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Odessa College is a public junior college in Odessa, Texas. It was first founded as a small school in 1946 to meet the needs of returning GIs. Today, roughly 16,000 students attend Odessa. In addition to the main campus and the Pecos Techical Training Center, the college operates extension centers in Andrews, Monahans, Pecos, and Seminole.

The catchment area for Odessa includes all of the following counties:

  • Andrews
  • Brewster
  • Crane
  • Culberson
  • Jeff Davis
  • Loving
  • Presidio
  • Reeves
  • Upton
  • Ward
  • Winkler


Odessa is known for both its technical programs, including Industrial Machinist Technology, Instrumentation Technology, Fire Technology, and Industrial Engines and Transportation Maintenance Technology; and for its energy and renewable energy programs, including Wind Technology and Electronics Technology. The school also has well-reputed Nursing and Allied Health programs.

Odessa College also offers a variety of academic programs to fit varied student profiles. The college offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree.

Online Learning

As part of their online learning offerings, Odessa features Global Courses, in which students learn at their own pace, then create a portfolio on Google Sites that showcases their work for each class and demonstrates how it fits into the student’s overall learning plan.

High School Academics

Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with its mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, Odessa College offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, Odessa offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. These include the Russell Scholarship, awarded to a full-time student residing in the Permian Basin; the OC Academic Scholarship, awarded to students with high GPAs; the Davidson Scholarship, awarded to West Texas residents with high GPAs; the Pickering-Douglass Scholarship, awarded to a single parent who is enrolled at least half time and can demonstrate financial need; and the Hext Scholarship, which is awarded to a career student in Technical Education, Nursing, or Allied Health. Awardees of the Hext Scholarship must pass a drug test.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the Odessa campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. National Public Radio station KOCV-FM is housed at Odessa, offering several technical and broadcasting opportunities to students of the college.

Residing on Campus

Housing is available on campus through Century Commons, an apartment-style residence with fully furnished units. Residents may choose between a four-bedroom/two-bath unit or a two-bedroom/one-bath unit. All bedrooms are private, and all apartments come equipped with full-service kitchens, phone access, wireless intent access, and cable television access. Century Commons also features laundry facilities, computer labs, study rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a barbeque pavilion, a television lounge with a big screen television, and regular social and educational events hosted at the Commons.

Student Services

The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.

Student Testing

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test. The Odessa College Testing Center is open from 8 AM to 5:30 PM Monday to Thursday and 8 AM to 1 PM on Friday.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics department at Odessa is known as the Wranglers. The Wranglers compete in the NJCAA. Men’s sports include basketball, baseball, golf, rodeo, and cross country. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, golf, rodeo, cross country, dance, and tennis.

The athletic facilities also offer a wide range of opportunities for recreational student athletes, including intramural basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, softball, racquetball, and more. Students also have weight rooms, an indoor track, aerobics classes, an indoor pool, and a Jacuzzi at their disposal.


Well-known Odessa College alumni include:

  • Actress Stephnie Weir
  • Singer and songwriter Joe Melson
  • Musician Roy Orbison
  • Pro-rodeo champ Ty Murray
  • State judicial district judge Tryon D. Lewis
  • NBA players Moochie Norris and Larry Johnson
  • World champion bull rider Jim “Razor” Sharp
  • LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Kathy Whitworth


  • Extension. Odessa College. Web. 21 Sept 2011.
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  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.
  • Sample Course. Odessa College Global. Odessa College. Web. 21 Sept 2011.
  • Scholarships. Financial Aid. Odessa College. Web. 21 Sept 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 122nd in Texas and 2263rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 3 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 632 0.62
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 37 0.04
Robbery 73 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 617 0.60
Larceny 2,336 2.29
Vehicle theft 181 0.18

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Odessa, TX 79764
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population17,389 (15,324 urban / 2,065 rural)
Households6,062 (2.86 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,221
Families4,600 (3.32 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4811

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3254th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,830 $3,090 $4,290
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $630 $630 $630
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $82 $124 $154
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $10,599 $11,859 $13,059
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,136 $18,396 $19,596
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,333 $7,593 $8,793

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,280 $2,400 $3,330 $3,400 $4,380(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400 $1,187
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,816 $4,970
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,494 $1,829
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,886 $7,515
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,805 $2,718
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,805 $2,718

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity214
Meals per Week15
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3031st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,978 ($55,010 male / $48,099 female)
Number of FT Faculty 120 (52 male / 68 female)
Number of PT Faculty 299
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $2,717,160

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