Overview of Texas Colleges & Schools

The state of Texas is the largest in the continental United States and is host to a very large number of institutions of higher learning. The state of Texas itself is a mix of rural and urban areas, with regions far apart from one another. Due to this the state of Texas operates a large number of public institutions through many college and university systems. Some of the school systems are regional or local, while others are state wide, a few are public but are operated independently of any system. The state of Texas has a proud tradition of educational and athletic excellence from its institutions of higher learning. These school systems include:

  • University of Houston System
  • University of North Texas System
  • Texas State University System
  • Texas Tech University System

The University of Texas System operates nine academic institutions and six health institutions for a total of 15 locations. The flagship institution is The University of Texas at Austin, located in the capitol of Texas. The system serves 190,000 students annually. Some of the schools within the system include:

The Texas A&M University System is consider one of the largest in the United States, operating eleven universities, eight state agencies, and a health science center.  The Texas A&M University System serves over 100,000 students annually and conducts over $600,000,000 in research per year. The oldest school in the system, Texas A&M University (College Station), dates back to 1876, when it was known as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Some of the schools within the system include:

In addition to these school systems, the state of Texas Operates four public institutions not linked to any school system. These schools are:

Texas is also host to a large number of private institutions ranging from liberal arts colleges to theological institutions. These schools offer an alternative to the state university system and offer unique educational opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable, either through methodology or area of study. A small sampling of the large number of educational institution includes:

The state of Texas is also home to a large number of community colleges and vocation./occupational schools. The state of Texas provides residents and non-residents a large number of educational opportunities.

The most populous city in Texas is Houston, followed by San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.  While the most populous county in Texas is Harris County with Dallas County a distant second.   If you are interested in visiting the state of Texas, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of Texas

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree232,2902.0
Master's degree170,9401.5
Bachelor's degree2,354,83020.0
Associate's degree291,7802.5
Postsecondary nondegree award709,3906.0
Some college, no degree282,5202.4
High school diploma or equivalent4,364,05037.2
No formal educational credential3,339,46028.4

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are thirty-seven public 4-year state universities and colleges in Texas. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Texas.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In Texas there are sixty-eight accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Texas.

Community Colleges

Community College in Texas

Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Texas" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Texas.

Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges

Texas has four accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Texas.

Bible & Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges

Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately fifty-five such colleges in Texas located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Texas along with program and tuition information.

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