Amarillo, Texas (TX) Colleges and Universities

While there's only one traditional school in Amarillo, there are two other options located within a 25-mile radius. Compare these schools using several different factors in an effort to select the right school near Amarillo, TX.

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This article profiles a couple of 2-year colleges and one university in the Amarillo, TX, area, all of which are traditional schools offering a range of program options. To help you determine the right school for you, data is presented from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) covering factors such as; proximity to Amarillo, school size, cost, and graduation rate.

Schools Near Amarillo

Clearly, there aren't many schools located near Amarillo, TX. Of the 3 traditional schools located near the city, 2 are public and 1 is private. Below are the 3 schools within a 25-mile radius of Amarillo.

  • Amarillo College (downtown Amarillo)
  • Vista College (8.6 miles from Amarillo)
  • West Texas A & M University (12.8 miles from Amarillo)

Largest Schools in Amarillo

While the college options are limited near Amarillo, two of the schools are of a moderate size with an approximate range of 9,000 to 10,300 total students. Below are the student populations for the 3 schools, with Vista College failing to report to the NCES.

  • Amarillo College (10,336 total students)
  • West Texas A & M University (8,972 total students)
  • Vista College (Not reported)

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Lowest Net Price

Cost is typically one of the most heavily weighted evaluation factors when selecting a college. The average net price was determined by the NCES in 2014-2015 by subtracting the amount of financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. Below, the 3 colleges are in order of lowest to highest net price:

  • Amarillo College ($4,801)
  • West Texas A & M University ($12,232)
  • Vista College (Not reported)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines the overall graduation rate by finding how many students completed their programs within 150% of 'normal time', (e.g. six years for bachelor's degrees or three years for associate's degrees). The following section lists the three traditional schools in the area with the highest graduation rates:

  • West Texas A & M University (40% graduation rate)
  • Amarillo College (15% graduation rate)
  • Vista College (Not reported)

Unfortunately, only three colleges in the Amarillo, TX, area offer traditional postsecondary programs, with only 2 providing data to the NCES. However, the NCES data does provide clarity on the 2 schools and could help prospective students select a school.

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