• 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 256 students (91% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 70%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 256 students
  • Private-state tuition: $10,904
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 38%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 13 teachers has grown by 116% over five years.
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private not-for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
13 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service has grown by 19% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service diversity score of 0.55 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
256 students
3,674 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
234 students
1,289 students
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# Part-Time Students
22 students
3,252 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
355 students
344 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
234 students
1,266 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
16 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
22 students
3,252 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
18%
46%
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% Black
18%
12%
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% White
62%
30%
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% Two or more races
n/a
2%
% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
% Unknown races
n/a
3%
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Diversity Score
0.55
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
0.37%
2.75%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.44%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$38,500
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $10,904 is less than the state average of $14,068. The private state tuition has declined by 12% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$10,904
$14,068
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
54%
83%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,500
$10,765
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,750
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
100%
69%
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service cost?

Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service's private state tuition is approximately $10,904.

What is the acceptance rate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service?

The acceptance rate of Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 69%.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 256 students
  • Private-state tuition: $10,904
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 20:1
  • Minority enrollment: 38%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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