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Located in Fennimore, Wisconsin, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is a public institution. The rural area surrounding Southwest Tech is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

675 Full-Time Undergraduates
$4,167 Avg In-State Tuition

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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Rankings

We have ranked Southwest Tech as #227 out of 1,831 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% 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
#19 Best Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#85 Best Basic 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 Electrical & Power Installation Basic Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Building Management & Inspection Basic Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Carpentry Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Culinary Arts Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Construction Trades Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Personal & Culinary Services Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Precision Production Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Southwest Tech has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#17 Best Culinary Arts/Chef Training Schools College Factual
#20 Best Laboratory Technician Schools College Factual
#23 Best Culinary Arts Schools College Factual
#23 Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#34 Best Personal & Culinary Services Schools College Factual
#45 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Southwest Wisconsin Technical College?


Contact details for Southwest Tech are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809-9778
Phone: 608-822-3262

Can I Afford Southwest Tech?

$4,167 In-State Tuition
43% Take Out Loans
4.6% Loan Default Rate
For the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time Southwest Tech students paid $139 per credit hour if they lived in-state. Out-of-state students paid $208 per credit hour. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $4,167 $6,251
Fees $333 $333
Books and Supplies $1,973 $1,973
On Campus Room and Board $7,636 $7,636
On Campus Other Expenses $3,854 $3,854

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Southwest Tech, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $4,034 a year. That adds up to $16,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Southwest Tech is 4.6%. 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

675 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,581 undergraduate students at Southwest Tech, with 675 being full-time and 1,906 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 675 full-time undergraduates at Southwest Tech, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 634
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 24

Online Learning at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

549 Took All Classes Online
861 Took At Least One Class Online
12.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 861 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.


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 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Southwest Tech

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College was 12.4%. This is the #1,147 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
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 5%
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 6%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18%
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 65%

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 #54
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder #88
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician #130
Health & Medical Administrative Services #461

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 186 0 0 186
Lineworker 0 0 43 43
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 42 0 0 42
Welding Technology/Welder 0 0 27 27
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 0 0 24 24
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 0 20 0 20
Medical/Clinical Assistant 0 0 19 19
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 0 17 0 17
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 14 0 14
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 0 0 12 12
Dental Assisting/Assistant 10 0 0 10
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 0 10 0 10
Carpentry/Carpenter 0 0 8 8
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician 0 0 7 7
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 0 0 7 7
Physical Therapy Assistant 0 6 0 6
Electrician 5 0 0 5
Instrumentation Technology 0 5 0 5
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 0 0 5 5
Building/Property Maintenance 4 0 0 4
Laboratory Technician 0 4 0 4
Mason/Masonry 0 0 3 3
Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology 0 0 3 3
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 0 3 0 3
Restaurant, Culinary, & Catering Management/Manager 0 3 0 3
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 1 0 0 1
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 1 0 0 1
General Cooking & Related Culinary Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 249 82 158 489


*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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