48,000$5,191$4,740$4,987
$48,001 – $75,000$7,588$7,039$6,932
$75,001 – $110,000$8,817$8,359$7,795
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)19,000
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,109
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%Student Gender:
Male: 47%
Female: 53%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 2%
Asian: 12%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 51%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 27%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 68%
25 and over: 32%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 3%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 9%
Enrolled in some distance education: 26%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 65%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 71%
Part-time students: 49%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 33 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 19%
Transfer-out rate: 12%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 16%
Female: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 24%
Asian: 23%
Black or African American: 16%
Hispanic/Latino: 18%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 13%
White: 18%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2010]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 18%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 28%
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 2%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 19%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Landscaping and Groundskeeping020-
Plant Nursery Operations and Management-00-
Category total020-
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician047-
Category total047-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic Studies--1-
Category total--1-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--8-
Category total--8-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping01280-
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General322-
Banking and Financial Support Services0-6-
Business Administration and Management, General0632-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce--0-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General1---
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management112-
International Business/Trade/Commerce0-5-
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management111-
Real Estate0-1-
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General--0-
Small Business Administration/Management0---
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations0-0-
Category total622129-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects000-
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant021-
Recording Arts Technology/Technician011-
Category total032-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies-43-
Radio and Television1-4-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--37-
Category total1446-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General2-2-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance000-
Computer Programming/Programmer, General121-
Computer Science--2-
Computer Support Specialist024-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications0-0-
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General1-1-
Information Technology--2-
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design953-
Category total13915-
Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager0-1-
Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector6-3-
Category total6-4-
Telecommunications Engineering4-7-
Category total4-7-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Biomedical Technology/Technician043-
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General0-0-
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician2-1-
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician2-1-
Category total445-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--22-
Category total--22-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care Provider/Assistant0244-
Category total0244-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature--7-
Italian Language and Literature--4-
Language Interpretation and Translation1110--
Spanish Language and Literature--4-
Category total111015-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--14-
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--27-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)0162-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other--5-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training01810-
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder40--
Medical/Clinical Assistant1035-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--53-
Surgical Technology/Technologist092-
Category total1446118-
History, General--1-
Category total--1-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science17-57-
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician02015-
Forensic Science and Technology032-
Category total173574-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary5---
Legal Assistant/Paralegal069-
Category total569-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--44-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0-85-
Category total0-129-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--22-
Category total--22-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician224-
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician-11-
Category total235-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--143-
Category total--143-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General--5-
Physical Fitness Technician7---
Category total7-5-
Personal and Culinary Services
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General688-
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager1-12
Category total7892
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total--4-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--1-
Physics, General--1-
Category total--2-
Psychology, General--100-
Category total--100-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General--14-
Public Administration--7-
Category total--21-
Science Technologies/Technicians
Chemical Technology/Technician0-0-
Category total0-0-
Social Sciences
Economics, General--10-
Geography, Other0---
Political Science and Government, General--44-
Category total0-89-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--6-
Dance, General--0-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--0-
Graphic Design--10-
Music, General0-4-
Category total0-26-
Grand total971581,0622
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 2216
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 41
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $262
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: $272
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
Other DivisionMenWomen
Track and Field, Outdoor1813
Track and Field, X-Country145
Water Polo1418
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges7/1/1964 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs10/1/2000 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession221
Drug law violations774
Liquor law violations794
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible010
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault670
Motor vehicle theft520
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate15.6%21.8%21.5%
Number in default465353
Number in repayment293243246
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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