Top Colleges in Texas

By: Beth Ferester & Company | Published 01/17/2017

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According to Forbes 2016 rankings, three of the top five colleges in the United States are in Massachusetts – Harvard, MIT, and Williams College, a very small school with only 2,000 students but ranked number two!

New England is a long way from The Woodlands, but there’s good news because Texas has some amazing colleges and universities as well!

The highest nationally ranked Texas school is Rice University, coming in at number 30. Rice is located near the heart of downtown Houston in the Medical Center area and is nestled amongst gorgeous live oaks and quaint houses and shopping areas. Students at Rice enjoy a 6-to-1 student/teacher ratio and most live on campus creating a close-knit community. For these reasons, Rice is consistently ranked highly for best quality of student life.

Two other Texas schools rank inside of the top 100, including The University of Texas, Austin and the private school, Trinity University. UT Austin is one of the largest schools in the country and has a prominent athletic program including it’s Big 12 football team, the Longhorns. UT is situated in Austin’s trendy music district and is well-known for its Greek life. At the opposite end of that spectrum is Trinity, the San Antonio-based liberal arts school with a student population of about 2,500. Trinity has a unique physical fitness requirement and offers students a 10-week summer research program as well as study-abroad options.

Texas A&M is another very popular choice for further education in Texas. Not far down the road in College Station, A&M is the state’s oldest university and has prominent agricultural and research programs. With over 1,000 organizations on campus, any student is sure to find his or her niche. The school also ranks first in the state for return on investment among public universities.

One of the great things about living in the state of Texas is the access to so many quality choices for in-state higher education. Many other colleges and universities are located here, offering a great education in virtually any field of study.

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