Best Texas Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Texas for 2022

There are 170 colleges and universities in Texas enrolling 1,604,245 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Texas below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Texas offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Texas is home to nationally ranked institutions like Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Trinity University and Texas Christian University. The highest ranked college in Texas is Rice University and the top rated public state college is The University of Texas at Austin.

Local college options can be explored in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin or other cities.


170 results

List of the Best Texas Colleges

Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 7,643enrollment
  • $19,215net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 12,373enrollment
  • $41,444net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,677enrollment
  • $31,141net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 11,379enrollment
  • $40,220net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 50,476enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 70,418enrollment
  • $19,906net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Austin College
A
Sherman, TX
Austin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 1,302enrollment
  • $24,085net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Dallas
D
Irving, TX
University of Dallas

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,489enrollment
  • $27,450net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.9Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Southwestern University
S
Georgetown, TX
Southwestern University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $29,830net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 28,669enrollment
  • $11,185net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1450SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA

Abilene Christian University
A
Abilene, TX
Abilene Christian University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 5,291enrollment
  • $28,725net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1220SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

LeTourneau University
L
Longview, TX
LeTourneau University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 3,122enrollment
  • $25,661net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1330SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA

University of Houston
H
Houston, TX
University of Houston

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 47,090enrollment
  • $14,480net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Texas Tech University
T
Lubbock, TX
Texas Tech University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 40,322enrollment
  • $15,452net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Dallas Baptist University
D
Dallas, TX
Dallas Baptist University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 4,247enrollment
  • $26,062net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 980-1200SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

St. Mary's University
S
San Antonio, TX
St. Mary's University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 3,458enrollment
  • $18,827net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg Weighted GPA

Wayland Baptist University
W
Plainview, TX
Wayland Baptist University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 4,062enrollment
  • $25,220net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 900-1090SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Texas Wesleyan University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Wesleyan University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,197enrollment
  • $23,479net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1160SAT range
  • 19-23ACT range
  • 3.35Avg GPA