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Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2009, Lamar State College – Port Arthur continues its tradition as a career-oriented, two-year college serving students in southeastern Texas. Though its original focus was on petrochemical studies, the school has expanded to cover many areas of the arts and sciences and today offers associate’s degrees and certificates. It is located at Procter Street and Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur, Texas and has an annual enrollment of approximately 2,400.

John Gates, a founder of oil giant Texaco, was instrumental in getting the college off the ground in the early 1900s, as he saw the need for solid training in technical applications for the emerging oil business. Students who are hoping to complete a four-year degree can apply the coursework from LSC-PA and move on to Lamar University in nearby Beaumont.

For students hoping to obtain an Associate of Arts & Science Degree, LSC-PA offers programs in Business Administration, Music, Home Economics, Teaching and general academic studies. Continuing its tradition of technical-oriented programs, the Associate of Applied Science degree offerings at LSC-PA cover a wide range of subjects. Students at the college can study to become a Network Specialist, Software Developer, Cosmetology Instructor, Operator or Paralegal. AAS degrees are also offered in Office Administration, Accounting and Commercial Music. Allied Health Programs include Surgical Technology, Vocational Nursing and Upward Mobility Nursing.

Accreditation for the Lamar State College – Port Arthur is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. Further accreditation is provided by the Texas Cosmetology Commission, the American Bar Association and the Commission of Allied Health Programs.

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Due to the large number of programs offered at Lamar State Port Arthur, there are several different admissions requirements which will depend in the specific program a student elects. However, the general admissions requirements are standard for all Texas state colleges. The GED certificate or high school diploma must be in the hands of students to proceed with college coursework. In some cases, students may be able to enter LSC-PA before completing high school. A recommendation from the high school principal or the approval of the LSC-PA department head may allow a student to enter into certain courses of study.

The TASP requirements must be met by every student as well, meaning the test in reading, math and writing must be taken by all entering students. SAT or ACT test scores may be submitted in lieu of entrance tests.

Financial Aid

To receive federal aid, students must complete the FAFSA, which will determine eligibility for a number of programs. Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, as well as PLUS loans for parents, may be available, along with supplementary grants. Texas residents have access to a number of awards under the TEXAS Grant Program. In addition, more than 300 scholarships are awarded annually by LSC-PA, varying between need-based scholarships and those based on academic excellence.

Students may also have access to work-study programs if they qualify under the FAFSA, allowing them to work on campus to help pay for living expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3595th for the average student loan amount.
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While student residence halls are not an option for Lamar State students, a visit to the Student Activities Office on campus will reveal a number of extracurricular activities on the table. The Student Government Association is located in the same building. Other clubs include the Allied Health Sciences Society, the History Club, the Professional Cosmetology Association, the Baptist Student Ministry, the Diversity Club, the International Association of Administration Professionals, the LSC-PA Speech and Debate Team and Legal Assistant Student and School Organization, or LASSO.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Lamar State students can take part in the school’s athletic program which began in 2004. The Seahawks compete on the intercollegiate level in men’s basketball and women’s softball. The basketball team makes their home at the Carl Parker Center, while the softball team plays at nearby Martin Field. Partial scholarships are awarded every year to student athletes. Interested applicants can fill out the form on the school website.

LSC-PA took to using the nickname ‘the Seahawks’ in tribute to a Gulf Coast League baseball team that played out of Port Arthur in the 1950s.

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Ranks 95th in Texas and 2019th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 241 0.44
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 8 0.01
Forcible Rape 29 0.05
Robbery 156 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 950 1.73
Larceny 1,740 3.17
Vehicle theft 163 0.30

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Port Arthur, TX 77640
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population20,008 (19,131 urban / 877 rural)
Households7,829 (2.54 people per house)
Median Household Income$22,233
Families5,300 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall 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 2403rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,479 $3,479 $14,099
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,612 $1,612 $1,612
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $174 $174 $469
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 $6,541 $6,541 $17,161
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,990 $17,990 $28,610
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,583 $13,583 $24,203

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,955 $5,052 $4,955 $5,052 $14,345 $15,523
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,379 $1,428
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,282 $5,469
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,605 $5,803
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,696 $6,933

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

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3929th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $45,447 ($43,053 male / $41,537 female)
Number of FT Faculty 73 (34 male / 39 female)
Number of PT Faculty 124
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $1,774,825

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Port Arthur, TX 77640
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