Best Community Colleges in Texas 2022

Best Community Colleges in Texas 2022

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Texas offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Colleges and Universities in Texas

Texas offers more than 30 colleges and universities that serve communities of 10,000 students or more. The largest school in the bunch (and in the nation), Texas A&M University in College Station serves more than 65,000 students. The University of Texas at Austin is the next largest, serving about 45,000 students - but it too has a big claim to fame, as the wealthiest public university in the United States. Texas’s private colleges and universities, including Baylor University and Southern Methodist University, are also impressive in size and scope. The majority of these schools have religious affiliations and offer degrees in a variety fields, such as nursing, religious studies, criminal justice, business, and education.

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For students who prefer a more intimate educational environment, Texas offers a long list of smaller public and private colleges and universities, such as Abilene Christian University and University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Additionally, Texas has generous loan forgiveness programs for qualifying nurses, physicians, teachers, legal aid attorneys, and lawyers who work in the Texas Attorney General’s office.

Texas is known for doing things big. Big cities, big open spaces and, of course, big fun. Whether you’re hitting up the live music scene in Austin, catching a Cowboys game in Dallas, or strolling down the River Walk in San Antonio, you’re sure to have a good time. And, with more than 150 higher education institutes, it’s safe to say The Lone Star State is big on education too.

If you’re looking to earn your degree in the state of Texas, you’ll have plenty of higher learning institutes to choose from.


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We’ve identified 53 community colleges in Texas. The following list shows the best community colleges and primarily associate degree granting colleges in Texas.

Best Community Colleges in Texas

  1. #1

    Lone Star College System

    The Woodlands , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    49K

    What is Lone Star College System known for?

    Lone Star College System’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  2. #2

    Collin College

    McKinney , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    16%

    Student body

    22K

    What is Collin College known for?

    Collin College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #4

    Blinn College

    Brenham , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Graduation

    9%

    Student body

    15K

  4. #5

    San Jacinto College

    Pasadena , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    27%

    Student body

    14K

  5. #6

    San Antonio College

    San Antonio , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    11K

  6. #7

    Weatherford College

    Weatherford , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Weatherford College known for?

    Weatherford College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #9

    Angelina College

    Lufkin , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Angelina College known for?

    Angelina College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #10

    Lee College

    Baytown , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    5K

  9. #11

    Kilgore College

    Kilgore , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    4K

  10. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    17%

    Student body

    34K

    What is Houston Community College known for?

    Houston Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  11. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Alvin Community College known for?

    Alvin Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #14

    College of the Mainland

    Texas City , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    3K

    What is College of the Mainland known for?

    College of the Mainland’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  13. #15

    Tarrant County College

    Fort Worth , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    33K

    What is Tarrant County College known for?

    Tarrant County College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #16

    Central Texas College

    Killeen , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    9K

    What is Central Texas College known for?

    Central Texas College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Wharton County Junior College known for?

    Wharton County Junior College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

  16. #18

    Amarillo College

    Amarillo , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    6K

    What is Amarillo College known for?

    Amarillo College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #19

    Galveston College

    Galveston , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Galveston College known for?

    Galveston College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #20

    Victoria College

    Victoria , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Victoria College known for?

    Victoria College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #21

    Del Mar College

    Corpus Christi , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    13%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Del Mar College known for?

    Del Mar College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. #22

    Ranger College

    Ranger , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Ranger College known for?

    Ranger College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Paris Junior College known for?

    Paris Junior College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. #24

    Temple College

    Temple , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    15%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Temple College known for?

    Temple College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    17K

    What is El Paso Community College known for?

    El Paso Community College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  24. Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    6K

  25. #27

    North Central Texas College

    Gainesville , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    6K

    What is North Central Texas College known for?

    North Central Texas College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  26. #28

    Western Texas College

    Snyder , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Western Texas College known for?

    Western Texas College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  27. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    12%

    Student body

    25K

    What is Austin Community College District known for?

    Austin Community College District’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  28. #30

    Odessa College

    Odessa , TX

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    25%

    Student body

    4K

    What is Odessa College known for?

    Odessa College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Lamar Institute of Technology
  2. Lamar State College–Port Arthur
  3. Trinity Valley Community College
  4. Galveston College
  5. Paris Junior College
  6. Northeast Texas Community College
  7. Navarro College
  8. Panola College
  9. Grayson College
  10. Kilgore College
  11. Lee College
  12. College of the Mainland
  13. Ranger College
  14. Collin College
  15. Texarkana College
  16. Amarillo College
  17. Austin Community College District
  18. Odessa College
  19. Del Mar College
  20. San Antonio College
  21. El Paso Community College
  22. Central Texas College
  23. St. Philip's College
  24. Palo Alto College
  25. Hill College