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From a Texas Parent
As a parent looking into colleges for my own child I know how daunting a task this can be. I find myself wishing there were a class I could take to figure all this stuff out, but alas I'm left to my own devices.
So I started compiling lists of colleges to consider and then I thought to myself, why not just list them all so other parents would have an easier time starting out than we have had? Even if you are looking at colleges for yourself, this information will come in handy for you too.
Things You Should Find Out
Selecting a college can be a tedious process but hopefully if you are looking at Texas colleges then this list will help a little.
State Tests. APA Classes. Dual Credits. Volunteer Requirements. And that's just high school.
Welcome to college, where things aren't any easier to understand. TSI Compliance. State Regulations. School Politics. Financial Aid. It all plays a part in your success so be diligent in researching the schools you want to consider.
Here are a few tips to ensure you are looking at the college that is best for you:
Tip #1: Ask what the graduation or completion rate is. For example, ACC has a mere 3%* completion/graduation rate whereas American Public University boasts a 36% completion rate. See the difference? So make sure you are asking what their graduation rate is before you spend all that tuition with a school that you hardly have a chance of succeeding with.
Tip #2: Use financial aid grants as much as possible before taking out a loan. Ask the school if they have any in-house grants available as well. Avoid taking out loans if you can help it. Work-study programs are also good if you have the time.
Tip #3: Meet with a counselor before enrolling to get a better idea of the type of help you'd receive if you were to become a student. The last thing you want is to enroll and then be left to figure things out on your own.
Tip #4: Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions upfront. If they don't want to answer them then you know what type of help they'd be if you were to enroll in their school. If you are met with resistance before enrolling, imagine how difficult it could be once you are their student. A reputable school shouldn't make it difficult to get answers, of any kind.
Tip #5: Ask if they are a two-year or four-year university so that you will know if you, or your child, will have to transfer to an accredited college to complete their degree program.
University of Texas Locations
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University is located in a little town called Nacogdoches nestled in East Texas.
Located in Kilgore, Texas and home to the Rangerette's Dance Team.
Kilgore College is a two-year college and is small enough that you will receive the one-on-one attention you may be seeking but still large enough to be considered one of the best two-year schools in Texas.
Texas State Locations
Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, TX
Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX
Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX
Texas State University in San Marcos, TX
Texas A&M University Locations
Colleges of Faith
If you are looking for a college in Texas that relies heavily on your religious or spiritual beliefs then this list should help you find what you are looking for.
Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX
Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, TX
College of Saint Thomas More in Fort Worth, TX
Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX
East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX
Houston Baptist University in Houston, TX
Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX
Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, TX
Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX
Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX
Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX
Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, TX
St. Edward's University in Austin, TX
St. Mary's University in Fort Hood, TX
St. Philip's College in San Antonio, TX
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX
Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX
University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX
University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX
Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX
More Texas Colleges to Choose From
Listed in alphabetical order, these are the colleges available in Texas, though it does not include all of the technical and vocational schools also available in the state.
Alvin Community College in Alvin, TX
Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX
Amberton University in Garland, TX
Angelina College in Lufkin, TX
Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX
Austin College in Sherman, TX
Baylor University in Waco, TX
Blinn College in Brenham, TX
Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, TX
Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch, TX
Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, TX
Central Texas College in Killeen, TX
Cisco Junior College in Cisco, TX
Clarendon College in Clarendon, TX
Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX
College of the Mainland in Texas City, TX
Collin County Community College District in Plano, TX
Concordia University at Austin in Austin, TX
Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX
Eastfield College Mesquite, TX
El Centro College in Dallas, TX
El Paso Community College in El Paso, TX
Frank Phillips College in Borger, TX
Galveston College in Galveston, TX
Grayson County College in Denison, TX
Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX
Hill College in Hillsboro, TX
Houston Community College in Stafford, TX
Howard College in San Angelo, TX
Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX
Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX
Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, TX
Kingwood College in Kingwood, TX
Lamar State College in Orange, TX
Lamar State College in Port Arthur, TX
Lamar University in Beaumont, TX
Laredo Community College in Laredo, TX
Lee College in Baytown, TX
LeTourneau University in Longview, TX
Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, TX
Lone Star College - Montgomery in Conroe, TX
McLennan Community College in Waco, TX
McMurry University in Abilene, TX
Midland College in Midland, TX
Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX
Mountain View College in Dallas, TX
Navarro College in Corsicana, TX
North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX
North Harris College in Houston, TX
North Lake College in Irving, TX
Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant, TX
Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, TX
Northwood University in Cedar Hill, TX
Odessa College in Odessa, TX
Palo Alto College in San Antonio, TX
Panola College in Carthage, TX
Paris Junior College in Paris, TX
Paul Quinn College in Dallas, TX
Ranger College in Ranger, TX
Rice University in Houston, TX
Richland College in Dallas, TX
Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX
San Antonio College in San Antonio, TX
San Jacinto College North Campus in Houston, TX
Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX
South Plains College in Levelland, TX
South Texas College in McAllen, TX
SouthWest Collegiate Institute For the Deaf of Howard College in San Angelo, TX
Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, TX
Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX
Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX
Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX
Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX
Temple College in Temple, TX
Texarkana College in Texarkana, TX
Texas College in Tyler, TX
Texas Southern University in Houston, TX
Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, TX
Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX
Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX
Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX
Tomball College in Tomball, TX
Trinity University in San Antonio, TX
Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX
Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX
University of Dallas in Irving, TX
University of Houston in Houston, TX
University of Houston-Clear Lake in Pasadena, TX
University of Houston-Downtown in Houston, TX
University of Houston in Victoria, TX
University of North Texas in Denton, TX
Vernon College in Vernon, TX
Victoria College in Victoria, TX
Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX
Western Texas College in Snyder, TX
Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, TX
Wiley College in Marshall, TX
There are also many, many accredited online universities that are not included in this list that are worth looking into.
Austin Community College
Austin Community College (ACC) has more locations than anyone knows what to do with so no matter the area you are living, there's sure to be a campus near you.
As stated above, Austin Community College's graduation rate is only 3%* so do your research prior to enrolling.
*Public information and can also be found on their website on the Campus Police section. Last verified on 3-13-13.
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