Southwestern Community College Creston

Southwestern Community College Creston

Southwestern Community College, also referred to as SWCC, was established in 1966. However, its roots can be traced back to the Creston Community College which was founded in 1926. SWCC's main campus is spread across 406 acres of land in Creston, Iowa. In addition, the college offers classes in the Osceola Center, and the Red Oak Center.

Students of SWCC are offered associate's degrees and diplomas in various disciplines. The college also offers transfer programs that enable students to continue their education at other four-year institutes. In addition, adult and continuing education programs are also available.

The sports teams of Southwestern Community College are known as the Spartans. The students participate in sports including baseball, softball, cross country, basketball, and volleyball, and the teams compete in the ICCAC Region XI.

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Southwestern Community College
1501 W. Townline Street
Creston , IA 50801

Southwestern Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine108registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Liberal Arts87liberal arts and sciences
Mechanics and Repair35autobody repair, automobile mechanics
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science courses, web design, computer networking, computer support
Business and Management23business management, accounting technology
Engineering Technician21civil drafting
Construction Trades18carpentry
Agricultural Science and Management6agricultural operations
Office and Administration6administrative assistant
Medical Administration4medical transcription

Number of programs and degrees for Southwestern Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree21514
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years1218
Award of less than 1 academic year22

Southwestern Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southwestern Community College had a total enrollment of 1,463 students (1,073 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 94%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 31%
18-19 28%
20-21 9%
22-24 7%
25-29 8%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Southwestern Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 48 %
Part-Time 42 %

Southwestern Community College Room and Board (2007)

Southwestern Community College offers campus housing for 115 of its 1,073 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Creston, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Southwestern Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,676
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,636
Room and board $ 4,500
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 300

Financial Aid:
Southwestern Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 185700)

Southwestern Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2424

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year10$43,6859$47,024
All faculty totalcalendar year10$43,6859$47,024

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year14$41,14915$38,831
All faculty totalacademic year14$41,14915$38,831

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southwestern Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports02121

Southwestern Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Construction Trades

Engineering Technician
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

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What Sets Southwestern Community College Apart:

Number of students
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Top 7%Southwestern Community College Number of students
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 11%Southwestern Community College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of degree programs
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Top 11%Southwestern Community College Number of degree programs
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 13%Southwestern Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
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Top 16%Southwestern Community College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%Southwestern Community College % students on athletic fin. aid

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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