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.

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    1. Saint Leo University

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    Bachelor's
      • BA: Criminal Justice
      • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
      • BA: Liberal Studies
      • BA: Psychology
      • BA: Psychology - General
      • BS: Computer Science
    Associate's
      • AA: Criminal Justice
      • AA: Liberal Arts
      • AA: Business Administration
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
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    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • DBA - Management
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
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      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Master's
      • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
      • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
      • BS in Psychology
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
      • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
      • BS in Early Childhood
      • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)
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    3. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
      • M.S. - Public Relations
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Cloud Technologies (Campus)
      • BS - Creative Writing for Entertainment (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
    Certificate
      • Cert - Instructional Design and Technology
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    4. Colorado State University Global

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    Master's
      • MS - Teaching and Learning
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
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      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
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      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
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    5. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • Master: Legal Studies
      • MS in Psychology
      • Master : Business Admin
      • Master of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
      • Bachelor of Business Admin
      • BSBA - Investment
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
      • Bachelor: Nutrition Science
      • Accelerated MS in Finance Option
    Associate's
      • AASBA in Business
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • Associate: Business Admin.
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Business Admin. - Office Mgmt
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
    Certificate
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Postbaccalaureate Certificate - Pathway to Paralegal
      • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate
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    6. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
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    7. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • AAS Degree in Culinary Arts
      • AAS Degree in Pastry Arts
    Certificate
      • Diploma in Culinary Arts
      • Diploma in Pastry Arts
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    8. The University of Texas at Arlington

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP)
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
      • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Educaiton
    Bachelor's
      • RN to BSN
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    9. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA
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      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
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      • MBA: Technology Management
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Accounting and Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor: Health Care Management
      • Bachelor: Accounting
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Network Management Concentration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • Associate: Healthcare Management
      • Associate of Science - Information Technology Admin and Management
      • Associate of Science - Accounting
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Office Admin
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
      • Diploma: Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting
      • Networking Systems Certificate
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    10. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
      • Business Administration, MBA
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      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Communication Studies, B.A.
      • Criminal Justice, B.S.
      • Psychology, B.S.
      • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Biblical Studies
      • Accounting, B.S.
      • Business Administration, B.S.
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
      • Psychology, A.S.
      • Communication Studies, A.A.
      • General Studies, A.A.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.

Featured Schools

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
  • AA: Criminal Justice
  • AA: Liberal Arts

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Grand Canyon University

  • DBA - Management
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Full Sail University

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

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Colorado State University Global

  • MS - Teaching and Learning
  • BS - Communication
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Bachelor: Liberal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Arts in Science Writing

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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

  • AAS Degree in Culinary Arts
  • AAS Degree in Pastry Arts
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Diploma in Pastry Arts

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The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
  • RN to BSN

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