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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Texas

Article Sources
  • About, The Texas A&M University System, Accessed March 2017, https://www.tamus.edu/about/
  • Texas Community Colleges, Texas Association of Community Colleges, Accessed March 2017, http://www.tacc.org/pages/texas-colleges
  • At a Glance, Texas A&M University, Accessed March 2017, http://www.tamu.edu/about/at-a-glance.html
  • Online Programs and Courses, The University of Texas at the Permian Basin, Accessed March 2017, http://www.utpb.edu/online
  • Brief History of TWU, Texas Woman's University, Accessed March 2017, http://www.twu.edu/about-twu/brief-history-of-twu/
  • About Us, Sam Houston State University, Accessed March 2017, http://www.shsu.edu/about/
  • About Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University, Accessed March 2017, http://www.ttu.edu/about/
  • Overview, The University of Texas at Austin, Accessed March 2017, http://www.utexas.edu/about/overview
  • Distance Education, The University of Texas at Arlington, Accessed March 2017, http://www.uta.edu/uta/academics/distance-education.php
  • Academics, University of Houston, Accessed March 2017, http://www.uh.edu/academics/
  • History of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Accessed March 2017, http://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/about-utrgv/history/index.htm
  • Online Programs, The University of Texas at Dallas, Accessed March 2017, http://www.utdallas.edu/elearning/online-programs/
  • Types of Financial Aid, College for All Texans, Accessed March 2017, http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa.cfm?Kind=GS
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As one of the geographically largest states in the nation, Texas is home to a significant number of colleges and universities. These include some of the country's most well-respected public and private institutions.

Many public schools belong to one of the state's university systems. These include The University of Texas System, Texas A&M University System and the Texas State University System, among others. While the flagship campuses for these systems are often the best known, many have high-quality schools based throughout Texas.

Other institutions in the state include independent universities, private colleges and universities and community colleges. Rice University and Baylor University are two notable private schools in Texas.

There are also 50 community colleges that offer technical training and two-year degrees. Students wishing to start their education at one of these affordable institutions can often transfer their credits to a four-year school when they are ready to earn either an on-campus or online bachelor's degree in Texas.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Texas

Whether you want to live on-campus or earn an online bachelor's degree in Texas, here are ten of the top schools in the state.

Methodology
1Texas A & M University-College Station+
ADMISSION RATE
67%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$75
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
38

Founded in 1876, the flagship campus of the Texas A&M University System can count itself as one of the nation's most prominent institutions. The school is steeped in tradition, and regularly ranks as of the top schools in the country for academics and affordability.

People from all over come to College Station to become Aggies, as the student population is called. However, even those who can't travel to campus have plenty of opportunity to earn a Texas A&M University degree. The school is one of the best online colleges for Texas, in part, because of the large number of distance education programs it offers. Its 38 distance education programs rank the school second out of 72 Texas institutions for that metric.

Once enrolled, students are likely to stick to their education. Texas A&M University ranks fifth in the state for its retention rate and sixth for its graduation rate.

Additional Info
2The University of Texas at the Permian Basin+
ADMISSION RATE
84%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
17

For an affordable education, look no further than The University of Texas at the Permian Basin. The school ranks first in the state and 13th in the nation for the affordability of its tuition and fees. It offers generous grant aid packages to many students and also scored strongly for its net price and the relatively low amount of debt its graduates carry.

While its campus is located in Odessa, The University of Texas at the Permian Basin is a popular choice for students interested in earning online Texas degrees. Nearly two-thirds of its students enrolled in distance education courses in 2015, ranking the university third in the state for that metric. Its online programs include popular majors such as psychology, criminal justice and RN-to-BSN. Many are available in an accelerated 8-week format.

The University of Texas at the Permian Basin is part of The University of Texas System.

Additional Info
3Texas Woman's University+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
28

Texas Woman's University is another of the best online colleges for Texas. The school ranks 7th in the state for the number of distance education programs it offers and 8th in the state for the number of students who enroll in those programs. Online options include a variety of undergraduate completion degrees, graduate degrees and certificates.

Men have been admitted to all programs at Texas Woman's University since 1994, but the school remains one of the nation's largest institutions of higher education that is primarily for women. It is known as an affordable choice and ranks 9th in the state for its tuition and fees.

Outside its degree programs, students may choose Texas Woman's University for its flexible support services. There are remedial classes, career counseling and placement services for graduates. What's more, the university has a tuition guarantee plan and tuition payment plans to make its programs more accessible.

