8. Tarleton University, Stephenville, Texas
Tarleton University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. The main campus is in Stephenville, which is an hour southwest of Fort Worth. About seventeen thousand people live in Stephenville, an area with hot, humid summers and fairly mild winters.
But the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is only an hour away, and it provides the cultural and economic center for the North Texas area. The just over 12,000 students on campus can access DFW easily.
The vision for the school is to become a leader in student-focused education while promoting learning, leadership, and service through one hundred undergraduate and graduate degrees in 5 colleges. There are one hundred student organizations and recreational sports to join. Or you might be able to join the Purple Poo. Put that on your resume. Seriously, it is a secret organization that puts up signs on Monday nights to promote spirit. Sounds fun.
Tarleton is known for agriculture, nursing, music, medical technology, mathematical data mining and teacher education, and has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the U.S. that provides benefits to fifty area schools. There are several new and renovated buildings on the one hundred seventy-three acre campus.
Tarleton also has a six hundred acre university farm and twelve hundred acre ranch as well as a new sports recreation center, dining facility, and Planetarium to name a few recent additions. Totally worth spending some time considering.
Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $19,786.
Average student debt – $21,500.*
7. Midwestern State, Wichita Falls, Texas
There are six thousand students on the Midwestern State campus with a 17:1 student to faculty ratio. This is one of the four public universities that is not part of a public university system. It is the only public liberal arts college in Texas.
There are seven colleges that make up Midwestern: the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Business Administration, College of Fine Arts, College of Health Sciences & Human Services, College of Education and Graduate School. The guiding philosophy on campus considers civil service, taking care of the environment, and financial and human resources to be very important.
Wichita Falls, a city of one hundred thousand, likely feels lucky to have this safe and beautiful campus tucked inside it. This is an area with many hot days and some very cold nights.
Midwestern has a two hundred twenty-five acre campus with 50 buildings built of red brick with tiled roofs and arched facades. Lovely.
The student population is roughly 53% white, 16% Hispanic, 13% Black, 3% Asian, and 9% non-resident Alien. There are one hundred organizations and a solid Greek life to keep you busy when you’re not studying.
Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $16,327.
Average student debt – $23,000.*
6. Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
Angelo State University strives to prepare students to be responsible citizens and to have productive careers. The school motto is “Let there be light.”
Angelo State is part of the Texas Tech University System where the tag line is “From here it’s possible” suggesting the desire to show the value of education and helping people achieve their dreams.
The school is located in San Angelo, a city with a population of about one hundred thousand. Minimal snow falls here, but there are about fifty days falling in the freezing range, with an average temperature of 65 degrees and two hundred and fifty-one days of sun.
There are one hundred undergraduate and thirty-four graduate programs. It is the second largest campus in the Texas Tech University System, with about eighty-five hundred students on campus from forty-six states and twenty-two countries. The student body is considered to be very religious.
Six colleges make up the university, which was rated as one of the “Best 380 Colleges” in 2016 by the Princeton Review. It was also named as a “Top 10 Up and Coming Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report. Princeton Review and GamePro list Angelo State as having a “Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Program.” And the Military Times ranks Angelo State as 42nd best university for veterans.
The student union is ranked as one of the “25 Most Amazing Campus Student Unions” in the Best College Reviews. There is a tree-lined pedestrian walkway stretching over a mile, connecting major buildings. The planetarium on campus is one of the largest at a college.
Off campus, Angelo State has a Lake House at Lake Nasworthy for outside living fun. A nice tradition on campus is when the university president presents class rings to each senior student before commencement. The school mascot, Dominic the ram, comes so that each student can either rub their ring through his wool for luck or touch his horn with their ring for strength.
Angelo State has Division II sports along with more than one hundred student sports and organizations. Student to faculty ratio is 19:1.
Imagine walking the walkway while enjoying the sunny campus and knowing that you are getting what you want from college while owing a fraction of what your best friend at one of those other private schools owes.
Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $16,442.
Average student debt – $21,594.*