Colleges in San Antonio: Universities, Trade and Technical Schoolss

San Antonio, the second-largest city in Texas by both size and population, exudes Old West history — it's the home of the Alamo, as well as several other Spanish missions dating back to the 1700s.

San Antonio also is home to many prominent colleges, universities and trade schools. Graduates of San Antonio colleges can potentially find work in a variety of the city's booming industry clusters, such as healthcare, bioscience, aerospace, information technology and cybersecurity, and new energy, as well as traditional industries.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in San Antonio

There are several dozen large and small trade and technical schools within a 15-mile radius of downtown San Antonio that offer certificate or associate degree programs. Among most widely attended are:

  • Galen College of Nursing
  • Southern Careers Institute, which has campus locations in north and south San Antonio
  • The College of Healthcare Professionals
  • Concorde Career College
  • Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

Many trade and technical schools in San Antonio have programs aligned with the needs of the city's large healthcare industry.

Fun Facts about San Antonio Colleges and Universities

The University of Texas at San Antonio is the largest college in the San Antonio metropolitan area. The college, founded in 1969, is part of the University of Texas System, which provides education to more than 235,000 students each year through 14 campus locations. UTSA has four campuses in San Antonio: Main, Downtown, Hemisfair and Park West.

The second-largest college in the city is Texas A&M University San Antonio. Nearly one in six students at A&M University San Antonio have ties to the military.

Graduate Schools in San Antonio

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 10 colleges in San Antonio that offer advanced degrees, including public institutions such as the University of Texas at San Antonio and a handful of smaller private colleges.

University of the Incarnate Word is the largest of the private colleges in San Antonio offering graduate degree programs. Business management and business administration are the most widely pursued master's degrees at the university.

To see more about higher education in the state, we provide an extensive list of Texas Colleges.


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Education Institutes in San Antonio
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 San Antonio
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 San Antonio
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg In-State TuitionPrograms Offered
Alamo Community College District Central OfficeN/AAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/AN/A
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions643Four or more years7,8008
University of the Incarnate Word8,906Four or more years27,000125
Mims Classic Beauty College37Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Oblate School of Theology134Four or more yearsN/A5
Our Lady of the Lake University3,130Four or more years26,31274
St Philip's College11,604At least 2 but less than 4 years5,744163
San Antonio College19,028At least 2 but less than 4 years5,744139
St. Mary's University3,567Four or more years27,52075
Southwest School of Business and Technical Careers-San Antonio68Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A5
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio3,250Four or more years5,38860
The University of Texas at San Antonio28,959Four or more years5,039162
Trinity University2,466Four or more years38,97468
Palo Alto College9,108At least 2 but less than 4 years5,74494
University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-San Antonio Perrin57Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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