Southwest Texas Junior College is a two-year institution with its main campus in Uvalde, in Texas Foothills Country, equidistant between San Antonio and the border with Mexico. With two other campuses in Del Rio and Eagle Pass, plus facilities in Pearsall and Crystal City, STJC continues to expand its focus while delivering career-oriented curriculum to local students. The address in Uvalde is 2401 Garner Field Road.
Academic coursework is offered on a number of levels. For students hoping to complete a two-year degree and transfer to a university or 4-year college, the Associate of the Arts Degree, the Associate of Business and the Associate of Applied Science are offered. An average grade of C or better will be required of students in order to graduate.
Degree programs include Criminal Justice, Engineering, Child Development, Business, Computer Science and Education (Early Childhood, Secondary or Elementary). Each of these degrees will include the completion of standardized coursework as well as the specialized classes of a major. The technical programs at Southwest Texas Junior College are extensive and may lead to a diploma or a certificate in the field. Options include Air Conditioning Tech, Cosmetology, Computer Information Systems, Management, Teacher Aide, Welding, Vocational Nursing and Wildlife Management, among many others.
Other Workforce Training programs and Continuing Ed classes are also offered.
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The admissions at SWTJC are open to students who will be able to benefit from a college-level education. What this means is that even students who have not completed high school-level coursework may be eligible for certain programs if the placement tests and interviews demonstrate an aptitude. Applications must be accompanied by a nonrefundable deposit as well as documentation of residency. International students have additional materials that must be submitted. High school students may also benefit from the practice of dual enrollment, meaning they can take college courses simultaneously. All transcripts must be forwarded to the admissions office for an application to be considered. Placement tests (TASP) must be taken unless the exemption is provided. For certain technical programs, different application guidelines will apply. Check the school website for details.
Applicants to Southwest Texas Junior College will have access to multiple resources in financial aid. Deadlines must be strictly followed, primarily with the FAFSA, which is the starting point of the process for all applicants. Once the paperwork for the FAFSA is completed, students will be able to see what type of award package they will receive. The Student Financial Aid Office has information on dozens of scholarships open to SWTJC students. Amounts vary, but most scholarships award around $650 per semester to the selected student.
Federal Pell Grants and FSEOG awards can keep students in need from having to take a break from studies. Stafford Loans and Perkins Loans are also a possibility to students seeking financial aid. The PLUS loans are for parents with students currently enrolled in college courses. Work-study jobs may be awarded to students so they can help pay for the cost of expenses while in school.
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SWTJC hosts its athletic contests in the facilities enjoyed by all students, the La Forge Hall Gymnasium and Memorial Pool. The Men’s basketball team is nicknamed the Cowboys and competes with local community colleges in its NJCAA division. Exhibition scrimmages are also arranged with nearby schools. Scholar athletes must fulfill the requirements as laid out by the Department of Athletics at SWTJC. SWTJC’s Women’s Basketball team is known as the Cowgirls and also competes on the intercollegiate level in the NJCAA. Partial scholarships may be available to athletes.