List of colleges and universities in Houston

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The following is a list of colleges and universities in Houston, located within the city limits.

State universities[edit]

Four separate and distinct state universities are located in Houston.

The University of Houston is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The University of Houston–Clear Lake and the University of Houston–Downtown are stand-alone universities; they are not branch campuses of the University of Houston.

Admission into each institution is separate, and each institution has distinct admission criteria and requirements.

Texas Southern University is the only independent state university in Houston and is the largest historically black university in Texas.

Institution Founded Enrollment
(Fall 2012)
(Fall 2012)
(FY 2011)
U.S. News
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd
1927 40,747 667 55.9% $589.8 million[3] $127.5 million[3] Research
(Very High)
National Universities,
No. 189 (Tier 1)[4]
University of Houston–Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
1971 8,153 524 N/A $22.6 million[5] $2.2 million[5] Master's (Large) Regional Universities,
Tier 2[6]
University of Houston–Downtown
1 Main St
1974 13,916 20 90.3% $34.7 million[7] $1.5 million[7] Baccalaureate–
Regional Colleges,
Tier 2[8]
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St
1927 9,646 150 87.3% $48.7 million[9] N/A Doctoral/
National Universities,
Tier 2[10]

Community colleges[edit]

Colleges in or nearby Houston

Other Community Colleges around Houston

Private universities[edit]

Rice University


  • Rice University, established in 1912, is a private Tier One research university located at 6100 Main, Houston, Texas.[11][12] Rice enrolled 3,001 undergraduate, 897 post-graduate, and 1,247 doctoral students and awarded 1,448 degrees in 2007. The university is organized into eight schools offering 40 undergraduate degree programs,[13] 51 masters programs, and 29 doctoral programs.[14][15]
  • Strayer University, established in 1892, is a private college offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. There are 3 campuses in the Houston area offering both on campus and online class options.[16]
  • Houston Graduate School of Theology
  • North American University, established in 2007, is a private college offering bachelor's degree programs in three disciplines: computer science, business administration and education.[17]
  • American InterContinental University, 9999 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas, offers 2 associate degree programs, 24 bachelor programs, and 11 masters programs in 5 disciplines: business administration, accounting, criminal justice, healthcare management and information technology.[18]


Law schools[edit]

University of Houston Law Center


The University of Houston Law Center is one of two top-tier public law schools in Texas, and is the only top-tier law school in Houston. It was ranked 48th among the nation's "Best Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1947, the Law Center is one of 12 academic colleges of the University of Houston. The law school's facilities are located on the university's 667-acre campus in southeast Houston.


Health institutions[edit]

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is ranked among the top schools of medicine in the United States.



Former institutions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Online Institutional Resumes". Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  2. ^ [1] Carnegie Foundation University Classification | accessdate = 2011-02-06
  3. ^ a b "University of Houston Progress Card" (PDF). University of Houston System. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  4. ^ "2013 Best Colleges: University of Houston". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "University of Houston–Clear Lake Progress Card" (PDF). University of Houston System. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ "2013 Best Colleges: University of Houston–Clear Lake". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "University of Houston–Downtown Progress Card" (PDF). University of Houston System. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  8. ^ "2013 Best Colleges: University of Houston–Downtown". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
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  10. ^ "2013 Best Colleges: Texas Southern University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Rice University
  12. ^ "Rice University - Best Colleges - Education - US News and World Report". Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  13. ^ "Majors and Programs of Study". Rice University. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  14. ^ "Information for Graduate Students" (PDF). Rice University. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  15. ^ "Rice Facts - Academic Schools". Rice University. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
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  17. ^ North American College
  18. ^ "Houston Campus". Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  19. ^ "Degree Programs". College of Biblical Studies. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  20. ^ Contact CBS
  21. ^ HBU - Visit HBU
  22. ^ Contact UST
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  25. ^ a b Moore, Louis. "Ecumenism the byword on high-rise college campus." Houston Chronicle. Saturday August 31, 1985. Religion 1. Retrieved on September 25, 2011.