Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Texas.
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There are several accrediting agencies that provide institutional accreditation to Texas universities and colleges. Keep in mind that this is different from program-specific accreditation, such as for business programs.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific area. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes higher education. There are six state university systems that operate in the Lone Star State. These include the two largest, by students and campuses – The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M System. The other four are the University of Houston System, the University of North Texas System, the Texas State System, and the Texas Tech System. Here’s a look at a few of the top schools within some of those systems.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System, which has 11 separate institutions. It enrolls more than 40,000 students, or Aggies, at the undergraduate level, who can choose from more than 120 undergraduate degree programs. U.S. News & World Report and Forbes rank the school among the best in the country.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System, which is comprised of 15 educational institutions. It enrolls nearly 40,000 students, all of whom can participate in more than 900 clubs and organizations or, if so inclined, join one of the biggest Greek systems in the nation. But it’s not all extracurriculars or parties, the school is also recognized for the strength of its academics by publications like U.S. News & World Report and Forbes, which rank the school among the best in the country.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System, which consists of three universities. It enrolls more than 26,000 students at the undergraduate level. Notable alumni include Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of both AT&T and General Motors, and whom the school named its engineering school, as well as country singer Pat Green. The school can be found on both U.S. News & World Report’s and Forbes’s lists of the top schools in the nation.
Top private schools can be found in almost every corner of Texas. These include a Baptist university in Waco and research institutions in Houston and University Park.
Chartered in 1845, Baylor University is known for some historical firsts. It is the oldest continuously-operating university in Texas, and one of the first educational institutions to open west of the Mississippi River. It also has a strong reputation for its academics. The school is ranked among the top universities in the country by both U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. It also received an “A” grade in the American Council of Trustees and Alumni’s report, “What Will They Learn?”
Founded in 1912, Rice University is a research institution that now has roughly 3,800 students enrolled. It prides itself on a small class size, with a 6:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio and median class size of 14. It also boasts a long list of accolades, including being ranked No. 3 for best value among private institutions by Kiplinger’s.
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University is a research institution founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church. Its main campus is in University Park, but it also has satellite campuses in Plano, TX, and Taos, New Mexico. Though its name and beginnings might lead you to believe otherwise, the school’s classes are secular, and its students are of many religious affiliations. The school is ranked among the top universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.