Established in 1961, Southwestern College is one of 114 public community colleges in the state of California and the only institute of higher education located in the southern portion of San Diego County. Its location -- nestled between the City of San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico international border on a 156-acre plot -- positions it to play an important role in the intellectual growth of the more than 400,000 residents that call South County home. Serving approximately 20,000 students every semester, Southwestern College offers more than 320 associate degree and certificate options. A host of noncredit courses designed to enhance personal and professional development are also offered through the College's Continuing Education department. Whether pursuing an A.A. degree, preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university, or acquiring new occupational skills, students attending Southwestern College are given every opportunity to meet their educational goals.