Southwest Tennessee Community College

737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-0000
Tel: (901)333-5000
  • 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 8 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 32% over five years.
Southwest Tennessee Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty315 staff29 staff
Southwest Tennessee Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 10,227 has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has stayed the same 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 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,227 students631 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio32:130:1
Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,243 students369 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,984 students262 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwest Tennessee Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Southwest Tennessee Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Southwest Tennessee Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Southwest Tennessee Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Southwest Tennessee Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Southwest Tennessee Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Southwest Tennessee Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Southwest Tennessee Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.600.42
Southwest Tennessee Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Southwest Tennessee Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,300$29,500
Southwest Tennessee Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,843 is less than the state average of $4,573. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $14,907 is more than the state average of $14,803. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,843$4,573
Southwest Tennessee Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$14,907$14,803
Southwest Tennessee Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%93%
Southwest Tennessee Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$17,000
Median Debt for Dropouts-$6,297
Acceptance Rate100%74%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg.847980
SAT Reading430525
SAT Math417455
Southwest Tennessee Community College SAT Math (2009-2016)
ACT Total Avg.4857
ACT Composite1619
Southwest Tennessee Community College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English1619
Southwest Tennessee Community College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math1619
Southwest Tennessee Community College ACT Math (2007-2016)
Source: 2016 (or 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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