Colleges in Texas

Colleges in Texas are overseen by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, an agency of the state's government. The THECB Headquarters are located in the city of Austin. It is comprised of seven members that the governor appoints for six-year terms on a staggered basis. The board decides which Texas schools can start or continue programs to earn degrees. The Board also evaluates degree programs from other states or countries for use in schools in Texas.

Operations of the various Texas colleges and universities is carried out by each system's board of regents. In 1998, the THECB began a program entitled "Closing the Gap by 2015" with the goal of closing educational gaps within Texas schools and between the state and other US states.

Thirty-two of the 36 distinct public universities in Texas are divided into six state university systems as follows.

  • The University of Texas System
  • Texas A&M System
  • University of Houston System
  • University of North Texas System
  • Texas State System
  • Texas Tech System

Three of Texas's universities have been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as research institutes: the University of Texas, Austin University of Houston and Texas A&M University.

Universities and colleges in Texas include a wide choice of private institutions from community colleges and four-year liberal arts programs to a high-ranking research university. Rice University, located in Houston is a nationally recognized private teaching and research university that is ranked the 17th best overall university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Trinity University in Houston, which offers mostly four-year liberal arts degrees along with a few select graduate programs, has ranked first in the Western United States for schools of its kind 20 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.

Most of the two-year community colleges in the state fall under the leadership of Texas Community College Districts. There are 50 Districts with 70 community colleges scattered across the state.

Economy

In 2010, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported the Gross State Product (GSP) as $1.207 trillion, the nation's second highest. The GSP of Texas is comparable to Canada, the world's 11th largest economy. In 2009, the per capita personal income was found to be $36,484 and ranked 29th in the nation. Factors that contribute to the state's wealth are a large population due to large land area, thriving cities, abundant natural resources and of course the discovery of oil. Petroleum has played a significant role in both politics and the economy of Texas since the discovery of oil at Spindletop, a salt dome oilfield in Beaumont in 1901. The leading Texas schools of higher education have also contributed to the state's economical welfare.

Texas shares the position of having the most fortune 500 companies in the nation with California. There were 346,000 millionaires in the state as of 2010. Texas was ranked by Site Selection magazine as the business-friendliest state in the United States in 2010.

Texans do not pay a state income tax. Instead, revenue is collected from property and sales tax. Local and state tax burdens are among the lowest in the nation. it is also a "tax donor" state meaning that for every federal dollar paid by state residents to the federal government the state receives benefits.

Agriculture and mining has long been important to the economy of Texas. It has the highest acreage and the most farms in the nation. It is the leading state for cattle, sheep and goat products and cotton. The state contributes a significant part of the nation's cereal and produce. Mineral resources have allowed the state to be a leader in cement, salt, gravel and limestone.

Technology has grown important to the economy in Texas. A variety of high tech industries have developed as large university systems team with initiatives such as the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and the Texas Enterprise Fund. The state hosts the headquarters of Dell, Texas Instruments, AT&T, Rackspace and Perot Systems. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is located in Houston and Fort Worth is the home of Bell Helicopter Textron and Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics division.

Texas will remain strong in the nation in education, jobs and economy decade after decade.

Found 483 Post-Secondary Schools In Texas


Title City State Type Enrollment
Abilene Christian University Abilene TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 4739
American Commercial College Abilene TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 117
Hardin - Simmons University Abilene TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 2304
Hendrick Medical Center School of Radiography Abilene TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 21
Mcmurry University Abilene TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1344
Stenograph Institute of Texas Abilene TX 2-year private, for-profit 85
Texas College of Cosmetology Abilene TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 51
Sul Ross State University Alpine TX 4-year public 2838
Alvin Community College Alvin TX 2-year public 3665
Amarillo College Amarillo TX 2-year public 8422
Dianes School of Modeling Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Exposito School of Hair Design Ltd Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 53
Milan Institute of Cosmetology Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 149
West Texas Barber Styling College Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Arlington Baptist College Arlington TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 180
Arlington Medical Institute Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 132
Cothron Aviation Inc Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
International Aviation and Travel Academy Arlington TX 2-year private, for-profit 525
ITT Technical Institute Arlington TX 2-year private, for-profit 401
Iverson Business School and Court Reporting Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 141
Leonards Training Programs Inc Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ogle School of Hair Skin and Nails Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 168
Texas Allbreed Grooming School Inc Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington TX 4-year public 20424
Trinity Valley Community College Athens TX 2-year public 4780
Academy of Health Care Professions Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Oriental Medicine Austin TX 4-year private, for-profit 146
Allied Health Careers Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 200
Austin Business College Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 461
Austin Community College Austin TX 2-year public 25735
Austin Graduate School of Theology Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 86
Austin Institute of Real Estate Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 291
Baldwin Beauty School Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 95
Baldwin Beauty School 5 Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 60
Berlitz Language Centers Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Capitol City Careers Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 110
Capitol City Trade and Technical School Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
Concordia University at Austin Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 795
Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 113
Huston - Tillotson University Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 602
ITT Technical Institute Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 594
Roffler Sch of Hair Design Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Saint Edward's University Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3824
Southern Careers Institute Inc Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 158
Southwest School of Electronics Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 91
Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Austin TX 4-year private, for-profit 64
Texas Culinary Academy Austin TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 92
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX 4-year public 49996
The University of Texas System Office Austin TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 2 Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 4 Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lee College Baytown TX 2-year public 5932
Academy of Hair Design Beaumont TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 21
Crawfords Barbering Academy Beaumont TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Delta Career Institute Beaumont TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Lamar University Beaumont TX 4-year public 11550
Coastal Bend College Beeville TX 2-year public 3259
Neuhaus Education Center Bellaire TX 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 2590
Howard College Big Spring TX 2-year public 2260
Southwest College Institute for the Deaf Big Spring TX 2-year public 138
Frank Phillips College Borger TX 2-year public 1155
Blinn College Brenham TX 2-year public 11588
Clinical Dental Careers Brownsville TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Brownsville Brownsville TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 279
Texas Southmost College Brownsville TX 2-year public 7776
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville TX 4-year public 9072
Vogue College of Cosmetology Brownsville TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Texas Commercial College Brownwood TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 86
Howard Payne University Brownwood TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1480
Charles and Sues School of Hair Design Bryan TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
West Texas A & M University Canyon TX 4-year public 6775
Aims Academy Carrollton TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 69
Aladdin Beauty College Administrative Office Carrollton TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Cosmetology Career Center Llc Carrollton TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 48
Panola College Carthage TX 2-year public 1424
Northwood University Cedar Hill TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1014
Dental Opportunities Channelview TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cisco Junior College Cisco TX 2-year public 2642
Clarendon College Clarendon TX 2-year public 999
Texas A & M University College Station TX 4-year public 44026
Texas A & M University System Admin and Gen Office College Station TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Texas A & M University System Health Science Center College Station TX 4-year public 1014
Texas A & M University - Commerce Commerce TX 4-year public 7508
Classic Beauty Academy Conroe TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Corpus Christi Aviation Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Del Mar College Corpus Christi TX 2-year public 9936
Education Service Center - Region 2 Corpus Christi TX 4-year public 89
Glasson Flight Training Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Institute of Cosmetic Arts and Science Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
South Texas Barber College Inc Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Southern Careers Institute Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 257
Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi TX 4-year public 6823
Vogue College of Cosmetology 1 Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 25 Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Navarro College Corsicana TX 2-year public 4048
Taylors Institute of Cosmetology Corsicana TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
Academy of Barbering Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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