Lamar State College-Port Arthur

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  • 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 2,077 students (43% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 61%.
  • Lamar State College-Port Arthur is one of 3 community colleges within Jefferson County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to Lamar State College-Port Arthur is Lamar Institute of Technology (14.5 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 87 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty87 staff76 staff
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Lamar State College-Port Arthur has declined by 23% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Lamar State College-Port Arthur diversity score of 0.69 is equal to the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,077 students3,921 students
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:135:1
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students898 students1,055 students
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,179 students2,866 students
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Black (2007-2016)
% White
Lamar State College-Port Arthur White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Lamar State College-Port Arthur More (2012-2016)
% Unknown races
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.690.69
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$33,200$34,000
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,295 is more than the state average of $4,026. The in-state tuition has grown by 6% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $16,155 is more than the state average of $6,207. The out-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,295$4,026
Lamar State College-Port Arthur In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$16,155$6,207
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid79%85%
Lamar State College-Port Arthur % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,500$9,500
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,250
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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. 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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The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 74%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Texas is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.