Statistical Snapshot

You won't find a "typical" student at South Plains College. Our students are all ages, from recent high school graduates to retired people. Some attend college full time and others part time. Many combine work with college studies. More than 12,500 students enroll annually in SPC's college-credit courses and another 2,000 take advantage of continuing education short courses and workforce development programs.

Headcount Enrollment Credit Students (Fall 2017)

  • Unduplicated Headcount Enrollment: 9,283
  • Full-time Students 49.1%
  • Part-time Students 50.9%

Student Profile

  • Average Age 22.0
  • Male 44.0%
  • Female 56.0%
  • Anglo 43.9%
  • Hispanic 45.3%
  • African-American 6.8%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1.5%
  • Other Race/Ethnic Minorities 1.1%
  • International  1.4%
  • Texas Residents 95.2%
  • Other States 3.4%
  • Hockley County Residents 6.3%
  • Lubbock County Residents 51.5%
  • Service Area Residents 80.5%
  • First-Generation College Students (approx.) 67%

Educational Objective

  • 52.2% of Fall 2017 students planned to earn an associate degree or certificate
  • 45.2% of Fall 2017 students planned to earn credits for transfer to another college or university
  • 2.6% of Fall 2017 students were taking courses to improve skills for present jobs, change careers or explore courses.

Educational Outcome (Degrees and Certificates Awarded FY 2017)

  • Academic Transfer, A.A., A.S., A.A.T., 509
  • Technical A.A.S., 320
  • Technical Certificates, 685
  • Total Degrees and Certificates 1,514

Transfer Students

Destination of SPC students transferring to four-year universities (2016-2017 Cohort)

  • Texas Tech University 78.2%
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 2.7%
  • West Texas A&M University 5.6%
  • Angelo State University 2.1%
  • Texas A&M 1.9%
  • UT Austin 1.7%
  • Other Institutions 7.3%

Career Program Completers

Follow-up surveys of technical graduates show:

  • The 29 CTE programs offered by SPC have a combined success rate of 83.8% in placing graduates in the workforce.

College Employee Profile (Fall 2016)

  • Full-time Faculty 282
  • Part-time Faculty 165
  • Administration/Support Staff 294
  • Total Employees 741

Full-Time Faculty Educational Attainment

  • Doctorate Degree 45 (15.9%)
  • Master's Degree 157 (55.8%)
  • Bachelor's Degree 30 (10.6%)
  • Associate/Certificate 50 (17.7%)

Full-Time Faculty Teaching Service at SPC

  • 5 years or less: 106 (37.6%)
  • 6-10 Years: 46 (16.3%)
  • 11-15 Years: 53 (18.8%)
  • 16-20 Years: 24 (8.5%)
  • More than 20 Years: 53 (18.8%)
  • Average Age 49
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1

Funding Sources (FY 2017 Audit)

  • Student and Parent Sources 46.3%
  • State Sources 29.9%
  • Local Sources 14.6%
  • Auxiliary Sources 4.2%
  • Other Sources 5.0%

Funding Uses (FY 2017 Audit)

  • Instruction and Instructional Support 57.0%
  • Student Services 11.2%
  • Public Service 1.4%
  • General Institutional 12.1%
  • Physical Plant Operation 10.8%
  • Auxiliary Enterprises 6.4%
  • Debt Service 1.0%