Southwest Tennessee Community College

Tel: (901)333-5000
10,227 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 10,227 students (41% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 30:1.
Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 26%.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is one of 9 community colleges within Shelby County, TN.
The nearest community college is Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (0.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 315 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
College Southwest Tennessee Community College (TN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Private for-profit
Total Faculty 315 staff 28 staff

Student Body

The student population of 10,227 has declined by 21% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 28:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.60 is more than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,227 students 472 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 32:1 30:1
# Full-Time Students 4,243 students 369 students
# Part-Time Students 5,984 students 216 students
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
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. 0.60 0.42

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,544 is less than the state average of $11,018. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $13,672 is more than the state average of $13,659. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,544 $11,018
Out-State Tuition Fees $13,672 $13,659
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 94%
Percent Admitted 100% 83%
SAT Total Avg. 417
SAT Math 417 455
ACT Total Avg. 48
ACT Composite 16 19
ACT English 16 19
ACT Math 16 19
Source: 2014 (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 $11,283 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 0.41, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Memphis is Southwest Tennessee Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.