Completed in 2000, the new Southwestern College Student Center is the hub of collegiate life on the main campus in Chula Vista. The Student Center is funded by student fees, as required by law. The 14,500 square-foot facility features an etching of a stylized Mayan design over the main entry to the arched glass atrium. It is a place for all Southwestern College students to gather, meet, socialize and celebrate student life.
The Office of Student Activities provides support to the Associated Student Organization, campus clubs and organizations, Health Services, Service Learning, Cooperative Work Experience Education and is a good place to obtain general information about campus events, activities and programs and vendor forms.
Associated Student Organization
At Southwestern College, you can meet new people and participate in student government. The Associated Student Organization, ASO, plans activities and events. You may choose to run for office or volunteer for a committee. You can join one of the clubs chartered by the ASO each year.
Don't miss out on campus-wide events held during "college hour" Thursdays at 11 a.m. it's your opportunity to hear famous speakers, view special performances and participate in public forums, many of which are held in the outdoor amphitheater adjacent to the Student Center.
HONORS AND HONOR SOCIETIES
Students with overall grade point averages of 3.5 or higher on all academic course work are awarded a gold tassel to wear at Commencement. Upon official certification of all academic course work, graduating students are eligible for diplomas and transcripts annotated "with honors".
Phi Theta Kappa
In 1989, the Alpha Pi Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students in community colleges, was chartered at Southwestern College.
Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.
CO-CURRICULAR AND PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES
"There's lots of opportunity for you!"
Co-curricular events include performance and visual arts and athletics. You can participate by enrolling in these specific classes:
- Student art exhibits
- Chamber Singers
- Concert Choir
- Jazz Ensembles
- Dance performance
- Student newspaper. "The Southwestern SUN"
- Competitive speech
- Afro-Cuban Ensemble
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- African Drumming & Dancing
Southwestern College student athletic teams achieve national and state conference rankings. Fitness training is offered through the School of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. The aquatics program offers sailing and kayaking and recreational leadership at the Crown Cove Aquatic Center, as well as swimming in our collegiate-competitive pool. Want to compete in intercollegiate athletics? Here's the line up:
- Men's and women's cross country
- Men's soccer
- Women's soccer
- Men's water polo
- Women's water polo
- Men's basketball
- Women's basketball
- Men's tennis
- Women's tennis
- Men's and women's track and field
Cooperative Work Experience
The CWEE program provides opportunities to students who have declared a major to earn units and gain work experience.