I have heard it said that everything is big in Texas, and that may be true to a point, but here are ten fantastic college options in Texas that do not come with a huge price tag when compared nationally to other public universities. So read on and learn about all that Texas has to offer.
There are seven university and college systems in Texas. State university systems are made up of a single legal and administrative head, but can have several institutions with their own unique identities, all supported by the state. We have reviewed schools that are part of the university systems and one that is not. Let’s get started.
10. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
Lamar has a student population of around fifteen thousand. It is part of the Texas State University System, a horizontal system with no flagship school. The city of Beaumont has about one hundred and eighteen thousand residents and is roughly thirty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. If you are looking for warmer climates, this may be your school. Warm and humid most of the year, it has had light snow falls in the past, but mainly receives rain.
The city is ninety minutes east from Houston and twenty-five miles west of Louisiana. There are some interesting places to see in Beaumont while attending the two hundred and ninety-two-acre campus. For example, the South Texas State Fair and Rodeo is held in Beaumont, and the Gusher Marathon takes place here. Enough about that, let’s check out the college.
Lamar University is one of the fastest growing Texas college and universities. The college was named for Mirabeau Lamar, the Father of Texas Education. He arranged for land to be set aside for public schools.
There are roughly one hundred areas of study leading bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees, all with a hands-on learning emphasis. The most notable program is the engineering program, but obviously, there are many others to choose from. There are over one hundred and fifty clubs and student organizations, including twenty fraternities and sororities to choose from, and Division I sports to watch or participate in.
Regarding diversity, the student population is about 47% white, 22% African-American, 14% Hispanic, 3% Asian and 9% International.
Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $19,014.
Average student debt – $25,176.*
9. Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
Sam Houston State is part of the Texas State University System. The university motto here is “The measure of a Life is its Service.” Nice.
There are eighty bachelor’s, fifty master’s and six doctoral degrees offered in Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice. It is listed as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. It is also classified as Community Engaged, likely due to the desire to live by the motto.
Three hundred and sixteen acres make up this campus of about twenty thousand students. There are over two hundred student organizations including sororities and fraternities, clubs, and Division I sports to join and participate in. SHSU has two large agricultural complexes with a teaching and research farm and rodeo arena.
Also on campus is a planetarium, observatory, and an 18-hole golf course. Another interesting part of SHSU is a body farm. A body farm is used for forensic research and the study of body decomposition. Could be a cool CSI type of thing, if you like that. You could be the future Dr. Mallard.
The campus is picturesque with a mix of old and modern buildings. Living on campus is required for first-year students. Definitely an interesting college option. Check it out.
Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $17,542.
Average student debt – $22,224.*