Howard College: Narrative Description

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1001 Birdwell Ln.
Big Spring, TX 79720
Tel: (915)264-5000; (866)HC-HAWKS
Admissions: (432)264-5105
Fax: (915)264-5082
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State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Howard County Junior College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3421 per student. Total enrollment: 2,728. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 597 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 986 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,742 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 2 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 34% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 58% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 0.4% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $900 full-time, $30 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1200 full-time, $40 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1800 full-time, $60 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $200 full-time, $50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $3140.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association, Mexican-American Student Association, Baptist Student Ministries. Major annual events: Awards Convocation, Battle of the Bulge, dances. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 250 college housing spaces available; 180 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Howard College Library with 30,921 books, 47,555 microform titles, 16,006 serials, 1,710 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $263,459. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Big Spring, population 26,000, is an urban community noted for its varied industries, which include oil refining and production, petrochemical manufacturing, one carbon black plants, two bottling plants, and an ammonia plant. The climate is temperate and dry. The community is served by air, rail, and bus lines. There is a public library, YMCA, many churches of various faiths, three general and one Veteran's hospital, a crippled children's rehabilitation center, three theatres, good shopping facilities, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations in the area. Local recreation includes skating, bowling, and water sports on nearby lakes. Part-time employment opportunities are limited.

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