1401 S. College Ave
Levelland, TX 79336
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 9,212 students (46% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 71%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 9,212 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,254
  • Out-state tuition: $3,446
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

South Plains College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 627 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
South Plains College
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
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
627 staff
266 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 15:1 has decreased from 29:1 over five years.
The South Plains College diversity score of 0.58 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,212 students
4,799 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,267 students
1,339 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,945 students
3,460 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
742 students
335 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
4,267 students
1,339 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
28 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,945 students
3,626 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
41 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
766 students
252 students
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% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
49%
47%
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% Black
5%
12%
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% White
42%
29%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score
0.58
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
10.2%
2.75%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.73%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,400
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,254 is less than the state average of $4,737. 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 $6,891. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,254
$4,737
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$3,446
$6,891
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
82%
82%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,973
$10,761
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,334
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does South Plains College cost?

South Plains College's tuition is approximately $3,254 for In-State students and $3,446 for Out-State students.

What is South Plains College's ranking?

South Plains College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Texas for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 9,212 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,254
  • Out-state tuition: $3,446
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Texas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,737 per year for in-state students and $6,891 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $12,983 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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