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Top 5 Houston-Area Colleges

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The Houston area of Texas has a number of good colleges, many around for about a century attesting to their longevity. Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. with a population of over two million. Learn which colleges are the top five in the Houston area and why.

1. Rice University

Rice University promotes "Unconventional Wisdom", as its slogan states. With special schools for undergraduate through doctorate studies in humanities, music, social sciences and natural sciences, architecture, business and engineering, Rice is considered fifth in Best Value Universities in the U.S. on the online list comprised by Best Value Schools. This is an affordability ranking based on low average student debt and value of high-quality education.

2. University of Houston

A state university founded in 1927, University of Houston (UH) is ranked number 190 on the U.S. News and World Report list of national universities and is the third largest university is Texas. Now a Carnegie Tier 1 research institution with over 40 modern research centers, UH has over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The 12 academic colleges for comprehensive special studies include mathematics and science, engineering, architecture, business, law, pharmacy, optometry, technology and social work.

3. Baylor College of Medicine

Continually ranked among the top U.S. schools of medicine for its research, education and patient care, Baylor College of Medicine is located in Houston. Begun in 1900 and gaining independent status in 1969, Baylor is now affiliated with eight highly regarded hospitals and surrounded by a barrage of medical facilities at the Texas Medical Center. The college is currently ranked in the top 20 U.S. schools for obtaining National Institutes of Health funding. A private college and top choice with both medical and health students, its slogan is "Giving Life To Possible."

4. Texas Southern College

Texas Southern College is a public college offering undergraduate through doctorate degrees started in 1927. Noted by Forbes magazine on its Americas Top Colleges list, the college includes buildings for special academic studies, such as technology, business, public affairs, science and technology, law at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, life sciences and pharmacy/health sciences.

5. University of St. Thomas

A small private nonprofit college founded in 1947,University of St. Thomas offers business management, administrative services, social sciences, history, education, health professions/sciences, and Roman Catholic theological studies. Undergraduate through doctorate degrees are available. Since 1994, U.S. News and World Report lists the university in the top tier of mid-sized universities in the Western area of the U.S.

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