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Southwestern College Data & Information Overview

216 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
9% Student Loan Default Rate
Find out more about how Southwestern College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Southwestern College Ranked?

#295 Best Colleges in Nation
#48 Best Colleges in CA
Criminal Justice Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Southwestern College was awarded 216 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, SWC Chula Vista is ranked #295 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SWC Chula Vista held the #332 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 168 colleges in California, SWC Chula Vista is ranked at #48.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SWC Chula Vista?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Southwestern College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

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Southwestern College Faculty

22 to 1 Student to Faculty
28% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Southwestern College is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Southwestern College is 28%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  28 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southwestern College

70% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Southwestern College is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

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Southwestern College Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
92.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 17,621 undergraduates at SWC Chula Vista with 6,403 being full-time and 11,218 being part-time.

How Much Does Southwestern College Cost?

$4,877 Net Price
$12,000 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of SWC Chula Vista is $4,877. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SWC Chula Vista

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,197 $4,606 $7,800 $9,765 $10,999

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SWC Chula Vista, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

The student loan default rate at SWC Chula Vista is 9.2%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do SWC Chula Vista Graduates Make?

$37,777 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SWC Chula Vista with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $37,777 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 11% less that the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Southwestern College make the most money.

Location of Southwestern College

California State
6,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Southwestern College is a public institution situated in Chula Vista, California. Chula Vista is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for SWC Chula Vista are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
Phone: 619-421-6700

Southwestern College Majors

75 Majors With Completions
2,231 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Southwestern College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SWC Chula Vista

62% Take At Least One Class Online
28% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 9,981 students took at least one online class at Southwestern College. This is an increase from the 7,659 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 9,981 4,457
2019-2020 7,659 2,470
2018-2019 6,583 1,972
2017-2018 6,314 1,814
2016-2017 6,123 1,822

Learn more about online learning at Southwestern College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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