Houston Community College System

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School Overview

Houston Community College System (HCCS) is made of up several community colleges located in several cities in Texas, including Houston, Stafford, and Missouri. HCCS is made up of 6 individual colleges spread across 15 campuses. All HCCS colleges and campuses are located within the greater Houston metro area. The academic offering in Houston Community College System is extensive and diverse. Together HCCS institutions offer programs in over 100 fields of study, including Business, Accounting, Healthcare, Travel & Tourism, Gaming, Graphic Design, Music, and more. In addition to tradition degree and mainstreem academic programs, HCCS schools offers continuing education courses in truck driving, computer technology, construction, healthcare and business. Continuing education courses typically lead to professional licensure, but many people participate in HCCS continuing ed courses simply for the personal enrichment they provide.

General Information

Admission Office
3100 Main
PO Box 667517
Houston, TX 77266
(713) 718-8500
Fax: (713) 718-2111
Contact: Mary Lemburg
Main Address
PO Box 667517
Houston, TX 77266
(713) 718-2000


Total undergrads: 60,303

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 9,672

Degree-seeking undergrads: 46,713

Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,634 $2,664 $2,688 $2,858 +6.32%
Books and Supplies $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 $2,800 +75.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $4,234 $4,264 $4,288 $5,658 +31.95%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,467 47%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,332 43% $5,447,512 $4,090
• Federal grants 1,179 38% $4,496,801 $3,814
• Pell grants 1,178 38% $4,328,051 $3,674
• Other federal grants 193 6% $168,750 $874
State/local government grant or scholarships 491 16% $831,541 $1,694
Institutional grants or scholarships 127 4% $119,170 $938
Student loan aid 571 18% $2,330,824 $4,082
• Federal student loans 570 18% $2,328,550 $4,085
• Other student loans 3 0% $2,274 $758

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3285 1530
Agriculture 2
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 2
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
ornamental Horticulture
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 355 409
Accounting 28 19
Banking and Financial Support Services 4 2
Business Administration and Management 177 194
Business/corporate Communications
Business/office Automation/technology/data Entry 27 51
Fashion Merchandising 7 5
Hotel/motel Administration/management 12 1
International Business/trade/commerce 46 51
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 2 3
Marketing/marketing Management 30 35
Real Estate 20 39
Restaurant/food Services Management
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 9
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 42 37
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 11
Prepress/desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 6 6
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/technician 36 20
Computing and Information Sciences 76 47
Computer and Information Sciences 1 2
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 28
Computer Programming/programmer 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 38 44
Network and System Administration/administrator 1
Construction Trades 45
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/installer 15
Electrician 30
Education 23
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 3
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 19
Engineering Technology 67 92
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 8 4
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 6 1
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 38 74
Instrumentation Technology/technician 7 8
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 3 3
Petroleum Technology/technician 5 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9 2
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 9 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 357 349
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist
Clinical/medical Laboratory Technician 16
Dental Assisting/assistant 14
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 14
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 2 37
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 12 13
Histologic Technician 19
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 51
Massage Therapy/therapeutic Massage 19
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/coder 7
Medical/clinical Assistant 36
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist 23
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2 12
Pharmacy Technician/assistant 43
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 27
Psychiatric/mental Health Services Technician 11 4
Radiologic Technology/science – Radiographer 45 35
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 181
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 19
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 3
Surgical Technology/technologist 36
Veterinary/animal Health Technology/technician and Veterinary Assistant 25
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 20 170
Criminal Justice/police Science 5 97
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 15 2
Fire Science/fire-fighting 71
Human Services
Public Administration
Legal and Law Studies 25 30
Legal Assistant/paralegal 25 30
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2181
General Studies 2181
Mechanics and Repairers 6 125
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/technician 3
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/technician 37
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology/technician 6 17
Diesel Mechanics Technology/technician 6
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/technician 62
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 2 2
Health and Physical Education/fitness 2 2
Personal and Culinary Services 48 108
Baking and Pastry Arts/baker/pastry Chef 15 4
Cosmetology, Barber/styling, and Nail Instructor 4
Cosmetology/cosmetologist 11 72
Culinary Arts/chef Training 22 13
Facial Treatment Specialist/facialist 14
Salon/beauty Salon Management/manager 1
Precision Production Trades 57
Machine Shop Technology/assistant 43
Welding Technology/welder 14
Science Technologies/technicians 18 9
Biology Technician/biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2 5
Chemical Technology/technician 16 4
Social Sciences 1 5
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 5
Visual and Performing Arts 35 30
Cinematography and Film/video Production 8 11
Commercial and Advertising Art
Commercial Photography 2 1
Fashion/apparel Design 13 10
Interior Design 9 2
Music Management 1 3
Music Performance 1 1
Music Theory and Composition 1 2
Work and Family Studies 18 13
Child Care and Support Services Management 2
Child Care Provider/assistant 7
Child Development 18 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements
High school transcript, assessment, personal interview required for admission to some health programs. According to Texas state law, students must take TASP (Texas Academic Skills Program) test or TASP alternative. Some students may qualify for TASP exemptions. International students must demonstrate English proficiency by taking TASP (or accepted alternative) and CELSA.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticultural Services A
Horticulture, Ornamental C
Landscaping C
Turf Management A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fashion Design A,C
Film Production/Cinematography A,C
Interior Design A,C
Music – General Performance A,C
Music Management/Merchandising A,C
Music Theory/Composition A,C

