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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a public institution located in Fennimore, Wisconsin. Students who love country life may enjoy the rural location of Southwest Tech.

722 Full-Time Undergraduates
$4,095 Avg In-State Tuition

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Rankings

Southwest Tech is ranked #141 out of 1,680 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Southwest Tech has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#53 Best Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Southwest Tech.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Masonry Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Precision Production Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Precision Metal Working Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Culinary Arts Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Construction Trades Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Mental & Social Health Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Southwest Wisconsin Technical College?

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Contact details for Southwest Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809-9778
Phone: 608-822-3262
Website: https://www.swtc.edu

Can I Afford Southwest Tech?

$4,095 In-State Tuition
49% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time Southwest Tech students paid $137 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $205 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $4,095 $6,143
Fees $338 $338
Books and Supplies $2,015 $2,015
On Campus Room and Board $7,511 $7,511
On Campus Other Expenses $3,811 $3,811

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Southwest Tech, approximately 49% of students took out student loans averaging $4,077 a year. That adds up to $16,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southwest Tech is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

722 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,640 undergraduate students at Southwest Tech, with 722 being full-time and 1,918 being part-time.

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Gender Diversity

Of the 722 full-time undergraduates at Southwest Tech, 49% are male and 51% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 674
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 25

Online Learning at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

454 Took All Classes Online
689 Took At Least One Class Online
20.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 689 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Southwest Tech has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Wisconsin for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Southwest Tech

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College was 20.7%. This is the #620 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Southwest Tech regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Southwest Tech majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health & Medical Administrative Services 11%
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 34%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Southwest Tech ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Southwest Tech.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist #1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #11
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician #19
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder #22
Health & Medical Administrative Services #76

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 225 0 0 225
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 47 0 0 47
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 0 0 29 29
Welding Technology/Welder 0 0 29 29
Lineworker 0 0 24 24
Medical/Clinical Assistant 0 0 23 23
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 0 16 0 16
Dental Assisting/Assistant 16 0 0 16
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 0 0 13 13
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 0 11 0 11
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 10 0 10
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 0 0 9 9
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 0 8 0 8
Carpentry/Carpenter 0 0 7 7
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 0 7 0 7
Building/Property Maintenance 6 0 0 6
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 0 0 5 5
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 0 0 5 5
Electrician 4 0 0 4
Laboratory Technician 0 4 0 4
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 3 0 0 3
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 0 0 3 3
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 0 3 0 3
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 0 3 0 3
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 2 0 0 2
Mason/Masonry 0 0 1 1
Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology 0 0 1 1
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant 1 0 0 1
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 304 62 149 515

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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