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Lone Star College leads Texas community college systems in growth

Credit student enrollment at Lone Star College grew by 6 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013, making it the fastest growing community college system in Texas.

That percentage of enrollment growth is based on a study from Community College Week magazine which analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education. 

“Lone Star College continues to experience amazing growth and we don’t anticipate that slowing down anytime soon,” said Stephen Head, LSC chancellor. “More and more students are realizing the tremendous value of attending Lone Star College, saving them and their families thousands of dollars per semester all while getting a high quality education close to home.”

More than 242,000 people are expected to move into the LSC region by 2019, raising the overall population to 2.55 million. 

LSC is the choice for area high school graduates with more than 5,800 attending LSC in fall 2013, 10 times the number of students who choose the University of Houston and six times the number of students who enrolled in Texas A&M University.

“We understand the importance Lone Star College plays in the community,” said Head. “Thanks to the voters who passed the recent bond referendum, we are in a strong position to keep ahead of that growth.”

Voters in November approved a $485 million bond to help plan for the future. The bond funds will be used to build new instructional and support buildings as well as new Advanced Technology Centers to help train tomorrow’s workforce.

LSC was also recently rated the number one community college system in Texas by RateMyProfessors.com. Each year RateMyProfessors.com collects data from students and compiles lists of the top schools in the country which is used as a resource by students. Schools are rated in categories such as quality, reputation, location and student happiness.

“We are pleased that, not only are more and more students choosing Lone Star College, but they are also happy with the quality of education they receive,” said Head.

Each year, Community College Week takes data collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to track enrollment changes at the nation’s community colleges. Nationwide, fall 2013 enrollment declined by 2.2 percent from fall 2012. LSC added 3,644 credit students in fall 2013 over fall 2012.

Lone Star College was the fastest growing community college system in
credit student enrollment in Texas from fall 2012 to fall 2013. Pictured are a
group of LSC-North Harris students who are part of the China Study Delegation. 

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online.