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As one of the most popular junior colleges in the entire great state of Texas, Wharton County Junior College offers a great opportunity for students who are interested in continuing on to a four-year liberal arts program. Unlike so many two-year colleges that are focused more on workplace skills or understanding current technology, the focus at Wharton County Junior College is on actual, life-long learning in the liberal arts and sciences. Many students go on to complete their four-year degrees both in and out of state, and the school is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Some of the most popular academic programs at Wharton County Junior College include Agriculture, Criminal Justice, and Chemistry. Associate’s degrees and associate’s degrees in science are offered in a number of different disciplines, including Anthropology, Engineering, Geology, Music, History, and Spanish. There are also various programs that are more oriented towards specific job skills training, such as Fire Academy.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Close to 7,000 students make up the school’s current student body, with admissions being relatively open. All prospective students must submit their completed application, a copy of their high school diploma or GED equivalent, and official high school transcript, if applicable. No additional tests, such as the SAT or ACT, are needed for admission. Those high school students who are taking Advanced Placement courses may find that they are able to initially start at a higher level in whatever courses they got a 4 or 5 on the AP test in, or could even have earned credit already with their scores.

As one of the more popular community colleges in Texas, Wharton County Junior College receives a fair number of applicants each year, and has made applying easier by offering their full application on their website, in PDF format, for students to download and fill out. Applications can either be mailed to the school, personally dropped off, or sent online.

Financial Aid

Many students who attend Wharton County Junior College receive some form of financial aid to help with the costs of attending school. In addition to all of the federal and state opportunities for aid, including PELL Grants and completing the FAFSA, Wharton County Junior College offers additional opportunities to make the cost of college a little bit easier.

Students in search of additional financial aid can contact the Financial Aid Office, where additional information is available on how to apply for grants through the school, and what scholarships are open for application the semester you plan on attending school. Wharton County Junior College also participates in federal work-study programs, meaning that students attending school can apply for on-campus jobs as a way to afford their degree.

If you need to appeal a decision made on your financial aid eligibility or have any other questions or concerns, either speak to the Student Financial Aid Office or the Financial Aid Office, where someone will be able to handle your questions and situation during regular weekday business hours.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5210th for the average student loan amount.
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With over 6,000 students attending Wharton County Junior College, there are a lot of opportunities outside of the classroom both to socialize and to pursue fields of interest that are related to classroom learning. A number of different committees plan on-campus events, including dances and athletic rallies, throughout the year, often with student-selected themes. If event planning isn’t really your thing, there are a number of other ways to get involved on campus, including various other clubs, student government, and various intramural sports, which vary depending on the interest each semester.

Student clubs and other organizations are allowed to meet on-campus in the Pioneer Student Center, where there is specific space allotted for clubs. The Student Center also offers a number of different ways for students to relax and have a good time hanging out with one another, including a pool table, shuffleboard, and ping pong tables. There is a large screen TV for watching television and movies, as well as a number of board games to use.

Student Enrollment Demographics


There aren’t a whole lot of colleges where you can say that rodeo is one of your athletic options, but Wharton County Junior College isn’t the same as a whole lot of colleges. The school’s rodeo program is perhaps the most popular athletic pastime, with three coaches teaching a co-ed group of about 20 the ins and outs of redoing while competing in district and statewide contests.

If learning to ride and rope isn’t your thing, there are more traditional athletic options at Wharton County Junior College, too. The school has a women’s volleyball and a men’s baseball team, both of which have placed in district wide tournaments. The school’s colors are red and white, and the mascot is the Pioneer.

Information Summary

Ranks 97th in Texas and 2033rd 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 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 5 0.07

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 60 0.67
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 14 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 117 1.30
Larceny 303 3.36
Vehicle theft 17 0.19

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Wharton, TX 77488
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population14,964 (9,137 urban / 5,827 rural)
Households5,609 (2.60 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,263
Families3,843 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-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 District4827

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3394th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $768 $768 $1,536
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,344 $2,568 $2,568
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $32 $32 $64
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 $10,387 $11,611 $12,379
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,852 $15,076 $15,844
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,512 $8,736 $9,504

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,064(N/C) $3,168(N/C) $3,936(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,035
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,100 $4,245
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,655 $2,745
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,560 $5,755
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,015 $4,150
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,015 $4,150

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 Capacity158
Meals per Week18
Room Fee$1,400
Board Fee$2,500

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2794th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,867 ($56,484 male / $50,481 female)
Number of FT Faculty 162 (64 male / 98 female)
Number of PT Faculty 303
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,038,388

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