2017 Best Colleges in Texas

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    Rice University

    • Houston, TX
    • 958 reviews
    College Sophomore:I'm incredibly happy with my decision to come to Rice. It's a small campus, so you'll have pretty small class sizes (max 150 for intro STEM classes, once you get past those its usually 15-40 people in a class) and personal relationships with your professors. It's pretty easy to make friends since you see a lot of familiar faces everywhere and you'll see a lot of the same people at events you're interested in (i.e. make sports friends at athletic events, party friends when you go out, school friends in classes- and a lot of these overlap). Rice academics very heavily favors the natural sciences, then social sciences, then humanities. That being said, there are still humanities majors at Rice, they just aren't as dominant as engineers or pre-meds. Students here really (really) care about doing well, so sometimes you'll get caught up in the "Rice bubble" where there's a lot of pressure to do everything (i.e. be involved in a ton of clubs, hold leadership positions, and get great grades), but as long as you learn to balance and keep thing in perspective you'll be fine. Professors aren't trying to fail you, students help each other, and it's a lot of fun. I would very highly recommend Rice, it's an amazing experience and I've learned so much.

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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,336 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.

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    Texas A&M University

    • College Station, TX
    • 6,026 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have enjoyed every bit of my college experience. I went to a huge college and was able to shrink it by joining organizations and making friends in them. But I still went to a college were everyone is friendly. You will have a tough time finding a professor you do not like, however they will all challenge you.

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    Southern Methodist University

    • Dallas, TX
    • 1,348 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I am a recent alumnus so I will be a bit biased but I will also as objective as possible with my review...

    First things first, I would honestly give this school a 4.5, or a 9/10... not a 10. Mostly for this upcoming reason.


    This school is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY expensive lol. Was my degree worth it, the alumni network, prestige, job opportunities, etc? YES.. But SMU is still WAYYYY TOO expensive. This is the most expensive school in Texas and by a GOOD MARGIN actually lol(I believe it's around 8-10k more than TCU, 2nd most expensive lol). Thus, the "MRS" thing at SMU is fairly accurate lol.


    Where to begin...

    My whole family went to either UT or Rice, so I had pressure growing up to attend those schools. I chose SMU easily and (despite the CRAZY tuition) I would do it ALL OVER AGAIN.

    When you go to college you want to gain a few things:

    1. Life experience

    2. A solid education

    3. Friends/opportunities to last a lifetime

    4. Strong alumni network (SMU has a VERY STRONG one!)

    5. Degree weight/worth/value

    6. Opportunity

    7. A GOOD job

    You will get ALL OF THOSE at SMU. Upon graduation I had no trouble getting job offers, particularly in Dallas and ALL THROUGHOUT Texas. The other 2 major cities that come to mind: Houston and Austin, I had DOZENS of offers and meetings from those areas lol. It just came down to where I wanted to live in the end, honestly lol. They were ALL good jobs! The "recognition/prestige' of being SMU alumni is almost UNMATCHED in Texas. If you plan to stay in Texas after graduation, you will be JUST FINE(trust me) lol.

    The friends i've met, made, and kept from my days from all background SES, racial(SMU is more diverse than you think), Greek or NON Greek, I have and will keep for a lifetime. I also PERSONALLY know 2 people who got into Harvard Law and 1 to Harvard Med from SMU undergrad.

    SMU pushes you to bring the best OUT OF YOU, work hard, do right, do well, carry/present yourself well and Pony Up!

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    Trinity University - Texas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 656 reviews
    College Junior:The academics are very insightful and interesting. However, the science courses seems to be unreasonably difficult- I met a doctor who went to Trinity and she claimed that Trinity was harder than medical school, which does not really seem fair. The humanities courses are thought-provoking.

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    Baylor University

    • Waco, TX
    • 3,700 reviews
    College Junior:I would say the work load and the educational process at Baylor is very insightful and geared toward individual growth of each student in a supportive way.

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    University of Texas - Dallas

    • Richardson, TX
    • 1,828 reviews
    College Senior:Curriculum is very challenging and coursework is hard, but the professors are usually very helpful and willing to make sure that their students do their best.

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    St. Mary's University - Texas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 919 reviews
    College Sophomore:St. Mary's University is a very good school. We have an excellent teacher to student ratio, which allows us to feel connected with the professors. We are able to get the help that we need instead of feeling like just a number in a huge auditorium. Also, most professors are very interactive and provide hands on learning.

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    Southwestern University

    • Georgetown, TX
    • 527 reviews
    College Junior:My school has some of the best teachers I have ever had. They are all very committed to their role as an educator and it is very refreshing to be surrounded by that compared to how rare a great teacher was at my grade schools. The environment of the school is also really great. You feel vary safe and cared about by all the staff and students. It is all around a very wonderful school.

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    Texas Tech University

    • Lubbock, TX
    • 4,086 reviews
    College Junior:It is a most rewarding experience to attend TTU. I am growing as an individual and learning at an exponential rate. The professors are experts in their fields and truly care about their students' success. The student body is fantastic, full of diversity, and encouraging. Coming to Texas Tech University is the best educational decision I could have made!

