Dr. Patty Scott

I feel very fortunate to be a member of the Southwestern community. Since joining the campus in 1993, I have had the chance to watch the college grow while personally growing within. My passion is for student success and my vision is to encourage results.

Our staff and faculty are positioned to make a difference in the lives of our students and fellow members of the community. They work hard to stretch our resources to give our students the best opportunity to succeed in their education.

When you choose Southwestern, you make a commitment to your future success. We, in turn, are committed to your education. Wherever you are in your life’s next dream or goal, we are ready to help you achieve it.

Our College Mission celebrates five decades of College History serving the citizens of the Oregon South Coast. Southwestern is led by a seven member Board of Education elected from our three-county district through Board Policy Governance.

I invite you to explore our web site for the variety of opportunities and paths we can provide. Whatever your dream or goal may be, we are honored to have the opportunity to serve you.

Thank you,

Patty M. Scott, Ed.D.
Southwestern Oregon Community College

college path with students walkingVISION STATEMENT

Southwestern leads and inspires lifelong learning
(Adopted June 26, 2006)


Southwestern Oregon Community College supports student achievement by providing access to lifelong learning and community engagement in a sustainable manner.
(Adopted November 19, 2012)


(Revised November 19, 2012)

  • Learning and Achievement
  • Access
  • Community Engagement
  • Sustainability

Fast Facts about Southwestern

Degrees Available

  • Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AA/OT)
  • Oregon Transfer Module (OTM)
  • Associate of Science (AS)
  • Associate of General Studies (AGS)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer in Business (AS/OT-BUS)
  • Career Pathway Certificate of Completion
  • One-Year Certificates of Completions
  • Less Than One-Year Certificates of Completion

Class Size

Average class size is 13 for credit classes (2012-13)


Tenured and tenure-track teaching lower division collegiate classes faculty hold a Master's or Ph.D. in their field. 

Costs (estimates)

  • Tuition & Fees: $5262 (average for full-time, 14 credits for three terms)
  • Out of State Tuition & Fees: $5262 (average for full-time, 14 credits for three terms)
  • Room & Board: $7,797  (single) $6,859  (double)
  • Books & Supplies: $1500

Other helpful information

  • Accreditation
  • Directions & Maps
  • Coos Bay, Oregon
  • Oregon's Adventure Coast
  • Curry County Campus
  • Financial Aid
  • Institutional Data Reports & Surveys

historical photo of swoccSouthwestern Oregon Community College (Southwestern) is located within two miles of the Pacific Ocean in an area of scenic beauty and mild climate.

The college was formed in a tax district election in May 1961. It originally included Coos, northern Curry, and western Douglas and Lane counties, though Curry and Lane counties chose to leave the district a year later. On July 1, 1995, Curry County rejoined the district following a successful annexation vote by its residents.  With the addition of Curry County, the college area nearly doubled in size, extending to the California border. The district now encompasses 3,648 square miles with a population of approximately 90,000. The college is the only public, post-secondary institution in the region.

historical photo of students at swoccEnrollment has grown from 815 total students in 1961 to around 10,000 students annually. We have grown from 15 to about 60 full-time faculty and from 11 to around 200 part-time instructors. Cultural and athletic events at the college attract thousands of men, women and children from our communities each year.

During the early years, Southwestern held classes in surplus U.S. Navy facilities and in Coos Bay and North Bend school district buildings. The current Coos Campus, the biggest collection of land and buildings, is completely within the city of Coos Bay and is bordered on the south and east by commercial and residential areas, the west by Upper Empire Lake, and the north by a natural tract of coastal pine. Classes are also offered at the Curry Campus in Brookings, Gold Beach Center, Port Orford Center, and occasionally at other sites and towns throughout the college district. Southwestern has 158 acres of land in all.

historical swocc photo of campus buildingPermanent campus construction began in 1963. A majority of the Coos Campus was built between 1965 and 1969. A second phase of construction, beginning in 1979, provided new and remodeled shops and laboratories and expanded facilities for several programs. The expansion included a student center with a cafeteria, student activity space, student government offices, and meeting rooms for school and community activities.

