Houston enjoys a healthy economy, interesting attractions and beautiful parks. Students attending colleges in Houston — who are thinking about future employment prospects — may appreciate the fact that the city has the second-largest concentration of Fortune 1000 companies in the country (49). And Houston has been rated one of the top 10 cities for millennials to love.
Houston Guided Pathways to Success (GPS) encourages students to take 15 credits per semester to finish college on time. The program also gives high school students extra support in math and English, so they're less likely to need remedial courses at Houston colleges.
In a city with three major airports, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance is well-situated to train students in aviation maintenance, technology and dispatch.
At Tulsa Welding School, students can learn the welding trade (general or specialized). Every year, TWS hosts a high school senior welding competition.
The College of Health Care Professions has three campuses in Houston, and awards one- and two-year certificates and degrees in a variety of medical and dental assisting and technology specialties.
Colleges and universities in Houston aim to provide students with a rich college experience — a blend of academic and social opportunities. For example, the University of Houston has many traditions, including its annual Frontier Fiesta, a student-run event with live concerts, carnival booths and a world-class BBQ cook-off. And while students at the University of St. Thomas, Houston observe spiritual traditions, but they also enjoy some fun social traditions, such as Jello Games, Deck the Mall, and Mardi Gras.
Other universities in Houston use history as a touchstone for student experiences. At Rice University, for example, a statue of founder William Marsh Rice is the site of student celebrations, protests and pranks. And Sam Houston State University has a long history. The school's Austin Hall is the oldest, continuously used state-owned college facility west of the Mississippi.
Baylor College of Medicine has won numerous awards for academic excellence and innovation, and for inclusiveness and diversity.
South Texas College of Law, Houston was founded in 1923, when the local YMCA opened it as a law school, with night classes for working professionals.
For more information about higher education in the state, view our extensive list of Texas Colleges.
|School||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|Baylor College of Medicine||1,569||Four or more years||N/A||41|
|Houston Baptist University||3,270||Four or more years||28,850||79|
|University of Houston-Clear Lake||8,669||Four or more years||4,992||77|
|Houston Community College||57,032||At least 2 but less than 4 years||2,280||186|
|University of Houston-Downtown||14,251||Four or more years||4,843||49|
|University of Houston||43,774||Four or more years||8,537||221|
|Ocean Corporation||229||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||2|
|Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Houston||263||At least 2 but less than 4 years||16,520||1|
|Rice University||6,855||Four or more years||43,220||153|
|University of St Thomas||3,247||Four or more years||31,140||58|
|South Texas College of Law Houston||968||Four or more years||N/A||1|
|Texas Southern University||8,862||Four or more years||1,400||79|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||5,051||Four or more years||6,972||77|
|University of Houston-System Administration||N/A||Four or more years||N/A||N/A|
|Houston Graduate School of Theology||137||Four or more years||N/A||6|