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Southwestern Illinois College

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Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) is a community college in Belleville, Illinois. SWIC was founded in 1946 to meet the dual needs of returning veterans and industry in the wake of World War II. Today, SWIC offers over 150 direct work entry and transfer programs.

There are two permanent learning centers off the main campus: Scott Air Force Base, near Belleville, and the East St. Louis Community College Center. These two centers allow SWIC to reach both full-time members of the military and members of a revitalizing community in particular need of educational resources. SWIC classes are frequently held at area schools, including Collinsville High School, Highland Middle School, Columbia High School, and Waterloo High School.


There are five instructional divisions at SWIC: Health Sciences and Homeland Security, Business Division, Liberal Arts, Math and Sciences, and Technical Education. Available degrees include Associate in Arts, AA in Teaching-Secondary Mathematics, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering Science, AFA Art, AFA Music Education, and AFA Music Performance. Some of the more unique options include Aerospace Studies, Exercise Science Pre-Major, Aviation Pilot Training, Massage, and Music Recording Technology.

Strengths of the Different Campuses

The Sam Wolf Granite City Campus features an Industrial Technology Center, Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Cisco Networking Academy, Culinary Arts and Food Management, and some Honors Program courses.

The Red Bud campus features the Nurse Assistant program, Fast Track Electronics, Photography and Drawing, a Friday-Only class option, and Cisco Networking Academy.

Non-Credit Options

Non-credit options include Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP), Community Education, and Selsius Corporate and Career Training. All adults in Southwestern Illinois are encouraged to engage in one of these learning options as suits their interests and life circumstances.

College for High School Students

SWIC offers several options for high school students to engage in learning at an advanced level, including taking classes (with parent and high school guidance counselor permission) and events such as Allsup High School Entrepreneur Academy, a week-long seminar held in the summer to help students start to think about what it means to be an entrepreneur and how to plan their educations for successful business futures.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Partnerships for College and Career Success (PCCS) is an education initiative at SWIC that is supported by state and federal funding. PCCS works with community partners to develop and implement 16 career clusters with nearly 80 pathways in career and technical education programs of study. These programs offer individual academic plans to each student as part of preparation for highly skilled and well-paid careers with strong futures. Involved stakeholders include faculty, counsellors, and administrators from SWIC, area career centers, two dozen high schools, and three Education for Employment System directors. PCCS partners with businesses and industries in the area for whom the program is mutually beneficial.


In keeping with their mission to offer educational opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, SWIC maintains open admissions. Some specific programs, such as Homeland Security and Aviation Pilot Training, have further requirements.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and financial aid options open to any college or university student in Illinois, SWIC offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The majority of SWIC students receive aid of some kind.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6246th for the average student loan amount.
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Clubs and Organizations

There are a large number of student clubs and organizations to meet the professional and personal interests of a wide diversity of students. Clubs range from the Black Affairs Council to Children’s Theatre Company to Dreams of Democracy to Paintball and Airsoft Club. There are four honor societies on the club roster: Phi Beta Lambda FLA-PBL Inc; Phi Theta Kappa-BC; Phi Theta Kappa RBC; and Phi Theta Kappa- SWGCC. The literary magazine is called Hand to Hand.

Transportation To and From Campus

Belleville is just 17 miles from St. Louis. And, while a town in its own right with a unique history, essentially functions as a suburb today. SWIC offers direct MetroLink service from College Station for convenient access to St. Louis. The Sam Wolf Granite City campus has a MetorBus stop. The Red Bud Campus is accessible only by car. SWIC students have free use of MetroLink and MetroBus services.

Child Care

SWIC provides a child care center, Kids’ Club, for the children of students, faculty, and staff. The Center offers flexible scheduling. Most of the employees of the center are SWIC students in child care, education, and health-related fields.

