Southwest Tennessee Community College

  • 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 to Southwest Tennessee Community College is Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences (0.5 miles away).

Top Placements

Southwest Tennessee Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Tennessee for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 315 teachers has declined by 32% over five years.
Southwest Tennessee Community College (TN) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years Four or more years
Institution Control Public Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 315 staff 29 staff
Southwest Tennessee Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Southwest Tennessee Community College has declined by 16% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Southwest Tennessee Community College 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 Enrollment 10,227 students 631 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1 30:1
Southwest Tennessee Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 4,243 students 369 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 5,984 students 262 students
Southwest Tennessee Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Southwest Tennessee Community College Enrollment Breakdown TN All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
3%
2%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
4%
3%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
51%
17%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
37%
74%
Southwest Tennessee Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
3%
2%
Southwest Tennessee Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
-
Southwest Tennessee Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
1%
2%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TN All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score 0.60 0.42
Southwest Tennessee Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
5%
30%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $28,300 $29,400
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 Aid 89% 93%
Southwest Tennessee Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates - -
Median Debt for Dropouts - -
Acceptance Rate 100% 74%
Southwest Tennessee Community College Percent Admitted (2007-2016)
SAT Total Avg. 417 455
SAT Reading 430 455
SAT Math 417 455
Southwest Tennessee Community College SAT Math (2009-2016)
ACT Total Avg. 48 57
ACT Composite 16 19
Southwest Tennessee Community College ACT Composite (2007-2016)
ACT English 16 19
Southwest Tennessee Community College ACT English (2007-2016)
ACT Math 16 19
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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Did You Know?
For Memphis private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,232 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Memphis community colleges have a diversity score of 0.41, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Memphis is Southwest Tennessee Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.