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1401 S. College Ave
Levelland, TX 79336
p. 806-894-9611
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South Plains College

South Plains College Rating: 3.6/5 (7 votes)

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Introduction

South Plains College (SPC) is a community college in Levelland, Texas. It serves an area of West Texas that encompasses over 13,000 square miles of the high plains. Nearly 10,000 students attend SPC at any given time. The catchment area includes the Whiteface Consolidated Independent School District and the counties of Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Lamb, Lubbock, Hale, Hockley, Floyd, Motley, Terry, Lynn, Garza, and Yoakum, as well as Gaines County outside of the Seminole Independent School District.

SPC has branch campuses in Plainview and at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock. The college also offers classes at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center and at distance education centers in Denver City, Littlefield, and Muleshoe.

Academics

There are a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. SPC offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree. About 48% of students at SPC plan to transfer to a four-year university after earning their associate degree, while 43% are earning an associate degree or certificate for direct entry into a career. The remaining 9% of students are taking classes to improve their skills for a current job or to explore a personal or professional interest.

Transfer Programs

Of students who transfer from South Plains College, about 68% go to Texas Tech University, 2.4% go to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3.5% go to West Texas A&M University, 2% go to Angelo State University, 1.5% go to UT Austin, 2% go to Texas A&M, and the remaining 21% transfer to a variety of other schools.

High School Academics

Dual Credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.

Tech Prep is similar to Dual Credit in many respects, with an emphasis in the following areas of study: Business Administration Accounting, Business Administration Management, Business Administration Marketing, Business Technology, Child Development and Education, Criminal Justice, Drafting, Emergency Medical Services, Graphic Design, Web Design, Health Information Management, Network Systems Technology, and Nursing.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program which provides tutoring and academic assistance to low-income, first-generation high school students to help them prepare for college. It includes weekend and summer academic sessions and frequent extracurricular activities for area high school students.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

In keeping with its mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, SPC offers open admissions. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, SPC offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. Scholarships include the Terry Albus Memorial Scholarship, for a student majoring in science; the John M. and Ruby Jo Memorial Scholarship, based on academic merit; the Farmers Co-op Elevator Association scholarship, for a student whose parent is a member of the Co-op; and the John V. and Auvena Morton Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students who display leadership potential and demonstrate high moral values and self-discipline.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5996th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Texas.

Students

Demographics

The average student age is 22. About 45% of students are male and 55% are female. About 61% of students are European American, 31% are Latino American, 5% are African American, and 1% are Asian American. About 95% of students are from the state of Texas, while the remaining 5% are from other states or foreign countries. Of students from Texas, about 53% are from Lubbock County. About 68% of students at SPC are the first in their family to attend college. Roughly half of all students attend full-time; the other half attend part-time.

Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the SPC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student newspaper is the Plainsman Press.

Residing on Campus

On-campus housing is available in five residence halls for men, three residence halls for women, and the Smallwood Apartment Complex, which also houses women. Students who live in the residence halls must purchase a meal plan as part of their room package. The dining facility, the Texan Hall, is a traditional buffet-style hall.

Student Services

The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department at SPC is known as the Texans. The Texans compete in the NJCAA and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include basketball, cross country, track and field, and rodeo. Women’s sports include cheerleading, basketball, cross country, track and field, and rodeo.

Alumni

Well known South Plains College alumni include:

  • NBA players Renaldo Major and Bo Outlaw
  • Country singers Lee Ann Womack and Waylon Jennings
  • Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines
  • WNBA player Sheryl Swopes
  • Championship runner Sally Kipyego

Bibliography

  • About. South Plains College. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
  • Campus Locations. South Plains College. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
  • Distance Education. South Plains College. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • Future Student Scholarships. South Plains College. Web. 27 Sept 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 104th in Texas and 2114th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 7th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 43 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 23 0.17
Robbery 4 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 125 0.90
Larceny 253 1.83
Vehicle theft 14 0.10

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Levelland, TX 79336
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,604 (13,511 urban / 3,093 rural)
Households5,868 (2.73 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,586
Families4,404 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4819

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3972nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,069 $1,333 $1,525
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,428 $1,452 $1,452
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $36 $48 $64
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $8,719 $9,007 $9,199
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,099 $10,387 $10,579
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $4,899 $5,187 $5,379

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,924 $2,114 $2,402 $2,642 $2,786 $3,026
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,020 $1,122
On-Campus – Room & Board $3,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $5,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $1,280
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $1,280

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity670
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 14 62 376 16 18 840 28 1,388
Accounting 1 10 2 9 23
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Advertising 2 2
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General 1 12 13
Art/Art Studies, General 3 3
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 9 10 19
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 24 1 2 30 62
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 3
Broadcast Journalism 3 3
Business Administration and Management, General 1 6 18 25 50
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General 3 8 1 12
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 3 8 15 26
Chemistry, General 1 1 2
Child Care and Support Services Management 1 1 2
Child Development 6 2 8
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art 4 7 11
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 7 1 35 43
Computer Science 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7 2 12 24
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 19 1 35 55
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 10 35 47
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 8 15 25
Design and Visual Communications, General 9 15 24
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 9 1 28 38
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 7 5 12
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 4 5 9
Electrical and Power Transmission Installers, Other 11 14 25
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 2 11 13
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 9 9
Engineering Technology, General
Engineering, General 1 3 4 8
English Language and Literature, General 1 4 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 3 14 17
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1
General Studies 5 24 74 5 4 199 27 348
Graphic Design 4 2 6
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 6 1 9 18
History, General 1 2 3
Journalism 1 1 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 9 7 17
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 8 21 2 49 82
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Mathematics, General
Music Performance, General 8 3 46 65
Office Management and Supervision
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 3 8 22 37
Photojournalism 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 2 3 6
Physical Sciences
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 5 9 14
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Nursing Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 1 2 1 3 7
Psychology, General 1 1 1 8 11
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 2 2
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 6 4 10
Real Estate 1 7 1 15 24
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 9 9
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 12 2 32 47
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 1 2
Sociology 2 6 1 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 2 4 7
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 1 21 25
Telecommunications Technology/Technician 3 3 6
Welding Technology/Welder 10 1 21 32
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3503rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,619 ($49,672 male / $46,550 female)
Number of FT Faculty 266 (136 male / 130 female)
Number of PT Faculty 289
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $6,929,361
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