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Houston Community College

Houston Community College Rating: 4.4/5 (19 votes)

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Introduction

The Houston Community College System (HCC) is a network of post-secondary community colleges located in and around metropolitan Houston.

There are six area schools:

  • Central College
  • Northeast College
  • Northwest College
  • Southwest College
  • Southeast College
  • Coleman College of Health Sciences

as well as 32 campuses that serve Houston and Spring Branch, North Forest, Alief, and Fort Bend County

Although each of the colleges that comprise the system operate with a degree of autonomy, a series of mergers and consolidations over the past several decades have created the current district. HCC is an open enrollment public institution that provides all students with the opportunity to pursue high‐quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career and economic development, and lifelong learning.

Academics

The HCC system awards associate’s degrees and certificates in over 70 different occupations. It also gives students the chance to complete the first two years of general college coursework for transfer to a four-year institution. In addition, the schools offer non-degree options, continuing education courses, community education, and corporate training modules.

Major areas of study include: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Architecture & Construction, Arts, AV Technology & Communications, Business, Education & Schools, Government & Public Service, Manufacturing, Health & Medical Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services & Social Sciences, Information Technology, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, and Transportation & Logistics.

HCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).

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Admissions

In order to fulfill its mission of providing post-secondary education to as broad an audience as possible, the college has an open enrollment policy. Admissions requirements generally include a high school diploma or GED equivalency, English language proficiency, and state-mandated college readiness and placement examinations. However, in order to ensure readiness for college-level coursework, additional placement testing, consultations, and/or prep courses are necessary for some students.

Although there are specific application deadlines for admission to certain programs, the HCC system generally operates on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

Community college is generally considered a more affordable alternative to four-year universities, and HCC is no exception. Tuition and fees are approximately 75 to 85 percent lower than those at public Texas universities. Even so, eligible students are presented with numerous options to help pay for tuition, textbooks, and other educational expenses.

Students who are interested in being considered for need- and/or merit-based financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form along with with their application. The FAFSA must be filed each year that the student is enrolled in classes.

The most common types of financial aid awarded to eligible students include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study jobs. Approximately half of the student population receives at least some form of financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3817th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The Houston Community College System serves a highly diverse student population drawn from all walks of life and cutting across many different demographic categories. The institution qualifies for federal recognition as a Minority Serving Institution because of the high proportion of Latino and Hispanic students who comprise the student body. The age distribution of students varies, with a high percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds registered in the associate’s degree and 4-year transfer programs and older adults making up the majority of the continuing education and professional certificate programs.

Although the campus network is spread throughout the entire Houston metro area, a wide range of activities enliven campus life for students. Popular organizations and activities include student government, honor societies, campus ministries, interest-based clubs, and service organizations.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

Although organized athletics are not a major part of student life, several of the campuses do field teams in sports like basketball and baseball. Typically, these teams compete in the Lonestar College Sports Club Conference and NIRSA Region IV. Intramural sports and club teams are also a popular pastime on several campuses.

Additional School Information

Over 1.5 million students have taken HCC classes since the school’s inception in 1971. More than 70,000 students are enrolled in courses each semester.

It is the second-largest community college in the United States.

Information Summary

Ranks 149th in Texas and 2633rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Texas and 127th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 22 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.00
Arrest 2 0.00

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11,869 0.55
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 198 0.01
Forcible Rape 771 0.04
Robbery 8,054 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27,459 1.28
Larceny 68,596 3.20
Vehicle theft 12,281 0.57

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Houston, TX 77002
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population13,289 (13,289 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,776 (1.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,588
Families302 (2.46 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4818

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 4465th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $744 $2,280 $2,280
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $886 $1,078 $1,474
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $67 $139 $156
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,030 $5,758 $6,154
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,810 $20,538 $20,934
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,650 $10,378 $10,774

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,625 $1,627 $3,233 $3,355 $3,629 $3,751
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,160(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,400 $4,620
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,400 $4,620

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 1,077 1,564 1,605 618 5 893 102 5,935
Accounting 9 7 7 9 6 38
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 8 3 5 18
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 3 4
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 3 10 16 3 2 1 37
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 4 7 9 3 9 1 33
Banking and Financial Support Services 13 5 4 2 5 29
Barbering/Barber
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 3 4 1 3 11
Business Administration and Management, General 187 58 23 2 12 2 284
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 2 33 21 4 13 74
Chemical Technology/Technician 6 37 27 1 10 2 84
Child Care Provider/Assistant 5 8 6 2 21
Child Care and Support Services Management 2 2
Child Development 4 10 8 4 1 28
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 5 1 5 13
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 5 11 5 11 3 36
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 24 5 2 9 3 12 55
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 23 7 11 6 1 10 58
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 2 1 6
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 2 37 10 3 4 56
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 56 57 5 20 2 143
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 3 18 6 8 16 51
Dental Assisting/Assistant 1 4 8 2 4 19
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 4 6 6 17
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 7 3 6 1 18
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 6 12 23 11 8 2 63
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General 8 5 2 15
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 5 7 3 17
Electrician 1 2 5 8
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3 18 33 3 45 1 103
Engineering Science 1 1
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1 3 2 4 10
Fashion Merchandising 8 4 1 4 17
Fashion/Apparel Design 9 12 7 2 2 34
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 1 1 2 4
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 19 18 18 55
General Studies 494 774 954 348 5 441 57 3,112
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 9 1 4 8 24
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 19 10 7 4 1 43
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 3 2 6
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 19 12 5 4 1 44
Histologic Technician 1 3 4 4 12
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 3 3 4 3 13
Instrumentation Technology/Technician 3 2 6 1 3 15
Interior Design 2 2 1 1 7 13
International Business/Trade/Commerce 118 2 6 1 5 2 134
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 24 14 3 6 52
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 21 9 3 7 1 46
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 9 1 2 3 15
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 1 1 4 14 1 21
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 53 1 1 55
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 2 5 1 3 5 16
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 10 15 11 9 48
Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck Technology/Technician 5 3 1 9
Music Management 1 1
Music Performance, General 2 1 3
Music Theory and Composition 2 2
Network and System Administration/Administrator
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 4 4 4 5 18
Occupational Therapist Assistant 8 7 1 3 19
Ornamental Horticulture 1 1
Petroleum Technology/Technician 9 18 8 6 3 44
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 3 18 12 16 11 62
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 2 9 9 6 11 39
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 12 4 5 2 9 1 33
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 14 1 15
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 6 6 6 1 20
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 9 24 18 5 1 57
Real Estate 1 28 11 1 4 47
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 2 7 3 3 4 19
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 18 46 50 43 43 1 203
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 3 3 2 6 15
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1 5 4 11
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 3 5 7 1 16
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 17 2 1 21
Surgical Technology/Technologist 6 6 2 13 28
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 2 4 7
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 2 1 5
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 2 10 1 8 22
Welding Technology/Welder 5 31 38 1 7 83

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1598th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,932 ($67,355 male / $63,140 female)
Number of FT Faculty 759 (375 male / 384 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,501
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $16,935,325
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