Wharton County Junior College: Narrative Description

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911 Boling Hwy.
Wharton, TX 77488-3298
Tel: (979)532-4560; Admissions: (979)532-6381; Web Site: http://www.wcjc.edu/

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 90-acre rural campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 5,892. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top half. Students come from 8 states and territories, 5 other countries, 0.3% Native American, 22% Hispanic, 10% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 30% 25 or older, 5% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Placement: THEA required; SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/14.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $10. Area resident tuition: $1296 Full-time. State resident tuition: $2160 full-time, $32 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2928 full-time, $64 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $22 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $2500. College room only: $600.

Collegiate Environment: Drama-theater group. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 160 college housing spaces available; 140 were occupied in 2002-03. J. M. Hodges Library with 51,478 books and 536 serials. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 9,881, Wharton is situated on the banks of the Colorado River, 45 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The community is served by bus lines, a municipal airport, and U.S. Highway 59. Community facilities include a county library, hospital and clinic, several churches of various faiths, and many civic and fraternal organizations. It also has a museum, theatre, concert series, health club, municipal swimming pool, hunting, and fishing. An annual Wharton County Youth Rodeo is held here. Part-time employment is available.

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