Additional Info
4Sam Houston State University+
ADMISSION RATE
73%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$45
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
19

Named for the famous Texan who helped the state gain independence from Mexico, Sam Houston State University is based in Huntsville. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Texas and was founded in 1879. Today, it offers more than 80 bachelor's degrees and 50 master's degrees as well as several doctoral programs.

Sam Houston State University gets high marks for offering flexible learning options. Some students may be able to earn credits for their life experiences. Meanwhile, online, night and weekend classes make it convenient to study around work and family obligations. Plus, there are remedial support, career placement and academic advising services.

When it comes to affordability, the university tends to be generous with its financial aid packages. Its ranked 12th in the state when it comes to the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as compared to its tuition and fees.

Additional Info
5Texas Tech University+
ADMISSION RATE
63%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
31

Texas Tech University is another school known for, among other things, offering online Texas degrees. The school's Worldwide eLearning option allows students to earn one of more than 60 fully online degrees or certificates. That's enough to rank Texas Tech University as sixth in the state for the number of distance education programs offered. Available degrees include options in popular fields such as general studies, political science and human services.

High school students may be dually enrolled at Texas Tech University or earn AP credit to be applied toward their degree program. Once enrolled, all students have access to career counseling and, after graduation, career placement. Perhaps thanks to these services, the university has a solid graduation rate and ranks 16th out of 72 schools for that metric.

At its campus in Lubbock, Texas Tech University has 10 colleges as well as both a medical school and a School of Law. It was founded in 1923.

Additional Info
6The University of Texas at Austin+
ADMISSION RATE
39%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$75
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The University of Texas at Austin is not the place to earn an online bachelor's degree in Texas, but it does have a lot of other positives going for it. While there are no online degrees, the school can boast of being ranked first in the state when it comes to the number of programs it offers on-campus.

Its retention and graduation rates are among its other strengths. The university ranks seventh in the Texas for its retention rate, a measure of how many students return to school the following year. Meanwhile, its graduation rank is even better. The school ranks fourth out of 72 Texas institutions when it comes to graduating its students on time.

The University of Texas at Austin first opened its doors in 1883. It now serves as the flagship campus for the The University of Texas System.

Additional Info
7The University of Texas at Arlington+
ADMISSION RATE
66%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$60
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
20

Austin isn't the only home to a top ten school within The University of Texas System. The campus at Arlington also made the cut. The University of Texas at Arlington is known for offering a wide variety of education programs.

Since 1998, the university has offered distance education learning in addition to its on-campus degree programs. The University of Texas at Arlington has hundreds of individual courses online. Plus, Finish@UT allows students who have an associate degree to earn a fully online bachelor's degree in Texas. These completion programs build upon the student's previous education and allow them to complete their upper level classes from the convenience of home.

Once financial aid is factored in, The University of Texas at Arlington offers one of the more affordable educations in the state. It ranks 13th for net price and 10th when it comes to the relatively low amount of student debt held by graduates.

Additional Info
8University of Houston+
ADMISSION RATE
60%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

As the flagship campus in the system bearing the same name, the University of Houston calls itself the "powerhouse." It was founded in 1927 and has grown from one campus to a system including four locations.

The University of Houston is ranked fifth in the state in terms of the number of programs it offers. Of those, 16 are fully online master's degree programs. Plus, the University of Houston has put more than 950 of its courses online, making it easy for all students to craft a convenient class schedule.

In terms of affordability, the University of Houston gets high marks for the amount of institutional aid it offers. Its total grant aid, when calculated as a percentage of its tuition and fees, ranks the school sixth in the state. The school also receives strong rankings for its retention and graduation rates.

Additional Info
9The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley+
ADMISSION RATE
82%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley holds the distinction of having the state's lowest average net price. It ranks first in that metric for all students and second when it comes to the average net price for low income students. Given its affordable tuition, it's not surprising The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley also garners the number three spot in the state when it comes to the low median debt held by graduates.

As one of the best online colleges for Texas, the university has fully online programs including a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and an accelerated RN-to-BSN. Students get access to 24/7 online learning support and benefit from the university's other support services.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the latest addition to The University of Texas System. It was created in 2013 by combining the The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and The University of Texas-Pan American.

Additional Info
10The University of Texas at Dallas+
ADMISSION RATE
61%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$50
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
3

Taking the final spot on this top ten list is another school from The University of Texas System. Like its counterpart in Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas at Dallas is notable for being affordable. It ranks sixth in the state for average net price. That ranking is likely due in large part to the amount of financial aid the university hands out. The school ranks first out of 72 Texas schools when it comes to the institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

The Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas offers several of its graduate programs online. A few of the available options include master's degrees in business administration, marketing, management and accounting.

