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  5. Student Life
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Southwestern - California is a public college located in Chula Vista, California in the San Diego Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,993 undergraduate students. The Southwestern - California acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Police and Criminal Science. Graduating 24% of students, Southwestern - California alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $23,400.
About Southwestern College - California...
Athletic Division
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Address
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Acceptance Rate
100%
SAT Range
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Application Fee
$0
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High School GPA

Cost

Net Price
$5,850/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,155/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,212/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,694/ year
  • $76-110k
    $7,576/ year
  • $110k+
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Academics

Professors
B
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Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.129 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.118 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.117 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,993Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
55%
Varsity Athletes
5%
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  • Diverse
    80%
  • Outgoing
    20%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$30,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
24%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%

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Southwestern College dubs itself a Hispanic serving institution, and much of it's student population is in fact of Hispanic origin. That said, it's transfer rates for Hispanic students are rather low. The campus scene is typically pleasant and clean, and is generally not too crowded at any one time save for special events or the start of the semester. Majority of student resourced are situated in one large building that is fairly easily to navigate. However, not all services necessarily service students well. The academic counseling department has been known to be lacking with some staff clearly displaying they'd rather be elsewhere. That said, there are some wonderful people willing to help you. If you can find them.

The quality of professors is pretty good, I myself having no less than perhaps an average professor after taking nearly 20 courses thus far.
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I highly recommend going to Southwestern College before attending a 4-year university. They have endless resources to help you prepare and transfer to a 4-year university. The career center has many workshops throughout the semester such as job readiness, CSU applications, and resume review. Southwestern reviewed my resume and prepped me with interview questions to help me prepare for a job. Academic-wise, the counselors do they're best to help with getting you the right classes so you can transfer to a university as soon as possible. I will be graduating from Southwestern College in two years with associates in business administration.
Southwestern has exceeded my expectations in many areas. The professors I have had have all been very caring about seeing their students succeed and want to make sure the material they are teaching is understood. Many do class surveys about midway through the semester to see what they could do better. All of them have helpful office hours, and most are willing to meet outside of office hours if it doesn't fit your schedule. The counselors are very helpful as well, but I would still recommend going to see more than one. Southwestern has various learning communities, such as MECHA, UMOJA, EOPS, FYE, and more. The staff at SWC are deeply devoted to seeing the students succeed.