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IPEDS ID: 225423
OPE ID: 01063300
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Houston Community College
3100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
General information:  (877) 422-6111
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  56,522 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  24 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Mission Statement
  Houston Community College is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty8181,717
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$2,400$3,000$3,000$3,0000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$10,160$7,400$5,800$5,8000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Off Campus$18,810$16,090$14,432$14,4320.0%
Off Campus with Family$8,650$8,690$8,632$8,6320.0%
Off Campus$20,538$17,818$16,160$16,1600.0%
Off Campus with Family$10,378$10,418$10,360$10,3600.0%
Off Campus$20,934$18,214$16,556$16,5560.0%
Off Campus with Family$10,774$10,814$10,756$10,7560.0%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,36167%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,19962%$11,029,588$5,016
Federal grants2,04658%$9,337,783$4,564
Pell grants2,04658%$9,301,783$4,546
Other federal grants371%$36,000$973
State/local government grant or scholarships66419%$1,476,041$2,223
Institutional grants or scholarships1424%$215,764$1,519
Student loan aid75721%$4,126,067$5,451
Federal student loans75721%$4,126,067$5,451
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • The institution allocated additional funding for two new scholarships.(Chancellor Scholarship and Impact Scholarship). Scholarships were awarded for the first time during the 2014/15 AY. As a result, noticeable disparity in comparison to prior year data.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid124,43942%$88,009,026$3,601
Pell grants22,73939%$79,104,003$3,479
Federal student loans13,00122%$74,664,126$5,743
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$8,865$9,421$6,712
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$8,191$9,077$6,967
$30,001 – $48,000$8,984$9,345$7,956
$48,001 – $75,000$10,981$12,150$9,778
$75,001 – $110,000$13,019$13,119$11,518
$110,001 and more$13,330$13,467$11,744
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)56,522
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment4,369
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 30%
Part-time: 70%Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 9%
Black or African American: 30%
Hispanic/Latino: 32%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 14%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 52%
25 and over: 48%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 87%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 10%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 15%
Enrolled in some distance education: 19%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 66%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 62%
Part-time students: 45%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 29 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 13%
Transfer-out rate: 24%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 12%
Female: 14%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 20%
Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 14%
Two or more races: 8%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 13%
Non-resident alien: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2011 or Fall 2012, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 12%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 18%
[Began in Fall 2012]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 13%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General-05
Landscaping and Groundskeeping-2-
Ornamental Horticulture3--
Category total325
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--23
Category total--23
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Banking and Financial Support Services2-5
Business Administration and Management, General809206
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry50438
Fashion Merchandising-316
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management206
International Business/Trade/Commerce26031
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management63-27
Marketing/Marketing Management, General15-6
Real Estate34d-19d
Restaurant/Food Services Management-0-
Tourism and Travel Services Management2-5
Category total302d31d418d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects0118
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design8832
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician000
Recording Arts Technology/Technician-1831
Category total82781
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--2
Category total--2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming, Specific Applications7120
Computer Programming/Programmer, General--0
Computer Science--2
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications24543
Network and System Administration/Administrator000
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager0--
Category total31665
Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General13--
Category total139-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--25
Category total--25
Engineering Science--68
Category total--68
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician000
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician1010
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General03769
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician4-12
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician--0
Instrumentation Technology/Technician-02
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician1706
Metallurgical Technology/Technician13-1
Petroleum Technology/Technician128113
Category total3665213
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--0
Category total--0
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management-11-
Child Care Provider/Assistant-13-
Child Development-028
Category total-2428
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation027
Category total027
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician-018
Dental Assisting/Assistant-13-
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--12
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician-24-
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)33195
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician8013
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--108
Histologic Technician--21
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-80-
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage-0-
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder-7-
Medical/Clinical Assistant034-
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist--24
Occupational Therapist Assistant-017
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant25--
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant--44
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician0-7
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer37-34
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--139
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist--20
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling18--
Surgical Technology/Technologist1017-
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant-0-
Category total131194462
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science46-17
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician1-6
Fire Science/Fire-fighting90--
Category total137-23
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal42350
Category total42350
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies--5,048d
Category total--5,048d
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--1
Category total--1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician-0-
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician-1418
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician-0-
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician2114-
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician-10-
Category total213818
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General0-1
Category total0-1
Personal and Culinary Services
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef5719
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor-5-
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General24727
Culinary Arts/Chef Training-225
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist10--
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager0--
Category total176171
Physical Sciences
Geology/Earth Science, General--1
Physics, General--2
Category total--3
Precision Production
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant1725
Welding Technology/Welder4831-
Category total65335
Science Technologies/Technicians
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician-00
Chemical Technology/Technician-22125
Category total-22125
Social Sciences
Geographic Information Science and Cartography080
Category total080
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production5112
Fashion/Apparel Design3114
Interior Design6017
Music Management4-5
Music Performance, General1-3
Music Theory and Composition002
Category total19253
Grand total7875476,795
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Houston Community College (HCC) is a participating institution with a current Department of Defense memorandum of understanding (MOU). Houston Community College supports programs and services for veterans, military services and their families.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 2428
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 10
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $1,144
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: $447
Full-time students: 74%
Part-time students: 64%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time1%6%
200 percent of normal time4%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time51%63%
200 percent of normal time58%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% time) for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
  • (--) not applicable
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges7/1/1977 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree(!)12/4/2013 - 8/6/2015Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant6/14/1975 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations263
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible0
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape00
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft410
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate20.3%22.2%17.6%
Number in default2,1331,961904
Number in repayment10,4908,7955,109
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)