Southwestern College Increasing In-Person Classes to 60 Percent

Sociology Professor Chris Vito, right, works with his student Omar Omar during his in-person intro to sociology class on the Chula Vista campus. Vito was part of the first wave of instructors who returned in the fall 2021 semester to teach in person.

Southwestern College will offer 60 percent of in-person classes for the spring semester as well as a mix of hybrid, online and remote courses. Vaccinations against COVID-19 will still be required for all employees and for students who register for in-person sections. All current health and safety guidelines will remain, including masks required indoors. 

“The Southwestern College community, including our employees and students, has done an excellent job with our phased return and following our health and safety protocols,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez. “I am so proud of the work everyone has done to keep us safe and because of their excellent commitment, we are able to increase our in-person classes and help get students back into the classroom to meet their educational goals.” 

Classes and student services will be offered at all Southwestern College campuses including Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro. Appointments will still be required for in-person student services and online help will remain available through Southwestern College’s Virtual Welcome Center.

Students who register for in-person classes and have not documented their vaccine status will receive instructions on how to do so before spring semester classes begin on Jan. 31. Students must be fully vaccinated by the time the spring semester begins. Students who qualify for exemptions will conduct regular testing on the Chula Vista campus in Student Union East.

The spring semester schedule, including January Intersession, is now available online and on WebAdvisor. Priority registration will begin on Nov. 8. Continuing students should keep an eye on their MySWC email for their specific registration appointment. New students can apply online at and get help with their application at an upcoming Outreach Department workshop or in their Zoom virtual lobby.