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
Odessa College Odessa TX No Data
Arlington Career Institute Grand Prairie TX 2-year private, for-profit 383
Art Institute of Houston Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 551
Austin Business College Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 461
Brown Institute of Court Reporting and Business Longview TX 2-year private, for-profit 53
Computer Career Center El Paso TX 2-year private, for-profit 204
Court Reporting Institute - Wheeler Institute of Texas Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 501
Ess College of Business Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 542
Hallmark Institute of Technology San Antonio TX 2-year private, for-profit 425
Institute of Ocean Technology Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit No Data
International Aviation and Travel Academy Arlington TX 2-year private, for-profit 525
International Business College Lubbock TX 2-year private, for-profit 661
ITT Technical Institute Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 594
ITT Technical Institute Arlington TX 2-year private, for-profit 401
ITT Technical Institute Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 389
ITT Technical Institute Richardson TX 2-year private, for-profit 495
ITT Technical Institute Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 459
ITT Technical Institute San Antonio TX 2-year private, for-profit 695
ITT Technical Institute Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 540
K D Studio Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 139
Lincoln Technical Institute Grand Prairie TX 2-year private, for-profit 631
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
Professional Career College Richardson TX 2-year private, for-profit 258
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
Sanford - Brown Institute - Dallas Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 264
Sanford - Brown Institute - Houston Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 429
Shirley Baker Career Institute Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 163
Southwest School of Electronics Austin TX 2-year private, for-profit 91
Stenograph Institute of Texas Abilene TX 2-year private, for-profit 85
Universal Technical Institute of Texas Inc Houston TX 2-year private, for-profit 1625
Wade College Dallas TX 2-year private, for-profit 228
Western Technical College El Paso TX 2-year private, for-profit 286
Western Technical College El Paso TX 2-year private, for-profit 414
Bay Ridge Christian College Kendleton TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Baylor University Medical Center - Sch of Rad Techn Dallas TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Christ for the Nations Institute Dallas TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Citizen Medical Center School of Radiological Tech Victoria TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service Houston TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 147
Covenant Health Systems School of Radiologic Lubbock TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health Lubbock TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 139
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Dallas TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 138
Hendrick Medical Center School of Radiography Abilene TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 21
Houston Area Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Comm Houston TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Jacksonville College - Main Campus Jacksonville TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 275
Latin American Bible Insitute San Antonio TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Lon Morris College Jacksonville TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 364
Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Houston TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Southwest Bible Institute San Angelo TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Texas Bible College Houston TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Texas Culinary Academy Austin TX 2-year private, not-for-profit 92
Wadley Regional Medical Center - School of Rad Techn Texarkana TX 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Alvin Community College Alvin TX 2-year public 3665
Amarillo College Amarillo TX 2-year public 8422
Angelina College Lufkin TX 2-year public 4412
Austin Community College Austin TX 2-year public 25735
Blinn College Brenham TX 2-year public 11588
Brazosport College Lake Jackson TX 2-year public 3855
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch TX 2-year public 8556
Cedar Valley College Lancaster TX 2-year public 3280
Central Texas College Killeen TX 2-year public 14636
Cisco Junior College Cisco TX 2-year public 2642
Clarendon College Clarendon TX 2-year public 999
Coastal Bend College Beeville TX 2-year public 3259
College of the Mainland Texas City TX 2-year public 3358
Collin County Community College District Plano TX 2-year public 12996
Del Mar College Corpus Christi TX 2-year public 9936
Eastfield College Mesquite TX 2-year public 7873
El Centro College Dallas TX 2-year public 4333
El Paso Community College El Paso TX 2-year public 18001
Frank Phillips College Borger TX 2-year public 1155
Galveston College Galveston TX 2-year public 2255
Grayson County College Denison TX 2-year public 3318
Hill College Hillsboro TX 2-year public 2512
Houston Community College System Houston TX 2-year public 40929
Howard College Big Spring TX 2-year public 2260
Jps Institute for Health Career Development Fort Worth TX 2-year public 69
Kilgore College Kilgore TX 2-year public 4000
Lamar State College - Orange Orange TX 2-year public 1939
Lamar State College - Port Arthur Port Arthur TX 2-year public 482
Laredo Community College Laredo TX 2-year public 7322
Lee College Baytown TX 2-year public 5932
Mclennan Community College Waco TX 2-year public 5731
Midland College Midland TX 2-year public 4842
Mountain View College Dallas TX 2-year public 5491
Navarro College Corsicana TX 2-year public 4048
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
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant TX 2-year public 1832
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
Ranger College Ranger TX 2-year public 847
Richland College Dallas TX 2-year public 12537
San Antonio College San Antonio TX 2-year public 19253
San Jacinto College - Central Campus Pasadena TX 2-year public 10507

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

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