Lone Star College System

5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381-4399

School Details

Lone Star College System is a two-year public school located in The Woodlands, Texas.  The school began in 1972 as North Harris County College and the school’s name changed to the current name in 2007. The college has five branch campuses (CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, Tomball) and two university centers (University Center in the Woodlands, University Park in Harris County). The official service area of LSCS includes the following school districts: Aldine, Cleveland, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, Huntsville, Klein, Magnolia, Montgomery, New Caney, New Waverly, Splendora, Spring, Tarkington, Tomball, and Willis. Today, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area.

Lone Star College System offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Continuing education, professional development, and courses for high school students are also offered. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. LSCS has partnerships with many four-year universities so that students can obtain bachelors and masters degrees at one of the two University Centers.

Lone Star College System has 63,029 students (all undergraduates) and 4,219 faculty members, giving the university a 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 745 teach full-time and 3,474 teach part-time. About 32% of undergraduate students study full-time and 68% study part-time.

The student body contains 60% female students and 40% male students. About 40% of all students are white with the remaining students being Hispanic (32%), black (20%), and Asian (8%). About 71% of students are ages 24 and under with 29% of students being ages 25 and above. About 98% of students are from Texas and 2% are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 69% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 91%. The overall graduation rate is 10% and the overall transfer-out rate is 24%. The overall graduation rate by gender is 9% for males and 11% for females.

On-campus living is not provided at Lone Star College System. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $7,598 per year with $4,902 in additional living expenses.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

Student life includes intramurals and club sports, clubs and organizations, and community involvement. Student life differs on each campus.

Tuition costs $1,408 per year for in-district students, $3,088 per year for in-state students, and $3,448 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $750 per year. Tuition payment plans and prepaid tuition plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 56% of those attending Lone Star College System receive financial aid.

Lone Star College System has an open admissions policy, meaning that most students are accepted once their application has been submitted. To become a LSCS student, students need to do the following: apply for admission, apply for financial aid, schedule placement testing, complete new student orientation, register and pay for classes, and purchase textbooks and supplies.

Lone Star College System is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Lone Star's accreditation has been in place since 1976 and was reaffirmed in 2012.




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    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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