The Best Texas Colleges

The Best Colleges in Texas for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Texas as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in Texas is Rice University. The top rated public state college is The University of Texas at Austin. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


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Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in America

  • 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 Private 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

#11 Best Public Universities in America

  • 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

#18 Best Public Universities in America

  • 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

#3 Best Value 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

#6 Best Private 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

#7 Best Private 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

#2 Best Value 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

#8 Best Private 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

#9 Best Private 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

#4 Best Public Universities 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

#5 Best Public Universities 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

#10 Best Private 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

#11 Best Private 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

#12 Best Private 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

#13 Best Private Colleges in Texas

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