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About Lone Star College

Nationally recognized, globally connected, locally focused

aboutLone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Not only great in size, LSC is a key driver and growing contributor to the local and regional economy with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion.

Students rely on Lone Star College for Associate Degrees, certifications for work in high-demand industries, and credits that enable them to transfer anywhere. In fact, LSC provides more than 170 programs of study close to home. No wonder 99,000 students choose Lone Star College!


Affordable Access

LSC understands the balance between work, family and completing an education — that’s why it offers the most affordable, high-quality higher education option in the region, close to home, at a fraction of the cost of a four year university.

Attending LSC is more affordable than other state institutions. Attending LSC saves students, and their families, thousands per semester.

Attending LSC is an Affordable Option

source: Net Cost Calculator Resident Tuition and Fees, based on 12 hours/semester

Choice of more students

LSC is the choice of area high school graduates – 5,651 high school graduates attended LSC in fall 2016.

Service Area Hig School Graduates attending Lone Star College

Committed to Student Success

A national leader in conferring degrees and dedicated to student success and credential completion, Lone Star College is:

  • Recognized nationally as a Top 10 Associate Degree Producer
  • Leading the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative, in collaboration with The University of Texas, a key strategy in Texas' goal of increasing higher education degree attainment
  • Leading the Texas Completes effort statewide to dramatically increase college completion rates

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Proven Financial Management

LSC is fiscally responsible and maintains a AAA Bond Rating from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services – enabling LSC to borrow money at lower interest rates. LSC's credit rating was increased eight times in the last 10 years. In addition:

  • The LSC tax rate is lower than it was 15 years ago. Also, the Board of Trustees has lowered the tax rate 6 of the last 10 years. (11.45 cents/thousand (2004) vs. 10.78 cents/thousand (2018)).
  • LSC has received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting recognition each year since 2004.
  • LSC maintains a tax freeze for residents age 65+ and/or disabled which means the actual dollar amount owed will never increase, even if the property value increases.

At a Glance

Chancellor: Stephen C. Head, Ph.D.

Founded: 1972

Student Enrollment: 99,000

Colleges: 6

University Centers: 2

Additional Centers: 10

Partner ISDs:11

2018-2019 Operating Budget: $381,966,088

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We're Close To Home




9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, TX 77433


20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339


3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384

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LSC-North Harris
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3499


30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375

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LSC-University Park
20515 SH 249
Houston, TX 77070




Lone Star College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College to award Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lone Star College.

Accredited since 1976, Lone Star College's accreditation was reaffirmed in 2012.



Board of Trustees

District 1: Michael Stoma
District 2: Ernestine M. Pierce
District 3: Alton Smith, Ed.D.
District 4: Art Murillo
District 5: David A. Vogt
District 6: Myriam Saldívar
District 7: Linda S. Good, JD
District 8: Mike Sullivan
District 9: Ken E. Lloyd

Chancellor's Cabinet

Stephen C. Head, Ph.D.
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Mario K. Castillo, J.D. 
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
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Link Alander
Vice Chancellor, College Services
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Helen Clougherty
Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff, Board Liaison
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Dwight L. Smith, |||, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor, Academic Success

Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor
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Jennifer Mott
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Quentin Wright, Ed.D.
Special Assitant to the Chancellor

College Presidents

Shah Ardalan, Ed.D.
President, Lone Star College-University Park
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Seelpa Keshvala, Ph.D.
President, Lone Star College-CyFair
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Gerald F. Napoles, Ph.D.
President, Lone Star College-North Harris
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Lee Ann Nutt, Ed.D.
President, Lone Star College-Tomball
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Katherine Persson, Ph.D.
President, Lone Star College-Kingwood
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Rebecca L. Riley, Ed.D.
President, Lone Star College-Montgomery
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Our Mission

quoteLone Star College System provides comprehensive educational opportunities and programs to enrich lives.

Our Vision

quoteLone Star College will be a model college globally recognized for achieving exceptional levels of success in student learning, student completion, gainful employment, equity and affordability.

