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. Baylor University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctorate in Learning and Organizational Change
      • Doctorate in Learning and Organizational Change
    Master's
      • Masters in Public Health
      • Masters in Social Work
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    2. University of Southern California

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership
      • Doctor of Social Work
    Master's
      • Masters of Arts in Teaching
      • Masters in School Counseling
      • Master of Arts in Teaching Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
      • MSN for Aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners
      • Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology
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    3. Colorado Christian University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
    Master's
      • Criminal Justice, M.S.
      • Business Administration, MBA - Advanced Accounting
      • Business Administration, MBA - Health Care Administration
      • Business Administration, MBA - Leadership
      • Business Administration, MBA - Project Management
      • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
    Bachelor's
      • Applied Psychology, B.S. - Biblical Studies
      • Applied Psychology, B.S. - Criminal Justice
      • Computer Science, B.S.
      • B.S. Accountancy
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice, A.S.
      • Psychology, A.S.
      • Communication Studies, A.A.
      • Computer Science, A.S.
      • Business Administration, A.S.
      • Health Care Administration, A.S.
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    4. Northcentral University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice
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      • EdD - Learning Analytics in K-12 Education
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
    Master's
      • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • Master of Business Admin - General Business
      • M.Ed. - General Education
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Criminal Justice
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
    Certificate
      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
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      • Education Specialist - International Education
      • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
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    5. Herzing University

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    Master's
      • MBA
      • MBA Dual Concentration: HR & Project Mgmt.
      • MBA Dual Concentration: BS Mgmt. & HR
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Business Mgmt & Project Mgmt.
      • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MSNAGPC - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
      • Bachelor: Legal Studies
      • Bachelor: Homeland Security and Public Safety
      • B.S. - Business Management: Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration
      • B.S. - Information Technology: Security Technology Concentration
      • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Business Management
      • Associate of Science - Legal Studies
      • Associate of Science - Business Studies
      • Associate: Criminal Justice
      • Associate: Health Information Management
      • ASGSN - Associate of Science in General Studies - Pre-Nursing
    Certificate
      • PMCAF- Post Master's Certificate in Accounting and Finance
      • PMCHCM- Post Master's Certificate in Healthcare Management
      • PMCHR- Post Master's Certificate in Human Resources
      • PMCN - Post Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner
      • PMCPM- Post Master's Certificate in Project Management
      • DSP - Diploma in Sterile Processing
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    6. Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

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    Master's
      • Masters in Psychology
      • Masters in Dispute Resolution
      • Masters in Legal Studies
      • Masters in Human Resources
      • Masters in Business Administration
      • Masters in Management and Leadership
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    7. Bryant & Stratton College

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    Bachelor's
      • BA - General Management
      • BBA Human Resources Management
      • BBA Medical Services Management
      • BS Human & Social Services
      • General Management (GM) - BBA
      • Health Services Administration - BS
    Associate's
      • Criminal Justice Studies - AAS
      • AS - Business
      • AS - Criminal Justice
      • AS - Accounting
      • AS - Human Resources Specialist
      • AS - IT Networking
    Certificate
      • Business Assistant Diploma
      • Criminal Justice and Security Services Diploma
      • Business - AAS
      • Business Assistant - Diploma
      • Criminal Justice and Security Svcs. - Diploma
      • Accounting Assistant Diploma
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    8. Syracuse University

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    Master's
      • Masters of Communications
      • Masters of Science in Computer Science
      • Masters in Accounting
      • Masters in Business Administration
      • Masters in Public Administration
      • Masters of Library and Information Science
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    9. Saint Leo University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education
      • Doctor of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security
    Master's
      • MS: Criminal Justice
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management
      • MA: Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA: Creative Writing - Non-Fiction
      • MAcc: Accounting
      • MS: Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
    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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    10. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
      • MS - Computer Science
      • M.S. - Entertainment Business
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
      • BS - Computer Science - Bachelors - Al Concentration - Online
      • BS - Computer Science - Bachelors - MDV Concentration - Online
      • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
      • BS - Creative Writing Bachelors (Campus)
      • BS - Film (Campus)

Featured Schools

Baylor University

  • Doctorate in Learning and Organizational Change
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Masters in Social Work

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University of Southern California

  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership
  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching
  • Masters in School Counseling

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Colorado Christian University

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

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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Herzing University

  • MBA
  • B.S. - Business Management With No Concentration
  • Associate of Science - Business Management
  • PMCAF- Post Master's Certificate in Accounting and Finance

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Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • Masters in Psychology
  • Masters in Dispute Resolution
  • Masters in Legal Studies

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Bryant & Stratton College

  • BA - General Management
  • Criminal Justice Studies - AAS
  • Business Assistant Diploma

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Syracuse University

  • Masters of Communications
  • Masters of Science in Computer Science
  • Masters in Accounting

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