South Louisiana Community College seeks to cultivate a learning environment in which participants develop the qualities and skills necessary to engage actively in the economy, governance, and culture of South Louisiana and in the global arena. This function is fostered in a climate that focuses upon intellectual rigor, caring, and respect for the diverse cultures of the College community. South Louisiana Community College was created by act of the Louisiana Legislature in 1997 as a “comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year institution of higher education.” The legislation prescribes for the College both an academic and a vocational component and stipulates that programs offered by the College be developed “to assure the delivery of coordinated and articulated educational services in each parish comprising the primary service delivery area.” The primary service delivery area includes the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion. To fulfill its mission, South Louisiana Community College provides general education courses and associate degree programs that transfer to other two-year schools and to baccalaureate programs at four-year schools, associate degrees in fields of study that prepare students for immediate employment, a developmental studies program that strengthens basic skills and prepares students for collegiate work, specialized career training and technical skill development that provide for fuller participation by area citizens in the work place and the economy.
South Louisiana Community College serves 3,985 students (54.91% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 59%.