The college entered a third building phase in 1994 with the construction of a new student services and general classroom building. This was followed immediately by a comprehensive One-Stop Career Center, a Family Center, student housing, a new baseball field, an indoor athletic practice facility, and a state-of-the-art performing arts and conference center. Additional facilities that were recently added include the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI), an artificial turf soccer field, a new track, and the Recreation Center

Ariel campus photoThe current decade brings with it the planning and construction of a new Curry Campus on the northern end of Brookings. The new facility, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2011, is a 27,000 square foot, two-story building equipped with wireless internet, advanced learning technology and sited/designed to maximize sustainability options. Support areas will include dedicated areas for tutoring, studying, and testing, a resource area for students to link with on-line resources, and a faculty teaching and learning center. The seven classrooms will include an allied health suite, science lab, and computer lab. A community wing, available for college classes, will provide a new and much needed venue for large public and private gatherings in Curry County. Each of its two large rooms can be divided into two smaller rooms.

Throughout the college’s fifty year history, a comprehensive instructional program has evolved to meet the needs of the incoming students. Instructional offerings include two-year transfer programs, one and two-year career/technical programs, short-term training occupational programs, adult education, a high school diploma program, and enrichment courses.

As a partner in the South Coast’s economic development, Southwestern offers the regions’ employees, employers, and industrial partners educational opportunities to meet their needs. Whether students enroll for a short course, a two-year transfer, or a two-year Associate degree, they are preparing for a rewarding future and lifelong learning.

Local Area

Shore Acres - photo by Patricia DavidsonSouthwestern Community College is located in the heart of Oregon's scenic south coast - an area known for its miles of open public beaches, vast forests, clear lakes and rivers, immense sand dunes, abundant wildlife and boundless recreational opportunities.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, clamming, crabbing, beachcombing, canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and sailboarding. Exploring the dunes via all-terrain vehicles or bicycling rugged coastal mountain trails and country roads offer other kinds of adventures.

Organized sports off campus include softball, basketball, volleyball, baseball, golf, track and bowling leagues. A new student recreation facility and fitness center at Southwestern and a regionally acclaimed racquetball facility in Coos Bay provide for a wide choice of physical fitness activities.

The south coast is rich in culture and history with many theater ensembles, art galleries, libraries, and museums, as well as the nationally acclaimed Oregon Coast Music Festival held in July every year.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay - the largest deep-draft ocean port between San Francisco and Seattle - is a major gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Oregon's Adventure Coast

Economic Development

photo of Coos Bay Marina by Patricia DavidsonSouthwestern Oregon Community College is located in the heart of Oregon's scenic south coast - an area known for its miles of open public beaches, vast forests, clear lakes, fish-filled rivers, immense sand dunes, abundant wildlife and boundless recreational opportunities.

Southwestern's Bay Area offers comprehensive medical facilities, exceptional livability and a workforce available for immediate employment. The College offers many education and training incentives to businesses relocating to the area.

Conference Services - Complete conference and meeting planning with experienced staff. Meeting and breakout rooms are available for 10 to 500 participants. Amenities include: Housing, a Performing Arts Center, business services, food service, and media services with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.

Cultural Enrichment - Southwestern's newly constructed Hales Center for the Performing Arts offers an acoustically superior experience for any one of the 501 comfortable seats. With the newest high-tech lighting and sound, it serves as an excellent venue for theatrical performances or conferences.

Government Contracts Assistance Program (GCAP) - The Federal Government buys over $125 million dollars every day from small businesses like yours. Many businesses have not taken advantage of these lucrative opportunities because they are unaware of them or are apprehensive of the procedures. GCAP was established to provide comprehensive information and assistance to Oregon small businesses desiring to compete in this market.

Internships - Southwestern works with local businesses to develop internships for students pursuing a degree at Southwestern. These internships are designed to combine classroom theory with practical experiences in the workplace. It also provides employers with an early look at graduates prior to them officially entering the job market.

Small Business Development Center (BDC) - The SBDC provides training, counseling, information and referrals for the business community in southwestern Oregon through locations in Coos Bay and Brookings. The SBDC provides both short-term and long-term training to owners and managers in small businesses with a focus on improving profitability and marketshare.

South Coast Development Council - Offering services to assist business's needs during relocation to the South Coast. From finding the right building to finding the best employees, SCDC is here to facilitate your move.

University Center - The University Center is a collaboration between Southwestern and Oregon's four-year universities such as Oregon State University and Eastern Oregon University. The University Center allows students to complete bachelor's and master's degree programs without leaving the area.