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 1,500 take advantage of continuing education short courses and workforce development programs.

Headcount Enrollment Credit Students (Fall 2019)

  • Unduplicated Headcount Enrollment: 9,179
  • Full-time Students 46.5%
  • Part-time Students 53.5%

Student Profile (All Students)

  • Average Age 21.8
  • Male 41.4%
  • Female 58.5%
  • White, Non-Hispanic 41.6%
  • Hispanic 49.0%
  • African-American 5.8%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1.2%
  • Other Race/Ethnic Minorities 1.3%
  • International  1.1%
  • Texas Residents 96.8%
  • Other States 2.1%
  • Hockley County Residents 8.8%
  • Lubbock County Residents 55.6%
  • Service Area Residents 86.3%
  • First-Generation College Students (approx.) 67%
  • Federal Pell Grant Recipients as percentage of All Students Enrolled  39.7%
  • Federal Pell Grant Recpients as percentage of certificate/degree seeking Students Eligible to Apply for Pell  50.9%

Full-Time Student Profile

  • Unduplicated Full-Time Student Headcount Enrollment: 4,266
  • Male 45.3%
  • Female 54.7%
  • White, Non-Hispanic 38.6%
  • Hispanic 50.9%
  • African-American 6.6%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1.4%
  • Other Race/Ethnic Minorities 1.5%
  • International 1.0%
  • Percentage Full-Time Students receiving Pell Grant 56.3%

Educational Objective (All Students)

  • 56.2% of Fall 2019 students planned to earn an associate degree or certificate
  • 41.3% of Fall 2019 students planned to earn credits for transfer to another college or university
  • 2.6% of Fall 2019 students were taking courses to improve skills for present jobs, change careers or explore courses.

Educational Outcome (Degrees and Certificates Awarded FY 2019)

  • Academic Transfer, A.A., A.S., A.A.T., 632
  • Technical A.A.S., 274
  • Technical Certificates, 648
  • Total Degrees and Certificates 1,554
  • Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rate, 2018-19 Cohort First-time, Full-time Students (IPEDS) 46%

Transfer Students

Destination of SPC students transferring to four-year universities (2017-2018 Cohort)

  • Texas Tech University 78.1%
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciencess Center 2.8%
  • West Texas A&M University 6.3%
  • Angelo State University 2.6%
  • Texas A&M 1.9%
  • UT Austin 1.3%
  • Texas State University 1.2%
  • Other Institutions 5.8%

Career Program Completers

Follow-up surveys of technical graduates show:

  • The 30 CTE programs offered by SPC have a combined 3-year average success rate of 94.5% in placing graduates in the workforce.
  • Placement in and types of employment obtained by Graduates, 2019-2020 Perkins Data Resources, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (.pdf document, Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

College Employee Profile (Fall 2018)

  • Full-time Faculty 267
  • Part-time Faculty 157
  • Administration/Support Staff 284
  • Total Employees 708

Full-Time Faculty Educational Attainment

  • Doctorate Degree 41 (15.4%)
  • Master's Degree 150 (56.2%)
  • Bachelor's Degree 31 (11.6%)
  • Associate/Certificate 45 (16.8%)

Full-Time Faculty Teaching Service at SPC

  • 5 years or less: 96 (36.0%)
  • 6-10 Years: 45 (16.8%)
  • 11-15 Years: 38 (14.2%)
  • 16-20 Years: 39 (14.6%)
  • More than 20 Years: 49 (18.4%)
  • Average Age 49
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 22:1

Funding Sources (FY 2019 Audit)

  • Student and Parent Sources 46.0%
  • State Sources 27.8%
  • Local Sources 15.7%
  • Auxiliary Sources 3.8%
  • Other Sources 6.7%

Funding Uses (FY 2019 Audit)

  • Instruction and Instructional Support 54.2%
  • Student Services 11.0%
  • Public Service 1.0%
  • General Institutional 17.2%
  • Physical Plant Operation 10.1%
  • Auxiliary Enterprises 5.5%
  • Debt Service 1.0%