Howard College

Howard College

Howard College, also referred to as HC, is located in Big Spring, Texas, United States. It was founded in the year 1945, and the first academic session began in 1946. HC is considered to be among the 50 fastest growing community colleges in the United States. Howard College has branch campuses in Lamesa and San Angelo. Degree and certificate programs are offered to students in diverse areas of study including business administration, accounting, law enforcement, health information technology, and child care.

The athletics department of Howard College fields men's and women's teams in basketball, rodeo, softball, and baseball. The teams are nicknamed the Hawks. The college is also home to clubs and organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA).

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Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring , TX 79720
General Phone: (432) 264-5000

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Howard College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts95sign language translation, general studies, social services, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine78EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Business and Management47business, accounting, marketing
Medical Support and Technology37dental hygienist, medical assistant, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, radiographer
Beauty and Cosmetology34cosmetology, manicurist, cosmetoloty instructor
Security and Law Enforcement29corrections, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Office and Administration25administrative assistant
Computer Science and Engineering23computer and info science
Engineering Technician15industrial tech, drafting
Family and Social Work8family studies, adult development and aging, child development
Medical Administration3medical records tech, medical transcription
Education and Teaching2education
Agricultural Science and Management1agriculture
Media0communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0health and physical education
Therapy and Counseling0psychology

Number of programs and degrees for Howard College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years17924
Associate's degree21132
Award of less than 1 academic year79
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years01

Howard College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Howard College had a total enrollment of 3,329 students (1,488 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 5%
Hispanic 34%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 26%
18-19 22%
20-21 13%
22-24 12%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey1%

Howard College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 63 %
Part-Time 31 %

Howard College Room and Board (2007)

Howard College offers campus housing for 248 of its 1,488 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Big Spring, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Howard College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,072
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 2,772
Room and board $ 3,984
Room charge $ 1,050
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,217
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,330

Financial Aid:
Howard College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 357400)

Howard College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6374

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*2*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year8$50,5209$51,626
Instructorcalendar year27$45,26614$40,409
All faculty totalcalendar year35$46,46726$46,719

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year2*4$54,687
Associate professoracademic year7$46,2866$45,510
Assistant professoracademic year9$38,81113$39,756
Instructoracademic year10$36,89525$38,648
All faculty totalacademic year28$40,98248$41,142

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Howard College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports343064

Howard College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Child Development
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
General Studies
History, General
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
Social Sciences, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Howard College Apart:

% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 9%Howard College % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 10%Howard College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 10%Howard College Dorm rooms per full-time student
% students on athletic fin. aid
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 14%Howard College % students on athletic fin. aid
% of degrees in beauty and cosmetology
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Howard College % of degrees in beauty and cosmetology
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Howard College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Number of students
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Howard College Number of students

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
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