South Plains College

  • South Plains College provides a quality learning environment. We are a comprehensive, public, open admissions community college that primarily serves a 15-county region comprising the southern portion of the Texas High Plains. We are committed to providing learning opportunities that are high quality, accessible, flexible, and affordable through academic transfer, technical-vocational, continuing education, workforce development and community service programs.

School Highlights

South Plains College serves 9,310 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 28:1 is lower than the state community college average of 37:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 338 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
South Plains College(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/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 Faculty338 staff121 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Plains College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 28:1 has increased from 19:1 over five years.
The South Plains College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,310 students4,620 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio28:137:1
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# Full-Time Students4,280 students1,302 students
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# Part-Time Students5,030 students3,318 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
774249
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
2%
5%
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% Hispanic
42%
42%
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% Black
6%
13%
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% White
44%
32%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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% Non Resident races
2%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
4%
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Diversity Score0.630.70
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College Completion Rate
19%
23%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,400$33,800
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,254 is less than the state average of $3,929. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $3,446 is less than the state average of $6,264. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,254$3,929
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,446$6,264
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid84%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,201$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • In 1958, the college opened its doors primarily as a two-year academic transfer institution, the first such college in Texas in more than 10 years. South Plains College opened the door to the expansion of community colleges in Texas, arguably the most significant development in Texas higher education of the last half of the twentieth century. Fruitful changes began almost immediately. In 1959, Whiteface Independent School District became a part of the district, which was redesignated the South Plains Junior College District. In the early 1960s, the district developed a clearer notion of community college and rapidly incorporated technical and vocational education, continuing education, and educational counseling and other student support services. South Plains College's main campus is located in Levelland, Texas. Established in 1957 by the residents of Hockley County, South Plains College offers its students a diverse educational program. The program of study on the Levelland Campus spans freshman and sophomore studies for students who plan to eventually earn a bachelor's degree. These classes, offered through the Arts and Sciences Division, parallel those offered by universities and are fully transferable to these schools. First-class technical programs are also available to students who want to obtain specific job skills in one or two years of college and then go right to work in a good-paying job. SPC is recognized as one of the most modern and complete community colleges in Texas. The Levelland Campus encompasses 40 buildings on a 177-acre campus. Attractively landscaped and maintained, the campus features a contemporary architectural design that enhances an excellent learning environment. The college offers degrees and certificates in Arts and Sciences, Health Occupations, Technical Education, Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Internet Courses and Dual Credit Courses. South Plains College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and proficiency certificates. SPC is an approved college recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to South Plains College is American Commercial College-Lubbock (29.2 miles away).
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