Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Southwest are mainly Black with a sizeable White population. The school has high racial diversity. 71% percent of students are minorities or students of color. The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is designated as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and receives federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve low and middle-income Black Americans.

Racial demographics of Southwest Tennessee Community College students
Race Percent of Students
White 29%
Black 59%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
International 2%
Race Unknown 0%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Low

There are 74% more female students than male students enrolled at Southwest Tennessee Community College with a gender ratio of 63% women to 37% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Southwest has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Southwest Tennessee Community College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 37%
Women 63%
Enrollment by gender for Southwest Tennessee Community College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 3,412
Women 5,935

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Southwest serves a very low number of students outside of Tennessee, with 97 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Southwest Tennessee Community College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 97%
Out of State 3%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$49,779 per year

70% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
9,347
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 33.9%
Part time Undergrads 44%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=221485 IPEDS survey data for Southwest Tennessee Community College.