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5 Great Colleges In San Antonio

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas with 1.4 million residents. The large population makes for a great balance, with stellar college options and plenty of fun things to do when not studying. Here's a run-down of five great college options in San Antonio.

1. Trinity University

Trinity University is a four-year, private, Presbyterian-affiliated university offering bachelors and masters degrees. The university is located on 117 beautiful acres near a city park and was founded in 1869 with today's focus on arts and sciences. Numerous majors are presented from anthropology and philosophy to chemistry, voice/opera, finance and speech communication. There is a pretty even mix of genders, and 32 percent of students arrive from outside Texas. Both men's and women's sports and club activities are open to participants. Sixty-three percent of those applying receive admittance.

2. University of Texas Health Science Center

This four-year, public college offers bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees for those students who want to get into the healthcare field. Majors offered include: dental hygiene, clinical laboratory science, emergency medical technology, health services, registered nursing and respiratory care therapy. University of Texas Health Science Center is largely female, although males make up 25 percent of the student body. The admittance rate is 27 percent of those who applied.

3. University of Texas at San Antonio

Founded in 1969, the University of Texas at San Antonio is a public school on 600 acres located northwest of downtown giving it a suburban feel. Admittance rate is high at 87 percent and degrees are offered to the doctorate level. A wide range of majors are offered in such fields as music, arts, business, accounting, psychology, engineering, math and women's studies, to name a few. Study abroad and distance learning programs are a possibility. Most students are from Texas and there is an even mix of male and female students. To break the study blues, the university has numerous sports teams (men's and women's) and clubs to join.

4. St. Mary's University

Founded in 1852, St. Mary's University is a four-year, private, Roman Catholic-affiliated university with degrees from bachelors through doctorate. Majors are primarily in math and science, but music, accounting and theology are some other subjects that are given as majors. Distant learning and study abroad may be done through St. Mary's. This city school has a few more female than male students with a largely Hispanic student base coming from within Texas. Some sports and activity clubs are given. The school admits 61 percent of those who applied.

5. San Antonio College

A two-year, public, college in the city, San Antonio College San Antonio College provides associates degrees with a large choice of majors leading to a job or to further study. This city school has San Pedro Park across the street for some outside study time. Popular majors include criminal justice/police science, liberal arts and sciences, and registered nursing, but other majors to consider may be pharmacy technician, computer drafting and design or music. Distance learning and weekend and night courses are given at this commuter college. Some activities, such as theater and radio, are fun clubs to join. In-state students are the norm here and there are more females than males (56 to 44 percent).

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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