Otero Junior College

  • Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. Otero Junior College is proud of its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the State of Colorado. Our students can be found working in many of today's high demand careers, including fast-growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. OJC is an accredited Hispanic Serving Institution and provides cutting edge education that offers various two-year degrees, transfer degrees in preparation for four-year bachelor degree programs, and workforce ready certificates. Areas of study include:  Agriculture, Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Psychology, Secondary Education, and many more. Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs including Business, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Associate Nursing Degree just to name a few. Certificate Programs including Practical Nursing, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, Law Enforcement Training, Cosmetology, Agri-Business Management, plus many others.

School Highlights

Otero Junior College serves 1,279 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 5:1 is lower than the state community college average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 54% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 45%.

Top Rankings

Otero Junior College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Colorado for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 279 teachers has grown by 257% over five years.
Otero Junior College(CO) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty279 staff87 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Otero Junior College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 5:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The Otero Junior College diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment1,279 students1,461 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio5:115:1
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# Full-Time Students556 students556 students
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# Part-Time Students723 students905 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
-578 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
36%
25%
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% Black
4%
5%
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% White
46%
55%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
3%
2%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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Diversity Score0.650.63
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College Completion Rate
39%
52%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$33,300
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,060 is more than the state average of $3,768. The in-state tuition has grown by 41% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,130 is less than the state average of $10,421. The out-state tuition has grown by 37% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,060$3,768
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,130$10,421
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid99%87%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,300$11,634
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseball, Basketball,
Equestrian, Golf,
Soccer, Softball,
Volleyball, Wrestling,
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus in La Junta, CO. approximately 60 miles southeast of Pueblo, CO in beautiful Southeastern Colorado. OJC serves the local counties of Otero, Bent, and Crowley. The dormitory at Otero Junior College is only a short walk from classrooms. The commute to OJC is short and stress free for area students because traffic is not heavy. Parking is free and close to the classrooms. The community offers many fun events and activities. Small class sizes allow for personal interaction with faculty. Usually no more than 30 people in a class. Participation in class is easier because of smaller classes and faculty are able to spend more time with students individually. Computer Labs are not overcrowded and they are located all around the campus so you are sure to have access to technical resources. You're not just another number with a student population of only about 1,300. The library is quiet and not crowded with students, providing you with a place to concentrate. There is a wide array of social and recreational activities including intramural and intercollegiate sports and the performing arts. Students have access to the basketball/volleyball court, weight room, tennis courts, soccer field, and nearby baseball diamond and swimming pool. The Student Center provides pool, ping-pong, and air hockey tables so that students can relax. The Otero Players allow students to participate in stage productions of world drama. The Otero Arts Festival gives students opportunity to display their artwork. Various clubs and organizations represent a wide variety of student interests.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Otero Junior College is Lamar Community College (50.9 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 849 students | 50.90 Mi2401 S Main St
    Lamar, CO 81052
    (719) 336-2248
    50.90849
  • 6,545 students | 62.80 Mi900 W Orman Ave
    Pueblo, CO 81004
    (719) 549-3200
    62.806,545
  • 1,621 students | 76.80 Mi600 Prospect Street
    Trinidad, CO 81082
    (719) 846-5011
    76.801,621
  • 13,655 students | 86.60 Mi5675 S Academy Blvd
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    (719) 502-2000
    86.6013,655
  • 330 students | 86.80 Mi1815 Jet Wing Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80916
    (719) 638-6580
    86.80330
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For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,768 per year for in-state students and $10,421 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $17,287 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Colorado is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity score of 0.63, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Colorado is CollegeAmerica-Colorado Springs. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.