About Southwestern Illinois College

Founded in 1946, Southwestern Illinois College. is a college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 9,515 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Southwestern Illinois College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 150 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Southwestern Illinois College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at SWIC are considered , with ,1% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Southwestern Illinois College.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Southwestern Illinois College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    16 Students rated on-campus housing 1.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    18 Students rated off-campus housing 2.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    24 Students rated campus food 2.6 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    25 Students rated campus facilities 3.5 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    27 Students rated class size 4 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    26 Students rated school activities 2.7 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    24 Students rated local services 3.6 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    27 Students rated academics 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Southwestern Illinois College?

25 Students rated Southwestern Illinois College

Chandler - 05/24/2020

I think Southwestern Illinois College is a unique atmosphere for a two year school. For your first two years of school(general studies), completing a certificate program, academy training for law enforcement purposes, or an apprenticeship is a well developed setting to be in. With a diverse student body providing outstanding opportunities to become more knowledgeable of extracurricular activities occurring on/off campus. This allows students to become more sociable with one another and have a well-connected student body/overall experience.

Madison - 12/19/2019

The professors are pretty good for the area they teach in, most holding high standards while maintaining an open mind to the situations of each student. The students here are generally nice if you engage in conversation, but most of us keep to ourselves as we go to class unless we are in a designated social area such as the Cyber Lounge. The campus is fairly easy to navigate and classes are moderately easy to difficult depending on the professor.

Lindsey - 06/04/2019

It's a great community college to get started. It's centrally located and affordable. The professors are always available to help whether in person or through email. The class sizes are average sometimes smaller. It's a great way to start a college experience at a cheaper price

Megan - 04/29/2019

It isn't too bad but I ran into a lot of problems with the advisers and the financial aid counselors. My adviser didn't care much whether or not I was in the correct classes to help with my degree or if money was being taken from my pocket instead of my loan being used.

Southwestern Illinois College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Southwestern Illinois College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Southwestern Illinois College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back and talk to myself as a senior I would tell myself to treasure every day of high school. Try and cherish the time you have at school with all of your friends instead of trying you rush yourself to get out of school everyday. I would also tell myself to really appreciate the opportunities that you have in high school. In high school there are so many people that will do anything at all to help you succeed. I would go back and tell myself to give every effort to focus in one getting to the college level, in academics as well as athletics. But most of all i would tell myself that everything will figure itself out in time and not to spend the whole year worried what your going to be doing for the rest of your life.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    SWIC is like a family, they may frustrate you sometimes, even annoy you, but you can always count on them to help you out, and provide what you with exactly what you need.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Very caring, compassionate group of young men and women!

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i knew that i should have worked harder during my prior education to attend a better school

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst part about school was not knowing anyone and being 900 miles away from my family and friends.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Students that want to transfer to 4-year college. Starting will give a great chance to save on money by taking classes that transfer. Also everyone one needs some kind of college to survive the world now. Just by getting an Associated Degree in something you are interested in will help in life. This college is low on the cost for a great education.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Trouble makers

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is known for having really great programs for students. They have a program for just about anything a student would want to be. They have a great athletic program and music program as well. The choir is really great and full of very talented people.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The teachers are easily the best thing about my school. I have heard many horror stories of students from different colleges being taught by teaching assistants. Others have tales of indifferent professors focused more on their own research than teaching. At SWIC the teachers care and genuinely want you to learn. A lot of them are highschool teachers that also teach here. It's amazing to know that you don't have to worry about getting a bad teacher when you sign up for a class.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about the Belleville campus would be the set-up of the tutoring center and the set-up of the admissions office. They keep you on a time limit that they often remind you of, which makes you feel like you're either in their way or not that important. The other campus branches aren't like that.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I think what makes SWIC so unique is that as small as this school is, we have kids come from all over the place to get their associates degree here. Also, our music students are the best ambassadors SWIC has. Marketing frequently uses music students for their catalouge covers and ad's that are put in local movie theaters. It's very close to home.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag about how amazing all of the professors are. They return all of our assignments the following week.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

59% of students attending Southwestern Illinois College receive some sort of financial aid. 42% were awarded federal grants. While 23% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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