Southwest Tennessee Community College

Tel: (901)333-5000
10,816 students
Public institution
Southwest has an outstanding and highly dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to your success. Our mission is to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers, and communities within our service area. We strive to provide an effective teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, enhance economic development, and enrich personal lives. As a comprehensive, open-access, culturally diverse, public two-year college, Southwest is committed to meeting the educational needs of individual students, communities, and employers through credit and non-credit instruction using both distance learning technology and traditional campus-based classes. Southwest promotes student success in a supportive teaching and learning environment designed to raise educational levels, promote work readiness skills, enhance career advancement, prepare for university transfer, and enrich personal lives.
School Highlights:
Southwest Tennessee Community College serves 10,816 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 25%.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is one of 10 community colleges within Shelby County, TN.
The nearest community college is Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (0.5 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 340 teachers has declined by 29% over five years.
Southwest Tennessee Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 340 staff
59 staff

Student Body

The student population of 10,816 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.55 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment
10,816 students
1,282 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1
# Full-Time Students
4,732 students
810 students
# Part-Time Students 6,084 students
1,017 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
% Hispanic
Southwest Tennessee Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
% White
Southwest Tennessee Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
Southwest Tennessee Community College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.55 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,641 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $14,081 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,641 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $14,081 $10,294
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 92%
Percent Admitted 100%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
SAT Total Avg. 417
SAT Math 417
ACT Composite Avg. 16
ACT English 16
ACT Math 16
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Southwest Tennessee Community College has a number of Campuses, Centers, and Sites to make getting your degree more convenient. The Macon Cove Campus at 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN, 38134, is right off the I-40 and I-240 expressways in the eastern part of the city. Southwest's intensive technology programs are based at Macon Cove. Through multiple partnerships, alliances, licensing and certification programs, service grants, and extensive computer training facilities, Southwest has forged strong, mutually supportive ties to business and industry in the metropolitan area. Macon's 100-acre campus offers a suburban ambiance, enhanced by a quiet lake that provides year-round habitat to flocks of ducks and other waterfowl. The College Offers Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science degrees, academic and technical certificate programs, and courses that prepare students for transfer, employment, and career advancement in areas that include allied health sciences, nursing, business, computer technologies, criminal justice, education, and engineering and related technologies, while continually developing new programs in emerging fields. Southwest is accredited to award associate degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Did You Know?
For Memphis private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,596 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Memphis community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.4, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Memphis is Southwest Tennessee Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.