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receiving financial aid. SWAU is highly ranked in affordability and awards more than $4 million in financial aid every year. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University No. 11 overall in its 2020 Re- gional Colleges West rankings as well as No. 3 for Social Mobility. Niche ranks SWAU as one of Texas’ safest colleges. Featuring a diverse campus that in- cludes students from nearly three dozen states and several dozen countries as well as an average student/teacher ratio of 12:1, SWAU offers a uniquely diverse and per- sonal college experience. Departments in- clude biology, business administration, mathematics and physical sciences, com- munications, computer science, education, music, history and social sciences, modern languages, nursing, kinesiology, psychol- ogy and religion. SWAU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Adventist Ac- crediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities, International Assem- bly for Collegiate Business Edu- cation, Texas Education Agency, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners and the Commission on Colle- giate Nursing Education. For information, call 800-433- 2240 or visit Hill College Hill College, at 2112 Mayfield Park- way in Cleburne, has more than 4,400 stu- dents enrolled at its five campuses: Hills- boro, Cleburne, Burleson, Glen Rose and Meridian. Two-thirds of the students at- tend full time. Over half of the students are from Johnson County. Hill College is a comprehensive com- munity college that opened in Hillsboro in 1923 and offers academic and technical programs leading to certificates and de- grees in more than 60 fields of study in health sciences, physical education, hu- manities, social services, mathematics and sciences. Hill College has nationally recognized technical programs in areas such as nurs- ing, cosmetology, Cisco computer training, HVAC and welding. Noncredit and con- tinuing education courses are also offered. Noncredit and continuing education courses are also offered. Hill provides more than $500,000 per year in scholarships to students. Since 1974, Hill College, Cleburne Ex- tension Center has provided post-second- ary education to the residents of Johnson County. In 1997 and 1998, the residents of Al- varado, Cleburne, Godley, Grandview, Joshua, Keene, Rio Vista and Venus ap- proved a local maintenance and operation tax for the purpose of supporting a Hill College branch campus in Johnson County and the Cleburne Extension Center became the Hill College Johnson County Campus. The Cleburne campus overlooks Lake Pat Cleburne on U.S. 67 and consists of 32 acres of land, plus 15 adjoining acres leased from the city. The campus has a classroom building, a conference rooms. It is the largest Snap-on educational facility in the country. Hill College announced its new partner- ship with Trane, a global provider of in- door comfort solutions and services, in 2015 and opened the new Hill College Technical Center, 319 E. Henderson St. in 2016. The facility houses HVAC laboratories that will help train students to become technicians. Three new laboratories occupy the ground floor of the old Walls Building. For information, call 817-760-5600 or visit library, a student center, the Margie Faye Wheat Kennon Health Science Center, and the Tolbert F. Mayfield Administration Building. The Cleburne campus awards associate degrees, certificate of technology and certif- icate of completion and offers up to 44 hours in state core curriculum courses. In downtown Cleburne, the Snap-on Automotive Technology Program is con- sidered the most technically advanced au- tomotive training center in the area, and the only one of its kind in the state. Stu- dents are fully prepared after graduation to take the Automotive Service Excellence cer- tification exam. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment and tools, a two-story lab area with 10 car stalls, classrooms, training and can easily commute. Located about 27 miles from Alvarado, Texas Christian University, 2800 S. Univer- sity Drive, has an enrollment of 9,445 un- dergraduates and 1,473 graduate students. There are 115 undergraduate areas of study and 94 graduate areas of study. Located about 28 miles from Alvarado, Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan St. in Fort Worth, has an enrollment of about 2,619, with 31 undergraduate pro- grams and five graduate programs. Located about 37 miles from Alvarado, The University of Texas at Arlington, 701 S. Nedderman Drive, has an enrollment of about 41,933 students in campus-based and online degree programs pursuing more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a broad range of areas. 12 Joshua Community Guide Other universities There are several universities within driving distance of Alvarado so residents