Southwest Tennessee Community College
Memphis, TN, USA

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Southwest Tennessee Community College
2.84 Average Rating

Natashia from Byhalia, MS

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Will learn a lot
I believe I can learn alot at this school. There's alot of hands-on trainning as well as small size classes that will benefit in personal assistance from instructors.
Tips for prospective students
Southwest is not only a good choice, it's the best choice. They have at least several locations and they have a diverse student population which stands out as an example saying that everyone from whatever background, is welcome! Most people start off at community colleges and Southwest is one of the best college choices. Most graduates work for many health agencies and you could too if you take the chance!
Great for these types of students
Students who plan to go to school for an Allied Health career, Southwest is the Best!
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Heather from Memphis, TN

a current student here
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In three sentences
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a campus that feels like home away from home with great leadership and one on one tutoring, Southwest has made my 2-year degree easier to obtain then I could have ever imagined. With several classes and majors to choose from and staff, tutor and mentor availability, I would recommend that all 2-year degree seeking students living in Tennessee consider this school to create a firm foundation with unlimited options and careers for their success in higher education. Southwest, in my opinion, is rated ten out of ten and would love to refer anyone with the mindset of success, leadership and scholar to attend.
Tips for prospective students
Get yourself into high gear and pass all of your classes the first time so you do not have repeat a course that financial aid may not cover. Get involved in the school and with community and through volunteer work. Keep your GPA high so more opportunities will be awarded to you and the possibility of special higher educational scholarships as well as financial opportutnities will arise. It is great to have fun, meet new people and hang out however; like high school, not everyone you hang out with wants to see you succeed. Be well-prepared and do not waste time. Also, take your required General Education credits here instead of at a university because there is a transfer program that will save you over $20,000 dollars compared to the university.
Academic Rigor
There is the Honors Society of Phi Theta Kappa which requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher, there is many awards like the pretigious John P. Bacon Award through the Behavioral and Social Psychology Department; it all depends on what your major concentration or study entails. The higher your GPA, the better opportunities for you as a student to be sought after by prestigious colleges in and out of state; also, there are at least $37 billion dollars in scholarship opportunities so it is wise to complete your courses to the best of your ability and you will thrive without a doubt. Remember first things first and make sure to prioritize your goals and tasks otherwise, you will find yourself overwhelmed and stressed out.
Dorm Life
One can live on or off campus. I lived off campus so I cannot elaborate on dorm life. I can elaborate on living off campus and that is a struggle in itself but lucky for you if you choose Southwest, they offer weekly bus passes! They usually go fast but everyone is advised of when and where so no student can steal them. Conveniently, there is a bus stop directly in front of the school with at least seven bus routes heading to different locations throughout the Greater Memphis area and Memphis' suburbs. Living off campus is actually tougher because of the travelling expenses like gas and then you have to pay for books and food. It can add up pretty quickly if you do not balance a budget.
Food and Dining
Southwest Tennesse Community College has a cafeteria on site and has an open kitchen for breakfast and lunch. Also, there is about four or five resaurants including McDonald's, Tasty Sub, Dominos Pizza, Burger King and Arby's. I love to go to the cafeteria on taco Thursdays because you can eat like a pig for about five bucks off of one plate. Southwest Tennessee Community College has employed very good chefs and workers and these ladies and gentlemen grow on you very easily. I love the whole atmosphere of the cafeteria as well as the dining hall where you can be yourself and no one will complain! There is also snack machines and soda machines throughout every building so it is easy to have a bite to eat almost anywhere on campus.
What to do for fun
For fun there is always events going on around campus with DJ booths and live music all the way to plays and concerts. There is the opportunity to play sports which there are very many offered. The Southwest Tennessee Community College squad's name is Saluqui. There is dance and cheerleading as well as volleyball, weight lifting and basketball; these are just a few things students' around campus do for fun! There is events with guest speakers and motivational mentors; this school has a lot of fun to offer. Somedays there is free lunch like chicken wings and pizza; other days there are dance battles in the heart of the campus, it all depends on what day it is!
Bang for the buck
Southwest Tennessee Community College offers classes starting at $147 dollars per 3 credit hours which is relatively inexpensive; probably the best deal for a community college. Unlike starting at a university, the tuition alone is large enough to choke a horse so be economically aware of your options. Not only is Southwest more economically friendly for yours or your parents/guardians pockets, it will keep you from spending your life savings for one degree. It is wise to get into a transfer program that will eleviate the bulk of the university of your choice's costs and keep them at a minimum.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There are a couple of unusual locations on campus like the Child Care Unit and the Theatre and Academic Support. Although they are not too unusual we also have a roof top that students hang out on and study or smoke cigarettes or just hang out and catch up with friends. As far as unusual traditions, I believe that the staff have an annual tradition of staff appreciation as well as student appreciation. There are countless ceremonies pertaining to achievement and higher education.
Great for these types of students
Any student seeking a Doctoral Degree or Master's Degree might be interested in the transfer program. If a student wanted to have the experience of a lifetime there is the Study Abroad Program where students can visit other countries for a month at a time. There is also the factor of athleticism and playing sports for the college, not just a class but to actually be on the team and have the opportunity to be scouted and sought after. Scholoarships are very important to apply for and will help you through the bulk of your studies. Do not be ashamed to ask for help as it solitifies that we are a family and need to exert ourselves for others, especially freshman students.
Clubs and Activities
There is the Honors Society, Book Club, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Raquetball, Weight Lifting, Chess Club, Student President and many more opportunities to be accounted for, however; I do not want to spoil the surprise! There are literally so many things that you can do on campus, you will never find yourself bored. The only thing is not to place these activities above your educational goals because it is very easy to become distracted with school events. There are several trips that are available for students who apply through the study abroad program. Depending on your major determines whether or not you can qualify.
Greek Life
Phi Theta Kappa is the best choice that I have made since I have been enrolled in school. I have been allotted numerous scholarship opportunities as well as being scouted by at least twenty universities across America. There is $37 billion dollars in scholarship opportunities awarded to those who qualify. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, I have scholarships just for being a member because the Honor's Society is that of the elite of the student body. I have been inducted and received quite a few honors and awards at Southwest that I can present to recruiters as well as use for higher educational opportunities. I have a 4.0 GPA and have made it to the honor's awards ceremony as well as receiving the John P. Bacon award in addition to the induction to the Upsilon Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. PTK has made my transition to a university one-hundred times easier and now I have the confidence that I need to pursue higher education.
Campus Safety
Campus Safety is hard to miss! The Campus Safety office is located in the Perrish Building (library) and the officers there are easy to approach and do not play around with bullying, theft or threats. The officers are readily available and extremely approachable. It will be very easy to know that you are safe and secure and in an atmosphere where there is no gay bashing or judgement of others, fighting or cursing loud so that it disturbs others. College is all about networking and helping others to help yourself. The Campus Safety team at Southwest is truly amazing. If there was anything going on dealing with campus security, these officers are the first to email a warning to make the student body aware. Also, students can volunteer to work as a safety officer for work study and get paid; maybe this is something to think about.
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Jabaree from Memphis, TN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Southwest Tennessee Community College has great teachers that help you one on one if needed. They have a Great faculty that assists you in any situation that needs attention. The library staff members are very helpful when it comes to any librarian needs.
Tips for prospective students
My tip for any prospective students would be to work hard and put in the effort that you would want your loved one to put in for you.
Academic Rigor
Exceptional!
Dorm Life
There is no dorm life here, however the campus life is exceptional!
Food and Dining
The food and dining are exceptional.
What to do for fun
There are plenty activities held on campus weekly to remind the students that School is fun!
Bang for the buck
You can take great classes at very affordable prices. I really can't afford much so I am very blessed to go to a college like Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Clubs and Activities
I am part of the Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society and I recommend this club to anyone working to achieve scholar goals.
Campus Safety
Southwest Tennessee Community College is always working to improve safety procedures on campus.
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Deterreon from Memphis, TN

