The Art Institute of Houston

River Oaks Plaza, 4140 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027-9625
Tel: (713)623-2040
  • The mission of The Art Institute of Houston is to provide a quality, collaborative academic environment for individuals seeking creative careers through higher education.
School Highlights
  • The Art Institute of Houston serves 1,887 students (65% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 61%.
  • The Art Institute of Houston is one of 19 community colleges within Harris County, TX.
  • The nearest community college is Vet Tech Institute of Houston (1.50 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 90 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
The Art Institute of Houston(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty90 staff76 staff
The Art Institute of Houston Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,887 has declined by 29% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has increased from 15:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,887 students3,921 students
The Art Institute of Houston Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio21:135:1
The Art Institute of Houston Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,233 students1,055 students
The Art Institute of Houston Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students654 students2,866 students
The Art Institute of Houston Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
The Art Institute of Houston Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
-264
The Art Institute of Houston Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% Asian
6%
4%
The Art Institute of Houston Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
26%
37%
The Art Institute of Houston Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
18%
13%
The Art Institute of Houston Black (2007-2016)
% White
37%
39%
The Art Institute of Houston White (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
11%
3%
The Art Institute of Houston 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.0.750.69
The Art Institute of Houston Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$34,000
The Art Institute of Houston Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $17,668 is more than the state average of $13,730. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$17,668$13,730
The Art Institute of Houston In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid95%83%
The Art Institute of Houston % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$30,750$9,500
The Art Institute of Houston Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$9,500$5,250
The Art Institute of Houston Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate54%75%
The Art Institute of Houston Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The Art Institute of Houston is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Art Institutes, one of North America's leaders in postsecondary career-oriented education for the creative arts. The Art Institute of Houston trains students in Media Arts & Animation, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interactive Media Design, and Restaurant & Catering Management. From its founding in 1965 until joining The Art Institutes system of schools in 1978, The Art Institute of Houston was known as the Houston School of Commercial Art. In December 1990, the school moved to its current facility at 1900 Yorktown in the Galleria area. Baccalaureate and associate degrees are competency based, incorporating traditional liberal arts and hands-on instruction. Faculty use learning-centered methodology that prepares students for career entry in the design, visual and culinary arts fields as well as continued professional development. The Art Institute of Houston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to award Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees.

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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.