Colleges in Houston

Colleges in Houston

Houston, located in the seat of Harris County, is the most populous city in the state of Texas, and claims the same in the entire southern US. Founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1837, Houston grew as a regional trading center for the rest of the century and now has a broad economy in energy—through oil and natural gas—as well as manufacturing, healthcare, and, of course, aeronautics.  

Houston has four state universities located within its city limits, one of which is Texas Southern University, an historical black university that’s considered one of the largest and most comprehensive in the US. The flagship institution for the University of Houston is, as expected, located in its namesake city, and hosts more than 40,000 students on its 667-acre campus. There are also two stand-alone institutions in the UH System in Houston, Clear Lake and Downtown, and two ABA-accredited law schools, the UH Law Center and Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU.

Home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world, the city also has a number of medical schools and colleges, many within the dense triangle that consists of more than 50 not-for-profit medical-related institutions. The McGovern Medical School and the Baylor College of Medicine are among the throng, as well as the pharmacy schools from both TSU and UH, a school of optometry, and Prairie View A&M University’s nursing school.

The most selective university in the state, and most selective in the US, Rice University was founded in Houston in 1912. The only Catholic institution in the city is the University of St. Thomas, although there are other religious universities, such as the Houston Baptist University. The Houston Community College System serves the city, but there are campuses from the Lone Star College System, among others, serving sections of the more than 2.3 million living in the area.

An automobile-dependent city, Houston has an extensive freeway system in conjunction with limited-access highways. Public transport is handled by the METRO and features 75 local routes, and Amtrak provides service to Houston thrice weekly. The area has several airports, all of which are part of the Houston Airport System.

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Originally founded as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art, Rice University is a 4-year private institution in Houston. Rice encompasses six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over...

“…Rice University is an all-around perfect school. The quality of life her is top notch; we have some of the happiest college students in the country. Of course, academic opportunity is well worth its cost. ” – Emily from Catasauqua, PA

One of the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, Texas Southern University is a 4-year public institution in Houston. TSU is home to 12 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 100 academic majors...

“…I am definitely learning from the many professors I have in the chemistry department, and my mentor. I have already participated in a mini research project that opened my eyes to what research is. I've meant great professors who are guiding me into...” – Shelby from Cedar Hill, TX

Houston Community College is a 2-year community college system with 21 locations throughout the greater Houston area. HCC is home to eight academic fields of study conferring associate degrees and certificates and was created to give opportunities to...

“…Even though, HCC isn't the school I chose to go to, it isn't that bad. The professors will teach you one on one if you need help with something that they're teaching. They have tutoring centers to help students accomplish their work. The classes are...” – Jeannie from Houston, TX

The Baylor College of Medicine is a health sciences institution in Houston. Baylor is home to schools of Medicine, Health Professions, Biomedical Sciences, and Tropical Medicine. For a hands-on learning experience, the Baylor campus is located within...

“…In everything i have heard and read, Baylor is a fantastic school in general.” – Briana from Pateros, WA

The University of St. Thomas is a 4-year private institution and the only Catholic university in Houston. St. Thomas confers undergraduate degrees in over 35 academic majors and the university has been designated an Hispanic-serving institution. As a...

“…The balance and opportunities that they provide you with it is beyond just furthering your education but also the support to being a well rounded individual” – Bianca from Humble, TX

Founded in 1974, the University of Houston-Downtown is a 4-year public school and a designated minority and Hispanic-serving institution. UHD is home to five colleges awarding undergraduate degrees in 44 fields of study. For students interested in...

“…This University offers a wide rage of subjects that everybody would be interested in.” – Adrian from Houston, TX

Houston Baptist University is a 4-year institution located on 100 acres of land just outside of its namesake town in Texas. The university promotes academic, spiritual, and academic excellence centered around their central confession “Jesus Christ is...

“…The professors at HBU know alot about their field of interest and share that passion with the students. Besides classroom instruction, with small class sizes, the professors are willing to answer questions and discuss material outside the classroom.” – HBUStudent from TX

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is a 4-year institution and a campus of the University of Houston system. UH Clear Lake is home to colleges of Human Sciences, Business, Education, and Science & Engineering conferring degrees in over 80 academic...

“…This university is great! They offer many degree plans. The staff is always friendly.” – Becky from Webster, TX

Alvin Community College is a public institution in the city of Alvin, Texas. ACC’s focus is to provide accessible, high-quality academic opportunities and economic development to its community. Because ACC participates in Texas Common Course...

“…The teachers really know what they're doing and the classrooms are smaller than on a lot of large campuses so you can get individual attention from the teacher and learn even more.” – Stacey from Alvin, TX

San Jacinto College is 2-year public institution with the main branch situated in Pasadena, Texas, but has four total campuses and an online component. San Jac has articulation agreements with 30 universities, including several Texas A&M and...

“…An awesome college with an accrediation and contract for credit hours to be accepted at U of H. Nice facility and great teachers who care about your success.” – Ranisha from Dayton, TX

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is the largest medical center in the world. UT Health is home to several research institutions, including the Center of Excellence in Mood Disorders, the Consortium on Aging, and the...

“…I feel lucky to get admitted to worlds largest health science center. If you are interested in cancer research, there is no limit to the number of opportunities you can avail. Perfect school, perfect health science center, perfect blend of diversity.” – MPH from Houston, TX

North American University is a private, 4-year institution established in Stafford, Texas. NAU offers three bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Science, Business Administration, and Interdisciplinary Studies, six master’s degree programs in...

Located in Houston, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is a medical school and one of the first comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. UT’s School of Health Professions is home to ten undergraduate academic programs in...

With a campus in the heart of downtown, South Texas College of Law Houston is the oldest law school in the state’s largest city. The college is divided into institutes such as the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution and Advocacy Program. South...

“…My entire family graduated from this university and have become very successful!” – robert from Houston, TX

Established in 1967, College of Biblical Studies-Houston is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Texas. CBS offers Bible Studies programs online and on-campus, awarding certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Students...

Established in 1908, Texas Chiropractic College is a private, medical education institution located in Pasadena. Along with its several post-graduate and continuing education programs, TCC offers two degree programs including a Bachelor of Science in...