Top Texas Colleges and Universities

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Known as the second largest state in area and population in the U.S., the state of Texas is located in the southwestern region of the country. Texas has over 100 colleges and universities; five of the best-known and respected institutions are described below.
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Top Five Schools in Texas

Rice University

Rice University, located in Houston, is a private educational institution. It was founded in 1891 and has an undergraduate student population of 2,886. The university is ranked 17th by U.S. News & World Report. The undergraduate division is one of the best in the country and the university is also known as being a top-tier research university with a particular strength in the applied sciences. There are eight schools at Rice: Architecture, School of Engineering, School of Humanities, the Shepard School of Music, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, and the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The undergraduate tuition per year is $28,400.

University of Texas-Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is a public educational institution and was founded in 1883. It has an undergraduate student population of 36,878. It has also been recognized as being one of the 'public ivy' schools and is ranked 44th by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Texas has 16 colleges and schools: Architecture, School of Business, College of Communications, College of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, School of Information, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, School of Law, College of Natural Sciences, College of Pharmacy, School of Nursing and School of Social Work. Tuition rates vary depending on the school a freshman or freshwoman enters into.

Texas A&M University-College Station

Texas A&M University at College Station is a public educational institution. It was founded in 1871 and has an undergraduate student population of 37,357. The university is ranked 62nd by U.S. News & World Report. Texas A&M University was the first institute of higher learning to open in the state of Texas. It began as an agricultural and mechanical college but now includes a wide range of disciplines. The university has ten colleges: Agriculture and Life Science, Architecture, Education and Human Development, Geosciences, Liberal Arts, Science, Veterinary Medicine, Government & Public Service, Engineering and Business. The undergraduate tuition for residents is $2,490 and $7,494 for non-residents.

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University, located in University Park, Dallas, is a private educational institution. It was founded in 1911 and has an undergraduate student population of 6,208. Although it is a Methodist university, only 25% of undergraduates actually claim affiliation with the Methodist church. There are seven schools at Southern Methodist University: Humanities and Sciences, Business, Arts, Engineering, Education & Human Development, the Dedman School of Law and the Perkinds School of Theology. The undergraduate tuition is $940 per credit hour.

Baylor University

Baylor University is a private university located in Waco. It was founded in 1845 and has an undergraduate student population of 11,831. The university is affiliated with the Baptist church and is a member of the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools. Nationally, the university is well known for its programs in law, music, theology, business and science. There are 11 schools at Baylor: Arts and Sciences, Business, Honors College, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate School, Law, Nursing, Music, Social Work and the Theological Seminary. The undergraduate tuition is $11,110.

Popular Schools

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    1. Full Sail University

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    2. Saint Leo University

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    3. Brenau University

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    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
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    4. Purdue University Global

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    5. Colorado Christian University

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    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
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      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
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    6. Post University

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    Bachelor's
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      • A.S. in Criminal Justice
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    7. Northcentral University

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    Doctorate
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    8. Ohio Christian University

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    9. American University

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    10. Grand Canyon University

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Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • AS - Cloud Technologies
  • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology

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Saint Leo University

  • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Criminal Justice

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Brenau University

  • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies

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Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AAS in Legal Support and Services
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Colorado Christian University

  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Communication Studies, B.A.
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Legal Studies

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business

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Ohio Christian University

  • Dual Degree - MBA & Masters of Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Leadership - Business Management
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
  • Associate of Arts in Human Services

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