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  • Gabriel

    I chose SWCC because they believed in me when no one else did. Southwestern gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that I was capable of being an international student-athlete at the collegiate level. At Souwestern, I've also been able to work on campus which assists me financially. I will always be thankful for the chance I was given to be part of the Spartan family.


    Miranda, Venezuela

    Associate of Arts Transfer Program

  • I chose SWCC because of the awesome hands-on programs they provide at the affordable community college tuition rates. The career and technical education instructors have a ton of experience in their respective industries and they help you learn on the equipment that you will use when you are in the field.



    Welding Technology

  • I love how Southwestern offers the flexibility to work around family life and a job, yet I still have time to fit in online classes. There are so many choices with online classes, and the support I have received from SWCC employees has been refreshing.



    Associate of Arts Transfer Program

  • SWCC was the right choice for me because I admire the moderate classroom size and community for students. My experience here has been outstanding because SWCC offers many activities for students to be involved with while on campus. Southwestern was an obvious choice for me because it is close to home and affordable.



    Associate of Arts Transfer Program

  • I chose to transfer to SWCC because everyone from student services to faculty was extremely helpful and welcoming from the beginning. Coming from a different country, I found my place at SWCC and felt I belonged from the first time I came to campus. My instructors were knowledgeable and dedicated and I can’t forget to mention the college has awesome student housing! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SWCC and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.


    Shanghai, China

    Associate of Arts Transfer Program

  • When it came time for me to select my college, I was really apprehensive. Coming from a small town and close community, I was unsure how I would adjust at a big university and busy town setting. At Southwestern, it is so easy to find your place and meet tons of new friends from all over the world, all while getting a feel for what college is really like! SWCC is an amazing home away from home.



    Associate of Arts Transfer Program

Live on Campus

College is all about the experience! If you’re thinking about living on campus while attending Southwestern, you may choose from traditional or apartment-style housing.

  • Students walking on campus
  • Students cheering at an athletic event
  • Students smiling outside of residence hall
  • Student talking outside of Instructional Center
  • Students playing table tennis in residence hall activity room

Apartment-Style Residence Halls

Spartan Court, Spartan Hall, and Spartan Suites are co-ed, apartment-style residence halls. Each apartment features:

  • Four private bedrooms–furnished with bed, chest of drawers, desk and chair, and closet
  • Two bathrooms—layout differs depending on your residence hall
  • Living room
  • Kitchen area with a full-size refrigerator, stove, and microwave
  • students studying
  • apartment-style kitchen
  • apartment-style room
  • traditional-style room
  • traditional-style room
  • traditional-style room

IMPORTANT NOTE: The student housing application must be completed in addition to the application for admission. There is a required deposit that must accompany your application for housing. The deposit will be returned at the end of your occupancy provided there was no damage to your residence and your contract was fulfilled. Should you change your mind and decide to live off-campus, you may receive a full deposit refund through July 1 of the year you plan to attend.

  • students eating together
  • students ordering food in the cafe
  • students eating near the cafe
  • students buying food at the cafe

Southern Prairie YMCA

If you live on campus, you will receive a FREE membership to the Southern Prairie YMCA, which is on SWCC's campus, adjacent to student housing.

  • weight room
  • cardio room
  • basketball courts
  • indoor swimming pool
  • racquetball court
  • walking track
  • student running on the YMCA track
  • student using the YMCA weight machine
  • student using a cardio machine
  • student using a cardio machine

Arts & Sciences (College Transfer)

Talk with an admissions representative to see which degree best fits your major and career goals.

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree will provide you with a broad general education background and prepare you to complete a bachelor’s degree. The AA degree totals 64 credits of general education courses. Classes will be from the following areas: communication, humanities, math, science, social sciences, physical education/wellness, and electives.

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree is an option for you if you’re interested in transferring for a science- or math-related major. This degree totals 64 credits of general education from the following academic areas: communication, humanities/social sciences, math, science, physical education/wellness,and electives–with an emphasis in math or science.

  • SWCC graduates celebrating
  • classroom in the Instructional Center
  • students and instructor in computer lab during class
  • Student with counselor
  • instructor helping student with assignment
  • TRIO
  • Graduates posing for a photo with a faculty member
  • SWCC graduates celebrating
Students walking accross campus with residence halls in the background

College Transfer

If you are planning to attend SWCC and transfer to a four-year college or university, the arts and sciences program is designed for you. You may hear it referred to as “liberal arts” or “general education,” but either way the goal is definitely transfer. While earning your degree, you will take courses to meet the requirements of the first two years of college. While the choice of majors is limitless, some possible majors are listed below:

  • Accounting
  • Agronomy
  • Agricultural Business
  • Animal Science
  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Science
  • Journalism
  • Pre-Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mortuary Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sports Management
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
students with partner school t-shirts
  • Assignment of an academic advisor at the four-year school.
  • Guidance and access to student services at SWCC and the four-year college.
  • A student ID from the partner school while attending SWCC.
  • Access to college services such as library access and use of career services and recreational facilities.
  • Opportunities to access tickets for athletic and cultural events at the four-year college at student prices.

