Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service

  • The mission of the Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is to prepare students for entry level positions in the funeral service profession. The Institute accomplishes this mission through offering the Associate of Applied Science Degree and the Certificate in Funeral Directing. The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has fulfilled this mission since 1936 and will continue to do so in the future.
School Highlights
  • Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service serves 228 students (91% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 38:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 61%.
  • Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is one of 18 community colleges within Harris County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is Universal Technical Institute of Texas Inc. (1.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service places among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 6 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPublic
Total Faculty6 staff76 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 38:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service diversity score of 0.57 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment228 students3,921 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio38:135:1
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# Full-Time Students208 students1,055 students
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# Part-Time Students20 students2,866 students
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% Asian
4%
4%
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% Hispanic
12%
37%
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% Black
24%
13%
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% White
60%
39%
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Diversity Score0.570.69
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College Completion Rate
8%
21%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,500$33,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $10,904 is less than the state average of $13,730. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$10,904$13,730
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid49%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$3,403$5,015
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Acceptance Rate100%62%
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is a vocational, post secondary teaching institution with its primary purpose being to educate individuals interested in the subjects comprising the mortuary arts and sciences curriculum as set out by the American Board of Funeral Service Education for licensure and a career in funeral service, embalming, or both. In 1936 Mr. R. Victor Landig accepted this challenge and opened the Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston , Texas . The Landig College of Mortuary Science immediately became recognized as one of the leading and most respected colleges of Mortuary Science in the United States. In 1955 Mr. Landig had plans to move his college to Commonwealth Street located in downtown Houston, however personal health problems stopped Mr. Landig's plan of a new school on Commonwealth Street, however the new name was retained, the Commonwealth College of Science. Commonwealth Institute begins with a state-of-the-art learning facility, which includes preparation facilities for practical technical training. Our unique affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Medical School, and Harris County Department of Social Services allow students participation in over 1000 annual “real-life” funeral service experiences. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service offers the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service, General Education Courses and Certificate in Funeral Directing. Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council of Recognition of Post Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Office of Education.

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