Sep 22, 2017


Located in the south-central part of the United States, Texas is commonly referred to as the ‘Lone Star State’. It is the second most populous and the second largest state in the country. Texas is bordered by Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, Louisiana to the east, and New Mexico to the west. To the south, Texas shares an international border with Mexico.

TexasThe total population of Texas is 26,448,193 (2013 U.S. Bureau estimates). Austin is the state capital, while Houston is the largest city. Other major cities in the state include San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, and El Paso.

With a large population, abundant resources, world-class cities, and a strong economy, Texas is a popular destination and major commercial hub. The state leads the nation in petroleum deposits, natural gas production, cotton growing, and livestock production.

TheTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board coordinates the effective delivery of higher education, provides leadership the higher education system, and administers programs to improve higher education in the state.

Top Reasons to Study in Texas

  • Employment Prospects: Texas boasts the strongest economy in the state, according to a 2014 report by CNBC, and is home to 53 Fortune 500 companies (2014 rankings). Major private employers include Exxon Mobil, J.C. Penney, Texas Instruments, Whole Foods Market, Waste Management, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Kimberly-Clark.
  • Quality of Education: With eight universities ranked among the top 100 national universities, Texas offers many excellent higher education options. These include Rice University, University of Texas—Austin, and Southern Methodist University – the top three ranked Texas-based universities on the 2015 edition of US News and World Report’s Best National Colleges.

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Texas, contact the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Southern Methodist University Business,Psychology Private >10,000 Request Info
Texas Tech University Business,Engineering,Family/ Consumer Sciences Public >10,000 Request Info
University of the Incarnate Word Business,Education,Parks/Recreation Private >10,000 Request Info
Collin County Community College District Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Texas Southern University Business,Communications/ Journalism,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
San Jacinto College Business,Health,Visual/Performance Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Texas Christian University Accounting,Nursing,Strategic Communications Private >10,000 Request Info
University of North Texas Business,Health,Trade and Industry Public >10,000 Request Info
El Centro College Business,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
Texas State University: San Marcos Business,Interdisciplinary Studies,Visual/Performing Arts Public >10,000 Request Info

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