737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 9,433 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 31%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 9,433 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,843
  • Out-state tuition: $14,907
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Southwest Tennessee Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Tennessee for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 788 teachers has grown by 89% over five years.
Southwest Tennessee Community College
(TN) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate's
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
788 staff
81 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Southwest Tennessee Community College has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The Southwest Tennessee Community College diversity score of 0.53 is more than the state average of 0.49. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,433 students
1,209 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,526 students
656 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,907 students
553 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
716 students
401 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,526 students
656 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
16 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,907 students
3,036 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
44 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
13 students
% Asian
2%
2%
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% Hispanic
7%
6%
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% Black
64%
18%
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% White
24%
69%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
n/a
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% Unknown races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score
0.53
0.49
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
12.37%
7.11%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.37%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$28,300
$29,000
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,843 is less than the state average of $8,156. The in-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $14,907 is less than the state average of $15,172. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,843
$8,156
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$14,907
$15,172
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
82%
94%
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Median Debt for Graduates
n/a
$11,730
Median Debt for Dropouts
n/a
$5,250
Acceptance Rate
100%
83%
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SAT Total Avg.
417
455
SAT Reading (Year 2012)
430
455
SAT Math
417
455
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SAT Writing
n/a
469
ACT Total Avg.
48
58
ACT Composite
16
20
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ACT English
16
19
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ACT Math
16
19
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southwest Tennessee Community College cost?

Southwest Tennessee Community College's tuition is approximately $3,843 for In-State students and $14,907 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Southwest Tennessee Community College?

The acceptance rate of Southwest Tennessee Community College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 83%.

What is Southwest Tennessee Community College's ranking?

Southwest Tennessee Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Tennessee for: Average community college minority breakdown and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 9,433 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,843
  • Out-state tuition: $14,907
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Shelby County, TN community colleges have a diversity score of 0.52, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Shelby County, TN is William Moore College of Technology. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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