Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College provides individualized lifelong learning opportunities that focus on students and communities. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College will be a leader in learning-centered education. outhwest Tech is a comprehensive technical college standing ready to offer you excellent educational opportunities, a broad array of support services, and a student-friendly atmosphere. Southwest Tech can prepare you with the skills necessary to succeed now and in the future.

School Highlights

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College serves 2,640 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 11% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.

Top Rankings

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Wisconsin for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 217 teachers has grown by 20% over five years.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College(WI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty217 staff417 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College has grown by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 23:1 over five years.
The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College diversity score of 0.21 is less than the state average of 0.49. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,640 students2,935 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:111:1
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# Full-Time Students722 students890 students
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# Part-Time Students1,918 students2,045 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
140 students187 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
1%
4%
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% Hispanic
2%
9%
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% Black
2%
9%
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% White
89%
70%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
2%
4%
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Diversity Score0.210.49
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College Completion Rate
61%
43%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,500$33,700
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,076 is less than the state average of $4,173. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,996 is less than the state average of $6,317. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,076$4,173
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,996$6,317
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%74%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,000$11,361
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,370$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Southwest Wisconsin Vocational-Technical Institute District, comprising the five counties of southwestern Wisconsin, became operational on July 1, 1967, pursuant to Chapter 292, Laws of Wisconsin of 1965. The development process that resulted in what we now call Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (Southwest Tech) began immediately with the selection of initial programs, establishment of advisory committees, and recruitment of staff members. Farm Training was the first college program and began functioning in Fall 1967. During the 1968-69 fiscal year, college leadership initiated a comprehensive building plan. This led to the development of the present campus facilities located in Fennimore, Wisconsin, the center of the Southwest Tech District. Located among the beautiful hills and valleys of southwestern Wisconsin, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, or Southwest Tech, is a comprehensive technical school of higher learning that stands ready to offer you excellent educational opportunities, a broad array of support services, and a student-friendly atmosphere. Since 1967, Southwest Tech has worked to be Southwest Wisconsin's premier provider of occupational education and training. The Fennimore campus offers 40 full-time occupational programs as well as a host of adult basic education, continuing education, distance learning, and technical services. The college offers Agricultural Programs, Business Programs, General Education, Health Occupations, Individual Technical Studies, Industrial Occupations, Public Safety Programs and Courses and Service Industry Programs and Courses. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is University of Wisconsin Colleges Flex (62.8 miles away).
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