Houston Community College
- 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.
- The teacher population of 1,321 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Houston Community College||(TX) Community College Avg.|
|Carnegie Classification||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges|
|Institution Level||Less than 2 yrs||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||1,321 staff||76 staff|
|Total Enrollment||58,276 students||3,921 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||44:1||35:1|
|# Full-Time Students||17,288 students||1,055 students|
|# Part-Time Students||40,988 students||2,866 students|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$37,500||$33,800|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- The nearest community college to Houston Community College is Center for Advanced Legal Studies (2.6 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 206 students | 2.60 Mi3910 Kirby Ste 200
Houston,  TX  77098
- 216 students | 4.80 Mi4669 Southwest Fwy Ste 100
Houston,  TX  77027
- 430 students | 5.60 Mi7070 Allensby
Houston,  TX  77022
- 1,552 students | 5.90 Mi240 Northwest Mall
Houston,  TX  77092
- 496 students | 8.00 Mi7000 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston,  TX  77036
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.