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 9,212 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%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 627 teachers has grown by 10% 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 Faculty627 staff262 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 Enrollment9,212 students4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio15:117:1
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# Full-Time Students4,267 students1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students4,945 students3,460 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
766 students251 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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Diversity Score0.580.68
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College Completion Rate
21%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,400$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,254 is less than the state average of $4,287. 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 $6,528. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,254$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,446$6,528
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid82%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Source: 2020 (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 Clovis Community College (73.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 2,902 students | 73.00 Mi417 Schepps Blvd
    Clovis, NM 88101
    (800) 769-1409
    73.002,902
  • 2,327 students | 73.70 Mi5317 Lovington Hwy
    Hobbs, NM 88240
    (575) 392-4510
    73.702,327
  • 66 students | 104.20 Mi3200 Ave C
    Big Spring, TX 79720
    (432) 264-3700
    104.2066
  • 2,179 students | 104.50 Mi6200 College Ave
    Snyder, TX 79549
    (325) 573-8511
    104.502,179
  • 4,293 students | 106.00 Mi1001 Birdwell Lane
    Big Spring, TX 79720
    (432) 264-5000
    106.004,293
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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.