Houston Community College

3100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-0000
Tel: (877)422-6111
  • The Houston Community College System is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering opportunities for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning that prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.
School Highlights
  • Houston Community College serves 58,276 students (30% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 44:1 is higher than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 85% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 61%.
  • Houston Community College is one of 19 community colleges within Harris County, TX.
  • The nearest community college is Center for Advanced Legal Studies (2.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 1,321 teachers has declined by 18% over five years.
Houston Community College(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty1,321 staff76 staff
Houston Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 58,276 has declined by 7% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 44:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment58,276 students3,921 students
Houston Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio44:135:1
Houston Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students17,288 students1,055 students
Houston Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students40,988 students2,866 students
Houston Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Houston Community College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Houston Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Houston Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Houston Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Houston Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Houston Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Houston Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Houston Community College Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.790.69
Houston Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Houston Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,500$34,000
Houston Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,358 is less than the state average of $4,070. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $3,754 is less than the state average of $6,270. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,358$4,070
Houston Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$3,754$6,270
Houston Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid70%83%
Houston Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,750$9,500
Houston Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,000$5,250
Houston Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Houston Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the United States, serving over 55,000 students each semester. Five area colleges and one specialty college, as well as an extensive distance education program within the system serve the 618 square mile area including Houston and the surrounding regions. The Houston Community College System (HCC) was created under the governance of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) as the result of a public referendum on May 18, 1971. In August of that year, more than 5,700 students enrolled in workforce education courses held at the Houston Technical Institute. In the following semester, academic transfer classes were added and taught at six HISD locations. The college offers Academic degrees, Workforce degrees & certificates and Continuing Education programs. The Houston Community College System is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree.

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Did You Know?
For Houston private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,807 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Houston community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Houston is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.