The Southwestern Advantage

At Southwestern you’ll get distinct advantages to help you thrive academically. You’ll benefit from our small class sizes and supportive campus community. We are committed to your education whether you’re here to get a certificate, take a pathway program, get your GED, attend a community ed class, or transfer to a four-year college. Whatever your path, we are here to help you move ahead and achieve your educational goals.

It's Academic

We know that it’s important for students to achieve academically. It’s why Southwestern has such dynamic offerings on campus like student housing, tutoring, financial aid workshops, college success courses, college counseling, and writing and math labs. Most importantly, our classes are taught by experienced professors, not Teaching Assistants, which means you’re getting superior academic support right in the classroom. At Southwestern you’ll get all the help you need to complete your course of study successfully.

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.

A Learning Environment of Achievement

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


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Average Class Size

Classes at Southwestern are kept small to ensure students have adequate contact with instructors. Normal size for lecture and discussion classes is 12-15; math, writing and speech classes have 20-25, and laboratories have 15-25 students.
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Free Tutoring

The College's counseling center has excellent personnel to help match students with the resources to meet their individual needs. Southwestern offers free tutoring, supplementary instruction, writing labs, math labs, quiet study rooms and financial aid workshops to ensure you have the support you need to be successful.

70+ Programs and University Options

With more than 70 degree and certificate programs Southwestern is sure to have an academic offering that will meet your educational goals, needs and interests. Southwestern also offers a University Center that allows students to complete Bachelor and Master's degree programs on campus.
It's NOT All Academic

Of course, college is more than classes and course work - it’s an experience, and that great college experience is part of why so many students choose Southwestern. We offer organized student activities throughout the year including skiing and snowboarding trips, white water rafting trips, Monday Night Football parties, barbecues, movie nights, and concerts.

On Campus Housing

Student Housing offers you an environment conducive to your development and growth academically, socially, and personally.

Average sizes of the following rooms:

  • Private/single room 9 x 13 feet | 2.7 x 4.0 meters
  • Shared/double room: 11 x 14 feet | 3.4 x 4.3 meters


Liam – British Columbia

Coming to Southwestern was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Everyone was kind and thoughtful. They made me feel at home.

Liam Bates
  Men's Programs

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
  • eSports

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  Women's Programs

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • eSports

Student Life

At Southwestern we feel College is about more than just sitting in classes and earning a degree. It's about being involved and taking advantage of other kinds of learning experiences outside the classroom such as Community Service, Clubs and Organizations, and Student Leadership. All of this helps involve you more fully in your education.

Student Recreation Center

Our Student Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art facility open to everyone. Regardless of your individual exercise needs and fitness experience, it’s likely that the rec center has equipment and activities that are ideal for you!

Our facilities offer:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Circuit weight machines
  • Free weight machines
  • Barbells and dumbbells
  • Collegiate-sized basketball court
  • Racquetball court Climbing wall


Southwestern has campuses located in some of the most scenic areas of the Oregon Coast that includes the National Dunes recreation area. Hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, fishing and ATV activities are right outside your door, just to name a few.

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