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Tyler Junior College

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About Tyler Junior College

Tyler Junior College was founded in 1926 in Tyler, Texas. Currently, the city of Tyler is home to approximately 98,500 residents. It is located just south of Interstate 20, about 90 miles east of Dallas. The junior college serves about 15,000 for-credit and 20,000 continuing education students each year. It offers student housing for approximately 1,000 attendees. The school's student body is comprised of 50% full-time, 59% female, and 61% Caucasian students. Almost all are Texas residents, and 71% are 24 years old or under.


The college offers programs in 60 concentrations, which are grouped into the 4 areas of humanities, communications and fine arts; engineering, math, and science; nursing and health sciences; and professional and technical programs. Concentrations may offer multiple program options leading to certificates or associate's degrees. The average class size is 21 students. The college offers traditional fall and spring semesters, and also a variety of intersession or short semester schedules.

Tyler Junior College offers a distance learning program in which many courses are available online. The college offers a tool to help prospective students determine if they are ready to take advantage of online opportunities. In addition, through the Virtual College of Texas, a consortium of more than 50 colleges, students may take more than 200 courses offered online through other colleges while getting credit toward their Tyler Junior College program.


Tyler Junior College uses an online application. Applicants must supply high school transcripts showing date of graduation or a GED certificate. Admissions testing is required by state law unless applicants are exempt because of satisfactory SAT, ACT or TAKS scores. Non-exempt applicants must provide scores for the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or an approved substitute. This testing is available through the admissions office.

Some programs in nursing and health professions have limited availability. Prospective students will be admitted based on reading and math ability and prior achievement. Those wishing to apply for these programs should apply as early as possible.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees per semester for a typical 15-hour schedule in spring 2013 are $1,131 for in-district students, $1,821 for in-state residents, and $2,121 for those from out of state. The tuition due date for the spring 2013 semester is January 7, 2013. An installment payment plan is available. For students wishing to live on campus, the per-person, per-semester cost, including mandatory meal plan, is between $2,125 and $3,200, depending on desired residence hall.

Need based financial aid and merit and need based scholarships are available. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and the Tyler Junior College online scholarship application.

    School Type     2-year, public*
    Degrees Offered     Certificate, associate's*
    Religious Affiliation    None*
    Academic Calendar     Semester**
    School Setting     Small city*
    Student Body    11,540*
    Student Housing     Yes*
    Schools and Programs     4 program areas, 60 concentrations**
    Student-Faculty Ratio    23 to 1*
    Most Popular Fields of Undergraduate Study (Number of Recipients)    Certificate: licensed practical/vocational nurse (181), associate's: general studies (288) (completions 2010-2011)*
    Undergraduate Graduation Rates     12% (students beginning in 2008)*
    Admission Rate     Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 2,637 (fall 2011)***
    First-Year Retention Rates    49% full-time, 37% part-time (2010-2011)*
    Application Due Date    Rolling admissions**
    Decision Notification Date    After receipt of all required information**
    Tuition     In-state $30/hour, out-of-state $50/hour
    Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving it)     Federal grants (58%), state/local grants (15%), institutional grants (15%), federal loans (49%) (fall 2011)*
    Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid    78% (fall 2011)* 

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Tyler Junior College, ***IPEDS Data Center

School Contact Information

  • Address: Tyler Junior College, 1400 East Fifth Street, Tyler, Texas 75798
  • Phone: (903) 510-2200
  • Website: www.tjc.edu

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