Southwestern College


At least 400 students every semester are enhancing their high school education and are earning college credit at the same time, thanks to a unique collaborative effort between the Sweetwater Union High School District and Southwestern College.

As part of the College Bound program, Sweetwater students are getting more mileage from after-school classes, like Psychology and Art. These "two-for-one" classes allow students to earn elective credits at the high school level and build up college credits that are transferable to Southwestern College or any University of California or California State University campus. Students accomplish all this without ever leaving their home campus.


Beginning in 1998, the College Bound program has been building momentum each year as more courses and a wider variety of classes offer at most of the high school in the Sweetwater District.

The program is gaining popularity not only because students earn college credit, but also because it's a great deal. Southwestern College's Governing Board has waived college fees for high school students enrolled in the program and the Sweetwater District has agreed to purchase the textbooks for the students.

With courses such as Sociology, Administration of Justice, Psychology and Art, high school students are able to receive dual credit, have the credits transferred to four year institutions, and not have to pay for either the courses or the textbooks.

How to Enroll

High school students interested in participating in the College Bound Program should contact their high school counselor at their high school site. Classes are offered fall and spring semesters.

To Apply

  1. Complete the Southwestern College online application
  2. Complete the High School Special form and return to high school counselor

 FERPA-Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA mandates that while minor high school students attend college, they are considered regular college students, and the privacy of their educational records is protected. Only the student has a right to their academic record. We will not release student information to parents without the prior written consent of the student. For further information: US Department of Education


Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Outreach office, Cesar Chavez Bldg., 1st floor, room S101

Fall Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm & Friday 8:00am-3:00pm

For more information contact:

Phone: (619) 482-6518 or (619) 421-6700 x5126/5633
Fax:(619) 482-6489

Last updated: 8/17/2018 7:33:59 AM