Howard College

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School Overview

Howard College, sometimes referred to as Howard County Junior College, is a 2-year community college located in Big Springs, Texas. While the college’s main campus is in the city of Big Springs, it has several other satellite campuses located across the state. Howard College fosters an open and collegiate environment that allows students and faculty to immerse themselves in the education process and excel in their chosen field of study. Founded in 1945, Howard College is one of the older community colleges in Texas. The college enjoys an active athletics program which includes baseball, basketball (men’s and women’s), rodeo, and cheerleading. Both Howard College students as well as students from other areas come to participate in the college’s sporting events. Howard College maintains an open enrollment policy. Annual tuition for in-state students is just over $2,700 and for out-of-state students it’s roughly $4,200. Howard strives to maintain a positive atmosphere by treating each student as a unique individual. At Howard College the motto is “Education… For Learning, for Earning, For Life!”

General Information

Admission Office

1001 Birdwell Lane

Big Spring, TX 79720

(432) 264-5000

Fax: (432) 264-5072

Contact: Donna Merrick

Main Address

1001 Birdwell Lane

Big Spring, TX 79720

(432) 264-5000

Total undergrads: 3,573

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 546

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,415


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Special requirements for health, cosmetology programs.

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business A
Agriculture – General A

Architecture & Related Programs

Landscape Architecture C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General A
Arts – General A
Drama/Theater Arts A
Music – General A

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Business – General A,C
Office Clerical Services A,C

Communications & Journalism

Journalism A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C
Data Processing Technology C

Construction Trades

Carpentry C
Masonry/Tile Setting C
Pipefitting C


Education – General A

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies C
Drafting and Design Technology C

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A,C

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General A
Sign Language Interpretation A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine A
Dental Hygiene A
Dental Laboratory Technology A,C
EMT Ambulance Attendant A,C
Health Aide C
Medical Assistance A
Medical Records Administration A,C
Medical Records Technology A,C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Nursing Assistance C
Phlebotomy C
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Predentistry A
Premedicine A
Respiratory Therapy A
Substance Abuse Counseling A,C

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness A

Personal & Culinary Services

Cosmetology C
Culinary Arts/Chef Training C
Manicure/Nails C

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A
Physics A


Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services

Corrections A,C
Forensic Technologies A,C
Law Enforcement Administration A,C

Social Sciences

Social Sciences – General A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Howard College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (432) 264-5000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,293
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,231 (52% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $3,970
Out-of-state Tuition: $5,420
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,949

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Howard College Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 23
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 3
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 21
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 45
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 41
Precision Production 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 2033

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Howard College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $3,970
Out-of-state $5,420
Books and supplies $1,655

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 355 87%
Grant or scholarship aid 342 83% $5,949
Student loan aid 54 13% $3,949

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,044 68% $2,911
Federal student loans 373 8% $5,527

Admissions & Enrollment

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Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Howard College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,293
Undergraduate enrollment 4,293
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Howard College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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