• 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 48,329 students (29% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 89% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 70%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 48,329 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,358
  • Out-state tuition: $3,754
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Houston Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 3,467 teachers has grown by 162% over five years.
Houston Community College
(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
Public
Public
Total Faculty
3,467 staff
262 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Houston Community College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Houston Community College diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
48,329 students
3,674 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
17:1
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# Full-Time Students
14,143 students
1,289 students
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# Part-Time Students
34,186 students
3,252 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
344 students
344 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
14,143 students
1,266 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
16 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
34,186 students
3,252 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
15 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
251 students
% Asian
10%
5%
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% Hispanic
35%
46%
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% Black
25%
12%
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% White
11%
30%
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% Two or more races
1%
2%
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% Non Resident races
16%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
3%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in TX.
Diversity Score
0.79
0.68
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
23.91%
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)
$37,500
$34,600
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,358 is less than the state average of $3,626. 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 $5,997. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,358
$3,626
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$3,754
$5,997
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
69%
83%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$14,250
$10,765
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,750
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
76%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Houston Community College cost?

Houston Community College's tuition is approximately $3,358 for In-State students and $3,754 for Out-State students.

What is Houston Community College's ranking?

Houston Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Texas for: Diversity in US community colleges, Average community college minority breakdown and Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 48,329 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,358
  • Out-state tuition: $3,754
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 89%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Harris County, TX community colleges have a diversity score of 0.74, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Harris County, TX is Houston Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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