Student Enrollment Demographics


SWIC competes in intercollegiate athletics through the NJCAA and the Great Rivers Athletic Conference, along with Kaskasia, John A. Logan, Rend Lake, Lincoln Trail, Olney Central, Wabash Valley, and Southeastern Illinois College. Men’s sports include soccer, basketball, and baseball. Women’s sports include volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer.

There is a strong intramural program at SWIC at well. Flag football, bowling, basketball, volleyball, softball, and tennis are all particularly popular sports. In addition, there is a gym and free weight room at the athletic facility that are available for general student use.

Additional School Information

The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at SWIC shows work that speaks to the sense of community at the college. Students are welcome to submit work for consideration for exhibits. The exterior of the Schmidt Art Center is graced by the Schmidt Family Gardens, which are maintained by the SWIC Horticultural Department in agreement with the art center. The gardens have been honoured by the Missouri Botanical Gardens as a Signature Garden. The garden was first designed by landscape architect Robert E. Goetz, who also founded the horticultural internship program at SWIC. Today, the garden displays rock beds, container gardens, and a large variety of both native and exotic plants, including forest grasses, butterfly bushes, blankets of ivy, and flower beds.


  • About Us. Southwestern Illinois College. Web. 11 July 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Partnerships for College and Career Success. Southwestern Illinois College. Web. 11 July 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 109th in Illinois and 3175th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Illinois and 54th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 9 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Belleville, IL 62221-5899
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population22,252 (22,034 urban / 218 rural)
Households8,925 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$45,230
Families6,048 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1712

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3053rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,884 $8,484 $12,376
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $140 $140 $140
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $103 $303 $442
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,524 $10,124 $14,016
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,830 $23,430 $27,322
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,314 $14,914 $18,806

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,884 $2,922 $6,580 $6,954 $10,500 $10,370
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050 $1,088
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,000 $8,288
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,806 $4,066
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,806 $4,066

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 407 98 31 4 2,136 104 2,898
Accounting 7 1 9
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 10 2 1 33 1 48
Air Transportation, Other 2 2
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 2 1 9 1 16
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician 4 2 27 1 41
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 18 2 21
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 1 1 8 1 14
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 14 7 6 222 15 278
Carpentry/Carpenter 6 6
Child Care Provider/Assistant 7 7 31 5 50
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 1 1 7 10
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 2 3
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 1 1 13 3 20
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 7 8
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 5 3 1 46 2 61
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 9 1 13
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 2 2
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher
Construction Trades, General 4 5 9
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 15 6 70 2 97
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 2
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 4 4 9
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 5 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 13 13
Electrician 1 21 3 26
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 6 1 105 3 121
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 4 4
Engineering, General 5 1 8
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 7 7
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 8 9
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 6 4 139 4 155
Fire Services Administration 16 16
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 2 5 8
Food Service, Waiter/Waitress, and Dining Room Management/Manager 1 1
General Studies 1 1 3
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 1 14 17
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 21 5 13 41
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 7 35 1 44
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 1
Information Technology 3 8 11
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 3 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 2 1 26 1 36
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 42 14 2 1 351 25 456
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 7 64 2 77
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 15 2 17
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 3
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 2 23 1 28
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 6 1 8
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4 1 5
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 35 43
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music, General 2 4
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 18 20
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 46 3 4 1 91 6 155
Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer 2 2
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 2 3 5 10
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 5 2 1 13 1 23
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 2 1 19 23
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 1 1
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 4 1 15 20
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 2 2 33 38
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 5 10 2 17
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 3 1 62 1 74
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 13 14
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 4 1 1 11 18
Security and Loss Prevention Services 50 5 2 78 7 147
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 5 5
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 3 1 28 35
Small Business Administration/Management 10 1 1 38 1 52
Social Work 3 12 15
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1 2
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 8 9
Welding Technology/Welder 95 8 209 4 324

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1691st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,725 ($67,033 male / $61,756 female)
Number of FT Faculty 155 (75 male / 80 female)
Number of PT Faculty 703
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,826,632

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