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
Jps Institute for Health Career Development Fort Worth TX 2-year public 69
K D Studio Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 139
Kilgore College Kilgore TX 2-year public 4000
Kings Way Missionary Institute Mcallen TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lamar State College - Orange Orange TX 2-year public 1939
Lamar State College - Port Arthur Port Arthur TX 2-year public 482
Lamar University Beaumont TX 4-year public 11550
Landmark Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth TX 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Laredo Beauty College Inc Laredo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 136
Laredo Community College Laredo TX 2-year public 7322
Larrys Barber and Hairstyling College Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Latin American Bible Insitute San Antonio TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lee College Baytown TX 2-year public 5932
Leonards Training Programs Inc Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Leonards Training Programs Inc Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Letourneau University Longview TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 2981
Lincoln Technical Institute Grand Prairie TX 2-year private, for-profit 631
Lindsey - Cooper Refrigeration School Incorporated Irving TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lon Morris College Jacksonville TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 364
Lower Rio Grande Valley Dev Council Police Academy Harlingen TX Less than 2-year public No Data
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1617
Lubbock Hair Academy Lubbock TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
M Weeks Welding Laboratory Testing and School Nederland TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Marshall College of Beauty Marshall TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 46
Mary Lynnes Beauty School Texarkana TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mayo - Hill School of Modeling Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mclennan Community College Waco TX 2-year public 5731
Mcmurry University Abilene TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1344
Medvance Institute - Houston Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 85
Memorial Hermann - Memorial City Hosp Sch of Voc Nur Houston TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Houston TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Methodist Hospital School of Medical Technology Houston TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 4
Metroplex Beauty School Mesquite TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 44
Mid - Cities Barber College Grand Prairie TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 45
Midland College Midland TX 2-year public 4842
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls TX 4-year public 5809
Milan Institute of Cosmetology Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 149
Milan Institute of Cosmetology San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mims Classic Beauty College San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 64
Modern Barber College Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Montessori Teacher Training Houston TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Mountain View College Dallas TX 2-year public 5491
Mrc Day Spa and School Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Mti College of Business and Technology Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 346
Mti College of Business and Technology Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 409
National Institute of Technology Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 840
National Institute of Technology San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 917
National Institute of Technology Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 345
Navarro College Corsicana TX 2-year public 4048
Neilson Beauty College Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 59
Neuhaus Education Center Bellaire TX 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
North Central Texas College Gainesville TX 2-year public 4844
North Harris Montgomery Community College District The Woodlands TX 2-year public 24554
North Lake College Irving TX 2-year public 8615
North Texas Professional Career Institute Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 50
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant TX 2-year public 1832
Northwest Educational Center Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 135
Northwood University Cedar Hill TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1014
Oblate School of Theology San Antonio TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 153
Ocean Corporation Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 229
Odessa College Odessa TX No Data
Ogle School of Hair Design Hurst TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 64
Ogle School of Hair Skin and Nails Arlington TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 168
Olges School of Hair Design Forth Worth TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 92
Olges School of Hair Design Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 84
Our Lady of the Lake University - San Antonio San Antonio TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3474
Page Parkes Center of Modeling and Acting Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Palo Alto College San Antonio TX 2-year public 5951
Panola College Carthage TX 2-year public 1424
Paris Junior College Paris TX 2-year public 2942
Parker College of Chiropractic Dallas TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 809
Paul Quinn College Dallas TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 674
Pci Health Training Center Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 196
Pinnacle Career Centers Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 181
Pipo Academy of Hair Design El Paso TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View TX 4-year public 6609
Professional Career College Richardson TX 2-year private, for-profit 258
Professional Careers Institute Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
R S Institute Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ranger College Ranger TX 2-year public 847
Redstone Institute - Houston Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 378
Remington College - Dallas Garland TX 2-year private, for-profit 483
Remington College - Fort Worth Fort Worth TX 2-year private, for-profit 516
Remington College - Houston Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 103
Reynaldo Garza School of Law San Benito TX 4-year private, for-profit No Data
Rhdc Hair Design College Fort Worth TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 74
Rice University Houston TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 4205
Richland College Dallas TX 2-year public 12537
Roffler Sch of Hair Design Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Royal Beauty Careers South Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 66
Royal Beauty Careers Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 168
Saint Edward's University Austin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3824
Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX 4-year public 12358
San Antonio Beauty College 3 San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 38
San Antonio Beauty College 4 San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 11
San Antonio College San Antonio TX 2-year public 19253
San Antonio College of Medical and Dental Assistants - Main San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 734
San Antonio College of Medical and Dental Assistants - Mcallen Mcallen TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 680
San Jacinto College - Central Campus Pasadena TX 2-year public 10507
San Jacinto College - North Campus Houston TX 2-year public 4947

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

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