• Lamar State College - Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.

School Highlights

Lamar State College-Port Arthur serves 2,537 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 71%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,537 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,295
  • Out-state tuition: $16,155
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 71%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Lamar State College-Port Arthur ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

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School Overview

The teacher population of 176 teachers has grown by 25% over five years.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
176 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Lamar State College-Port Arthur has grown by 22% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five years.
The Lamar State College-Port Arthur diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,537 students
4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
971 students
1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,566 students
3,460 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
5%
5%
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% Hispanic
35%
47%
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% Black
29%
12%
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% White
29%
29%
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% Two or more races
1%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
1%
2%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Lamar State College-Port Arthur.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in TX.
Diversity Score
0.71
0.68
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College Completion Rate
21%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$33,200
$34,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Lamar State College-Port Arthur and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of TX by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,295 is more than the state average of $4,287. The in-state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $16,155 is more than the state average of $6,528. The out-state tuition has declined by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,295
$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$16,155
$6,528
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of TX by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
82%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Lamar State College-Port Arthur and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in TX by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$12,517
$10,500
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Lamar State College-Port Arthur and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in TX by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,367
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Lamar State College-Port Arthur and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in TX by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Lamar State College-Port Arthur, a two-year, state-supported institution, is a member of The Texas State University System. Located in Port Arthur, an industrial and cultural center of Southeast Texas, the college offers freshman- and sophomore-level work in numerous academic and technical/vocational fields. The campus sits between the 1,000 and 1,800 blocks of Procter Street and Lakeshore Drive. <--new bullet point-->Founded as Port Arthur Business College in 1909, Lamar University - Port Arthur became a part of the Lamar University System in 1975. On September 1, 1995, Lamar - Port Arthur became part of The Texas State University System. Legislation signed into law in June 1999 changed the name to Lamar State College - Port Arthur. The Lamar State College-Port Arthur campus contains 22 buildings situated on approximately 40 acres. Most of these facilities were donated for the creation of the institution. The following is a listing of the institutions and organizations whose facilities contributed to Lamar State College-Port Arthur: Port Arthur College, the City of Port Arthur, the Port Arthur College Foundation, Southern Union Gas, the First United Methodist Church of Port Arthur and Daughters of the American Revolution. Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers general academic courses leading to Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. Courses for transfer to four-year institutions are offered in accounting, economics, anthropology, art, government, health, home economics, physical education, physics, history, speech, computer science, mathematics, psychology, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, sociology, criminal justice, music, drama, English and Spanish. Lamar State College-Port Arthur is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. It is approved by the Texas Education Agency for the training of veterans under all classifications.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,537 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,295
  • Out-state tuition: $16,155
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 71%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,287 per year for in-state students and $6,528 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,663 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 77%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Texas is Vista College-Online. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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