Best Colleges in Houston

Everything's Bigger in Texas

Even the number of school options

Surprisingly enough, Houston, Texas is more equipped than you think when it comes to employment, affordable living, and higher education. There are a total of 75 post-secondary schools, which include 14 major institutions offering well over 400 programs. Now that is a lot of schooling. So, whatever career you are thinking about pursuing can most likely be achieved right here in Houston. But let's not stop there. of all state-university graduates, 80.5% of alumni live and work within the region for at least a few years. Why? Because Houston is home to 26 Fortune 500 companies. It's the 4th most populous city in the United States with over 2.2 million people. And, it's ranked number 1 for best cities for manufacturing jobs and number 3 for cities creating the most technology jobs. The unemployment rate of 5.4% is less than the US average, and the average weekly salary of $1,247 is more than the US average. Impressive stats for a city with rocket ship problems.

Besides the top notch education prospects, Houston is also known for its energy sources, tasty cuisines, exciting rodeos, manufacturing, and of course, aeronautics. In your spare time, you can visit the Theatre District, the Sundance Cinema, Sam Houston Race Park, the Downtown Aquarium, or Space Center Houston. and don't miss out on the Houston Livestock Show and Radio, the world's largest livestock show. Whatever piques your interest in or out of the classroom, you can find it here. Houston, we have no problems moving here and never looking back.

*www.governor.state.tx.us* Forbes, "Houston, TX"*Bureau of Labor Statistics*Wikipedia, "Houston, TX"

Best Four Year Universities in Houston

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Rice University Houston, TX

Rice University offers 238 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,421 students graduated with students earning 1,440 Bachelor's degrees, 765 Master's degrees, and 216 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
2 University of Houston Houston, TX

University of Houston offers 231 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 9,591 students graduated with students earning 6,633 Bachelor's degrees, 2,155 Master's degrees, and 803 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
3 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX

Houston Baptist University offers 139 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 690 students graduated with students earning 429 Bachelor's degrees, and 261 Master's degrees.

4 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX

Prairie View A & M University offers 74 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 1,658 students graduated with students earning 1,166 Bachelor's degrees, 467 Master's degrees, and 25 Doctoral degrees.

5 University of St Thomas Houston, TX

University of St Thomas offers 89 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,031 students graduated with students earning 687 Master's degrees, 343 Bachelor's degrees, 1 Doctoral degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Texas Southern University Houston, TX

Texas Southern University offers 85 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 1,666 students graduated with students earning 1,030 Bachelor's degrees, 354 Master's degrees, and 282 Doctoral degrees.

7 University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston, TX

University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 77 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,606 students graduated with students earning 1,296 Master's degrees, 1,287 Bachelor's degrees, and 23 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
8 University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX

University of Houston-Downtown offers 51 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 2,519 students graduated with students earning 2,422 Bachelor's degrees, 97 Master's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
9 Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX

Brazosport College offers 46 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small suburb. In 2015, 820 students graduated with students earning 432 Associate's degrees, 358 Certificates degrees, and 30 Bachelor's degrees.

10 ITT Technical Institute-Houston North Houston, TX

ITT Technical Institute-Houston North offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 278 students graduated with students earning 213 Associate's degrees, and 65 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Houston

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Houston Community College Houston, TX

Houston Community College offers 198 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 7,725 students graduated with students earning 6,161 Associate's degrees, and 1,564 Certificates degrees.

2 Galveston College Galveston, TX

Galveston College offers 67 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying town. In 2015, 594 students graduated with students earning 349 Certificates degrees, and 245 Associate's degrees.

3 Lee College Baytown, TX

Lee College offers 120 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,879 students graduated with students earning 1,119 Certificates degrees, and 760 Associate's degrees.

4 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX

San Jacinto Community College offers 198 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 5,913 students graduated with students earning 3,414 Associate's degrees, and 2,499 Certificates degrees.

5 College of the Mainland Texas City, TX

College of the Mainland offers 57 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 602 students graduated with students earning 359 Associate's degrees, and 243 Certificates degrees.

6 Alvin Community College Alvin, TX

Alvin Community College offers 68 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,251 students graduated with students earning 867 Associate's degrees, and 384 Certificates degrees.

7 Remington College-Houston Campus Houston, TX

Remington College-Houston Campus offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 255 students graduated with students earning 221 Certificates degrees, and 34 Associate's degrees.

8 Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston, TX

Pima Medical Institute-Houston offers 22 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 1,255 students graduated with students earning 1,022 Certificates degrees, and 233 Associate's degrees.

9 College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston, TX

College of Health Care Professions-Northwest offers 29 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 534 students graduated with students earning 417 Certificates degrees, 117 Associate's degrees.

