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 9,661 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 61%.
  • South Plains College is the only community colleges within Hockley County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to South Plains College is American Commercial College-Lubbock (29.2 miles away).

Top Placements

South Plains College places 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.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty338 staff76 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 29:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South Plains College diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment9,661 students3,921 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio29:135:1
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# Full-Time Students4,754 students1,055 students
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# Part-Time Students4,907 students2,866 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
920252
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
-
% Asian
1%
4%
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% Hispanic
43%
37%
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% Black
6%
13%
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% White
47%
39%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.590.69
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College Completion Rate
21%
21%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,400$33,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,254 is less than the state average of $4,026. The in-state tuition has grown by 35% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $3,446 is less than the state average of $6,207. The out-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,254$4,026
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Out-State Tuition Fees$3,446$6,207
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid97%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,015
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Source: 2016 (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.

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