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Colleges in Texas

25 colleges
377,480 yearly degrees
$9,863 average yearly in-state tuition
$22,833 average 4-year student loan

There is a smaller number of colleges to choose from in this state. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $9,863, while students interested in attending a school from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,356.

An estimated 33% of college students in Texas take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,708.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

#1

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
Public public vs private
18,400 yearly awards
$20,282 net cost

There are 46,724 full-time undergraduates at Texas A&M, and 67,929 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Texas A&M. The freshman retention rate is 92%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 51% of accepted students are men, and 49% are women.

34% of Texas A&M students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $7,033. Texas A&M has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Texas A&M is $58,000.

Public public vs private
15,850 yearly awards
$16,960 net cost

The total student population at The University of Texas at Austin is 51,525, of which 37,740 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UT Austin. The freshman retention rate is 95%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 36%. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,887. UT Austin has a 2.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $58,200.

Public public vs private
14,020 yearly awards
$13,200 net cost

There are approximately 46,497 students at UT Arlington in total, 17,819 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UT Arlington undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 71%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly, 39% of students at UT Arlington take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,766. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington earns $48,700.

#4

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
Public public vs private
10,130 yearly awards
$16,392 net cost

There are 27,159 full-time undergraduates at U of H, and 45,364 students altogether. It takes the average U of H undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Approximately 37% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,463. U of H has a 3.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$51,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from U of H earns.

#5

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
Public public vs private
9,900 yearly awards
$6,940 net cost

The total student population at Lone Star College System is 72,336, of which 20,532 students are full-time undergraduates.

15% of North Harris Montgomery students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $3,899. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for North Harris Montgomery with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,200 after graduation.

#6

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
Public public vs private
9,490 yearly awards
$13,832 net cost

There are approximately 38,276 students at UNT in total, 25,592 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UNT. The freshman retention rate is 78%.

About 72% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

Roughly, 51% of students at UNT take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $5,815. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $45,000.

#7

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
Public public vs private
8,760 yearly awards
$15,545 net cost

The total student population at Texas State University is 38,666, of which 28,019 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Texas State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,883. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Texas State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $45,700 after graduation.

#8

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
Public public vs private
8,600 yearly awards
$17,134 net cost

There are approximately 36,996 students at Texas Tech in total, 27,318 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Texas Tech undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 69%. Around 48% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

44% of Texas Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $8,163. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech earns $51,400.

Public public vs private
8,180 yearly awards
$14,763 net cost

There are 15,294 full-time undergraduates at UT Dallas, and 27,642 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UT Dallas. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

About 76% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 55% are men and 45% are women.

Roughly, 30% of students at UT Dallas take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,314. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UT Dallas is $53,100.

#10

Tarrant County College District

Fort Worth, Texas
Public public vs private
7,810 yearly awards
$6,303 net cost

There are approximately 52,957 students at Tarrant County College in total, 15,077 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 8% of students at Tarrant County College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,182. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$34,400 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Tarrant County College earns.

#11

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
Public public vs private
7,330 yearly awards
$8,526 net cost

The total student population at San Jacinto Community College is 30,509, of which 7,081 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $3,311. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from San Jacinto College is $37,700.

#12

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
Public public vs private
7,060 yearly awards
$5,747 net cost

There are 17,226 full-time undergraduates at Houston Community College, and 57,120 students altogether.

17% of Houston Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $5,230. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $33,600.

Public public vs private
6,600 yearly awards
$12,745 net cost

There are approximately 30,768 students at UTSA in total, 21,510 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UTSA undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

52% of UTSA students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $6,037. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UTSA earns $45,300.

#14

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
Public public vs private
6,420 yearly awards
$2,096 net cost

The total student population at South Texas College is 31,321, of which 10,788 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $1,557.

Students who graduate for South Texas College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,300 after graduation.

#15

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas
Public public vs private
5,810 yearly awards
$12,941 net cost

There are 5,967 full-time undergraduates at Lamar University, and 14,506 students altogether. It takes the average Lamar University undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

82% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly, 52% of students at Lamar University take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,624. Lamar University has a 7.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$39,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Lamar University earns.

Public public vs private
5,340 yearly awards
$3,901 net cost

The total student population at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is 27,809, of which 18,647 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UT Rio Grande Valley undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 20% of students at UT Rio Grande Valley take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,841. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for UT Rio Grande Valley with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,900 after graduation.

#17

San Antonio College

San Antonio, Texas
Public public vs private
5,210 yearly awards
$7,101 net cost

There are 3,607 full-time undergraduates at San Antonio College, and 19,385 students altogether.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $5,378. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average.

$31,100 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from San Antonio College earns.

#18

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas
Public public vs private
4,900 yearly awards
$13,560 net cost

There are approximately 20,938 students at SHSU in total, 14,808 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at SHSU. The freshman retention rate is 77%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 74%. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

64% of SHSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $6,005. SHSU has a 6.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SHSU earns $44,600.

#18

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,900 yearly awards
$34,898 net cost

There are 14,100 full-time undergraduates at Baylor, and 17,059 students altogether. It takes the average Baylor undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Roughly, 47% of students at Baylor take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $11,363. Baylor has a 3.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $51,600.

Public public vs private
4,810 yearly awards
$8,135 net cost

There are approximately 25,078 students at UTEP in total, 14,025 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UTEP undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

Virtually everyone who applies to this school gets in. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

35% of UTEP students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,444. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from UTEP is $40,000.

Private not-for-profit public vs private
4,490 yearly awards
$32,190 net cost

The total student population at Southern Methodist University is 11,789, of which 6,240 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average SMU undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 49% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $10,162. SMU has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from SMU is $60,700.

#22

El Paso Community College

El Paso, Texas
Public public vs private
4,370 yearly awards
$4,581 net cost

The total student population at El Paso Community College is 28,750, of which 8,710 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 5% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,116. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $26,500.

Public public vs private
4,220 yearly awards
$8,175 net cost

There are 9,130 full-time undergraduates at Austin Community College District, and 40,803 students altogether.

Roughly, 57% of students at Austin Community College District take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $3,951. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.8% is close to the national average.

Students who graduate for Austin Community College District with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,700 after graduation.

#24

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
Public public vs private
4,010 yearly awards
$9,493 net cost

There are approximately 15,473 students at TWU in total, 6,968 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average TWU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 11% are men and 89% are women.

55% of TWU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $5,351. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$44,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from TWU earns.

#25

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
Public public vs private
3,710 yearly awards
$5,032 net cost

The total student population at Central Texas College is 15,672, of which 3,671 students are full-time undergraduates.

27% of Central Texas College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $2,929. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Central Texas College earns $31,000.

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