South Plains College

South Plains College

South Plains College, or SPC, is a two year community college located in Levelland, Texas. It operates satellite branches in Plainview and at the Reese Technology Center. It also offers distance education, through centers located in Muleshoe, Littlefield, and Denver City. South Plains College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in several fields of study. It enrolls more than 9,000 students each semester.

Some of the notable alumni of South Plains College are country singers Waylon Jennings, Natalie Maines, and Lee Ann Womack; championship runner for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Sally Kipyego; and NBA players Renaldo Major and Bo Outlaw.

The sports teams of South Plains College are known as the Texans. They are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

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South Plains College
1401 S. College Ave
Levelland , TX 79336

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South Plains College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts299general studies, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine202EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Mechanics and Repair87electrical installation and repair, HVAC, autobody repair, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Music59music performance
Beauty and Cosmetology50cosmetology
Production Trades44machinist, welding
Medical Support and Technology43radiation therapist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech
Business and Management40business, accounting technology
Security and Law Enforcement39criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police, fire protection tech, fire-fighting
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science
Family and Social Work26child care management
Education and Teaching21special ed, physical education teaching
Engineering Technician16engineering technology, electronics tech, drafting
Office and Administration14administrative assistant, executive secretary
Construction Trades14power transmission
Medical Administration10medical records tech, medical secretary
Real Estate and Construction Management6real estate
Photography and Commercial Art5commercial art, cinematography
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4vocational counseling
Conservation and Resource Management1wildlife management
Agricultural Science and Management1agricultural management
Therapy and Counseling1psychology
Law0legal assistant

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree57039
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years42323
Award of less than 1 academic year151
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years21

South Plains College Student Body

In 2007-2008, South Plains College had a total enrollment of 6,602 students (6,480 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 5%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 14%
18-19 29%
20-21 18%
22-24 11%
25-29 9%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

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

New Mexico2%
(International Students)1%

South Plains College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 71 %

South Plains College Room and Board (2007)

South Plains College offers campus housing for 560 of its 6,480 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

South Plains College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,922
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 2,306
Room and board $ 3,100
Books and supplies $ 975
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
South Plains College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 361100)

South Plains College Faculty

South Plains College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year8$32,58619$42,179
All faculty totalcalendar year9$36,97621$44,394

*: 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 year21$57,78518$55,699
Associate professoracademic year23$48,35218$49,084
Assistant professoracademic year43$43,68350$43,460
Instructoracademic year39$36,60628$38,222
All faculty totalacademic year126$44,695114$44,994

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

South Plains College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports191029

South Plains College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General

Education And Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
General Studies
History, General

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General

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
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets South Plains College Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 9%South Plains College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in music
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Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 11%South Plains College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Number of students
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Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 15%South Plains College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 15%South Plains College % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Number of degree programs
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Top 16%South Plains College Number of degree programs
Male % of student body
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Top 19%South Plains College Male % of student body
% of degrees in mechanics and repair
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%South Plains College % of degrees in mechanics and repair

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checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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