Southwestern Community College: Narrative Description

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1501 West Townline St.
Creston, IA 50801
Tel: (641)782-7081
Free: 800-247-4023
Fax: (641)782-3312
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Iowa Department of Education Division of Community Colleges. Awards diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 420-acre rural campus. Endowment: $691,031. Total enrollment: 1,254. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 660 applied, 43% were admitted. 15% from top quarter of their high school class, 47% from top half. Full-time: 666 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 588 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 4 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 30% 25 or older, 5% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: SAT or ACT, ACT COMPASS. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 9/5. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2912 full-time, $91 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4464 full-time, $133.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $384 full-time, $12 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $3500.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group, student-run newspaper. Major annual events: Social Awareness Day, Cultural Diversity Day, Early Bird Scholarships. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 60 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Learning Resources Center with 14,742 books, 1,044 microform titles, 170 serials, 1,174 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $144,366. 115 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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