Beaumont, Texas (TX) Colleges and Universities

Discover which schools in the Beaumont, Texas, area are closest to the city and have the lowest net price, the highest graduation rate and the largest student population, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Beaumont, Texas

Beaumont, TX, students can choose from among a few institutions offering traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs right in or very near the city. If location is your main consideration, consider the following schools, which are all within nine miles of downtown Beaumont:

  • Vista College - Beaumont (located downtown)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology (2 miles from downtown)
  • Lamar University (2 miles from downtown)
  • Faris Technical Institute, Inc (9 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Beaumont, Texas

The school with the highest student population by far is Lamar University, the only 4-year school in the city. This school enrolled 14,895 students during the 2014-2015 school year, and 9,279 were undergraduates. The other large schools in the area are all 2-year schools and include:

  • Lamar Institute of Technology (2,799 undergraduates)
  • Lamar State College - Orange (2,259 undergraduates)
  • Lamar State College - Port Arthur (2,077 undergraduates)
  • Brightwood College - Beaumont (198 undergraduates)
  • Southeast Texas Career Institute (100 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid students receive from the total cost to attend the school. Financial aid may be received from the government or school. The figures below are derived from the NCES and pertain to the net prices paid by full-time undergraduate students during the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Lamar State College - Beaumont ($2,394)
  • Lamar State College - Port Arthur ($8,931)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology ($9,068)
  • Southeast Texas Career Institute ($12,790)
  • Lamar University ($13,789)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES calculates a school's graduation rate by determining the number of full-time undergraduate students who complete their chosen program within 150% of the normal amount of time. The following schools near Beaumont have the highest graduation rate in 2014:

  • Southeast Texas Career Institute (68% graduation rate)
  • Brightwood College - Beaumont (68% graduation rate)
  • Faris Technical Institute Inc. (60% graduation rate)
  • Lamar University (33% graduation rate)
  • Lamar State College - Port Arthur (17% graduation rate)

Students who value proximity, cost, student population and graduation rates have several options to consider in and around Beaumont, Texas.

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