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A,C
Banking/Financial Services A,C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Business Communications A,C
Fashion Merchandising A,C
Hotel/Motel Management A,C
Information Processing/Data Entry A,C
International Business A
International business C
Logistics/Materials Management A,C
Marketing Management A,C
Real Estate A,C
Restaurant/Food Services Management C
Travel/Tourism Management A,C

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects A,C
Desktop Publishing C

Graphic/Printing Equipment Operation A,C
Radio/Television Broadcasting A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A
Computer Programming – Specific Applications A
Networking/LAN/WAN Management C
System Administration A,C

Construction Trades

Carpentry C
Electrician C
Power/Electric Transmission C

Engineering Technologies

Computer Engineering A,C
Construction/Building Technologies A,C
Drafting and Design Technology A,C
Instrumentation Technology A,C
Manufacturing Technologies A,C
Petroleum Technology A,C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management C
Child Care Service C
Child Development A,C

Foreign Language & Literature

Sign Language Interpretation A,C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology A,C
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology A
Computed tomography C
Dental Assistance C
Dental Hygiene A
Diagnostic medical sonography C
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Histologic Technician A
Massage Therapy C
Medical Assistance C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Records Technology A,C
Mental Health Services Technology A,C
Nuclear Medical Technology A
Nursing (RN) A
Nursing – Practical C
Occupational Therapy Assistance A,C
Pharmacy Assistance C
Physical Therapy Assistance C
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging A
Respiratory Therapy A
Substance Abuse Counseling C
Surgical Technology C
Veterinarian Assistance C

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance A,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Aircraft Mechanics A,C
Aircraft Powerplant Technology A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Diesel Mechanics C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness A,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Baking/Pastry Arts A,C
Beauty Salon Management C
Cosmetic Services C
Cosmetology A,C
Culinary Arts/Chef Training A,C
Facial Treatments C
Manicure/Nails C

Precision Production Trades

Machine Shop Technology A,C
Welding Technology C

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration A,C

Science Technologies

Biology Technician A,C
Chemical Technology A,C

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,C
Fire Science/Firefighting C
Police Science A,C

Social Sciences

Cartography/GIS A,C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Operation C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Houston Community College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (877) 422-6111
Website: www.hccs.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.hccs.edu/applying-and-paying/
Address: 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 56,151
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 32,844 (58% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $4,152
Out-of-state Tuition: $5,268
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 63%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,317

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Houston Community College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Houston Community College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 41
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1811
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 84
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 76
Construction Trades 3
Education 11
Engineering 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 149
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 61
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 22
Health Professions and Related Programs 2213
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 32
Legal Professions and Studies 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 62
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Personal and Culinary Services 93
Physical Sciences 3
Precision Production 41
Psychology 1
Science Technologies/Technicians 22
Social Sciences 33
Visual and Performing Arts 1110
Grand total 12884

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Houston Community College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $4,152
Out-of-state $5,268
Books and supplies $2,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,531 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,369 59% $5,317
Student loan aid 641 16% $5,732

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 21,535 38% $3,895
Federal student loans 10,104 18% $6,341

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Houston Community College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Houston Community College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Houston Community College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 56,151
Undergraduate enrollment 56,151
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Houston Community College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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