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Athletic Division
NJCAA Division I
Athletic Conference
1802 Colorado Ave
La Junta, CO 81050
From Otero Junior College

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on a beautiful 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. For close to 80 years our students have taken the education they received at OJC to build the foundation for a higher academic degree or have entered the workforce with skills for entry-level employment.

Otero Junior College is a Hispanic Serving Institution accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Over 35% of the students at OJC are Hispanic and almost 48% of the student body are students of color.

With 12 NJCAA Intercollegiate athletic teams, the OJC Rattlers take tremendous pride in the accomplished of our student athletes. The athletic teams at OJC combine hard work, persistence, and dedication with the ultimate goal of success in the classroom and on the fields and courts. The athletic teams at OJC have won championships in competition academically and athletically.

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Otero Junior College Rankings

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Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Accepts Common App


Net Price
$11,281/ year
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,448/ year
Students Receiving Financial Aid


Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.20 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.19 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.19 responses


Elementary Education

Otero Junior College and the University of Colorado Denver have begun an innovative partnership to offer a bachelor’s degree in elementary education that can be completed in its entirety on the OJC Campus. The partnership provides a four-year pathway to a teaching license that includes early field experiences and a full year of teaching experience incorporated into the four-year program.


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Undergrads Over 25
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Campus Life

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of students highly rate the athletics/recreation facilities.19 responses
of students highly rate the dining facilities.19 responses
of students highly rate the performing arts facilities.6 responses

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $25,900/ year
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    Otero was honestly the perfect college experience coming in as a freshman. The professors, coaches and people were overall friendly and willing to help with anything. i adapted and became very comfortable right away and thats something hard especially being from out of state. i would definitely recommend Otero to anyone looking for a great experience their first two years of college especially sports wise!
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    The location is the key reason why I would rate this college as average even though I've lived in the area all of my life. Some of the professors give out more complex schoolwork and are just as helpful when necessary, but others lack one or both of those qualities. Otero County is a high-poverty area, and that affects the surrounding entertainment and culture. If regular excitement is mandatory, then this is not the college for certain people. This rural area is definitely more conservative than liberal, and that may not be preferable for some students. Most people are friendly, but smaller towns do breed some level of gossip. If calm and an easy-going college experience in a semi-arid farming town with many agreeable people are fine, then Otero Junior College is a proper choice.
    I really liked how tight knit the community at Otero Junior College is, it really feels like a second home to me and many others. Classes are very personal and professors are always willing to help every student with whatever they may need. The resources at Otero are also very helpful when it comes to the success and comfort level of its' students. They offer help in one on one tutoring, events like jump start to help students navigate their course work, and fun events for students to get involved in. Overall, there is not much I would change about this school it is a great environment with great people that want to see you succeed. If I had to chose something I would change, it would probably be the food provided at school. This campus has a large percent of athletes and sometimes it's hard to find healthy options that keep us energized for our day.