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13 of the Top Colleges in Texas

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Texas has some excellent options for higher education. From giant public universities to small Catholic colleges, Texas offers something for students with wide-ranging interests and backgrounds. The 13 top Texas colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Austin College

Austin College
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  • Location: Sherman, Texas
  • Enrollment: 1,298 (1,263 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Liberal Arts College Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church
  • Distinctions: high number of graduates go on to graduate school; emphasis on community service and study abroad; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; most students receive significant grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Austin College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Austin College

Baylor University

Baylor University
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  • Location: Waco, Texas
  • Enrollment: 14,541 (12,162 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private University Affiliated with the Baptist Church
  • Distinctions: 145 areas of study and 300 student organizations; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; Baylor Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Baylor University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Baylor

Rice University

Rice University
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St. Edward's University

St. Edward's University Main Building
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Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Southern Methodist University
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  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Enrollment: 10,965 (6,240 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Private University Affiliated with the Methodist Church
  • Distinctions: strong Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; SMU Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division I American Athletic Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the SMU profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for SMU

Southwestern University

Southwestern University Chapel
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  • Location: Georgetown, Texas
  • Enrollment: 1,270 (all undergraduate)
  • Type of Institution: Private Liberal Arts College
  • Distinctions: founded in 1840 and the oldest university in Texas; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; highly rated liberal arts college; good grant aid
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Southwestern University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Southwestern

Texas A&M, College Station

Texas A&M
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Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University
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Texas Tech

Texas Tech University
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  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • Enrollment: 28,422 (23,107 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Public Research University
  • Distinctions: huge 1,839-acre campus; degrees offered in 150 majors; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; Texas Tech Red Raiders compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Texas Tech profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Texas Tech

Trinity University

Trinity University Tower
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  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Enrollment: 2,703 (2,489 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: Small Private University
  • Distinctions: 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; historic ties to the Presbyterian church; students come from 45 states and 64 countries; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Trinity University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Trinity
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