Colleges in Houston: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

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.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Houston

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.

Fun Facts about Houston Colleges and Universities

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.

Graduate Schools in Houston

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.


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Education Institutes in Houston
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Houston
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Houston
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Baylor College of Medicine1,569Four or more yearsN/A41
Houston Baptist University3,270Four or more years28,85079
University of Houston-Clear Lake8,669Four or more years4,99277
Houston Community College57,032At least 2 but less than 4 years2,280186
University of Houston-Downtown14,251Four or more years4,84349
University of Houston43,774Four or more years8,537221
Ocean Corporation229Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-Houston263At least 2 but less than 4 years16,5201
Rice University6,855Four or more years43,220153
University of St Thomas3,247Four or more years31,14058
South Texas College of Law Houston968Four or more yearsN/A1
Texas Southern University8,862Four or more years1,40079
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston5,051Four or more years6,97277
University of Houston-System AdministrationN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Houston Graduate School of Theology137Four or more yearsN/A6
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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