a past student here
2 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
This school was tougher than i thought. I got to know many of my teachers and learned there style of teaching.
Did enjoy being here
I enjoyed southwest a lot, southwest have many activities to do, they have movie day and cookouts. every other month.
Bang for the buck
you will get the bang for your buck
Tips for prospective students
Take notes, get to class on time and communicate with your professors.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for everyone.
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Deidra from Memphis, TN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I LOVE SOUTHWEST I THINK ITS VERY AFFORDABLE... THIS IS MY SECOND SEMESTER AND I MUST SAY THAT I'VE LEARNED A LOT...
Am enjoying being here
THE TEACHERS ARE NICE AND I THINK THEY REALLY PUT FOWARD EFFORT..
Bang for the buck
VERY AFFORDABLE...GREAT PRICES FOR FOOD, BOOKS, AND ALMOST EVERYTHING U NEED FOR SCHOOL...VERY AFFORDABLE..LOL
Tips for prospective students
WHEN YOU MAKE THIS DECISION DO IT FOR YOURSELF.... STICK TO YOUR GOAL WHAT YOU REALLY WANT CAME TO SOUTHWEST FOR AND EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE
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Kenia from Memphis, TN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
It's a great school. I'd recommend Southwest to anyone who has been out of school for a while or more comfotable in a smaller class setting. I'd give Southwest 3 stars overall.
Tips for prospective students
Wear comfortable shoes. The parking lots are a 10 minute walk from the school.
Academic Rigor
Focus, study, plan
Dorm Life
I wouldn't know.
Food and Dining
The food isn't all that great, but there are a number of resturants and fast food joints in the area.
What to do for fun
Downtown Memphis is where the best college parties are held, festivals, and concerts.
Bang for the buck
They offer things like free massages on the go, free pizza, study abroad, ect.
Great for these types of students
Music Department, Nursing Building
Clubs and Activities
Plethora of clubs.
Greek Life
Not so much
Campus Safety
Campus security and Memphis Police Department on duty at all times.
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Andrea from Memphis, TN

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The teachers at the campus I go to (the Macon campus) really take the time to let you figure out what you are doing wrong but they give you enough respect and room to get things done your way. I really like the pace and the style of many of the teachers here.
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Bianca from Byhalia, MS

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I've learned many things from the classes I've taken at Southwest. For two semesters I have been here and gained a broad amount of information to help me further my education to a four year college.
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy many things Southwest has to offer. The small classrooms are good in a more one on one learning experience. The campuses are great. They provide computer labs, libraries, game rooms, and sitting areas that help me relax and do work.
Bang for the buck
Southwest is low and affordable. They provide financial aid and fasfa.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students should take use of the work facilities provided by southwest. They have tutors on call, computer labs, and libraries all to help with your education. They should also participate in the activities such as poetry, movie night, game tournaments, and guess speakers.
Great for these types of students
Southwest is great for students for all varieties. Whether just getting out of high school, full time workers, older people striving to come back to school, people wanting to get their Associates degree, a stepping stool to a four year, or just someone who is looking to gain more knowledge. The teachers are very understanding if you are needing to work around certain schedules. As a softball player my teachers help me plan when I take tests, make up work, and work around my games.
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