5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • Known for its innovation and its visionary thinking, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest growing community college system in Texas. LSCS offers associate degrees and certification in about many areas of study.Through its progressive partnerships with four-year universities, LSCS can also offer seamless opportunities to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees at one of its two University Centers.

School Highlights

Lone Star College System serves 70,109 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 70%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 70,109 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,184
  • Out-state tuition: $3,544
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 68%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Lone Star College System ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 4,405 teachers has grown by 126% over five years.
Lone Star College System
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
4,405 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Lone Star College System has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 36:1 over five years.
The Lone Star College System diversity score of 0.73 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
70,109 students
3,674 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
19,922 students
1,289 students
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# Part-Time Students
50,187 students
3,252 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Lone Star College System.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
485 students
344 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
19,922 students
1,266 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
16 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
50,187 students
3,252 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
7%
5%
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% Hispanic
39%
46%
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% Black
11%
12%
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% White
32%
30%
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% Two or more races
3%
2%
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% Non Resident races
5%
2%
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% Unknown races
2%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in TX.
Diversity Score
0.73
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
42.61%
2.75%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.44%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$37,300
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,184 is less than the state average of $3,626. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $3,544 is less than the state average of $5,997. The out-state tuition has declined by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,184
$3,626
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$3,544
$5,997
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Lone Star College System and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of TX by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
56%
83%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Lone Star College System and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in TX by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$8,000
$10,765
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Lone Star College System and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in TX by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,602
$5,500
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Lone Star College System and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in TX by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • The idea of a college campus in the North Houston region was once only a vision in the minds of community leaders. It began the journey to reality in 1972 when residents in the Aldine, Humble and Spring Independent School Districts elected to create a junior college district, which became known as North Harris County College. We opened our doors in the fall of 1973 and our 16-member staff welcomed 613 students to the first classes held at Aldine High School. NHMCCD is one of the largest and fastest growing community colleges in Texas. Over 41,000 students register for credit courses each semester with an additional 15,000 in continuing education courses. The college district serves an area over 1,400 square miles, encompassing the school districts of Aldine, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, Klein, Magnolia, New Caney, Splendora, Spring, Tomball Willis, and the surrounding communities. NHMCCD comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, and Cy-Fair College as well as satellite centers - Carver, Parkway, Career and Technology Center, East Montgomery County Improvement District, Fairbanks, Willow Chase and the Center for Business & Technology Training. The University Center, a partnership with NHMCCD and six Texas universities, provides over 60 bachelor's, master's, and doctorate programs. NHMCCD offers Honors Program, Service Learning, Learning Communities and Distance Learning programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lone Star College System cost?

Lone Star College System's tuition is approximately $3,184 for In-State students and $3,544 for Out-State students.

What is Lone Star College System's ranking?

Lone Star College System ranks among the top 20% of community college in Texas for: Least expensive tuition, Diversity in US community colleges, Largest student body, Highest completion rates and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 70,109 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,184
  • Out-state tuition: $3,544
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 68%
  • Source: Verified school update

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Did You Know?

For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,626 per year for in-state students and $5,997 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,068 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Texas is 76%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Texas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Texas is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Dallas. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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