Otero Junior College
La Junta, CO 81050


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,464
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 17:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 360 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Otero Junior College has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Otero Junior College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $5,625 and in-state students paid $3,285.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $3,466
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $7,623
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of Otero Junior College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 49% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,909 (which is 12.4% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Otero Junior College in 2016-2017, was 81, which is 38% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,759 (which is 4.4% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Otero Junior College has enrolled a total of 1,464 students (637 students full-time and 827 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,464 students, 127 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 46% men and 54% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 88 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 53%

Hispanic: 30%

Non-resident alien: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Black/African American: 4%

Two or more races: 2%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 8 largest majors offered at Otero Junior College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 28% 417
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 18% 266 0
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences 8% 113
Mechanic And Repair Technologies/technicians 8% 112
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5% 70
Personal And Culinary Services 3% 47
Education 3% 47
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 3% 38

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Otero Junior College full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of Otero Junior College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $24,900. Last year, out of the total 614 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 491 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 792 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 610 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $24,900 $27,300
Employment Rate 80% 77%
Total Graduates 614 792

Campus Location

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