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2401 Garner Field Rd
Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
p. 830-278-4401
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Southwest Texas Junior College

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5796th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Local Community

Southwest Texas Junior College is situated at an interesting place in Texas, with Mexican and American influences vying for student’s attention. Though Uvalde is a town of nearly 15,000 people, several notable figures have been born there. Perhaps most famous of all in John Nance Garner – known as Cactus Jack – who was Franklin Roosevelt’s Vice President after serving as Speaker of the House from 1931-1933. The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House is a place to see live theater and other performances in Uvalde. Garner Field’s Aviation Museum will transport visitors back to the time of the Second World War. Former state Governor Dolph Briscoe’s antique collection can be seen at the Briscoe Art ad Antique Collection.

Information Summary

Ranks 125th in Texas and 2284th 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 N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 31 0.19
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 181 1.13
Larceny 317 1.97
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population21,837 (17,780 urban / 4,057 rural)
Households7,018 (3.03 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,999
Families5,521 (3.47 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 offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4823

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2898th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,368 $2,750 $3,360
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $628 $628 $628
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $55 $110 $140
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 $12,673 $14,055 $14,665
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,073 $16,455 $17,065
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,547 $9,929 $10,539

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,960(N/C) $3,124(N/C) $3,520(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,680(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $3,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,050 $5,229
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,050 $5,229
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,650 $5,850

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)

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 Capacity254
Meals per Week14
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 8 714 7 5 100 7 847
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 10 10
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 29 8 37
Business Administration and Management, General 13 3 16
Business/Commerce, General 12 2 1 15
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 15 3 18
Child Development 22 1 23
Computer and Information Sciences, General 10 10
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 5 12 6 2 25
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor 1 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 15 15
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 20 3 23
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 23 25
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
Engineering, General 1 1
General Studies 3 1 381 6 2 38 3 434
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 17 17
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 60 8 70
Public Administration 2 2
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 12 5 17
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 8 3 12
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide 3 3
Welding Technology/Welder 43 1 10 1 55
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 3 2 10 15

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3512th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,595 ($48,702 male / $53,481 female)
Number of FT Faculty 115 (57 male / 58 female)
Number of PT Faculty 196
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,378,700

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