Texas’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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.

Texas’s Best Community Colleges of 2021

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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There are a total of 55 community colleges in Texas. The following list shows the 25 best community colleges in the state with a student body of greater than one thousand students.

How do we determine Texas's best community colleges?

The best colleges pound for pound!

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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25 Best Community Colleges in Texas

  1. Lamar Institute of Technology
    #1

    Lamar Institute of Technology

    #3951 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    2K

    Beaumont, TX

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  2. Lamar State College–Port Arthur
    #2

    Lamar State College–Port Arthur

    #9091 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    1K

    Port Arthur, TX

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  3. Trinity Valley Community College
    #3

    Trinity Valley Community College

    #5465 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    4K

    Athens, TX

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    What is Trinity Valley Community College known for?

    Trinity Valley Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Galveston College
    #4

    Galveston College

    #4689 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    2K

    Galveston, TX

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  5. Paris Junior College
    #5

    Paris Junior College

    #5577 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    3K

    Paris, TX

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    What is Paris Junior College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Northeast Texas Community College
    #6

    Northeast Texas Community College

    #7612 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    1K

    Mount Pleasant, TX

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  7. Panola College
    #8

    Panola College

    #7909 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    2K

    Carthage, TX

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    What is Panola College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. Grayson College
    #9

    Grayson College

    #7703 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    3K

    Denison, TX

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    What is Grayson College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Kilgore College
    #10

    Kilgore College

    #4436 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    4K

    Kilgore, TX

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    What is Kilgore College known for?

    Kilgore College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. Lee College
    #11

    Lee College

    #4741 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    5K

    Baytown, TX

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    What is Lee College known for?

    Lee College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Earth Sciences
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. College of the Mainland
    #12

    College of the Mainland

    #5227 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    3K

    Texas City, TX

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  12. Ranger College
    #13

    Ranger College

    #6547 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    2K

    Ranger, TX

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    What is Ranger College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Collin College
    #14

    Collin College

    #2529 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    21K

    McKinney, TX

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    What is Collin College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Communications
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. Texarkana College
    #15

    Texarkana College

    #1947 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    3K

    Texarkana, TX

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    What is Texarkana College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Amarillo College
    #16

    Amarillo College

    #3385 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    6K

    Amarillo, TX

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    What is Amarillo College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. Austin Community College District
    #17

    Austin Community College District

    #5631 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Student body

    24K

    Austin, TX

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    What is Austin Community College District known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. Odessa College
    #18

    Odessa College

    #4921 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    4K

    Odessa, TX

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    What is Odessa College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. Del Mar College
    #19

    Del Mar College

    #5662 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Student body

    5K

    Corpus Christi, TX

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    What is Del Mar College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Business
    • Communications
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. San Antonio College
    #20

    San Antonio College

    #2913 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    10K

    San Antonio, TX

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    What is San Antonio College known for?

    San Antonio College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  20. El Paso Community College
    #21

    El Paso Community College

    #5988 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    17K

    El Paso, TX

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    What is El Paso Community College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. Central Texas College
    #22

    Central Texas College

    #4812 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    10K

    Killeen, TX

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    What is Central Texas College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  22. St. Philip's College
    #23

    St. Philip's College

    #6460 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    6K

    San Antonio, TX

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    What is St. Philip's College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  23. Palo Alto College
    #24

    Palo Alto College

    #5968 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    5K

    San Antonio, TX

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  24. Hill College
    #25

    Hill College

    #8320 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Student body

    3K

    Hillsboro, TX

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    What is Hill College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

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