Beyond our partner schools, SWCC has articulation agreements with many other colleges and universities. With a SWCC degree, transfer opportunities are endless. No matter where you decide to transfer, start planning early and meet regularly with your academic advisor.

More info on Partnership Programs

Career & Technical Education

Career and technical education programs are meant to train you for immediate entry into the workplace. If you want to receive hands-on training and head into a specific career after earning a one- or two-year diploma or degree, this is the route for you!

  • Automotive Repair Technology Program
  • Industrial Technology Program
  • Nursing Program
  • IT Systems Networking Program
  • Auto Collision Repair/Refinish Program
  • Business Programs
  • Carpentry & Building Trades Program
  • Welding Program
  • Electrical Technology Program
  • Agricultural Programs

Career & Technical Education Degrees and Diplomas Available

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or the Associate of Applied Arts degree (AAA) is awarded for completion of specific two-year programs. Many of the career and technical education programs also offer certificate or diploma options, which are credentials showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.

student working on laptop

Online Courses and Programs

Whether you’re thinking about taking one course or completing a degree online, these courses offer complete flexibility for committed students juggling busy schedules.

Each semester approximately 400 courses are offered through SWCC’s online program. Online courses are offered in eight-week, 12-week, and 16-week terms. Free online tutoring is available.

Southwestern offers the following degrees completely online:

  • Associate of Arts degree for transfer
  • Associate of Science degree for transfer
  • Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in early childhood education
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in agricultural business
  • Associate of Applied Science degree in business administration
  • stuents working on computers
  • student studying at a local coffee shoppe
  • student working on computer in lab

Clubs and Activities

Whether you choose to live on-campus, off-campus, or commute from home, be active on campus and find your niche.

Get Involved!

  • mud volleyball winning team
  • student ambassadors
  • students playing touch football outside the residence halls
  • SWCC Week scavanger hunt winners
  • cookie decorating contest
  • Students visiting the state capitol
  • Poster Day project displays
  • packaging meal for Meals From the Heartland during Pay It Forward Week
  • Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony
  • Amazing Race during SWCC Week


Each fall, students enjoy a week-long celebration full of on- and off-campus events, competitions, and fun. You won’t want to miss it!


Check out www.swcczone.com for great deals and discounts for SWCC students at many businesses, restaurants, and retailers in SWCC’s communities.


Intercollegiate athletics are a big part of student life at SWCC! And your student ID will get you in FREE to home events. It’s a blast to follow the Spartans!

  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Dance Team
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Men’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s Track & Field
  • Softball
  • Sports Shooting
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Softball
  • Sports Shooting
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men's Track and Field
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Golf
  • Bowling
  • Dazzlers Drill Team
  • Sports Shooting

How much can you save by going to SWCC?

The cost of college is a huge concern for a lot of students. You can save a lot of money and have much less college debt by choosing to start your college education at SWCC.

Cost of Attendance




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These statistics are based on 2017-18 in-state tuition and fees only. Four-year college and university tuition and fees are averaged costs of Iowa regents and private institutions.
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Financial Aid

A college education is a very important investment and there are resources available to help you achieve your goals! Follow these steps to apply for federal and state financial aid:

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Dates and Deadlines

FAFSA - Available after October 1 for the following academic year. For state aid, FAFSA must be received by July 1.


E-mail SWCC’s financial aid department at finaid@swcciowa.edu or call 641.782.1333.

SWCC Awards Ceremony


Scholarships can be a huge help when it comes time for you to pay for college! At SWCC, scholarships are provided through the college’s Education Foundation. Definitely apply, because scholarships are based on many criteria such as academics, financial need, community involvement, program/major, etc.

The Education Foundation scholarship application deadlines:

  • March 15—Fall semester deadline
  • December 1—Spring/summer semester deadline

In addition to Education Foundation scholarships, the following academic scholarships are available at SWCC:

  • Collegiate Scholarship—Available to high school graduates who rank in the top 15 percent of their class or have a composite score of 25 or higher on the ACT exam.
  • Trustee Award Scholarship—Awarded to high school valedictorians and salutatorians.

For complete scholarship criteria, eligibility information, and scholarship applications, please visit www.swcciowa.edu/scholarships.

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