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.
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
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/>.