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 is outstanding in all areas of college life, from academics, to partying, right down to the weather. I was a little hesitant to leave New York for Texas and pay a little bit more than my other college options, but honestly Rice was worth the...” – Janet from Carmel, NY

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...

“…it has giving me the opportunity to further my education. it has a wide selection of fields i can choose from. i feel proud for being a tsu tiger.” – Christopher from Katy, 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...

“…houston community college is one of the most well-known colleges in houston. it has very flexible class schedules throughout the year. the professors here are very informative and patient.” – Angie 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...

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 university of st. thomas is a small catholic university. while it is deeply immersed in catholic morals and traditions, the university is open to people of all religions and beliefs. the staff and faculty at the university are very kind.” – Student 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...

“…Houston Baptist University show that they really care for you and are interested in knowing you and finding out who you are. They dedicate time in getting you comfortable and ready for your new life in their campus. They are a wonderful University...” – Maira from Katy, 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...

“…It is close to home and great faculty. The University has plenty of partnerships and internships available with local companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and NASA for technology and science. I also think it was a fantastic Anthropology program.” – Eduardo from Baytown, 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 college is friendly and helpful. The teachers and administration want a person to succeed in his/her educational goals. ” – Jeremy from Fresno, 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...

“…san jac is a very good school. the classes are small and you receive a lot of one on one time with the teacher. the campus is very nice and clean as well.” – Carolyn 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...

“…It's one of the best research institutions in the nation. It's world renowned for cancer treatment. If you want to learn about and treat cancer patients, then it's the place to be.” – Debora from Houston, TX

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...

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...

“…Wonderful experience. Professors are very knowledgeable and push to challenge us and teach us to expand our minds.” – Daveta from Houston, TX

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...