Information for Parents & Family

As a parent 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. With the Southwestern Advantage your student gets:

Campus Safety

You can feel secure knowing that at Southwestern your child is part of a safe and supportive community, is valued as an individual, and will be given the tools to help them have a bright future.

Southwestern provides integrated campus security and student support services:

  • Qualified full time campus security available 24/7/365 at 541-297-4200
  • Certified advocacy and counseling services available
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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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Record of Achievement

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.

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Healthy Campus Living

Of course, college is more than classes and course work - it's 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