10 Remington College-North Houston Campus Houston, TX

Remington College-North Houston Campus offers 13 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large city. In 2015, 300 students graduated with students earning 220 Certificates degrees, and 80 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Rice University Rice University Houston, TX
5/5
10 : 1 6,719
University of Houston University of Houston Houston, TX
3/5
30 : 1 42,704
Houston Baptist University Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
5/5
20 : 1 3,160
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View A & M University Prairie View, TX
3/5
22 : 1 8,315
University of St Thomas University of St Thomas Houston, TX
5/5
15 : 1 3,359
Texas Southern University Texas Southern University Houston, TX
3/5
20 : 1 8,965
University of Houston-Clear Lake University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston, TX
2/5
25 : 1 8,906
University of Houston-Downtown University of Houston-Downtown Houston, TX
2/5
32 : 1 14,262
Cardiotech Ultrasound School Cardiotech Ultrasound School Houston, TX
3/5
13 : 1 50
Houston Community College Houston Community College Houston, TX
2/5
41 : 1 56,522
Galveston College Galveston College Galveston, TX
2/5
28 : 1 2,071
Lee College Lee College Baytown, TX
2/5
29 : 1 6,202
Brazosport College Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
2/5
31 : 1 4,221
San Jacinto Community College San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
2/5
35 : 1 28,326
College of the Mainland College of the Mainland Texas City, TX
2/5
27 : 1 4,013
ITT Technical Institute-Houston North ITT Technical Institute-Houston North Houston, TX
4/5
27 : 1 642
Alvin Community College Alvin Community College Alvin, TX
2/5
28 : 1 5,114
School of Automotive Machinists School of Automotive Machinists Houston, TX 24 : 1 212
Remington College-Houston Campus Remington College-Houston Campus Houston, TX
4/5
16 : 1 80
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX 3 : 1 4,795
Pima Medical Institute-Houston Pima Medical Institute-Houston Houston, TX 23 : 1 917
University Logo University of Phoenix-Texas Houston, TX
3/5
22 : 1 3,841
College of Health Care Professions-Northwest College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston, TX 22 : 1 1,246
The University of Texas Medical Branch The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 7 : 1 3,169
Center for Advanced Legal Studies Center for Advanced Legal Studies Houston, TX 27 : 1 212

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Houston

Questions About Going to College in Houston

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Houston?

So many people, so many possibilities. The fourth-largest city in the U.S. has become a hotbed of activity due to its diverse economy and continued population growth. In fact, only New York City is home to more large public companies. The transportation industry thrives thanks in part to the Port of Houston. NASA’s Johnson Space Center makes Houston a leader in aeronautics. Increases in horizontal drilling and fracking have led to employment booms in the energy sector. And don’t forget the role of tourism; the Houston Museum District attracts more than 7 million annual visitors.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in this city?

Ready to put your medical, health science, or STEM-related degree to good use? Houston hosts the largest medical complex in the world, the renowned Texas Medical Center. Be a part of groundbreaking research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, assist with high-risk births at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, or offer top-notch care at the Texas Heart Institute. Not surprisingly (this is Texas, after all), oil and gas biggies such as ExxonMobil, Shell, and National Oilwell Varco also do a lot of hiring – great news for engineers, managers, and computer science grads.

Is Houston more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

More than 315,000 students attend institutions of higher learning in the Greater Houston area. Houston businesses provide excellent opportunities for internships and research, and the cultural scene ensures plenty to do off campus. Rice University, for instance, stands in the heart of the Museum District. Locals, in turn, get to enjoy campus events, such as watching the University of Houston Cougars play football and basketball. Graduates often remain in Houston due to its strong economy. Lucky ones snag a townhouse or bungalow in Montrose, known for being within walking distance of trendy clubs and restaurants. Many start families, as witnessed by births accounting for half of the population growth in the past four years. Houston realtors boasted a home-closing rate of one every six minutes over the last five years. No wonder Forbes chose Houston as America’s Fastest-Growing City in 2015.

What do the locals in Houston like to do for fun?

The Astros (baseball), Texans (football), and Rockets (basketball) keep Houston sports fans cheering all year long. Many follow high school football with equal dedication and flock to local fields on Friday nights in the fall. When all this action builds up an appetite, fresh Gulf Coast seafood or Tex-Mex tastes mighty good. But don’t for a minute think Houston only centers on sports. Check out the towering butterfly habitat at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Take the kids to the “How Does It Work?” exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Enjoy Mozart as performed by the Houston Symphony Orchestra. If you’re bored in Houston, you’re just not trying.

What's the dating scene like in Houston? Will I meet my perfect mate?

In a city of 2.2 million with active sports and cultural scenes, odds look promising. Those who prefer more intimate environs might join a co-ed community kickball team (known for heading out for drinks afterward as much as for competing) or accept invitations from co-workers and neighbors to attend their crawfish boils and BBQs. Or let Fido be your wingman at the Boneyard Drinkery, a dog park/bar hybrid where canines and owners come to unwind.

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