Texas (TX): Colleges, Universities, and Career Schools

Jul 06, 2020

Find the Texas school that best suits your needs based on National Center for Education Statistics data. Learn about which schools are located closest to large cities, which have the largest student bodies, which are least expensive, and which have the highest graduation rates to help you evaluate which school is right for you.

Texas Schools Near Large Cities

With almost 500 schools in Texas, there are many conveniently located next to large urban areas. These schools include large public universities as well as smaller private schools, giving students a variety of options to choose from when looking for their ideal school.

  • Houston Community College (Houston, Texas)
  • El Paso Community College (El Paso, Texas)
  • Austin Community College District (Austin, Texas)
  • Richland College (Dallas, Texas)
  • University of Houston - Downtown (Houston, Texas)

Largest Schools in Texas

Texas boasts colleges of all sizes, including large community colleges and smaller technical or specialty schools. If you're looking for a school with a large student body, the Lone Star College system has 73,499 students, all of whom are undergraduates. Other large schools in the state include:

  • Lone Star College System (73,499 students)
  • Texas A & M University-College Station (68,679 students)
  • Houston Community College (57,200 students)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (51,832 students)
  • Tarrant Community College District (51,100 students)

Lowest Net Price

Price is often a factor for many students, and Texas' large school system includes colleges at many different net prices. The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price as it applies to full-time, in-state undergraduate students as of the 2018-2019 academic year, with the following schools having some of the lowest net prices in the state:

  • South Texas College ($1,337)
  • The University of Texas at Brownsville (no NCES data)
  • El Paso Community College ($4,673)
  • College of the Mainland ($2,785)
  • Richland ($5,082)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates graduation rates based on 150% of the average time it takes a full-time undergraduate student to complete a program. In 2018, the schools with the highest graduation rates were:

  • Rice University (93%)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (86%)
  • Texas A & M University - College Station (82%)
  • Southern Methodist University (81%)
  • Trinity University (76%)

Texas has a large number of colleges within its borders, offering students who value price, proximity to large cities, student body size, and graduation rates many options when looking for their ideal school.

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