Howard College

1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX 79720-0000
Tel: (432)264-5000
  • 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 35:1.
  • 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 56% over five years.
Howard College(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty121 staff76 staff
Howard College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,756 has declined by 19% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.57 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment3,756 students3,921 students
Howard College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio31:135:1
Howard College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,055 students1,055 students
Howard College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,701 students2,866 students
Howard College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Howard College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Howard College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Howard College Asian (2007-2012)
% Hispanic
Howard College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Howard College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Howard College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Howard College More (2011-2016)
Howard College Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups 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.0.570.69
Howard College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Howard College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,400$34,000
Howard College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,512 is less than the state average of $4,070. The in-state tuition has grown by 19% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,142 is less than the state average of $6,270. The out-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,512$4,070
Howard College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,142$6,270
Howard College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%83%
Howard College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$7,000$9,500
Howard College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,250
Howard College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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.

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Did You Know?
For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,070 per year for in-state students and $6,270 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,730 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 75%. 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 0.67. The most diverse community college in Texas is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.