Have you heard the saying, ‘everything is bigger in Texas’? There’s a reason that saying represents the state so well. Texas is not only the second-largest state by landmass, but it’s also the second-most populated populous. Texas is the “Lone Star State” known for the Alamo, BBQ food, country music, hot weather, and their colleges and universities.
Did you know that the invention of Dr. Pepper happened in Texas? Pharmacist Charles Alderton created it in Waco, Texas 1880s. Also, Austin has the fastest road in the USA allowing drivers to go 85 miles per hour on Highway 130 between Austin and Seguin. Along with unique fasts, Texas also has a rich history. Texans are proud of their state and it’s easy to see why. Like the rest of Texas, the colleges and universities here are prominent, too!
University of Houston (UH)
The University of Houston is a collection of universities located throughout the Houston area. This collection of universities is called the UH system. The UH system has over 45,0000 students enrolled in one of its four universities and six campus locations. Houston is a hub for big 500 Fortune corporations and the NASA Johnson Space Center. The UH system helps keep these corporations staffed with upcoming talent.
Known as the Houston Cougars, the University of Houston competes in Division 1 sports. The campuses also connected through a system of tunnels and skywalks that are useful especially in the hot summer months. For more information, visit the University of Houston’s website.
University of North Texas (UNT)
The University of North Texas has four campuses with the main campus in Denton about one hour north of Dallas and Fort Worth. UNT also has campus locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco. Between all campus locations, this large university in Texas enrolls almost 40,000 students. Here’s a fun fact also. UNT has a library of 2,000 miniature books, the smallest being 1-millimeter square. It’s also the first colleges to offer a Jazz Studies degree.
The University of North Texas competes in Division 1 sports and their mascot is an Eagle. It’s important to note that The University of North Texas does require freshmen to live on-campus their first year. For more information, visit the University of North Texas website.
University of Texas (UT)
The University of Texas has its main campus in Austin, the capital of Texas. UT has an average student body of 50,000 students and is considered a Public Ivy school. It’s coined a public ivy school because it has a competitive education curriculum but is the cost of a public university. This university also has five museums, an observatory, and over 1,200 student organizations! It also has one of the largest libraries in the United States with almost 20 libraries alone.
The University of Texas is also well known for its sports programs. Known as the Texas Longhorns, they are part of the Big 12 Conference and hold numerous championship titles. Centrally located, the main campus makes access to cities like Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio accessible. For more information, visit the University of Texas website.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is located in College Station. It’s large, with close to 70,000 students and campus branches in Galveston, Qatar, and McAllen. The city of College Station has grown into a true college town where restaurants, bars, and shops cater to the university.
Texas A&M University students are known as the Aggies and compete in NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference (SEC). The campus sits on 5,200 acres and offers plenty of housing options, walking paths, open grassy areas, and trees for shade in the summer. In fact, this campus has a famous tree that’s over 100 years old. Aggies believe if a couple walks under this tree, they will get married. So watch out, you could earn a degree and meet your next life partner here! For more information, go to Texas A&M’s website.
Texas State University
Texas State University is in San Marcos about 30 miles from Austin. This is also a large university with over 38,000 students enrolled. San Marcos is known for uncovering Indian artifacts from Native Americans. It’s a pretty campus as there are numerous walkways and it sits next to a river. In fact, the hit NBC show, Friday Night Lights was filled on this campus. Known as the Bobcats, Texas State University competes in NCAA Division I sports as well. For more information, check out the Texas State University website.
Texas Tech University
The city of Lubbock is the home of Texas Tech University. This university has 38,000 students and is on 1800 acres. It is only 4 minutes from downtown Lubbock and the campus is active campus year-round. In the fall, it’s busy with sports that participate in Big 12 NCAA Division I sports. There are housing options, walking paths, and a variety of organizations and clubs for everyone. The downtown also offers lots of music, events, shopping, and restaurants. For outdoor lovers, there are numerous state parks nearby. For more information, go to Texas Tech University’s website.
Community Colleges in Texas
If you think there are a lot of college and university options in Texas, check out this list of Texas’s community college options.
- Alvin Community College, Alvin
- Amarillo College, Amarillo
- Angelina College, Lufkin
- Austin Community College District, Austin
- Blinn College, Brenham
- Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch
- Cedar Valley College, Lancaster
- Central Texas College, Killeen
- Cisco College, Cisco
- Clarendon College, Clarendon
- Coastal Bend College, Beeville
- College of the Mainland, Texas City
- Collin County Community College District, McKinney
- Del Mar College, Corpus Christi
- Eastfield College, Mesquite
- El Centro College, Dallas
- El Paso Community College, El Paso
- Frank Phillips College, Borger
- Galveston College, Galveston
- Grayson County College, Denison
- Grayson County College, Denison
- Hill College, Hillsboro
- Houston Community College, Houston
- Howard College, Big Spring
- Kilgore College, Kilgore
- Lamar Institute of Technology, Beaumont
- Lamar State College-Orange, Orange
- Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Port Arthur
- Laredo Community College, Laredo
- Lee College, Baytown
- Lone Star College System, The Woodlands
- McLennan Community College, Waco
- Mountain View College, Dallas
- Navarro College, Corsicana
- North Central Texas College, Gainesville
- North Lake College, Irving
- Northeast Texas Community College, Mount Pleasant
- Northwest Vista College, San Antonio
- Odessa College, Odessa
- Palo Alto College, San Antonio
- Panola College, Carthage
- Paris Junior College, Paris
- Ranger College, Ranger
- Richland College, Dallas
- San Antonio College, San Antonio
- San Jacinto Community College, Pasadena
- South Plains College, Levelland
- Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, Big Spring
- Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde
- St Philip’s College, San Antonio
- Tarrant County College District, Fort Worth
- Temple College, Temple
- Texarkana College, Texarkana
- Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Harlingen
- Texas State Technical College Waco, Waco
- Texas State Technical College Marshall, Marshall
- Texas State Technical College-West Texas, Sweetwater
- Trinity Valley Community College, Athens
- Tyler Junior College, Tyler
- Vernon College, Vernon
- Victoria College, Victoria
- Weatherford College, Weatherford
- Western Texas College, Snyder
- Wharton County Junior College, Wharton