2022 best colleges in Texas best-colleges

Texas is home to 299 colleges and universities, the most of any U.S. state. University of Texas at Austin is the most well known, with numerous excellent programs across fine arts, engineering, and liberal arts. Considered to be a “Southern Ivy”, Rice University is renowned for its STEM programs and unique housing system that assigns students to one of 11 residential colleges which serve as a hub for dining and social activities. Baylor University, one of the state’s top medical schools, partners with Rice University to offer a competitive eight-year M.D. program.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Texas

Texas A & M International University

Laredo, Texas

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 53%

Net cost: $3,074

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $46,823

Vs. state average: + $1,876

Economic score: 0.64

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#2 in Texas

Rice University

Houston, Texas

Admission rate: 11%

Grad rate: 95%

Net cost: $16,999

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $77,683

Vs. state average: + $32,736

Economic score: 0.77

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#3 in Texas

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Admission rate: 83%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $4,514

Payback: 1.1 Years

Earnings: $45,895

Vs. state average: + $948

Economic score: 1.06

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#4 in Texas

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

Admission rate: 32%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $18,023

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $67,839

Vs. state average: + $22,892

Economic score: 1.17

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#5 in Texas

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, Texas

Admission rate: 64%

Grad rate: 83%

Net cost: $19,057

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $66,566

Vs. state average: + $21,619

Economic score: 1.34

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#6 in Texas

The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, Texas

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 70%

Net cost: $15,232

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $60,595

Vs. state average: + $15,648

Economic score: 1.37

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#7 in Texas

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Admission rate: 63%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $12,838

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $56,763

Vs. state average: + $11,816

Economic score: 1.49

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#8 in Texas

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Houston, Texas

Admission rate: 81%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $10,612

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $52,998

Vs. state average: + $8,051

Economic score: 1.54

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#9 in Texas

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, Texas

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $10,045

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $50,396

Vs. state average: + $5,449

Economic score: 1.67

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#10 in Texas

University of Houston-Victoria

Victoria, Texas

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $8,967

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $47,294

Vs. state average: + $2,347

Economic score: 1.69

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#11 in Texas

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas

Admission rate: 94%

Grad rate: 56%

Net cost: $9,617

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $49,724

Vs. state average: + $4,777

Economic score: 1.69

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#12 in Texas

The University of Texas Permian Basin

Odessa, Texas

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 52%

Net cost: $10,092

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $50,006

Vs. state average: + $5,059

Economic score: 1.70

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#13 in Texas

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas

Admission rate: 34%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $24,669

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $65,315

Vs. state average: + $20,368

Economic score: 1.75

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#14 in Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler

Tyler, Texas

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $10,974

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $49,446

Vs. state average: + $4,499

Economic score: 1.82

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#15 in Texas

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Admission rate: 71%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $17,571

Payback: 2.4 Years

Earnings: $58,435

Vs. state average: + $13,488

Economic score: 1.84

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#16 in Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, Texas

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 58%

Net cost: $14,246

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $54,633

Vs. state average: + $9,686

Economic score: 1.88

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#17 in Texas

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas

Admission rate: 53%

Grad rate: 78%

Net cost: $36,222

Payback: 3.1 Years

Earnings: $72,514

Vs. state average: + $27,567

Economic score: 1.94

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#18 in Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 50%

Net cost: $13,853

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $50,810

Vs. state average: + $5,863

Economic score: 2.25

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#19 in Texas

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

Admission rate: 84%

Grad rate: 60%

Net cost: $15,086

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $51,232

Vs. state average: + $6,285

Economic score: 2.31

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#20 in Texas

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

Admission rate: 93%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $14,617

Payback: 2.7 Years

Earnings: $50,125

Vs. state average: + $5,178

Economic score: 2.40

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