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The Top Ten Schools in the Texas Public University System

The Top Ten Schools in the Texas Public University System

5. Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Texas Southern University has a student population of ninety-two hundred. It is located in Houston and has a very interesting history. The one hundred-fifty acre campus is one of the nation’s largest black universities.

In 1927 the Houston Public School Board agreed to fund two junior colleges, one for whites and one for African Americans. That changed in 1934 when it became a four-year college and named Houston College for Negroes. In 1947 the Texas law school for Negroes of Texas and Texas State University for Negroes was formed. The last name change came in 1951, Texas Southern University.

The school is now a culturally, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse institution. There are a hundred student-centered, innovative undergraduate and graduate programs in eleven colleges and schools that are sensitive to the urban setting. Eighty plus student organizations keep people busy in their free time.

Texas Southern University is 82% African-American, 6% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 4% International, and 3% Caucasian. About a quarter of African American pharmacists graduated from Texas Southern University.

Located in a city of over two million people, there is much to do and get involved in. The weather is never really that cold, but it is hot and humid in the summer. No shoveling here.

Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $20,216.

Average student debt – $33,763.* (74% of attending students receive financial aid)

Back to San Marcos………

The first six universities sound good, don’t they? We almost don’t need to look much further, but we are, because Texas has, even more, super choices. Of course, you have all followed America Unraveled, so you know what a great place San Marcos is to visit or live. I told you how beautiful this city of sixty thousand is, how it is set at the meeting point of the hills and the Blackland Prairie with rivers flowing through it, so you already know the next university is near and dear to us all.

4. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas

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Texas State is considered an “Emerging Research University.” It has about thirty-seven thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine students on campus. It is an ethnically diverse campus made up of 50% white, 33% Hispanic, 10% African-American and 5% other.

Texas State U. is 13th in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students from its ten colleges. It is the largest school in the Texas State University System and the 4th largest school in Texas.

Twenty percent of the students live on campus or in a university-owned housing. About 95% of the freshman live on campus. There are three hundred plus student organizations including a Greek system, honor societies, and recreational and intramural sports. Varsity sports are Division I.

The university motto is “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” One of the traditions, which is sponsored by the Student Foundation, is called the Bobcat Pause, and it offers a chance to honor Texas State students, faculty, staff, alumni and special friends that have passed away in the last year.

Texas State is community connected and a unique place to spend the next four years.

Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $18,280.

Average student debt – $21,715.*

3. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

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Texas Tech is the only campus in Texas that is not only a major university, but also has a law school and a medical school. There are 11 colleges plus the graduate school and law school, which offer one hundred fifty undergraduate, one hundred masters and fifty doctoral programs.

Texas Tech is a Tier One institution (or National Research University), signifying academic excellence, world-class research, and an exceptional student body. The campus is closed to public traffic. It is the flagship of the Texas Tech University System. And it has to be a special place because I saw a mini van in Vermont with a Texas Tech decal on it! It’s gotta be good to make someone travel all the way from Vermont.

Fifty states and one hundred countries are represented on campus. Varsity sports are Division I. There are four hundred clubs and organizations, including forty plus fraternities and sororities for the thirty-five thousand students to participate in while on eighteen hundred urban acres.

Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, a city of two hundred and fifty thousand people. It is a conservative city with many churches. It provides big city amenities such as an airport, shopping, and restaurants. It is the medical, cultural and retail center for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Very convenient for Texas Tech students.  Oh, Texas Tech freshman beware-tradition says you cannot sit on the Double T Bench, or you may not see graduation.

Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $17,939.

Average student debt – $23,247.*



  1. While I loved reading all the great things about Texas Tech, the university is a Tier One instiutution

    1. This whole “countdown” reads like a promotional article for the smaller Texas colleges. A&M and Texas don’t need to advertise. 🙂

    1. Please reread the first paragraph regarding Tarleton University. The very first sentence states, “Tarleton University, a member of the Texas A & M system.”

  2. I fail to understand the omission of two of the top public universities in the nation. Ever heard of UT Austin or Texas A&M?

    1. If you reread the introductory paragraph, you will see that the article looked at schools that don’t come with a big price tag.

  3. These rankings are literal trash, not to mention hilarious regarding the fact that the actual top public Texas universities, UT Austin and Texas A&M, were both left off.

    1. Your post is ridiculous. The article is not about the top universities in the nation, but universities in Texas that have a lot to offer without the big price tag.

    2. Golly gee whillikers lern tu reed!

      It is about schools that you do not have to sell soul and sacrifice your firstborn son too widget.

  4. I believe the focus of the article was to show the variety of the state college system in Texas, particularly for people outside of the state. Obviously A&M & Texas are the biggest but so what – they are already well-known outside of the state. There are other schools in the state that are high-quality. In fact, I venture to say that there are few colleges/universities in Texas that aren’t up to snuff – private as well as public. So, you A&M and Texas folks who have their noses out of joint, just get over yourselves. Unlike what you think the sun does not rise and set over just two places in Texas.

  5. The first paragraph states, “…here are ten fantastic college options in Texas that do not come with a huge price tag… ” UT and TAMU are both outstanding universities. However, their costs are eye-watering compared to the ten schools listed.

  6. “here are ten fantastic college options in Texas that do not come with a huge price tag when compared nationally to other public universities.” For everyone whining about UTA and A&M. Paragraph one. Learn to read.

  7. Fact Check: For all those claiming that UT and A&M were excluded due to cost, please follow the link provided in the sources section. For starters, the numbers listed on this site are quite different than the ones in this article which makes me wonder where the author got their numbers. Secondly, you’ll see that the cost of both UT and A&M is comparable to many of the institutions on this list.

    The difference in cost is significant when considering out of state tuition but I’m not sure that’s the intended audience of this article based on “There is completely a school here for you, and if you’re a resident of Texas, then lucky you. Not only do you have interesting choices, but you have economical choices.”

  8. Sorry to see that UT Arlington was omitted! Our programs compare well in all areas addressed by this article.

  9. Agree with this list based on cost of education but your headline is misleading. Should be to top 10 cheapest Texas public universities. Great article though to give people options.

  10. Glad to see UNT on this list. UT-Arlington deserves to be on here, and above Tech as it is also a Tier One university.

  11. Texas Southern?! Really?! That school is forever about to lose their accreditation. That school is a mess. The campus is ugly and in dire need of updating. The law school was recently under review because their bar exam passing rate is in the toilet. What criteria was used that got this university put on the list?!


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