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    Austin College

    • Sherman, TX
    • 737 reviews
    College Sophomore:My school is very small and extremely competitive. Austin college is known for their pre-med program and it is extremely difficult. Class sizes are very smal, campus is really small. I wish there was a little bit more people and they lack in communicating events or important dates. Otherwise the people here are great and it's a tough school but I feel like I'm getting an outstanding education.

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    Texas Christian University

    • Fort Worth, TX
    • 1,377 reviews
    College Senior:I did my undergrad at TCU and now an currently getting my Masters in Accounting. If I hadn't loved TCU the past four years I wouldn't still be here. It is a school that cares about grades and is competitive, but everyone also likes to have a good time. It does have a strong Greek presence on campus, but I also had friends not involved in that aspect of school. I don't regret one day I have spent at this school and the sports getting better helps as well!

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    University of Houston

    • Houston, TX
    • 5,307 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love my college I think the best part is the diversity and student involvement. I am a transfer student at UofH and i have found it very easy to get involved and make friends.

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    University of Dallas

    • Irving, TX
    • 435 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love studying at the University of Dallas! The school's focus is definitely academics and community, and you can see it all over campus. No matter where you go on campus, there are little tables and chairs, big windows and good lighting. I love the discussions I get into on a daily basis with the people around me, whether I know them well or not. The campus is pretty, too. A bit old, having not been seriously renovated since its establishment in 1956, but nonetheless charming. I really like studying here. It suits my personality perfectly-- quiet, studious, and friendly!

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    University of North Texas

    • Denton, TX
    • 4,766 reviews
    College Junior:My overall experience at UNT since I transferred this fall has been great and I love my school. I love the RTVF program and I love the weirdly unique vibe you get from the campus and the student body. Everyone is kind of weird and it feels like home.

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    Texas State University

    • San Marcos, TX
    • 5,147 reviews
    College Senior:Texas State is such a great school and I've had the time of my life the past 3 years here! The only thing that doesn't make it excellent is the football team isn't so hot. I wish we were a lot better and in a higher division. Tailgating is always fun but being defeated at most games suck. Regardless of the outcome there's always a celebratory party afterwards and more fun to be had post game.

    Academically it is very rigorous and up to par with any other school... If you try hard you will obtain the grade you want. Make sure to always read the syllabus and ask if your professor has the book on reserve so you don't shed unnecessary money. Sometimes if you go to the library and ask if any professor has that specific book on hold, they might...even if it's not your professor you can always check them out! I love that!

    Texas State was a great choice for me and I love it! EAT EM' UP!!!

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    LeTourneau University

    • Longview, TX
    • 602 reviews
    College Sophomore:Courses will typically teach you a lot. However, I have had to teach myself a course several times. The professors are almost always willing to meet with you, help you out, and be there for one-on-one. It will be very difficult to do well in some classes, others are easy A's. Class sizes vary from five people (I was acutally in a class with 5) to 150.

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    Saint Edward's University

    • Austin, TX
    • 1,075 reviews
    College Senior:For the most part, professors are nice and accommodating and very knowledgeable about the topic they are lecturing on. It mostly depends on the major you choose, most of the time the majors are so small you will have a professor more than two times so make nice

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    Remington College - Dallas

    • Garland, TX
    • 147 reviews
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    Dallas Baptist University

    • Dallas, TX
    • 840 reviews
    College Sophomore:Dallas Baptist really made me fall in love with the campus. The teachers are such a blessing, they care about you so much and even pray over you. Also, it's such a small campus so you basically know everyone.

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    Abilene Christian University

    • Abilene, TX
    • 1,176 reviews
    College Senior:I think my school is so unique because it offers a good Christian setting, while being able to interact with your professors, and create life long friendships with others who have the same morals and values as you. There may be some things students disagree with but you truly get disadvantages at every university. The community is very warm and welcoming and you feel like everyone there is your family.

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    University of St. Thomas - Texas

    • Houston, TX
    • 564 reviews
    College Sophomore:So far it has been great. The teachers are very helpful and they want their students to succeed. There are different services that are offered on campus that will help a student succeed in class and that is really great and helpful.

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    Stephen F Austin State University

    • Nacogdoches, TX
    • 2,315 reviews
    College Student:This was my dream school since 8th grade. Though it has its downfalls & uphills, it is great campus with great people and professors who are there to help you learn. Don't get bogged down with all the negative and choose to look at the positives about what you want to do in life and how going here will get you there. I wouldn't have picked anywhere else to go to get my degree(s), I have fallen in love with the staff, location, and opportunities.

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    Texas Wesleyan University

    • Fort Worth, TX
    • 373 reviews
    College Freshman:I love my school and sometimes I feel like if I had the chance to do it all over somewhere else than I would just for the sake of a bigger experience but then I am glad that I didn't because I absolutely love the students and the teachers that I have encountered.

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    Southwestern Assemblies of God University

    • Waxahachie, TX
    • 751 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:It is absolutely the best atmosphere I've ever experienced at a college. The only drawback here is the rules. The rules at this school, though they be far from what they once were, are still strict compared to what the rest of the college world looks like. There is a dress code and a curfew, along with a daily chapel service that is required. Once you get in the routine of these things, it becomes easy, but at first it seems really constricting. It is these rules that provide for such a safe, spiritual atmosphere at the school.

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