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Lone Star College System

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The Lone Star College System (or LSCS) is a 2 year publicly supported community college system. This institution involves a variety of people, businesses and the society in providing world class learning opportunities for the much needed development of skills, knowledge and the right mind-set for a world that is rapidly changing. Lone Star College System, through its centers and colleges, develops education communities for:

  • Developmental learning and literacy programs that are particularly designed in order to enhance the basic skills of students.
  • Technical programs that lead to earning an associate degree and certificate, designed to enhance marketable skills and to encourage economic development.
  • Continuing adult academic programs for professional, learning, cultural and occupational development.
  • Workforce, community & economic development initiatives designed in order to meet both local and state-wide requirements.
  • Educational courses in the arts & sciences so as to transfer to senior colleges.
  • Student support services program, which includes learning and counselling resources, specially designed to help students in attaining their academic and career objectives.

Lone Star College System is a US community college system that serves the northern parts of Texas’ Greater Houston area. LSCS is the largest institution of higher learning in the Houston district because for fall 2010, LSCS had over 69,000 students in credit classes and enrolled over 85,000 students! LSCS is also Texas’ fastest growing community college system.

Lone Star College System’s headquarters are located in Unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas and in The Woodlands. In 2010, it was Greater Houston’s largest institution of higher learning in terms of enrollment of students. LSCS is also Service-members Opportunity Colleges Consortium’s member.


In 1972, the voters of the Humble, Aldine and Spring districts founded the North Harris County College and in 1973, opened the school for classes. In 1991, the district expanded, thus covering Montgomery County (a neighbouring county) and became known as North Harris Montgomery Community College District.

The district expanded and included areas that were outside Montgomery and north Harris counties, the District’s Board of Trustees decided that the institution’s current name was not defining the service area and in addition to this, name of the institution was also not easy to remember and it was too long. During 2007 – 2008 first semester of the institution’s academic year, the Board of Trustees initiated a name-changing process employing an internet voting system and the name Lone Start College System was finally chosen on November 1st, 2007. The LSCS’ logo, The Star of Tomorrow, was designed by a well known Houston Ad agency.

Lone Star College System bought the Hewlett Packard’s core (the former headquarters of Compaq) North Campus in Northwest Harris County on May 1st, 2009. The facility was bought in order to serve a variety of purposes some of which include north Harris County’s new university center, a Corporate College conference and instruction facility, System administration & support space and instructional satellite campus. With the purchase, it has provided Lone Star College System with an extra 1,200,000 sq ft space and 8 main buildings, support infrastructure and parking garages; thus, making this acquisition one of the largest in the history of higher education.

Lone Star College System has 5 campus locations and 2 university centers.

Programs Offered

Lone Star College System offers students the opportunity to earn associate degrees in over 12 associate degree programs which includes Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Communication and Media, Health & Medical Services and Cosmetology and Beauty.

Lone Star College System also offers more than 12 certificate programs as well, students can earn certificates from LSCS’ certificate programs which includes Veterinary Medicine, Arts & Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, Cosmetology & Beauty and Social Sciences.

Types Courses

LSCS offers a variety of course delivery system and enrollment alternatives. Lone Star College System has offering in College Credit and Continuing Education. College credit courses at LSCS are specially designed for students who wish to complete a certificate program, associate’s degree or simply want to transfer to a 4 year institution. Continuing education courses at LSCS range from labour force improvement to leisure pursuits to GED. Students may be restricted from enrolling for courses if they do not have the required skills as proven by assessment scores and or the transcripts of prior coursework.

Distance Learning

Lone Star College System also offers distance education referred to as Lone Star College-Online. This program is consists of online and hybrid courses. Students should note that the content and the transferability of both online and hybrid classes are just the same as conventional on-campus classes. Students should also understand that similar to the courses offered on campus, the lecturers in Lone Start College-Online also employ an array of learning activities like exams, class projects, discussions, written papers and presentations. A lot of online or hybrid courses will require students at the start of the class to take part in orientation activities. Students can complete all their major degree requirements, associate of science degree and associate of arts degree requirements through the LSCS distance learning program. Students who are enrolled in distance education classes do have the exact same rights and of course, responsibilities as their campus based counterparts.


The Lone Star College System is an accredited community college. LSCS is accredited to award associate degrees by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools.

LSCS programs are also approved by over 20 well known agencies such as the Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Commission on Credentialing, CISCO Regional Academy, American Dental Association and Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care in Conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs.

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The Lone Star College System offers an open admissions system. This institution prefers all new applicants to complete and submit their LSCS application online at www.LoneStar.edu/apply in order to speed up the application process. Alternately, applicants may also fill out the Texas Common Application for Community Colleges at their website – www.ApplyTexas.org. Applicants should understand that employing the Apply Texas application will not result in a real-time submission. Applicants who wish to use the Texas Common Application process should expect a minimum of 24 hours delay in processing their application for Lone Star College System admission.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to attend Lone Star College System can apply for financial aid in order to attain their educational goals. The LSCS is known for following a Principle of Ethics & Code of Conduct where the basic goal of the college’s financial aid personnel is to assist students attain their learning potential by offering the right financial resources. They always maintain an excellent standard of professional conduct in every aspect of performing their responsibilities.

