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 6 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Southwest Tennessee Community College(TN) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty315 staff29 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Southwest Tennessee Community College has stayed relatively flat 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,227 students631 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio32:130:1
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# Full-Time Students4,243 students369 students
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# Part-Time Students5,984 students262 students
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% Asian
3%
2%
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% Hispanic
4%
3%
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% Black
51%
17%
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% White
37%
74%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
-
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.600.42
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College Completion Rate
5%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$28,300$29,400
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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$14,907$14,803
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Acceptance Rate100%74%
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SAT Total Avg.417455
SAT Reading430455
SAT Math417455
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ACT Total Avg.4857
ACT Composite1619
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ACT English1619
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ACT Math1619
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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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