Texas Colleges and Universities

The state of Texas offers a wide range of options when it comes to higher education. From massive public institutions to small Catholic colleges, Texas has some form of higher learning to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re ready to pick a college to apply to there’s no better place to start looking than Texas.

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is the most popular university in the state of Texas. As a high school graduate, one of your top concerns usually has something to do with how much your education is going to cost. As a public university with over 50,000 students enrolled at any given moment, the University of Texas at Austin provides its students with plenty of opportunities for financial aid and scholarships.
Journalism, engineering and biomedical sciences are some of the most popular majors here and some notable graduates include former first lady Laura Bush and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Texas A&M University

If you want to major in engineering, business or education, Texas A&M University is the school for you. Texas A&M students are well-known for the devotion to their school both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. The school averages an enrollment of about 46,000 students per year but there’s always more than enough room at Texas A&M University for you to make a name for yourself.

Rice University

Rice University has long since earned its reputation as the “Southern Ivy” because it is one of the most prestigious and selective colleges in the south. However, Rice’s selectivity doesn’t hinder it from being one of the most popular colleges in the state of Texas. Most students who attend Rice do so to major in the following subjects: English, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Political Science, or Chemical Engineering.

NASA Astronaut Peggy Wilson, Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and former editor-in-chief at Newsweek, William Broyles Jr., are just a few of the most notable Rice University graduates.

Baylor University

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is extremely popular with undergraduate students due to the variety of pre-professional programs that the school offers. The business school of Baylor has the highest enrollment but other popular majors include nursing, marketing and forensic science.

Baylor is a private university associated with the Baptist Church and some of the school’s most notable graduates include CNN Headline News anchor Richelle Carey, four time Olympic Gold Medalist (track and field) Michael Johnson, and Jerry Clements, who was named one of America’s “50 most influential women in law” by the National Law Journal.

Houston Community College System

The Houston Community College System boasts over 15 campuses that offer a wide variety of academic choices. The college’s most popular majors include geology, real estate and accounting. HCCS even provides continuing education opportunities in computers, business, construction, truck driving and more. HCCS has something to offer everybody and at an affordable rate to boot.


As you can see, Texas has a lot to offer when it comes to higher education. However, it isn’t only limited to these five schools. Texas is a large state with hundreds of universities and colleges from which to choose. The purpose of this article was to give you a clear shot at the best of them. The only way to find out if one of these schools is best for you is to take a visit and see for yourself why these are the top five most popular schools in the state.