Both online and on-campus students have access to the same support services. Tuition payment plans and a tuition guarantee are available to make this affordable school even more accessible.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Texas

There are many on-campus and online Texas degrees available. However, the following programs are the ones that have proven most popular with students in recent years.

In-Demand Careers in Texas

Before deciding on a degree program, students might find it beneficial to review which jobs are expected to grow most in the coming years. Here's a look at the in-demand careers for Texas.

Career Title Total Employment Projected Job Growth Annual Salary
Psychiatrists88023.1%$205,330
Obstetricians and Gynecologists1,46030.8%$195,090
Dentists, All Other Specialists470-$194,080
Family and General Practitioners6,45022.5%$193,950
Pediatricians, General1,92021.4%$168,820
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers10,59026.7%$165,130
Dentists, General8,42024.1%$159,640
Nurse Anesthetists4,70034.1%$154,850
Architectural and Engineering Managers11,24014.9%$152,240
Computer and Information Systems Managers20,01027.5%$145,690

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Texas

Financial aid is available to many students attending traditional and online colleges in Texas. Students can apply for federal assistance, but the state also offers grants and scholarships specifically to its residents. These include the Texas Public Educational Grant Program, the Top 10 Percent Scholarship Program and the TEXAS Grant Program among others.

 
Millhollon Educational Trust Loan
Applicant must be a Texas resident attending a Texas school who is 25 years old or younger. Financial need must be demonstrated and interview is required.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$30,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

July 1 (fall); January 2 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient completes 12 credit hours per semester and maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA.

 
Charles and Anne Duncan Scholarship
Applicant must be a student of outstanding merit and reside west of the Mississippi River. Priority is given to residents of Texas and the Southwest. Nomination by school or Emory Admission Committee is required.
More

AWARD AMOUNT

$25,240

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

 
7th GotScholarship $20K Give Away
Applicant must be a current or future college student/graduate with outstanding loans in any area of study. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and register with GotChosen.com in ordered to be entered into the random drawing. Selection not based upon GPA, essay, or financial need. Award required to be used for educational expenses.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 28

 

 

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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University of Houston
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
212 E. Cullen Building
City
Houston
State
TX
Zip Code
77204
Website
www.uh.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
510-610
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
540-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
23-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
34,830
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,759
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
30%
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1201 W University Dr
City
Edinburg
State
TX
Zip Code
78539
Website
www.utrgv.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
410-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
430-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
400-500
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-21
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
24,547
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
82%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,292
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
37
Number of Online Programs Offered
5
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
35%
Sam Houston State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1806 Ave J
City
Huntsville
State
TX
Zip Code
77340
Website
www.shsu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
450-550
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
440-540
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
17,401
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$45
Admission Rate
73%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,618
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
19
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
46%
Texas A & M University-College Station
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
JKW Administration Building, Suite 100
City
College Station
State
TX
Zip Code
77843
Website
www.tamu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-640
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-670
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-610
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
48,959
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$75
Admission Rate
67%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,837
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
38
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
8%
The University of Texas at Austin
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
110 Inner Campus Drive
City
Austin
State
TX
Zip Code
78712
Website
www.utexas.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
570-690
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
600-720
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
560-690
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
26-32
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
39,619
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$75
Admission Rate
39%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,806
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
14
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
14%
The University of Texas at Dallas
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
800 West Campbell Road
City
Richardson
State
TX
Zip Code
75080
Website
www.utdallas.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
560-670
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
600-700
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
25-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
15,575
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
61%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,864
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
3
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
16%
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4901 E University
City
Odessa
State
TX
Zip Code
79762
Website
www.utpb.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
460-540
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
18-22
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,233
UnderGraduate Application Fee
N/A
Admission Rate
84%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$5,250
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
43
Number of Online Programs Offered
17
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Texas Tech University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Broadway and University Avenue
City
Lubbock
State
TX
Zip Code
79409
Website
www.ttu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
510-600
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-620
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
470-570
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
23-27
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
29,237
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
63%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,028
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
31
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
41%
Texas Woman's University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
304 Administration Dr
City
Denton
State
TX
Zip Code
76201
Website
www.twu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-520
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
420-530
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
400-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
17-23
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
10,080
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,032
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
24
Number of Online Programs Offered
28
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
57%
The University of Texas at Arlington
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
City
Arlington
State
TX
Zip Code
76013
Website
WWW.UTA.EDU
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
400-540
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-610
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
440-560
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
30,633
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$60
Admission Rate
66%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,208
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
36
Number of Online Programs Offered
20
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
42%
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