Southwestern Community College District

Category: Large community college | State: California

About Southwestern Community College District

Located on a beautiful suburban campus only minutes away by freeway south of San Diego, Southwestern College serves a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high quality academic programs and comprehensive student services, and through its educational, economic and workforce opportunities, and community partnerships. We have a long history serving and supporting veterans and their dependents, which now includes having a Veterans_ Resource Center, veteran-specific counselors and a support staff tasked with veteran student success.

STATUS: Military Friendly®

Military Friendly Ratings

We rate how Military Friendly® an organization is within 6 different categories. Learn more about our methodology.

The ratings below reflect the extent to which each organization exceeds the benchmark standards for Military Friendly®.

Academic Policies & Compliance

Admissions & Orientation

Culture & Commitment

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduation & Career

Military Student Support & Retention

Why attend Southwestern Community College District

Southwestern College is in the heart of one of the largest military communities in the nation. We serve active duty members from the local bases and veterans from all over the South Bay. We are literally on the way home for many of the active duty members in San Diego. Our faculty and staff are well aware of the unique situations faced by military personnel from rapid deployments to residency issues and we are happy to help resolve them. SWC has an active Veteran Student Organization and we work closely with local agencies that provide support to our service members.


Top Degrees

plaeholder-teamBusiness Administration & Management, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.


Communications, General

A program that focuses on the comprehensive study of communication, and that spans the study of mass communication/media studies, old and new media technologies, social and political applications, and speech communication and rhetoric. Includes instruction in interpersonal, group, organizational, and intercultural communication; theories of communication; critical thinking, argumentation, and persuasion; written communication; printed, electronic, and digital media; rhetorical tradition and criticism; media, society, and culture; consequences and effects of mass media; media social science and criticism; and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry.


Computer & Information Systems Services Management


Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.


Criminalistics & Criminal Science

A program that focuses on the application of clinical and criminal laboratory science, investigative techniques, and criminology to the reconstruction of crimes and the analysis of physical evidence. Includes instruction in laboratory science, laboratory procedures, criminology and police science, evidentiary testing and analysis, computer applications, record-keeping, reconstruction techniques, evidence handling and storage, and applications to specific types of evidence and crimes.


Exercise Science

A scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.


Nursing Administration

A program that prepares registered nurses to manage Nursing personnel and services in hospitals and other health care delivery agencies. Includes instruction in principles of health care administration, resource and financial management, health care law and policy, medical personnel management, and managed care operations.


Nursing Practice / Registered Nurse

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.



A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.


Traffic, Customs, & Transportation Clerk/Technician

A program that prepares individuals to perform duties associated with managing revenue-based customs, traffic, or transportation services, such as control of domestic and international traffic, toll roads and waterways, and to assist in the dispatch and control of fleet-based traffic for businesses and public services. Includes instruction in record-keeping; preparation of customs and transportation documentation; operation of communications equipment; basic transportation operations management; tariffs, rates and fares; revenue collection and change-making; and interpretation of customs or transportation regulations and related legislation, policies, and procedures.

Undergraduate Graduate
In State Out of State In State Out of State
Tuition $1,336 $5,452 N/A N/A
Fees $150 $150 N/A N/A
Room $11,493 $11,493 N/A N/A
Board N/A N/A N/A N/A
Books $1,746 $1,746 N/A N/A
Other Expenses $4,149 $4,149 N/A N/A
Totals $18,874 $22,990 N/A N/A
  • Approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Committed to the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Utilize the Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Waives the admission application fee for military students and veterans
  • Awards college credit for passing scores on CLEP exam
  • Award college credit for military training and experience according to the ACE recommendation guidelines
  • Provide admissions events or special admissions information sessions customized for prospective students who are military service members
  • Customized student orientation program for military students
  • Mentoring/on-boarding programs for new military students or veterans
  • Additional scholarships specifically for military students and veterans
  • In-state tuition without residency requirements for military personnel
  • Compliant with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act")
  • Active duty or reserve military student returns without penalty after deployment
  • Returning student receive reimbursement or remission of course fees
  • Offers evening programs
  • Offers weekend programs
  • Offers accelerated courses (i.e., 6-8 weeks course completion time)
  • Explicit commitment to serving the military and veteran community
  • Academic support/tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Study skills workshops
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Career planning services
  • Mental health counseling
  • Transition Assistance
  • Accommodations for military students with disabilities
  • Full-time veteran counselors or advisors on staff
  • Veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program
  • Dedicated social space for gathering (e.g. a student lounge or veteran center) reserved specifically for military service members and veterans
  • Campus/social networking events planned specifically for veterans?
  • Specialized career guidance counseling or other programs to help military students identify careers to pursue