Southwestern College (California)

Coordinates: 32°38′25.25″N 116°59′48.50″W / 32.6403472°N 116.9968056°W / 32.6403472; -116.9968056
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Southwestern College
Southwestern College's main campus
TypePublic community college
PresidentMark Sanchez
Undergraduates27,000 + (2015)
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 156 acres (63 ha)
Athletics15 teams
Colors   Gold & Maroon

Southwestern College is a public community college in Chula Vista, California founded in 1961.[1] It is part of the Southwestern Community College District, itself a part of the California Community Colleges, and has an enrollment of 25,228 as of 2023 across all its campuses within San Diego County.[2] It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.[3]


The school opened as Southwestern Junior College in 1961 with William Kepley as its president. The dean of admissions was Saxon Wright. The Chula Vista Star-News reported 15 students had registered within the first half hour the dean of admission's office was open, with Oliver Pittenger, a graduate of the nearby Chula Vista High School being the first person to enroll.[1][4]

In 2022-2023, enrollment exceeded 25,000 students across all campuses.


The campus is a feeder school for students hoping to transfer to the two local public universities, University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, and also many other private institutions.

In 2021, Southwestern was chosen as one of the eight campuses in the state to offer a "competency-based" associate's degree program without the need for grades or mandatory attendance on the student's part. Southwestern chose auto tech to be the degree they offer under this program.[5]


Southwestern College is in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and competes in 11 sports which include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo
  • Volleyball
  • Swim and Dive

Southwestern College's football stadium hosts Bonita Vista High School's football games.

The campus has athletic facilities including:

  • artificial turf football field

- artificial turf half football field

  • baseball stadium

- dirt track - soccer field - softball field - Football stadium with weight room looking over the field - indoor swimming pool - basketball gym - Five full-size tennis courts

During the week and weekends these fields double as youth soccer fields from ages 6–18.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Southwestern's First". Chula Vista Star-News. 6 July 1961. p. 5.
  2. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Accreditation". Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  4. ^ "Kepley Will Speak at Lions Club". Chula Vista Star-News. 13 July 1961. p. 24.
  5. ^ Frias, Amber (18 September 2023). "No grades? No attendance? No problem. Southwestern College tests new associate degrees". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 6 November 2023.

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32°38′25.25″N 116°59′48.50″W / 32.6403472°N 116.9968056°W / 32.6403472; -116.9968056