Howard College

Tel: (432)264-5000
4,416 students
Public institution

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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 4,416 students (36% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 57%.
Howard College is one of 2 community colleges within Howard County, TX.
The nearest community college is Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (3.9 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
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

Student Body

The student population of 4,416 teachers has grown by 34% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 13:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.58 is more than the state average of 0.44. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,416 students
1,388 students
Howard College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
1,572 students
836 students
Howard College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 2,844 students
1,036 students
Howard College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Howard College sch enrollment Howard College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
- 1%
% Asian
Howard College Asian (2006-2011)
% Hawaiian
1% 1%
% Hispanic
Howard College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
Howard College Black (2006-2012)
% White
Howard College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
Howard College More (2010-2012)
Howard College sch ethnicity Howard College sta ethnicity
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. 0.58 0.44
Howard College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,242 is less than the state average of $5,890. The in-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,752 is less than the state average of $10,047. The out-state tuition has grown by 68% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,242 $5,890
Howard College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,752 $10,047
Howard College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,150 per year for in-state students and $7,120 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,222 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 76%. 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 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.44. The most diverse community college in Texas is Richland College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.