Texas Community Colleges

Western Texas College Named One of the Ten Most Admired Universities and Colleges to Watch in the U.S.


SNYDER—International education magazine The Knowledge Review has named Western Texas College one of “The 10 Most Admired Universities and Colleges to Watch” for 2018.

According to their website, The Knowledge Review considers a wide range of factors to place a college or university on the short list of the most admired. The factors that formed the parameters for inclusion varied from student life, educational and curricular facilities, cultural programming, faculty, teacher-student ratio, teaching quality, sports, and ethical knowledge to career and placement opportunities.

"Western Texas College is delighted to be included in The Knowledge Review's 10 Most Admired Universities and Colleges to Watch in 2018,” said Dr. Barb Beebe, President of Western Texas College. “We strive to go above and beyond for our students to make their time at WTC valuable, rewarding and productive.”

WTC’s latest ranking comes on the heels of two other high rankings this year. AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranked WTC #2 in the nation for online colleges. Their rankings are backed by data collected and analyzed from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. In addition, BestValueSchools.org ranked WTC #1 in Texas based on the cost of attendance, the quality of the programs, student feedback and pass rates.

In 2016, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Western Texas College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the prestigious 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

“Because of Western Texas College’s size and rural location, it gives us a great sense of pride to give our students the same opportunities for experiences that other students have at a large university,” said Ralph Ramon, Vice President and Dean of Student Services at WTC. “Students at WTC not only get a great education at a great value, but they also get a sense of being part of the community here in Snyder.”

Other Texas colleges and universities that made the short list include Angelo State University in San Angelo and St. Philip’s College in San Antonio.

People interesting in attending Western Texas College should call 325-573-8511 or navigate online to wtc.edu/newstudentchecklist.

Western Texas College is located at 6200 College Avenue in Snyder.