Top 2020 Colleges in Texas

Texas' 442 Colleges and Universities

Most colleges in Texas are around the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and more. Texas has the largest state colleges, midsize to small liberal arts and private schools. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the Loner Star state:

  • Texas is home to 163 four year colleges. 33% of them are public state colleges.
  • There are 279 two year or less colleges. About 21% are public community colleges.
  • Over the past 5 years, Texas has seen a small 5.6% increase in students. In 2017, 1,630,516 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, 297,650 degrees were awarded for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Thus, about 44% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.

Salary Breakdown

According to the College Scorecard alums from Rice Univeristy earn the highest average salary. 10 years after graduating, the average salary is about $111,900. Meanwhile, the 2017 mean annual wage in Texas is $49,720. You do the math!

Texas' Tuition Programs

Texas is a member of the SREB's Academic Common Market. Students can enroll in an out of state college that offer their degree program and pay the school's in state tuition rate. Students can choose to attend in one of the 15 SREB states. Other neighboring states that participate are Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Texas offers several tuition savings programs to reduce the cost of college. For example, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund is a prepaid plan in which residents can prepay for future college tuition and fees at today's rates. All two and four year colleges accept this plan in addition to out of state and specialized schools. Also, your fund earnings are federal, tax free.

Top Colleges in Texas

Top Texas colleges ranked by total number of students.

#1
Lone Star College System, The Woodlands TX
73,499
Total Number of Students
$1,056
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#2
68,679
Total Number of Students
$11,870 / $37,495
Tuition & Fees
71%
Acceptance Rate
#3
57,200
Total Number of Students
$10,076 / $12,308
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#4
51,832
Total Number of Students
$10,610 / $37,580
Tuition & Fees
36%
Acceptance Rate
#5
51,100
Total Number of Students
$3,132 / $7,560
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate

List of Colleges

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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