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.
- The teacher population of 338 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|South Plains College||(TX) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||338 staff||76 staff|
|Total Enrollment||9,661 students||3,921 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||29:1||35:1|
|# Full-Time Students||4,754 students||1,055 students|
|# Part-Time Students||4,907 students||2,866 students|
|Total Dormitory Capacity||920||252|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$36,400||$33,800|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- The nearest community college to South Plains College is American Commercial College-Lubbock (29.2 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 135 students | 29.20 Mi2007 34th St
Lubbock,  TX  79411
- 314 students | 29.70 Mi1421 Ninth Street
Lubbock,  TX  79401
- 3,745 students | 73.00 Mi417 Schepps Blvd
Clovis,  NM  88101
- 2,803 students | 73.70 Mi5317 Lovington Hwy
Hobbs,  NM  88240
- 2,179 students | 104.50 Mi6200 College Ave
Snyder,  TX  79549
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.