Established in 1927, Texarkana College constitutes one of the divisions of the Texarkana Independent School District, in the city of the same name. Texarkana College is a two-year community college offering various certificates and diplomas as well as associate degree programs, many of which may be applied to direct transfer to a four-year college in Texas or beyond. The school’s main campus, in the heart of Texarkana, is situated on some 20 acres of land with many academic administrative buildings and one student housing complex distributed throughout.
The body granting academic accreditation to all of Texarkana College’s programs is the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting organization recognized by the US Department of Education.
Texarkana College is divided into several distinct divisions and departments, with the most important being the Business Department, the Department of Biology, the Humanities Division, the Division of Social Sciences, the Department of Agricultural Sciences and finally the Health Occupations branch of the school. Among the most heavily occupied programs at Texarkana College are those in the fields of production trades, office and administration work, and agriculture.
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The admissions process at Texarkana College is fairly flexible and the school accepts all qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must meet certain minimal criteria such as having a high school diploma or GED or having been given individual approval (in which case the student will begin their studies with probationary status at Texarkana College, needing to achieve a certain GPA to end the probationary period). There is even the possibility of early admission to study at Texarkana College for 10th graders and above, on the condition that the student’s parents consent and the school’s principal has submitted a recommendation on the student’s behalf.
In addition to providing transcripts and proof of diploma or GED possession, applicants must also submit evidence of immunizations as required by Texas law and furthermore submit results from one of the following academic assessment tests: THEA, SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or a local equivalent.
Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics and Athletics. In the same way, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Athletics, Music/Drama and State/District Residency. Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school.
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Student life at Texarkana College is quite dynamic by comparison with many other community colleges across the country. For example, Texarkana College offers student housing facilities, something not too common among community colleges; one large student residence dorm provides housing for up to 150 students at a time, with two people assigned to a room that has individual study modules for each person and a bathroom.
Student enrollment at Texarkana College has been growing quite rapidly, and stands at approximately 4,500 as of the end of 2009. Of these students, slightly over 60% tend to be enrolled on a full-time basis in a given semester, with in-state students representing the vast majority not only of incoming freshmen but also of the overall student population. As for diversity at Texarkana College, approximately 80% of the students are Caucasian, 15% African American, and the remaining percentage divvied up between Hispanics and other ethnicities.
Various student clubs and organizations carry out their activities both on and off the Texarkana College campus, further enriching the student experience. Among the many clubs and organizations registered with the school it is worth noting the Agriculture Science Club, the Cultural Awareness Student Association, the Earth Club, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and the TC3 Club.
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There are three sports teams available for students to participate in at Texarkana College: the golf team, the baseball team and the softball team. The school’s teams are all known as the Bulldogs, and the school colors are blue and white. Texarkana College competes within the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region XIV Athletic Conference.
Among the school’s many sports conquests over its proud history, recently the Bulldogs baseball team won the 2009 Region XIV East Conference Title with a solid record of 20-8. It is the sixth conference title that the school’s baseball team has won in the last nine years, which has put the school’s baseball team and athletics department in general on the big map of national community college sports. The Bulldogs softball team, not wanting to leave all the glory to the men, has also had its fair share of conquests including most recently becoming the 2008 Region XIV East Zone Conference Champions.