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Howard College is a community college with its main campus in Big Spring, Texas as well as several branch campuses and learning centers. The Big Spring campus is located on 120 acres. Students at this campus also use a 20 acre rodeo and livestock facility 3 miles east of town.

The Lamesa campus is 45 miles north of Big Spring. It features both academic transfer and workforce education courses. The San Angelo campus is located on Goodfellow Air Force Base and features technical and occupational training, compensatory programs for adult learners, and continuing education courses. In addition to these campuses, this school operates classroom centers at the Eden Detention Center, the Cornell Correctional Centers, and the Big Spring Federal Correctional Institute. These facilities offer vocational courses, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language.

In addition, the board of trustees established the SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in 1980 and have operated it as a branch of the college ever since. Students at the Institute may select from developmental/preparatory studies, college transfer programs, or vocational training.


Transfer Programs

HC has several articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities to allow their students to move seamlessly from their associate degree to earning their bachelor’s. Popular partnership schools include Angelo State University, Park University, and the University of Texas system.

Online Learning

The distance learning program (known as the WINGS network) offers online classes, interactive video classes, and face-to-face classes at remote locations. This school belongs to a number of educational consortia that help one another to deliver online education, including Regional Electronic Academic Communication Highway (REACH), the Virtual College of Texas, Midland College, Odessa College, Texas Consortium for Education Telecommunication, and the Southwest Consortium for the Advancement of Technological Education (SCATE).

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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


In keeping with its mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, open admissions is offered. 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, Howard offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships. These scholarships include:

  • The Adam Andrews Memorial Scholarship, awarded to a Forsan High School graduate who demonstrates good moral character and outstanding leadership
  • The ATMOS scholarship, Glasscock, Martin, Scurry, Dawson, Gaines, Terry, Yoakum, Midland, or Ector counties who are pursuing careers in culinary of fine arts, agriculture, geology, engineering, business, or drafting
  • The Tatia Colvin Memorial Scholarship for a student from Big Spring High School to study theatre; the Howard College Cheerleaders Scholarship, which is based on grades and a cheerleading audition
  • The Johnny Johansen Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an Agriculture/Plant Science major by the Big Spring Council of Garden Clubs

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6437th for the average student loan amount.
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Living on Campus

All students on the Big Spring campus are required to live in the residence halls. Exceptions are made for students who are married, live with relatives, are 21 years of age or older, or have completed at least 30 semester hours of post-secondary education.

There are two residence halls on campus. The Men’s Residence Hall accommodates 150 male students, while Turner Hall accomodates 98 residents. All rooms in the Men’s Residence Hall and in the north wing of Turner Hall are double occupancy rooms with suite bathrooms. Rooms in the south wing of Turner Hall are quadruple occupancy with private bathrooms. Each residence offers study rooms, computer labs, laundry facilities, television lounges, and meeting space. Telephone service and cable television are furnished in every room.

Students living in the dormitories purchase a meal plan as part of the housing fee which includes 3 meals a day Monday through Friday and two meals a day on the weekends.

Clubs and Organizations

There are dozens of student organizations on the HC campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. These groups include the Mexican American Student Association (MASA), Baptist Student Ministries, and several organizations for student cosmetologists. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.

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.

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


The athletic department is known as the Hawks. The Hawks compete in the NJCAA and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Men’s sports include baseball, rodeo, and basketball. Women’s sports include rodeo, basketball, and cheerleading.

Information Summary

Ranks 113th in Texas and 2170th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 162 0.58
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 19 0.07
Robbery 9 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 231 0.83
Larceny 768 2.76
Vehicle theft 36 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Big Spring, TX 79720
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population32,200 (26,299 urban / 5,901 rural)
Households10,850 (2.53 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,531
Families7,523 (3.07 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 District4819

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3294th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,880 $2,828 $4,140
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $212 $212 $212
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $57 $94 $147
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 $10,052 $11,222 $12,852
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,399 $14,569 $16,199
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,387 $6,557 $8,187

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,012 $2,222 $2,942 $3,242 $4,332 $4,752
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,113 $1,152
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,096 $4,180
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,358 $2,442
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,195 $5,431
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,271 $4,422
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,898 $1,965

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)

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 Capacity252
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$1,350
Board Fee$2,930

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4122nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $43,568 ($43,733 male / $40,749 female)
Number of FT Faculty 137 (65 male / 72 female)
Number of PT Faculty 212
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,375,954

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