Howard College

Tel: (432)264-5000
3,756 students
Public institution
We are a progressive and public community college dedicated to providing students with dynamic centers of learning and promoting economic and community development while being resourceful and fiscally responsible.
School Highlights
Howard College serves 3,756 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 61%.
Howard College is one of 2 community colleges within Howard County, TX.
The nearest community college is Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (3.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 121 teachers has declined by 55% over five years.
College Howard College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 121 staff
62 staff
Howard College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 3,756 has declined by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has increased from 14:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.57 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,756 students 1,371 students
Howard College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 31:1
22:1
Howard College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,055 students
779 students
Howard College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 2,701 students
1,083 students
Howard College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Howard College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
41%
20%
Howard College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
3%
15%
Howard College Black (2006-2014)
% White
51%
49%
Howard College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
3%
3%
Howard College More (2010-2014)
Howard College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.57 0.70
Howard College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,512 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,142 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,512 $5,664
Howard College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,142 $10,360
Howard College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 252 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 90%
90%
Howard College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Howard County Junior College District was created by a county-wide vote on November 17, 1945. Seven citizens of Howard County were elected on that same ballot to serve as a Board of Trustees. Howard College was first housed two miles west of downtown Big Spring in the hospital area of the former Air Force Bombardier School. The first session began on September 30, 1946. On September 12, 1951, the college was moved to a one hundred acre campus located in southeast Big Spring. On November 6, 1979, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to establish the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf as a part of the Howard County Junior College District. The first classes offered through this program began on August 25, 1980. Howard College/Big Spring physical facilities are located on a spacious campus. The 120-acre campus contains an administration-classroom complex, a two-story science building, a 14,000 square foot library building, a fitness center, a student union building, a music building, a practical arts building, an applied science center, a 28,000 square foot occupational building, residence halls for men and women, a 90,000 square foot coliseum complex, a baseball park, a softball park, and a football stadium with a seating capacity of ten thousand, utilized and maintained by the Big Spring Independent School District. Howard College is accredited by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 115 students | 3.90 Mi3200 Ave C
    Big Spring TX 79720
    (432)264-3700
    3.90115
  • 4,618 students | 41.50 Mi3600 N Garfield
    Midland TX 79705
    (432)685-4500
    41.504,618
  • 2,067 students | 43.00 Mi6200 College Ave
    Snyder TX 79549
    (325)573-8511
    43.002,067
  • 5,059 students | 60.60 Mi201 W University Blvd
    Odessa TX 79764
    (432)335-6400
    60.605,059
  • 1,453 students | 63.20 Mi300 Homer K. Taylor Drive
    Sweetwater TX 79556
    (325)235-7300
    63.201,453
Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,362 per year for in-state students and $5,655 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,735 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 80%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Texas is Virginia College-Austin. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.