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 Southwestern Community College

Southwestern Community College - Sylva, NC

447 College Dr, Sylva, North Carolina 28779

General information:(828)339-4000
Awards offered:Award of less than 1 academic year
Associate's degree
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:No
Student population:2,687( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:16 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $1,465 $1,873 $2,224 -16%
Out-of-state $6,821 $8,017 $8,368 -4%
Books and supplies $1,125 $1,100 $1,100 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $9,050 $9,900 $9,900 0%
Other $4,650 $4,860 $5,436 -12%
Off Campus with Family
Other $4,060 $4,365 $4,941 -12%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $2,590 $2,973 $3,324 -33%
Off Campus $16,290 $17,733 $18,660 -6%
Off Campus with Family $6,650 $7,338 $8,265 -13%
On Campus $7,946 $9,117 $9,468 0%
Off Campus $21,646 $23,877 $24,804 -4%
Off Campus with Family $12,006 $13,482 $14,409 -7%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $2,128
In-state fees $96
Out-of-state tuition $8,272
Out-of-state fees $96
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 125 67% --
Grant or scholarship aid 116 62% $668,821 $5,766
Federal grants 110 59% $613,222 $5,575
Pell grants 110 59% $589,777 $5,362
Other federal grants 30 16% $23,445 $782
State/local government grant or scholarships 31 17% $45,024 $1,452
Institutional grants or scholarships 8 4% $10,575 $1,322
Student loan aid 19 10% $115,354 $6,071
Federal student loans 19 10% $115,354 $6,071
Other student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 1,360 59% $6,820,349 $5,015
Pell grants 1,079 47% $5,924,108 $5,490
Federal student loans 210 9% $1,559,596 $7,427


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $8,652 $6,078 $8,294
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $8,251 $5,680 $7,943
$30,001 - $48,000 $8,831 $5,811 $8,701
$48,001 - $75,000 $10,357 $7,485 $9,996
$75,001 - $110,000 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
$110,001 and more Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 2,687
Undergraduate enrollment 2,687
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 546
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 13 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

No varsity sports data reported for this institution.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1971 Accredited


American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy (PTAA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

10/02/1991 Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

01/01/1985 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations13 2
Liquor law violations012
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
Liquor law violations ------
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 012
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate7.8%
Number in default6
Number in repayment76

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00846600

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAward of less than 1 academic year Associate's degree Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General66-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce-1-
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other--0
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management0-0
Office Management and Supervision-10
Category total7100
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications1020
Information Science/Studies-23
Information Technology09-
Category total10133
Construction Trades Colleges
Category total11-1
Education Colleges
Early Childhood Education and Teaching68-
Education, Other30-
Elementary Education and Teaching02-
Category total910-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician-5-
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician-5-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician-7-
Surveying Technology/Surveying-7-
Category total-24-
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Development3--
Category total3--
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician-9-
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-74
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)-6-
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician5100
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other-1-
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training--8
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage--11
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist3--
Medical/Clinical Assistant-2-
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist13--
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant-9-
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer-12-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-22-
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist-20-
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling03-
Category total2110123
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-6-
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-2-
Forensic Science and Technology03-
Category total011-
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-3-
Category total-3-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
General Studies-1-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-4-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-138-
Category total-143-
Mechanic and Repair Technologies Technicians Colleges
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician440
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/4-2
Category total842
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies35-
Category total35-
Personal and Culinary Services Colleges
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General1775
Culinary Arts/Chef Training03-
Category total17105
Precision Production Colleges
Welding Technology/Welder3--
Category total3--
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Commercial and Advertising Art-6-
Category total-6-
Grand total9234034