Students attending colleges in Dallas can enjoy the city's history, arts and culture — when they're not studying. The extensive public transit and bike systems make it easy to get around town. And, LinkedIn has ranked Dallas-Fort Worth in the top 10 U.S. cities for hiring recent college graduates.
To jump-start their college education, students in 18 Dallas schools can earn an industry certification or an associate degree while pursuing their high school diploma, through the state's Pathways in Technology Early College High School initiative.
Colleges in Dallas include the KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts, which offers degree programs in acting, filmmaking, and musical theater. Alumni include well-known performers such as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and George Eades.
At the CCI Training Center students can earn career certificates in computer technology, medical and healthcare, business and accounting to start or enhance their careers. Courses are practical and hands-on, and the programs are streamlined.
Of the many colleges and universities in Dallas, here are a few standout schools:
University of North Texas at Dallas sits on a hilltop, overlooking the downtown area. It's the only public, accredited four-year university in the city. Students can choose from a multitude of activities such as Greek life, and groups focused on specific professions, hobbies, or cultures.
Also on a hill overlooking the city is the 237-acre Southern Methodist University. Its unique Residential Commons system integrates the academic, social, and residential aspects of campus life.
Parker University specializes in healthcare business administration, chiropractic science, and health sciences (such as diagnostic equipment, massage therapy).
The four-year Dallas colleges listed above also have graduate schools. Also noteworthy is the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where students study to become medical doctors, or pursue graduate degrees in research and other health professions.
Dallas Baptist University offers more than a hundred master's degree programs.
We also provide an extensive list of Texas Colleges, if you'd like to explore other higher education options in the state.