Howard College

  • 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 4,485 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is same as the state community college average of 37:1.
Minority enrollment is 57% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.

Top Rankings

Howard College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 121 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Howard College(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty121 staff121 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Howard College has grown by 19% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has increased from 17:1 over five years.
The Howard College diversity score of 0.58 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,485 students4,620 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio37:137:1
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# Full-Time Students1,242 students1,302 students
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# Part-Time Students3,243 students3,318 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
252249
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% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
48%
42%
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% Black
3%
13%
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% White
43%
32%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
2%
% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.580.70
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College Completion Rate
23%
23%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,400$33,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,512 is less than the state average of $3,929. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,142 is less than the state average of $6,264. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,512$3,929
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,142$6,264
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,703$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,500
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Source: 2019 (or 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

The nearest community college to Howard College is Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (1.9 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 87 students | 1.90 Mi3200 Ave C
    Big Spring, TX 79720
    (432) 264-3700
    1.9087
  • 5,452 students | 41.30 Mi3600 N Garfield
    Midland, TX 79705
    (432) 685-4500
    41.305,452
  • 2,179 students | 43.00 Mi6200 College Ave
    Snyder, TX 79549
    (325) 573-8511
    43.002,179
  • 1,453 students | 59.00 Mi300 Homer K. Taylor Drive
    Sweetwater, TX 79556
    (325) 235-7300
    59.001,453
  • 7,083 students | 60.60 Mi201 W University Blvd
    Odessa, TX 79764
    (432) 335-6400
    60.607,083
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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,929 per year for in-state students and $6,264 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,767 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in Texas is Richland College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.