Best Texas Colleges

Ranked list of Colleges and Universities in Texas for 2024

There are 181 colleges and universities in Texas enrolling 1,608,285 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 The University of Texas at Austin. 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.


181 results

List of the Best Texas Colleges

Rice University
R
Houston, TX

Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 8,672enrollment
  • $19,902net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1490-1570SAT 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

  • 12,053enrollment
  • $45,094net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1510SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX

Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,692enrollment
  • $30,038net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1470SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX

The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 52,384enrollment
  • $17,434net price
  • 31%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1500SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 12,273enrollment
  • $44,190net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

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

Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 74,014enrollment
  • $20,375net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1390SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Baylor University
B
Waco, TX

Baylor University

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 20,709enrollment
  • $45,988net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.74Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Southwestern University
S
Georgetown, TX

Southwestern University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 1,483enrollment
  • $31,014net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1355SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Austin College
A
Sherman, TX

Austin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 1,182enrollment
  • $24,739net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1370SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 31

University of Dallas
D
Irving, TX

University of Dallas

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 2,328enrollment
  • $27,250net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1400SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX

The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 31,570enrollment
  • $13,555net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1430SAT range
  • 24-32ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

LeTourneau University
L
Longview, TX

LeTourneau University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 3,536enrollment
  • $26,974net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1380SAT range
  • 20-29ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Abilene Christian University
A
Abilene, TX

Abilene Christian University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 5,079enrollment
  • $28,978net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1280SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Saint Edward's University
S
Austin, TX

Saint Edward's University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 3,470enrollment
  • $27,193net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1270SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.53Estimated Avg GPA

Texas Tech University
T
Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University

Public 4 Year

8 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 40,378enrollment
  • $17,896net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

University of Houston
H
Houston, TX

University of Houston

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 46,700enrollment
  • $14,056net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due May 31

University of St Thomas
S
Houston, TX

University of St Thomas

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 3,588enrollment
  • $19,207net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

The University of Texas at Tyler
T
Tyler, TX

The University of Texas at Tyler

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Texas

  • 9,322enrollment
  • $13,248net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1220SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 24