LSC Focus Cultural Beliefs


We Make a Difference

Our graduates help keep our community safe

  • 84% of all emergency first responders (fire, police, EMS) are trained at community colleges like Lone Star College
  • 60% of all health care workers are trained at community colleges like Lone Star College

Lone Star College is the college of choice

  • 1 in 4, or 25%, of May graduates from area high schools attend LSC in the fall
  • 13,000+ high school students take dual credit courses, earning simultaneous high school and college credit, to accelerate their college completion
  • Associate Degree graduates earn, on average, 25% more than high school graduates
  • 70% of Texas bachelor’s degrees are awarded to students who attended a community college like LSC

We provide the education and training to meet area employers needs

  • 65% of all jobs will require postsecondary training by 2020. A strong workforce equals a strong community.

We provide educational programs for all ages

  • Academy for Lifelong Learning for residents 50+
  • Discovery College summer programs for youths

Extraordinary Growth

Lone Star College serves an area of more than 1,400 square miles with a population of 2.1 million including some of the fastest growing communities in the state. In the past four years alone, the LSC service area has grown by 176,000 people, more people than 39 U.S. states added during the same time period. An additional 242,000 people are expected to increase the region’s population to 2.55 million by 2019.

The workforce in the LSC area has grown by 9% in the past five years. From fall 2006 – fall 2016 LSC added more than 39,000 credit students — a 86% increase.

Community College Advantage

  • Lone Star College is close to home.
  • Lone Star College is affordable.
  • Lone Star College wants you to succeed.

Careers. Not just jobs.

LSC offers a wide variety of degree programs designed to prepare you for employment in a specific career. See the Programs We Offer

Start here. Transfer anywhere.

LSC Advisors can assist you in applying for admission, choosing courses that will transfer to your desired university, and assist you with the registration process. We're here for you! Learn How to Transfer to a University

1/5 the cost of UT Austin.

Consider this: Many students leave four-year universities with a diploma but empty pockets and the burden of school loans for years to come. With higher education costs on the rise, Lone Star College is one of the most affordable options today to earn a college degree, certificate or continuing education hours. See our Tuition & Fees


Budget 2018-2019 - $381,966,088

Funding Sources 2018-2019
Property Tax - $161,159,785
State Funds - $77,983,684
Misc. Activities - $17,624,693
Tuition & Fees - $103,370,990
Student Fee In
Lieu of Taxes* - $21,045,036

*Student Fee in Lieu of Taxes - Out-of-District/State/International Fees

Property Tax Rates
Maintenance and Operations - $0.0800
Interest and Sinking - $0.0278
Tax Rate Total - $0.1078

The 2018 tax exemptions are as follows:
Homestead Exemption $5,000 or 1 percent (whichever is greater)
Over 65 Exemption $75,000
Disability $75,000


Tradition of Excellence

Lone Star College has been helping students start close and go far for more than 40 years. With its beginnings in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion.

In 1972, residents in the Aldine, Humble and Spring Independent School Districts elected to create a junior college district, which became known as North Harris County College. The college opens its doors in the fall of 1973 and the 16-member staff welcomed 613 students to the first classes held at Aldine High School.

Fast forward 40 years and Lone Star College has grown to six colleges, multiple centers and two University Centers with 85,000 credit students and a total of more than 98,000 students.

LSC is now the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and is one of the fastest-growing community college systems in the nation.

In 2008, Lone Star College became the new name for the North Harris Montgomery Community College District after months of deliberation and a polling process that included input from more than 5,000 participants from the community. The board of trustees voted unanimously to change the name to Lone Star College, which was the overwhelmingly favorite choice among those who participated.

The original three school districts have been joined by eight others: New Caney in 1981, Tomball in 1982, Conroe in 1991, Willis and Splendora in 1996, Klein in 1998, and Cypress-Fairbanks and Magnolia in 2000.

The Lone Star College System offices were relocated to their current location in The Woodlands in 2003. The Training and Development Center was added to serve as the home of the district's monthly board meetings as well as create an ideal learning facility for the college system and the community.

LSC-Cyfair History
LSC-Kingwood History
LSC-Montgomery History
LSC-North Harris History
LSC-Tomball History
LSC-University Park


pdf Student Demographics
pdf Policy Manual
pdf 2015-2020 Strategic Goals
pdf Economic Impact Report

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