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
Williams Barber College Fort Worth TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Wiley College Marshall TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 552
Wharton County Junior College Wharton TX 2-year public 4571
Western Texas College Snyder TX 2-year public 1233
Western Technical College El Paso TX 2-year private, for-profit 286
Western Technical College El Paso TX 2-year private, for-profit 414
West Texas Barber Styling College Amarillo TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
West Texas A & M University Canyon TX 4-year public 6775
Weatherford College Weatherford TX 2-year public 2788
Wayland Baptist University Plainview TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 5093
Wadley Regional Medical Center School of Med Tech Texarkana TX 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Wadley Regional Medical Center - School of Rad Techn Texarkana TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Wade College Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 228
Vogue College of Cosmetology 9 Lubbock TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 8 Waco TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 7 Mcallen TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 5 San Antonio 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
Vogue College of Cosmetology 29 Del Rio 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
Vogue College of Cosmetology 21 Killeen 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 15 San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 14 San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 13 San Antonio TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology 1 Corpus Christi TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology Brownsville TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology Austin TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Vogue College of Cosmetology Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Victoria College Victoria TX 2-year public 4022
Victoria Beauty College Inc Victoria TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 73
Vernon College Vernon TX 2-year public 2095
Velma Bs Beauty Academy Dallas TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
Vanguard Institute of Technology Pharr TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 505
Valley Baptist Medical Center School of Voc Nurs Harlingen TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3702
University of St Thomas Houston TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 4073
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Forth Worth TX 4-year public 729
University of North Texas Denton TX 4-year public 27054
University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 2590
University of Houston - Victoria Victoria TX 4-year public 1698
University of Houston - System Administration Houston TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
University of Houston - Downtown Houston TX 4-year public 8951
University of Houston - Clear Lake Houston TX 4-year public 7580
University of Houston Houston TX 4-year public 32123
University of Dallas Irving TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3738
University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Mcallen TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 269
University of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Harlingen TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 75
Universal Technical Institute of Texas Inc Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 1625
United States National Tennis Academy Waxahachie TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 136
Tyler Junior College Tyler TX 2-year public 8319
Tyler International School of Aviation Tyler TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tyler County Hospital School of Nursing Woodville TX Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Trinity Valley Community College Athens TX 2-year public 4780
Trinity University San Antonio TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 2571
Tri State Semi Driver Training Inc Palmer TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tri - State Semi Driver Training Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tri - State Cosmetology Institute 2 El Paso TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tri - State Cosmetology Institute 1 El Paso TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 167
Touch of Class School of Cosmetology Greenville TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 52
Tomball Beauty Academy Tomball TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
The University of Texas System Office Austin TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
The University of Texas Southwest Med Ctr - Dallas Dallas TX 4-year public 1505
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa TX 4-year public 2224
The University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston Galveston TX 4-year public 1927
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston TX 4-year public 3143
The University of Texas Health Science - San Antonio San Antonio TX 4-year public 2543
The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler TX 4-year public 3594
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio TX 4-year public 18830
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso TX 4-year public 15224
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson TX 4-year public 10945
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville TX 4-year public 9072
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX 4-year public 49996
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington TX 4-year public 20424
The University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center Houston TX 4-year public 25
The University of Texas - Pan American Edinburg TX 4-year public 12759
The Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute Houston TX 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
The College of Saint Thomas More Fort Worth TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 14
The Academy of Health Care Professions Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 293
Texas Womans University Denton TX 4-year public 8404
Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 3133
Texas Vocational Schools Inc Victoria TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 197
Texas Tech University System Office Lubbock TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock TX 4-year public 1719
Texas Tech University Lubbock TX 4-year public 24558
Texas State University - San Marcos San Marcos TX 4-year public 22423
Texas State Technical College - West Texas Sweetwater TX 2-year public 948
Texas State Technical College - Waco Waco TX 2-year public 3814
Texas State Technical College - System Waco TX Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Texas State Technical College - Marshall Marshall TX 2-year public 489
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen Harlingen TX 2-year public 3265
Texas State Horseshoeing School Kennedale TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Texas Southmost College Brownsville TX 2-year public 7776
Texas Southern University Houston TX 4-year public 6886
Texas Security Officers Institute Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Texas School of Business Inc Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 315
Texas School of Business - Southwest Inc Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 453
Texas School of Business - Friendswood Inc Friendswood TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit 200
Texas School of Bartenders Inc Houston TX Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Texas Lutheran University Seguin TX 4-year private, not-for-profit 1460

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

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