Southwestern College is located in Paradise Valley which is twelve miles north of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The college offers courses for students to obtain their bachelor level degree in areas such as Christian Ministries, Business Administration, Family Studies, Elementary and Secondary education and Music Education.
The college started after pastors in the Phoenix area decided to open a denominationally based college. The classes started in the fall of 1960 and were held in a local Baptist church while the campus was being built.
Students who attend the college must be born-again believers who attend a Christian church. Each student is required to attend scheduled chapel attendance and that they maintain a standard of conduct that is based on Biblical principles.
The college has performed well over the years in many sports. These sports have included Men's Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Golf, and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Cross-Country and Golf. The college was added to the NAIA in the fall of 2009.
The Slogan of the college is 'Intentionally Christian'; their mission statement is that they will, 'provide a biblically integrated education that prepares graduates to serve the Lord Jesus Christ'. The goal of the college is that students will graduate with concepts from the bible to help them evaluate biblical truth and apply that in everyday life, to develop critical judgment and to participate in the ministry of the local church.
These goals and mission are accomplished by six steps. Communication. Critical Thinking. Biblical Literacy and Integration. Technology Literacy. Personal and Professional Ethics and Interpersonal Skills.