Picking Colleges: A Guide For Parents & Families

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Information For Parents & Family

As a parent focused on picking colleges, you want to help your child make the best choice for their future. By choosing Southwestern your child will get distinct advantages to help them thrive academically. We are committed to their education whether they are here to get a certificate, taking a pathway program, or transferring to a four-year college.

Dollars and Sense

Southwestern is a state and national leader in student success and support. Making us the premiere destination for transfer,
high skilled job training, and lifelong learning on the southern Oregon coast.

Financial Aid

Helping Access To Education

88% of all our first-time, full-time degree and certificate seeking students at Southwestern Community College received some type of financial aid.

No Out-Of-State Tuition

Making Education Affordable

No out-of-state tuition means a quality education for you at an affordable price.

Fastest Graduation Rates

A Learning Environment Of Achievement

Southwestern boasts the fastest graduation and transfer rate among all community colleges in Oregon.

Record Of Achievement

When you’re picking colleges, you’re likely looking at graduation statistics. Did you know that Southwestern has the highest graduation and completion rates of all Oregon’s community colleges. This is a result of dynamic offerings such as on-campus student housing, free tutoring, college success courses, counseling, and writing and math labs. Most importantly, our classes are taught by experienced professors, not teaching assistants, which means superior academic support right in the classroom.

Healthy Campus Living

Of course, when you are picking colleges, you are looking at more than classes and coursework – going to college is an experience! This great college experience is one of many reasons why so many students choose Southwestern. We offer organized student activities throughout the year including skiing and snowboarding trips, white water rafting trips, barbecues, movie nights and concerts.

More Southwestern Advantages

  • A generous selection of on campus student employment
  • Internships available to all students
  • Competitive athletic teams and athletic scholarships
  • Classes taught by highly qualified instructors not by Teacher Aides
  • Safe area with low crime rates and 24 hour Campus Security
  • Culturally rich and supportive local communities
  • A great Campus Store


Student Housing

Recreation Center

Curry Campus

Parents & Families


Campus Store


Pathways & Degrees


GED & Pre-College Education

Job & Workforce Training

Maritime Classes

Community Classes

Small Business Dev. Center

CARE Connections


International Students


High School Partnerships

Pay For College

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid


Campus Safety

Accessible Education Services
TRIO Programs
Career Coach
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