Wharton County Junior College

  • Wharton County Junior College is a public, two-year, comprehensive community college offering a wide range of postsecondary educational programs and services including associate degrees, certificates, continuing-education courses, cultural affairs, and leisure-time activities for the benefit of the community and a population of students that varies in age, background, and ability.

School Highlights

Wharton County Junior College serves 6,904 students (44% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 70% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.

Top Rankings

Wharton County Junior College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 447 teachers has grown by 37% over five years.
Wharton County Junior College(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty447 staff262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Wharton County Junior College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The Wharton County Junior College diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,904 students4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:117:1
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# Full-Time Students3,046 students1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students3,858 students3,460 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
127 students251 students
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% Asian
13%
5%
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% Hispanic
44%
47%
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% Black
12%
12%
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% White
30%
29%
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% Two or more races
1%
3%
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% Non Resident races
-
2%
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Diversity Score0.690.68
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College Completion Rate
16%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,700$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,446 is less than the state average of $4,287. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,214 is less than the state average of $6,528. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,446$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,214$6,528
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid55%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,000$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • WCJC is a multi-campus, comprehensive community college created in 1946 to serve the educational needs of Wharton County and adjacent counties in the Gulf Coast Region of Texas. The college offers associate in arts, associate of arts in teaching, and associate in applied science degrees, transfer curricula in preparation for the baccalaureate degree, career/vocational curricula, remedial and developmental courses, adult basic education, assist under prepared students to achieve competency in basic skills, supports excellence in instruction in all academic areas and continuing-education noncredit courses and programs. Wharton County Junior College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Applied Science degrees.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Wharton County Junior College is American InterContinental University-Houston (42.6 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,287 per year for in-state students and $6,528 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,663 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Texas is Vista College-Online. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.