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The Top Ten Schools in the Texas Public University System

The Top Ten Schools in the Texas Public University System

2. University of Houston, Houston, Texas

As the flagship of the University of Houston System, this school is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the U.S. One hundred and thirty-seven nations are represented in the close to forty-two thousand grads and undergrads. 20% Asian, 10% African-American, 27.5% Hispanic, 27.6% white and almost 10% International students.

The University of Houston is a Tier One campus and offers one hundred and twenty undergrad majors and minors, one hundred and thirty-nine master’s degrees and fifty-four doctoral degrees. It is the 3rd largest university in Texas and is housed on six hundred and sixty-seven acres in Houston.

The university is made up of twelve colleges and operates forty research centers and institutes on campus. Division I sports are huge, likely due to the amazing facilities UH has. The football team typically makes a bowl game. The basketball team has been in the NCAA Division I tournament 19 times with 5 Final Four appearances. The golf team has won 16 national championships.

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By Fisher uhoustonlib – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Students at UH can also take advantage of the art museum, the performance hall, the opera center or the interdisciplinary center for the arts. Wow. Sounds like a lot to do and did I mention it is in Houston?

Houston is a big, warm, humid city. It is the fourth most populous city in the U.S. Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and possibly in the U.S.

The Texas Medical Center is here. This is the world’s largest center for healthcare and research institutions to come together. The Johnson Space Center, which houses NASA’s Mission Control Center, is in Houston. It is home to the second highest number of Fortune 500 headquarters in the U.S. The list goes on and on. A great school with a city that offers tons. Can’t beat that, or can we?

Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $18,513.

Average student debt – $20,426.*

 1. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

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The University of North Texas is also a Tier One Research University. This school comes with lots of accolades such as the first and only PhD program in art education in Texas, the first undergrad emergency administration and planning program in the U.S., the 5th Best College Town in the nation according to Livability and one of America’s Best 100 College buys for 20 years, to name a few. This is a school that strives to be inclusive, diverse and supportive of its students as they explore the limitless opportunities that await them.

UNT is the 4th largest university in Texas. It offers one hundred bachelor’s, eighty-three masters and thirty-seven doctoral degrees to thirty-seven thousand students. UNT has 12 colleges and schools. Students can choose from four hundred plus organizations with forty frats and sororities, and one hundred forty-four academic honor societies. Sports are Division I and making their mark on the athletic world. Tell me you can’t find something to do!

There are fifty states and one hundred and thirty-three countries represented at UNT.  The student population is 44% white, 14.6% African-American, 26.8% Hispanic, 10.3% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1.1% American Indian. All striving to find their dream and make new friends.

Freshman have to live on campus, giving them a chance to become part of the fabric and learn all there is to take advantage of. And if you decide to move off campus at some point, Denton is a city of about one hundred and thirty-one thousand people thirty-six miles north of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Denton is known for music, the North Texas State Fair, and Rodeo, and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It doesn’t snow much, but it does rain a bit in Denton. The downtown is a classic and offers a charming place to shop, eat or just hang out.

Instate tuition, books, room, and board costs – $22,826.

Average student debt – $20,750.*

We have gone over 10 of Texas’ best colleges and touched on what they have to offer. Things are big in Texas, such as big choices for post-secondary education. 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. So make that daring step and look into what could be the best option for you. Enjoy college. Love Texas!

*debt accumulation after four years.


  •  “College for All Texans.” College For All Texans: College Costs. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2016. Web. 25 July 2016. <http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/collegecosts.cfm?Type=1&Level=1>.
  •   College Factual. College Factual, 20 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 July 2016. <http://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/angelo-state-university/paying-for-college/student-loan-debt/>.

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  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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