South Plains College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$696
2022 Average Net Price
$6,470
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
8,580
45.1% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
19.6%
283 Graduates

About

South Plains College is a higher education institution located in Hockley County, TX. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at South Plains College were General Studies (483 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (74 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (63 degrees).

In 2022, 1,732 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Plains College. 56.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (886 degrees), 1.36 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (650 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $−7,416 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at South Plains College is $696, which is $−7,416 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,470.

In 2022, 58% of undergraduate students attending South Plains College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 16% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$696
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at South Plains College was $696. The cost of tuition at South Plains College is $−7,416 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,470
2022 Value
4.26%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 South Plains College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,470. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of South Plains College grew by 4.26%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,117
Room and Board
$1,156
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Plains College was of $6,117 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 5.3% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,156. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.345% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

58%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
16%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

58% of undergraduate students at South Plains College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 5.45% with respect to 2021, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

South Plains College had a total enrollment of 8,580 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 3,869 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,711. This means that 45.1% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Plains College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 51% Hispanic or Latino, 38.9% White, 6.31% Black or African American, 1.9% Asian, 1.42% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.21% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at South Plains College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (31.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (21.6%) and White Male (17.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

45.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Plains College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,580 students. The full-time enrollment at South Plains College is 3,869 and the part-time enrollment is 4,711. This means that 45.1% of students enrolled at South Plains College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

48%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South Plains College was 48%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), South Plains College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,373 enrolled students
  2. White
    3,334 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    541 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at South Plains College is 51% Hispanic or Latino, 38.9% White, 6.31% Black or African American, 1.9% Asian, 1.42% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.21% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 5 students (0.0583%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 212 more women than men received degrees from South Plains College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Plains College is hispanic or latino (886 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (650 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at South Plains College is General Studies (483 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (74 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (63 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at South Plains College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (88 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (134 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Police officers (132,647 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (78,152 people), Other managers (70,556 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (39,479 people), and Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists (31,685 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College in 2022 are Communication Technologies (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (88 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (134 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (163 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (483 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Surgeons, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, Skincare specialists, and Photographic process workers & processing machine operators

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Communication Technologies (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (88 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (134 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (163 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (483 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Plains College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (312,933 people), Elementary & secondary schools (165,967 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (59,891 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (52,645 people), and Legal services (47,362 people).

The most specialized majors at South Plains College are Communication Technologies (45 degrees awarded), Precision Production (88 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (134 degrees), Personal & Culinary Services (163 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (483 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Plains College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 483 degrees awarded
  2. 74 degrees awarded
  3. 63 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at South Plains College was General Studies with 483 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

760
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
972
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 760 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College, which is 0.782 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (972).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 162 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College in General Studies, which is 0.505 times less than the 321 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 321 degrees were awarded to men at South Plains College in General Studies, which is 1.98 times more than the 162 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
21%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 11% of students graduating from South Plains College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 21% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 24% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at South Plains College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.353% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    886 degrees awarded
  2. White
    650 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    124 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Plains College is hispanic or latino (886 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (650 degrees).

0.173% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    523 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    363 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    332 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Plains College is hispanic or latino female (523 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (363 degrees).

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Operations

South Plains College has an endowment valued at nearly $28M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 207k (0.742%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, South Plains College had a total salary expenditure of 79M. South Plains College employs 100 Instructors, 70 Assistant professors and 46 Professors. Most academics at South Plains College are Female Instructor (57), Male Instructor (43), and Female Assistant professor (37).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 64 employees, Service, with 63 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

Endowment

$28M
2022 Endowment
9.81%
decline from 2021

South Plains College has an endowment valued at about $28M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of South Plains College declined 9.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $22.8M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$31.8M
2022 Salaries
3.21%
growth from 2021

In 2022, South Plains College paid a median of $31.8M in salaries, which represents 40.3% of their overall expenditure ($79M) and a 3.21% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.7M
Instructional Salaries
260
Number of Employees

In 2022, South Plains College paid a total of $14.7M to 260 employees working as instructors, which represents 46.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
100 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
64 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Plains College were Instructor with 100 employees, Assistant professor with 70 employees, and Professor with 46 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Plains College were Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees, Service with 63 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 44 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Plains College was Female Instructor with 57 employees, Male Instructor with 43 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 37 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South Plains College.

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