Financial assistance programs available at Lone Star College System include; Loans, Grants, Scholarships, Work Study, Prepaid Tuition Plans, Waivers and Exemptions.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4743rd for the average student loan amount.
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The Office of Student Activities located at all 5 LSCS campuses offer a number of ways to assist students become involved with other students, their campus and their community. The Lone Star College System’s student activities programming is known for opening the doors to skill enhancement, social opportunities, volunteerism, learning success and leadership development.

The primary objective of student activities is to improve students’ experience and to support student success.

For the student who wish to work closely with his or her campus should consider becoming a Student Ambassador, this will allow him or her represent the institution at official functions. Chances for service include taking part in conducting tours for visitors, serving as a host/greeter for official college events, taking part in college night and helping with opening week activities every semester.

Clubs and Organizations

Students at Lone Star College System are offered various opportunities of taking part in the institution community outside their classroom activities. LSCS’ clubs & association offer a creative and energetic door for each student’s cultural interests, career, academic and leisure pursuits and needs. The clubs and organizations that students can take part in include Band Club, Arts Society, Chess Union, Catholic Students Union, Dare to Dream and so much more.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Lone Star College System provides a really comprehensive schedule of club sports and intramurals at all 5 campuses. With intramurals, students can have the opportunity to show their competitive side and also have fun as well in a variety of team and individual sporting activities. Club sports offer students the opportunity to take part in competition through leagues off school grounds.

Each Lone Star College System campus offer well known sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball. Although, the institution also offers distinct sporting programs such as LSC-Montgomery’s Saw Dogs, a traditional baseball team that is open to both students and faculty. Or the youth basket ball camp at LSC-Harris which is held in the summer.

Students at Lone Star College System are known for wearing their campus team uniform with great pride. Students are not expected to be sour losers or arrogant winners, they are expected to take their wins or losses and employ these hard earned experiences in preparing themselves for the real game of life. It is also believed that leadership on the field of play is also interpreted as leadership in both the classroom and in one’s career.

In order to get more information about LSCS’ club sports, students should visit the institution sports club conference website.


  • Campus Explorer, Inc. ”Lone Star College System School Description”. 2011.
  • Lone Star College System Catalog. ”Lone Star College System 38th Annual Catalog”. 2010-2011.
  • Lone Star College System website. ”Why Lone Star College System?”. 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 180th in Texas and 3087th 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 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 N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near The Woodlands, TX 77381-4399
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population35,952 (35,952 urban / N/A rural)
Households12,294 (2.89 people per house)
Median Household Income$91,488
Families10,029 (3.27 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large 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 District4808

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4647th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $960 $2,640 $3,000
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $448 $448 $448
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $40 $110 $125
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 $2,158 $3,838 $4,198
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,658 $16,338 $16,698
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $4,950 $6,630 $6,990

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,408(N/C) $3,088(N/C) $3,448(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $600 $2,000
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,598 $7,866
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,902 $2,890
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,792 $2,890

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 233 843 1,659 382 24 2,557 382 6,246
Accounting 9 12 44 25 57 10 158
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 13 27 4 27 8 81
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 5 25 2 7 1 46
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 1 2
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2 2 2 6
Business Administration and Management, General 3 34 23 2 29 2 93
Business/Commerce, General 5 12 25 6 47 2 100
Computer Science 3 2 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 25 46 11 2 40 11 146
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor 1 1 1 3
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 2 5 17 20 7 54
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 15 21 3 19 1 62
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 2 8 1 15
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 5 3 12 3 26
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 15 64 5 63 7 155
Educational/Instructional Technology 13 11 21 4 32 8 90
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 4 2 2 6 15
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 3 1 1 7
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2 1 1 4
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 17 42 3 1 118 13 198
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 3 7 13 24
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 5 27 1 64 4 107
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 5 11 11 32 6 66
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 1 1 3 10 16
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 7 36 42 6 27 5 126
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 5 2 2 11
Industrial Technology/Technician 7 27 84 22 62 13 223
Interior Design 2 3 2 3 10 1 21
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 2 9 1 7 22
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 8 8 2 17 6 44
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 121 324 809 180 13 1,130 173 2,820
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 24 22 9 46 12 119
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 15 11 4 14 44
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 22 22 1 39 2 91
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 2 16 5 1 27 2 54
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 12 1 7 2 26
Music, General 1 3 4 1 9
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 1 2 26 2 33
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2 11 11 9 10 2 47
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 13 2 17
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2 22 8 1 3 53 3 100
Public Administration 15 3 2 7 1 28
Radio and Television 3 9 12
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 79 87 43 3 332 43 619
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 9 6 3 9 2 31
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 9 6 25 5 45
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 2 4 1 11
Surveying Technology/Surveying 3 12 8 23
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 3 22 2 27
Welding Technology/Welder 11 37 59 1 35 13 164

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1330th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,192 ($72,027 male / $61,460 female)
Number of FT Faculty 715 (318 male / 397 female)
Number of PT Faculty 4,589
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $14,576,214

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