Here are five of the most affordable colleges in Texas. The tuition rates were taken from the National Center for Educational Statistics for the 2011-2012 school years.
5. Texas Women’s University | Tuition $5,429
Texas Woman’s University is located in Denton, TX. While the name would lead one to believe that men do not attend the school, the school administration is clear that “qualified men” are welcomed to apply. 9% of the enrollment is comprised of men. There are slightly over 8,300 undergraduate students and around 6,400 graduate students. TWU has one of the most competitive nursing programs in Texas. Forbes considers TWU one of the top 250 research universities. This affordable college in Texas is top notch! The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $15,749.
4. The University of Texas at Brownsville | Tuition $5,352
The University of Texas at Brownsville has slightly over 13,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies. This affordable school has 68 bachelor programs, 25 master programs, and 2 doctorate programs. U.S. News and World Report considers UTB a premier school for engineering at schools that do not offer engineering doctorates. It is apparent that part of UTB’s ethos is to heavily invest energy and resources into the local community. If you want an affordable college in Texas that is “committed to students, participatory governance, liberal education, the expansion of the application of knowledge, human dignity, the convening of cultures and respect for the environment” then this is your place. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $16,586.
3. Tarleton State University | Tuition $5,281
Located near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Stephenville, Tarleton is a growing institution, known for its internationally recognized horse production program and innovative teacher education programs. The university has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States that benefits more than 50 area school districts. In the Fall of 2006, the university had 9,462 students enrolled at two campuses up from 8,540 in 2004 making it one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and the third largest university in the Texas A&M system. The school has students from 45 different states and 34 different countries. Tarleton boasts a student to professor of 18 to 1. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $17,583.
2. Texas A & M University-Texarkana | Tuition $4,974
Texas A&M University – Texarkana offers small classes that create space for students to know professors and to be known. The school has a remarkable 14 to 1 student to teacher ration. There are close to 2,000 students enrolled. Because of the school’s proximity to Arkansas and Oklahoma, residents of those states are allowed to attend the school at the in-state tuition rate. Residents from bordering parishes of Louisiana also enjoy the in-state tuition rate. The total cost for students who pay in-state tuition and who live on campus is $14,393. This school is the most affordable college on this list when all costs are considered.
1. Sul Ross State University | Tuition $4,764
Sul Ross State University is nestled in the Davis Mountains in the town of Alpine, TX. It is part of the Texas State University system. The university has three satellite campuses in Del Rio, Uvalde and Eagle Pass. The enrollment of the school is around 2,000 students so the class sizes are small. This allows for a much higher level of personal attention from professors. Sul Ross State University offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees. Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program. The university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions. 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $16,074.
Texas Tech University | Tuition $7,380
Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock, TX and has an enrollment of slightly over 26,000 undergraduate students. The school is listed as “honorable mention” because there are a number of more affordable college in Texas. However, the college is the most affordable option that is well-known with a competitive FBS football program. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $20,753.