Mesquite Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Mesquite Colleges and Schools

With close proximity to Dallas, Mesquite, Texas offers a taste of both suburban and rural living. Approximately 144,416 residents made their homes in Mesquite in 2014, many of which commute to Dallas for work. Key industries in the area include defense, construction, financial services, and information technology.

Visitors and residents alike will enjoy the Mesquite area's sporting venues, festivals, and outdoor areas. If anything, Mesquite is known as a family-friendly area perfect for singles, young and growing families, and retirees.

Colleges and Schools in Mesquite, Texas

Since Mesquite is a suburb of Dallas, the city is able to draw on a larger population of potential students. Therefore, the area is home to six institutions of higher education on its own. Collectively, these colleges and schools enrolled 15,765 students in 2014.

Carrington College - Mesquite

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $13,975
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 64%
  • Accredited: R
  • # of programs: 5 programs available at Mesquite campus, 3 online programs

Carrington College of Mesquite focuses on preparing students for careers in health care. With an enrollment of 270 in 2014, Carrington offered programs in medical assisting, pharmacy technology, registered nursing, dental assisting, and medical billing and coding at their Mesquite campus. Additional programs are available online.

Eastfield College

  • In-district tuition and fees (2014-15): $1,665
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 8%, and 34% transferred out
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: more than 60 undergraduate programs

Eastfield College is a two-year school that offers an array of learning opportunities for career-ready students. With 15,112 students in 2014, it was also the area's biggest school. Some of Eastfield's most popular programs are in fields like computer science, child development, and digital media.

Hands on Therapy

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $10,650
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 100%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 2 programs

With a student population of 51 in 2014, Hands on Therapy offers programs in massage therapy and esthetics. In addition to learning interpersonal skills, students learn advanced massage techniques that can help them build long-lasting, rewarding careers.

Metroplex Beauty School

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $10,740
  • Graduation rate (2011-12): 56%
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: 3 beauty programs

At Metroplex Beauty School, students can choose from programs in manicuring, cosmetology, or instructing. Enrollment was made up of 46 students in 2014, and each enjoyed small class sizes with a student-to-faculty ratio of just 8:1.

National American University - Mesquite

  • Tuition and fees (2014-15): $13,503
  • Graduation rate: not reported
  • Accredited: Y
  • # of programs: over 60 undergraduate degree programs

National American University is a private, two-year school that offers undergraduate degrees in a variety of career-oriented disciplines. Approximately 203 students were enrolled at its Mesquite campus in 2014. Meanwhile, some of the school's most popular degree programs were in fields such as accounting, information technology, and nursing.

Facts for Students of Mesquite Colleges and Schools

Mesquite Economy

Being so close to Dallas, Mesquite offers employment in a wide range of career fields. Top employers in the area include United Parcel Service, Dallas Regional Medical Center, city government, and Sears. And while the median household income in Mesquite was $50,525 in 2013, the median housing value was just $110,600.

Demographics in Mesquite

Approximately 144,416 inhabitants called the Mesquite area home in 2014 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Through 2013, 18.2 percent of the adult population had a bachelor's degree, and 80.6 percent had a high school diploma or better. Further, 15.6 percent of the population was foreign-born in 2013.

Mesquite Fun Facts

If you love festivals and community events, Mesquite is the place to be. From rodeo showdowns to chili cook-offs and street fairs, Mesquite offers an endless stream of fun get-togethers for like-minded families and students.


  1. City of Mesquite Official Website, http://www.cityofmesquite.com/
  2. College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  3. State & County QuickFacts, U.S. Census Bureau, Mesquite, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48/4847892.html

Featured Colleges in the Mesquite Area (QuickSchools™)

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Everest College

Arlington, TX

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  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma

Lincoln Tech

Grand Prairie, TX

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

  • Program Categories: Engineering and Architecture, Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma

Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Irving, TX

Aviation Institute of Maintenance schools are distinguished institutes committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student interested in the Aviation Industry.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts

Austin, TX

You can fire up a new career with help from  Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts. We offer two programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts and pastry arts.

  • Program Categories: Culinary Arts
  • Degrees: Diploma, Associate

The College of Health Care Professions

Fort Worth, TX

The College of Health Care Professions is a great place for working adults to enhance their current careers, or help themselves find new career pathways to better lives. We also train high school graduates to enter in the exciting high demand Healthcare industry.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Texas Center for Massage Therapy

Richardson, TX

The Texas Center for Massage Therapy is a member of the Steiner Education Group, which is a subsidiary of Steiner Leisure Limited, a global provider of spa services. Steiner Leisure Limited operates more than 175 spas and salons on cruise ships and at resorts worldwide. Steiner spas recruit from the Steiner Education Group schools.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma

Argosy University

Dallas, TX

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Program Categories: Criminal Justice, Legal and Safety, Health, Healthcare and Nursing, Psychology, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor, Master
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Mesquite Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Eastfield College
3737 Motley Dr
Mesquite, TX 75150-2099

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: general studies, automobile mechanics, HVAC, autobody repair, drafting, business management, criminal justice and safety, electronics tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 10,653 students, 6,551 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

Metroplex Beauty School
519 N Galloway
Mesquite, TX 75149-3405

  • Programs: cosmetology, manicurist, cosmetoloty instructor
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 82 students, 116 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
Students Dorms
Dallas Colleges 39 1,188,580 53,149 4,648
Garland Colleges 5 215,768 1,711  
Lancaster Colleges 1 25,894 4,834  
Plano Colleges 2 222,030 20,143  
Richardson Colleges 5 91,802 14,556 3,950
Terrell Colleges 1 13,606 201 200

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