Otero Junior College

1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050-0000
Tel: (719)384-6831
  • OJC has a wide range of degree programs. Chances are, we have something that is right for you. Associate of Science Degree Programs including Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sports Medicine, and many more. Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs including Administrative Assistant, Business, Business Management, Business Microcomputer Specialist, Early Childhood Profession, and Associate Nursing Degree just to name a few. Certificate Programs including Accounting Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Auto CAD, Automotive Technology, Children's Group Leader, Cisco CCNA and CCNP,Farm/Ranch Business Management, Law Enforcement Training, Massage Therapy, Microcomputer Operations, plus many others.
School Highlights
  • Otero Junior College serves 1,434 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 36%.
  • Otero Junior College is the only community colleges within Otero County, CO.
  • The nearest community college is Lamar Community College (50.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 54 teachers has declined by 27% over five years.
Otero Junior College(CO) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty54 staff48 staff
Otero Junior College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,434 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.59 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 22% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,434 students1,571 students
Otero Junior College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:136:1
Otero Junior College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students670 students670 students
Otero Junior College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students764 students901 students
Otero Junior College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Otero Junior College Enrollment Breakdown CO All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Otero Junior College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Otero Junior College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Otero Junior College Asian (2007-2010)
% Hispanic
Otero Junior College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Otero Junior College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Otero Junior College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Otero Junior College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Otero Junior College Non Resident (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
Otero Junior College Ethnicity Breakdown CO All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.590.55
Otero Junior College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Otero Junior College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$33,100
Otero Junior College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,033 is less than the state average of $4,109. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,990 is less than the state average of $10,273. The out-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,033$4,109
Otero Junior College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,990$10,273
Otero Junior College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%89%
Otero Junior College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,000$13,000
Otero Junior College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,139
Otero Junior College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,109 per year for in-state students and $10,273 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,389 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity score of 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Everest College-Aurora. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.