Best colleges in Texas

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Texas is not lacking in self-esteem. From huge barbecue platters to ten-gallon hats, this Southern state is loud, proud, and a wonderful place to indulge in university life. Texas is home to 36 different public universities, as well as a multitude of private colleges. The state has also played host to a women’s university since 1901, which also happens to be the largest nursing doctoral program in the nation.* With a 5.2% unemployment rate, chances are good you’ll find a start to your career after graduation. With diplomas in hand, many new graduates go on to work in hospitals, technology centers, and a variety of other fields. And they’re happy doing it, as Texas ranked 7th in the country for happiness at work.* Local job opportunities include Blue Bell Creameries, Bartlett Electric Cooperative, and the OpenSpirit Corporation.*

On your downtime, take in some great country music, go to a football game, or test your taste limits on the state’s countless hot sauces. In Dallas, the Lakewood Yacht Club is home to great lunch items and a full service bar attracting people of all kinds. Tap into your science side at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Go back in time for an education at the Alamo, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, or the USS Lexington. Finally, join in with the “biggest” football state in the country and battle it out between Cowboys and Texans fans. You’ll be sure to make some big memories and a big impact here in the Lone Star State.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *Wikipedia, “List of colleges and universities in Texas”, “List of Companies based in Texas” *www.traveltex.com *www.alternet.org

Best Four Year Universities in Texas

Rice University
Houston, TX

Rice University is a private institution in Houston, Texas that has a total undergraduate enrollment of about 7,000 students. The university has a 300-acre campus that abuts the Houston Zoo and Texas Medical Center. Students take classes that follow a semester-based academic calendar, and the university provides merit and need-based scholarships to most students. 

Rice has a rich academic history including the Cao Center for Asian Studies, the Boniuk Institute, and the Ken Kennedy Institute of Information Technology. Students at Rice can explore Houston’s Museum District, walk along Hermann Park, and take advantage of Houston’s METRORail system which is just across from the main campus. 

Many students benefit from Rice’s small classes and 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university also provides students with over 360 undergraduate and graduate degree options in over 60 academic departments. Outside of the classroom, students interested in media and journalism can participate in a variety of student-led organizations like The Rice Thresher, The Campanile, and KTRU Rice Radio. Notable alumni include pilot Howard Hughes, writer Joyce Carol Oates, and American investor John Doerr.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a public research university founded in 1883 in Austin, Texas with an undergraduate enrollment of roughly 50,000. UT Austin is a hub in Texas for academic research and consists of nationally renowned facilities including the LBJ Presidential Library and the Blanton Museum of Art. 

The university is in an urban setting with a campus located just north of the Colorado River in downtown Austin, with classes operating according to a semester-based academic calendar. The current student-faculty ratio at UT is 18:1, among the lowest in the UT system. UT Austin is made up of 18 colleges including the Cockrell School of Engineering, Moody College of Communication, and the Dell Medical School. Prospective applicants should note that the University of Texas at Austin’s tuition and fees for in-state students are about a quarter the cost of those for out-of-state students. 

UT Austin’s infrastructure on campus consists of seven museums, seventeen libraries, and an elaborate underground tunnel system that covers over six miles. In the athletic forum, the Texas Longhorn teams compete in the BIG-12 and enjoy regional football rivalry with Oklahoma, and locally with Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Notable alumni include actor Matthew McConaughey, film director Wes Anderson, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Trinity University
San Antonio, TX

Trinity University offers 66 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 604 students graduated with students earning 514 Bachelor's degrees, and 90 Master's degrees.

Southern Methodist University offers 248 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,738 students graduated with students earning 1,780 Master's degrees, 1,518 Bachelor's degrees, 368 Doctoral degrees, and 72 Certificates.

Texas Christian University offers 207 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,831 students graduated with students earning 2,185 Bachelor's degrees, 478 Master's degrees, 122 Doctoral degrees, and 46 Certificates.

Baylor University offers 219 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 4,541 students graduated with students earning 3,419 Bachelor's degrees, 840 Master's degrees, 279 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Certificates.

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Texas A & M University-College Station offers 466 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 18,925 students graduated with students earning 12,866 Bachelor's degrees, 3,474 Master's degrees, 1,438 Doctoral degrees, and 1,147 Certificates.

Austin College
Sherman, TX

Austin College offers 50 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 289 students graduated with students earning 270 Bachelor's degrees, and 19 Master's degrees.

University of Dallas offers 67 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 835 students graduated with students earning 383 Master's degrees, 336 Bachelor's degrees, 108 Certificates, and 8 Doctoral degrees.

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX

Southwestern University offers 38 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 330 students graduated with students earning 330 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Texas

Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School offers 2 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 34 students graduated with students earning 19 Certificates, and 15 Associate's degrees.

School of Automotive Machinists & Technology offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 190 students graduated with students earning 178 Certificates, and 12 Associate's degrees.

Culinary Institute Inc offers 5 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 165 students graduated with students earning 118 Associate's degrees, and 47 Certificates.

Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Austin offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 285 students graduated with students earning 207 Certificates, and 78 Associate's degrees.

The College of Health Care Professions-Austin offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 286 students graduated with students earning 280 Certificates, and 6 Associate's degrees.

Lincoln College of Technology-Grand Prairie offers 9 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 495 students graduated with students earning 490 Certificates, and 5 Associate's degrees.

The College of Health Care Professions-San Antonio offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 283 students graduated with students earning 239 Certificates, and 44 Associate's degrees.

Vet Tech Institute of Houston offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 99 students graduated with students earning 99 Associate's degrees.

Pima Medical Institute-El Paso offers 10 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 362 students graduated with students earning 324 Certificates, and 38 Associate's degrees.

The College of Health Care Professions-Fort Worth offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 354 students graduated with students earning 331 Certificates, and 23 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Texas

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Rice University Logo Rice University Houston, TX
5/5
10 : 1 7,282
The University of Texas at Austin Logo The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
3/5
20 : 1 51,090
Trinity University Logo Trinity University San Antonio, TX
5/5
10 : 1 2,606
Southern Methodist University Logo Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
5/5
16 : 1 11,824
Texas Christian University Logo Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
5/5
15 : 1 11,024
Baylor University Logo Baylor University Waco, TX
5/5
16 : 1 18,033
Texas A & M University-College Station Logo Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX
3/5
24 : 1 68,726
Austin College Logo Austin College Sherman, TX
5/5
13 : 1 1,314
University of Dallas Logo University of Dallas Irving, TX
5/5
17 : 1 2,481
Southwestern University Logo Southwestern University Georgetown, TX
5/5
13 : 1 1,511
Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School Logo Houston International College Cardiotech Ultrasound School Houston, TX
3/5
7 : 1 60
The University of Texas at Dallas Logo The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
3/5
33 : 1 29,543
University of Houston Logo University of Houston Houston, TX
3/5
30 : 1 46,148
LeTourneau University Logo LeTourneau University Longview, TX
5/5
27 : 1 3,150
Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
3/5
23 : 1 38,742
Abilene Christian University Logo Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
5/5
20 : 1 5,292
University of St Thomas Logo University of St Thomas Houston, TX
5/5
23 : 1 3,448
Texas Lutheran University Logo Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
5/5
17 : 1 1,476
School of Automotive Machinists & Technology Logo School of Automotive Machinists & Technology Houston, TX   21 : 1 166
Texas A & M International University Logo Texas A & M International University Laredo, TX
2/5
37 : 1 8,305