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Western Technical College Data & Information Overview

423 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
9% Student Loan Default Rate
Find out more about how Western Technical College ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below.
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How Well Is Western Technical College Ranked?

#451 Best Colleges in Nation
#10 Best Colleges in WI
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Western Technical College was awarded 423 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is heavy/industrial equipment maintenance.

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Overall Quality

Western Technical College is ranked #451 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Western Technical College held the #499 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Western Technical College also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Wisconsin ranking.

See all of the rankings for Western Technical College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Western Technical College?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Western Technical College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

Learn more about Western Technical College admissions.

Western Technical College Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
40% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Western Technical College is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Technical College is 40%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  40 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Technical College

48% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a measure of what percentage of first-year, full-time students come back for their sophomore year. The 48% rate at Western Technical College is a good bit lower than the national rate of 68%. This could be for a number of reasons, such as students transferring after a year because they changed majors.

Freshmen Retention Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Technical College.

Western Technical College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,611 Full-Time Undergraduates
15.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,240 undergraduates at Western Technical College with 1,611 being full-time and 2,629 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Technical College Cost?

$10,279 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
$20,428 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Western Technical College is $10,279. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Western Technical College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,743 $7,768 $10,884 $13,616 $14,054

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Western Technical College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Western Technical College, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $5,107 a year. That adds up to $20,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Western Technical College is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Western Technical College Graduates Make?

$40,372 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Western Technical College with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,372 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Western Technical College make the most money.

Location of Western Technical College

Wisconsin State
1,611 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Western Technical College is a public institution situated in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The city atmosphere of La Crosse makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Western Technical College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 Seventh St. North, La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-9200

Western Technical College Majors

41 Majors With Completions
653 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Western Technical College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Western Technical College

63% Take At Least One Class Online
32% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 2,494 students took at least one online class at Western Technical College. This is a decrease from the 3,524 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,494 1,250
2019-2020 3,524 2,891
2018-2019 1,555 532
2017-2018 1,398 496
2016-2017 1,442 559

Learn more about online learning at Western Technical College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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