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The College of the Mainland (COM) is a community college in Texas City, Texas. It is located on the mainland of Galveston County (as opposed to Galveston Island) in a racially and culturally diverse section of the Houston metropolitan area. The catchment area includes the following school districts: Santa Fe, La Marque, Texas City, Dickinson, Hitchcock, Clear Creek, and Friendswood. The college first came into existence in 1967 and has been growing steadily ever since. Today there are over 3,500 students.


The college offers nearly a hundred different academic programs across a wide range of fields. It is especially well known for their process technology degree, which is designed for students who wish to seek careers as operators in refineries and other petroleum-related industries in the area. Quite unusual, for a public college, there is also a degree in Bible Studies. About half of all students are enrolled in transfer track programs; the other half, in direct career entry programs.

Study Abroad

COM runs a study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. Degree students can earn college credits through this program; continuing education students can earn CEUs as well. Students have the opportunity to learn intensive Spanish while staying and dining with local families within walking distance of the school. Participants should come prepared to walk a great deal.

High School Academics

There are several programs for high school students, including the following:

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. Area high schools whose students are eligible to enrol in dual credit include Bay Area Christian School, Clear Creek High School, Clear Springs High School, Dickinson High School, Friendswood High School, Hitchcock High School, La Marque High School, Santa Fe High School, and Texas High School.

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. Tech Prep is open to students from the following area high schools: Alvin, Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, La Marque, Pearland, Santa Fe, and Texas City.

Collegiate High School is similar to Dual Credit, but keeps students tied to their high schools by having them return on a regular basis for extracurricular activities. Collegiate High School is available to students from Clear Creek, Dickinson, Friendswood, Hitchcock, La Marque, Santa Fe, and Texas City school districts. Homeschooled students in these catchment areas are also welcome to enroll.

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. To qualify for Upward Bound, students must be at least 14 years old and enrolled in 9th or 10th grade at Dickinson, Hitchcock, or La Marque High Schools.

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The Calm Waters website debunks false rumors—and affirms true ones—circulating around campus. For instance, there have been many false rumors around ducks on campus, which eventually led to the college adopting the “Fighting Ducks” as its official mascot.


Admissions are open and non-competitive. 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, the college offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5788th for the average student loan amount.
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Clubs and Organizations

There are over 30 student organizations on campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. Organizations include Associate Degree Nursing Florence Nightingale Organization, Claybodies (a sculpture club), Dream Act Leadership Organization, Guild of Table Top Gamers, Nihon-Suki (a Japanese culture organization), Organization of African American Culture, and Students for Christ.

Student Testing

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test. The College Testing Center is open from 8 AM to 7 PM Monday and Tuesday and 8 AM to 5 PM on Wednesday through Friday.

Student Enrollment Demographics


There is no competitive athletics program. The college does run a Wellness Center with reduced membership fees for students. The Wellness Center is open Monday to Friday from 5 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 8 Am to 3 PM, and Sunday from noon to 4 PM. Facilities include a wide range of aerobic and weight training equipment. The center also offers classes in cross training, Pilates, yoga, spinning, water aerobics, kickboxing, dance, salsa, swing dance, tai chi, and boxing.

Information Summary

Ranks 110th in Texas and 2143rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 188th 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 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 90 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.01
Forcible Rape 1 0.00
Robbery 57 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 340 0.74
Larceny 1,161 2.52
Vehicle theft 65 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Texas City, TX 77591-2499
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population9,964 (9,329 urban / 635 rural)
Households4,000 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,817
Families2,626 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium 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 District4814

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4611th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,080 $2,040 $2,760
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $414 $414 $414
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $45 $85 $115
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 $3,160 $4,120 $4,840
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,434 $20,394 $21,114
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,104 $9,064 $9,784

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,374 $1,494 $2,214 $2,454 $3,174(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,666(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,330(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,944(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,944(N/C)

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
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2764th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,200 ($55,790 male / $49,757 female)
Number of FT Faculty 108 (49 male / 59 female)
Number of PT Faculty 270
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,281,376

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