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

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
      • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
      • Ph.D. Business Psychology, I/O Track
      • Ph.D. International Psychology
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program
      • Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Instructional Design Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
      • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education
      • M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical
      • M.Ed. in Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education-ITL
      • M.A. in English with an Emphasis in Education
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Emphasis in Project Management
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
    Bachelor's
      • Psychology, B.S.
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Biblical Studies
      • B.S. Accountancy
      • B.S. Business: International Business
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
      • Psychology, A.S.
      • Communication Studies, A.A.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
      • Human Resource Management, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    4. 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 of Public Health
      • MBA: Human Resources
      • MBA: Health Care Management
    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
      • AAS in Legal Support and Services
      • AASBA in Food/Hotel Management
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Accounting
      • AASBA -Entrepreneurship
      • AAS in Information Technology - Multiplatform Software Development
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    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)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master's in Business Administration/Management
      • MA in Organizational Leadership
      • MS in Information Technology/Database Administration
      • Master's in Business Administration
      • Master's in Business Administration/Accounting & Finance
      • Master's in Business Administration/Finance
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Criminal Justice
      • BA in Accounting
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
    Associate's
      • AA in Applied Psychology
      • AA in Criminal Justice
      • AA in Accounting
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Healthcare Management
      • AA in Management
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    7. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate Degree in Nursing
    Certificate
      • Dental Assistant
      • Lab Technician
      • Medical Assistant
      • Medical Assisting
      • Medical Laboratory Technology
      • Medical Office Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Legal Studies
      • MA: Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA: Creative Writing - Non-Fiction
      • MAcc: Accounting
    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
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
    Master's
      • Master of Divinity - Interdisciplinary Studies
      • Master of Divinity - Old Testament
      • Master of Divinity - Christian Theology

Featured Schools

The Chicago School

  • Ed.D. Educational Psychology and Technology
  • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
  • Certificate in Forensic Psychology - M.A. Non-Licensure Track to Licensure Bridge Program
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education (ITL)

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Colorado Christian University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Psychology, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

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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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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development

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Florida Tech

  • Master's in Business Administration/Management
  • BA in Applied Psychology
  • AA in Applied Psychology

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Fortis College

  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Dental Assistant
  • Lab Technician

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Georgetown University

  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

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