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2021 Best Schools in Texas

159 Schools Ranked
$38,419 Average Earnings
$24,508 Avg Student Debt

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamp with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Schools in Texas ranking. Our analysis looked at 159 schools in Texas to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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Top Schools in Texas

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#1

Rice University

Houston, Texas
$61,227 Average Earnings
$14,509 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Rice University the best school in Texas for students working on their degree.

On average, students take out $14,509 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $149. Once they receive their degree, Rice graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $61,227 during the early year of their career.

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#2

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas
$110,567 Average Earnings
$98,629 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Baylor College of Medicine. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Schools in Texas list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $98,629 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $1,374 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Baylor College of Medicine graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $110,567 during the early year of their career.

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$72,692 Average Earnings
$52,240 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Schools in Texas list.

Degree recipients from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center accumulate an average of $52,240 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $672, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center graduates make an average of $72,692 annually.

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$55,600 Average Earnings
$62,803 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 159 schools in Texas that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center landed the # 4 spot on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $62,803 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $929.After graduating from UT Southwestern, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $55,600 during the early years of their career.

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$69,588 Average Earnings
$53,637 Avg Student Debt

The excellent programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Texas.

Degree recipients from UTHealth accumulate an average of $53,637 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $633, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UTHealth graduates make an average of $69,588 annually.

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#6

Central Texas College

Killeen, Texas
$49,300 Average Earnings
$9,137 Avg Student Debt

Central Texas College landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $9,137 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $50, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Central Texas College graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $49,300 during the early year of their career.

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$78,000 Average Earnings
$60,063 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $60,063 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $729, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UT Health San Antonio graduates make an average of $78,000 annually.

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$74,333 Average Earnings
$47,114 Avg Student Debt

The University of Texas Medical Branch ranked #8 on this year’s Best Schools in Texas list.

Degree recipients from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston accumulate an average of $47,114 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $591 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $74,333 during the early year of their career.

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$49,643 Average Earnings
$33,585 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #9, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $33,585 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $329, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan.After graduating from UT Austin, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $49,643 during the early years of their career.

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$67,300 Average Earnings
$18,460 Avg Student Debt

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions ranked #10 on this year’s Best Schools in Texas list.

On average, students take out $18,460 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $200 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $67,300 during the early year of their career.

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#11

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas
$57,267 Average Earnings
$24,528 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #11, Trinity University did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $24,528 in loans while pursuing their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $302. During the early years of their career, Trinity U graduates make an average of $57,267 annually.

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#12

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
$53,657 Average Earnings
$29,618 Avg Student Debt

Texas A&M University - College Station came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Texas ranking.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $29,618 in student loans. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $321, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, Texas A&M graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $53,657 during the early year of their career.

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#13

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
$52,857 Average Earnings
$25,785 Avg Student Debt

Texas Christian University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Texas ranking.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $25,785 in student loans. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $272 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, TCU graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $52,857 during the early year of their career.

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#14

Lee College

Baytown, Texas
$67,833 Average Earnings
$10,879 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #14, Lee College did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $10,879 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $103 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Lee College graduates make an average of $67,833 annually.

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$54,535 Average Earnings
$35,878 Avg Student Debt

Southern Methodist University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #15 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $35,878 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $443. During the early years of their career, SMU graduates make an average of $54,535 annually.

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#16

Brazosport College

Lake Jackson, Texas
$56,067 Average Earnings
$14,870 Avg Student Debt

Brazosport College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $14,870 in loans while pursuing their degree.After graduating from BC, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $56,067 during the early years of their career.

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$46,845 Average Earnings
$15,683 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin did quite well on this year’s best schools for students working.

On average, students take out $15,683 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $161, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, UT Permian Basin graduates make an average of $46,845 annually.

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#18

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas
$45,177 Average Earnings
$29,630 Avg Student Debt

Texas Tech University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Schools in Texas list.

Degree recipients from Texas Tech accumulate an average of $29,630 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $293.After graduating from Texas Tech, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $45,177 during the early years of their career.

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$45,835 Average Earnings
$27,281 Avg Student Debt

University of Houston - Clear Lake did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #19 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $27,281 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $260. Once they receive their degree, University of Houston - Clear Lake graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $45,835 during the early year of their career.

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$26,620 Average Earnings
$9,460 Avg Student Debt

Pima Medical Institute-El Paso did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #20 on the list.

On average, students take out $9,460 in loans while pursuing their degree. Those who take out this much in loans have to make a monthly payment of about $107 if they are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Pima Medical Institute-El Paso graduates make an average of $26,620 annually.

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#21

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
$43,988 Average Earnings
$26,035 Avg Student Debt

Baylor University landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best programs.

On average, students take out $26,035 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $279, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, Baylor graduates make an average of $43,988 annually.

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#22

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
$36,717 Average Earnings
$13,776 Avg Student Debt

Lone Star College System came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Texas ranking.

On average, students take out $13,776 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $121, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. Once they receive their degree, North Harris Montgomery graduates enter the workforce, making an average salary of $36,717 during the early year of their career.

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#23

College of the Mainland

Texas City, Texas
$57,633 Average Earnings
$10,080 Avg Student Debt

College of the Mainland did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #23 on the list.

By the time they get their degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $10,080 in student loans. For those students on a 10-year repayment plan, the average payment due each month is around $87.After graduating from COM, students go on to jobs where they make an average of $57,633 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, Texas
$38,886 Average Earnings
$24,002 Avg Student Debt

Texas Lutheran University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for students. It came in at #24 on the list.

On average, students take out $24,002 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $277, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, TLU graduates make an average of $38,886 annually.

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#25

University of Houston

Houston, Texas
$46,964 Average Earnings
$29,151 Avg Student Debt

University of Houston came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Schools in Texas ranking.

On average, students take out $29,151 in loans while pursuing their degree. If you borrow this amount, expect your monthly student loan payment to be around $308, assuming you are on a 10-year repayment plan. During the early years of their career, U of H graduates make an average of $46,964 annually.

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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our best schools ranking:

Rank School Location
26 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, TX
27 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
28 Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX
29 Austin Community College District Austin, TX
30 Lamson Institute San Antonio, TX
31 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
32 The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest Houston, TX

Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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