Best universities in Texas

Explore the top universities in Texas using data from the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education US College Rankings

December 6 2016

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin

Texas is the second largest state in the USA. Known as the ‘Lone Star State’, Texas covers a huge area in the deep south of the United States.

The state has a wide range of landscapes and environments, from the seaside towns on the gulf coast to the plains of the panhandle in the North, including swamps, rolling prairies, forests. The western mountains and the deserts form the backdrop to the cowboy films that give Texas its ‘Wild West’ image.

The state struck oil in the early 1900s and never looked back. The huge reserves found beneath Texas have fuelled the state’s economy ever since and lead to growth in many other sectors. Texas has the second highest GDP in the USA after California.

Houston is the city with the highest population and home to many of the most prestigious universities in Texas.


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Texas has its own unique culture, food and music with a long history of cultural exchange across the border with Mexico.

Austin is the state capital and cultural heartland, famous for its music and arts scene.

The state’s higher education sector is booming, helped in no small part by the discovery of oil on land owned by the Permanent University Fund. There are around 36 separate public higher education institutions in Texas, several of which rank highly as research institutions.

If you want to study in Texas you need to find out which university is right for you.

Rice University

Rice University is a private research university in Houston, Texas.

Rice has a reputation for pioneering academics and a small student body – with a focus on quality over quantity.

Rice was named after businessman and founder William Marsh Rice. The university was originally called the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature and the first classes were taught in 1912 with only 77 students.

The university has a strong focus on undergraduates and, unusually, couples this with a strong research focus. More than half of Rice undergraduates are involved in research projects.

The 6,000 students live on the heavily-wooded 285-acre campus.

Rice’s prestige comes from the quality of its applied science research into fields such as space science, artificial heart research and nanotechnology. The university consistently ranks extremely highly in the global rankings for its material science research.

Rice’s admissions process is notoriously selective, part of the reason for its small student body. But the community is diverse; 12 per cent of the undergraduate population are international students.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin (known as UT Austin) is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. This public research university was opened in 1883 in the state capital.

UT Austin ranks highly among American public universities and has a global reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.

The academic and alumni community includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and recipients of the Turing Award.

The student population is over 50,000, putting it in the top ten largest single campus enrolments in the US.

Students study a huge range of subjects at both an undergraduate and a postgraduate level, and the university is home to many prestigious research institutes.

UT Austin is one of the top recipients of research grants in the country, research that has gone on to produce hundreds of patents and dozens of start-up companies. 


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The best universities in Texas, according to the WSJ/THE US College Ranking

University

City

WSJ/THE rank

Rice University

Houston

18

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

51

Trinity University

San Antonio

73

Texas A&M University-College Station

College Station

80

Southern Methodist University

Dallas

86

Baylor University

Waco

186

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth

196

Austin College

Sherman

207

Southwestern University

Georgetown

240

St Mary's University

San Antonio

288

University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson

353

St Edward's University

Austin

368

University of Houston

Houston

388

University of Dallas

Irving

469

Texas Tech University

Lubbock

501-600

Abilene Christian University

Abilene

501-600

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington

501-600

University of North Texas

Denton

501-600

Texas Lutheran University

Seguin

501-600

Texas Woman's University

Denton

501-600

Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene

501-600

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas

601-800

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Belton

601-800

Schreiner University

Kerrville

601-800

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville

601-800

Texas State University

San Marcos

601-800

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls

601-800

University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso

601-800

Howard Payne University

Brownwood

601-800

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio

601-800

University of Texas at San Antonio

San Antonio

601-800

Texas Southern University

Houston

>800

Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches

>800

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce

>800

University of Houston-Downtown

Houston

>800

Tarleton State University

Stephenville

>800

Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock

>800

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View

>800

Texas A&M International University

Laredo

>800

Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio

>800

Concordia University Texas

Austin

>800

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

>800

West Texas A&M University

Canyon

>800

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Kingsville

>800


Editor's note: The information on this page was correct at the time of publication. Since then, Times Higher Education has reissued the US College Rankings. For the most up-to-date 2017 US College Rankings results, always use the overall league table. Click here for more information

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