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Otero Junior College: Narrative Description


1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta, CO 81050-3415
Tel: (719)384-6831
Admissions: (719)384-6833
Fax: (719)384-6880
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1941. Setting: 50-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 1,676. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 65% from top half. Full-time: 805 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 871 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 31% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 49% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Options: electronic application, early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1746 full-time, $72.75 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $6626 full-time, $276.10 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $184 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4300. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 220 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Wheeler Library with 36,701 books, 183 serials, and an OPAC. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

La Junta is located in the rich agricultural and stock-raising territory of the Arkansas River Valley with a mild year-round climate; the average mean temperature being 54.1 degrees, and the average yearly precipitation, 13.61 inches. The community facilities include a library, churches, many shopping facilities, hotels, motels, hospital and a community sponsored concert association. La Junta has many civic and service organizations. Industries include canning, manufacture of copper tubings and the renovation of railroad cars. The Kid's Rodeo is held here each year in August.

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