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Houston Community College Data & Information Overview

431 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
13% Student Loan Default Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Houston Community College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is Houston Community College Ranked?

#308 Best Colleges in Nation
#17 Best Colleges in TX
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Houston Community College was awarded 431 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health & medical assisting services.

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Overall Quality

Houston Community College landed the #308 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Houston Community College held the #651 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 115 colleges in Texas, Houston Community College is ranked at #17.

See all of the rankings for Houston Community College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Houston Community College?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Houston Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

Learn more about Houston Community College admissions.

Houston Community College Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
33% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Houston Community College is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Houston Community College is 33%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  33 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Houston Community College

63% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Houston Community College is 63%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  63 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Houston Community College.

Houston Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,143 Full-Time Undergraduates
68.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 48,329 undergraduates at Houston Community College with 14,143 being full-time and 34,186 being part-time.

How Much Does Houston Community College Cost?

$4,813 Net Price
14% Take Out Loans
$22,628 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Houston Community College is $4,813. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Houston Community College

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,036 $4,871 $7,177 $9,360 $9,689

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Houston Community College, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Houston Community College, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $5,657 a year. That adds up to $22,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Houston Community College is 12.7%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Houston Community College Graduates Make?

$37,512 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Houston Community College make around $37,512 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 12% less that the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Houston Community College make the most money.

Location of Houston Community College

Texas State
14,143 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Houston Community College is a public institution situated in Houston, Texas. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Houston Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 877-422-6111

Houston Community College Majors

69 Majors With Completions
5,452 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Houston Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Houston Community College

77% Take At Least One Class Online
49% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 36,168 students took at least one online class at Houston Community College. This is a decrease from the 42,754 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 36,168 23,032
2019-2020 42,754 30,388
2018-2019 23,307 7,083
2017-2018 21,570 8,384
2016-2017 20,344 7,471

Learn more about online learning at Houston Community College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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