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IPEDS ID: 227182
OPE ID: 01114500
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Lone Star College System
5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77381-4399
General information:  (832) 813-6500
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  64,072 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Net Price
Mission Statement
  Lone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty7983,791
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$600$600$2,000$750-62.5%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,598$7,598$7,866$7,598-3.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$14,300$14,508$14,164$14,6583.5%
Off Campus with Family$4,592$4,800$6,298$4,950-21.4%
Off Campus$15,980$16,188$15,844$16,3383.1%
Off Campus with Family$6,272$6,480$7,978$6,630-16.9%
Off Campus$16,340$16,548$16,204$16,6983.0%
Off Campus with Family$6,632$6,840$8,338$6,990-16.2%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,01761%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,70054%$11,406,318$4,225
Federal grants2,47550%$10,747,625$4,342
Pell grants2,47550%$10,708,325$4,327
Other federal grants1062%$39,300$371
State/local government grant or scholarships1042%$204,155$1,963
Institutional grants or scholarships4289%$454,538$1,062
Student loan aid1,13123%$6,225,410$5,504
Federal student loans1,13123%$6,225,410$5,504
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid125,26039%$82,615,486$3,271
Pell grants22,99135%$77,578,220$3,374
Federal student loans13,47621%$80,852,819$6,000
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$4,508$5,511$6,096
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$3,722$4,861$5,442
$30,001 – $48,000$4,754$5,553$6,181
$48,001 – $75,000$7,078$7,710$8,413
$75,001 – $110,000$8,605$9,264$9,822
$110,001 and more$9,209$9,516$10,147
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)64,072
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,675
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 31%
Part-time: 69%Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 17%
Hispanic/Latino: 34%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 36%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 68%
25 and over: 32%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 0%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 18%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 71%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 62%
Part-time students: 52%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 31 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 11%
Transfer-out rate: 23%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 10%
Female: 12%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 4%
Asian: 16%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
White: 10%
Two or more races: 24%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 12%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Within "Normal time" for the program: 12%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 12%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General323316
Business Administration and Management, General61d-32
Business/Commerce, General--100d
Hospitality Administration/Management, General3-8
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management35-9
Category total143d108d236d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Radio and Television-84
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--11d
Category total-815d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General67d13d66d
Computer Science--5
Category total67d13d71d
Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General15--
Category total15--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--155d
Educational/Instructional Technology-3951
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching--22
Category total-39228d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician6-1
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology4--
Industrial Technology/Technician1354246
Surveying Technology/Surveying4127
Category total1495454
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation23-22
Category total23-22
Health Professions and Related Programs
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--15
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician4220
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)1077813
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician-511
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-119-
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary293923
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist7-47
Medical/Clinical Assistant-26-
Occupational Therapist Assistant--33
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant-425
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--17
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician321949
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse137-482
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist--31
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant-1413
Category total316344759
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration--62d
Fire Science/Fire-fighting82-25
Category total82-87d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal-2816
Category total-2816
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--2,820d
Category total--2,820d
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician30142
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician82368
Category total1125010
Personal and Culinary Services
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor-3-
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General-4410
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist24--
Category total244710
Precision Production
Welding Technology/Welder134219
Category total134219
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration28--
Category total28--
Science Technologies/Technicians
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician2-4
Category total2-4
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography42168
Category total42168
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations--2
Category total--2
Visual and Performing Arts
Interior Design-813
Music, General--9
Category total-822
Grand total1,1377364,373
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1976 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate18.1%17.7%
Number in default341283
Number in repayment1,8781,592
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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