Texas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Texas. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

Texas’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities 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.


What are Texas’s Colleges & Universities?

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The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Texas is composed entirely of schools offering four-year undergraduate degree programs. There are 44 colleges and universities in Texas that offer tuition under $16,000/year; 32 of those schools are below $10,000/year. The list below of the top 30 most affordable colleges universities in the state satisfies the following three conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer a broad range of bachelor’s degrees
  3. Its stated tuition and fees must be under $16,000/year.

How do we determine Texas's most affordable colleges and universities?

Methodology

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.


Most Affordable Colleges & Universities in Texas

  1. #1

    Brazosport College

    #4085 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $3K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    2K

    Lake Jackson, TX

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    What is Brazosport College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
  2. #2

    Tyler Junior College

    #4197 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    7K

    Tyler, TX

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    What is Tyler Junior College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    South Texas College

    #5468 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Graduation

    24%

    Student body

    25K

    McAllen, TX

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    What is South Texas College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Communications
  4. #4

    Midland College

    #3790 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    3K

    Midland, TX

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    What is Midland College known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    University of Texas Permian Basin

    #5559 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    41%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1036/19

    Odessa, TX

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    What is University of Texas Permian Basin known for?

    University of Texas Permian Basin’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Earth Sciences
    • Sociology
  6. #6

    University of Houston–Downtown

    #4746 institution's historical influence
    #463 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1000/18

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Downtown known for?

    University of Houston–Downtown’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
    • Social Work
    • Literature
  7. #7

    University of Houston–Victoria

    #5385 institution's historical influence
    #612 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1009/18

    Victoria, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Victoria known for?

    University of Houston–Victoria’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • History
    • Communications
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Sul Ross State University

    #2681 institution's historical influence
    #609 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Alpine, TX

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    What is Sul Ross State University known for?

    Sul Ross State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Business
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Nursing
  9. #9

    University of Houston–Clear Lake

    #3080 institution's historical influence
    #1340 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston–Clear Lake known for?

    University of Houston–Clear Lake’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
  10. #10

    Texas A&M International University

    #3416 institution's historical influence
    #896 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/18

    Laredo, TX

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    What is Texas A&M International University known for?

    Texas A&M International University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Medical
  11. #11

    Tarleton State University

    #3018 institution's historical influence
    #762 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1045/20

    Stephenville, TX

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    What is Tarleton State University known for?

    Tarleton State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Communications
    • Literature
  12. #12

    Texas A&M University–Texarkana

    #11801 institution's historical influence
    #855 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Texarkana, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Texarkana known for?

    Texas A&M University–Texarkana’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Literature
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
  13. #13

    Angelo State University

    #1822 institution's historical influence
    #1397 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    San Angelo, TX

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    What is Angelo State University known for?

    Angelo State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Biology
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  14. #14

    Texas Woman's University

    #1781 institution's historical influence
    #455 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/19

    Denton, TX

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    What is Texas Woman's University known for?

    Texas Woman's University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
  15. #15

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    #1941 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    27K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/19

    Edinburg, TX

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    What is University of Texas Rio Grande Valley known for?

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
  16. #16

    West Texas A&M University

    #2574 institution's historical influence
    #1327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Canyon, TX

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    What is West Texas A&M University known for?

    West Texas A&M University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Nursing
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #17

    Amberton University

    #5441 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Student body

    1K

    Garland, TX

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    What is Amberton University known for?

    Amberton University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Psychology
  18. #18

    University of Texas at El Paso

    #821 institution's historical influence
    #725 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    20K

    El Paso, TX

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    What is University of Texas at El Paso known for?

    University of Texas at El Paso’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • History
    • Education
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. #19

    University of Texas at San Antonio

    #1047 institution's historical influence
    #1111 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/22

    San Antonio, TX

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    What is University of Texas at San Antonio known for?

    University of Texas at San Antonio’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Education
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • Physics
  20. #20

    Sam Houston State University

    #893 institution's historical influence
    #1048 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Huntsville, TX

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    What is Sam Houston State University known for?

    Sam Houston State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  21. #21

    Stephen F. Austin State University

    #2132 institution's historical influence
    #1254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/21

    Nacogdoches, TX

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    What is Stephen F. Austin State University known for?

    Stephen F. Austin State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
  22. #22

    University of Texas at Tyler

    #2901 institution's historical influence
    #1359 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Tyler, TX

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    What is University of Texas at Tyler known for?

    University of Texas at Tyler’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Business
    • Mathematics
    • Medical
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
  23. #23

    Lamar University

    #1309 institution's historical influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    What is Lamar University known for?

    Lamar University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Mathematics
    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Medical
  24. #24

    Texas Southern University

    #988 institution's historical influence
    #550 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    19%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    920/16

    Houston, TX

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    What is Texas Southern University known for?

    Texas Southern University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  25. #25

    Texas A&M University–Commerce

    #4642 institution's historical influence
    #232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Commerce, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Commerce known for?

    Texas A&M University–Commerce’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  26. #26

    University of Houston

    #191 institution's historical influence
    #1064 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    37K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/24

    Houston, TX

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    What is University of Houston known for?

    University of Houston’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  27. #27

    Texas A&M University–Kingsville

    #6648 institution's historical influence
    #539 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/19

    Kingsville, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Kingsville known for?

    Texas A&M University–Kingsville’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • History
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  28. #28

    Midwestern State University

    #3342 institution's historical influence
    #899 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/19

    Wichita Falls, TX

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    What is Midwestern State University known for?

    Midwestern State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Nursing
  29. #29

    Texas Tech University

    #396 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    What is Texas Tech University known for?

    Texas Tech University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Medical
    • Law
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  30. #30

    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

    #8647 institution's historical influence
    #606 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/21

    Corpus Christi, TX

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    What is Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi known for?

    Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Communications
    • History
    • Business
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Literature
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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