Best Value Colleges in Texas

There is no shortage of colleges in Texas, and PayScale's College ROI Report helps make choosing a college in Texas easier by using our salary data to show which college alumni earn the most after graduation.

Students who attend school in the Lone Star State can choose from many distinguished colleges while enjoying the state's amazing weather, its Gulf Coast beaches, its vibrant cities and the unique culture.  Read More

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16University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$396,000
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,800
17Victoria University - Victoria, TX(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,900
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$22,900
18Prairie View A & M University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$361,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
19Lamar University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$358,000
Total 4 Year Cost$125,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,200
20Dallas Baptist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$343,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$46,300
21Trinity University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$336,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
22Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$326,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate35%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
23Victoria University - Victoria, TX(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$323,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad RateN/A
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$22,900
24Southern Methodist University (SMU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$317,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,000
25 (tie)Midwestern State University (MSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$72,700
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
25 (tie)University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,500
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,700
27Wayland Baptist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,400
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
28Texas Woman's University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$307,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,600
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,800
29Midwestern State University (MSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,500
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
30 (tie)Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$303,000
Total 4 Year Cost$80,900
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$27,600

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

No matter what draws you to the state, using PayScale's data to zero in on the best value colleges in Texas can help make sure you don't get stuck in student loan debt you can never pay back.

Consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, Rice University is an esteemed engineering school that has produced many illustrious alumni, including numerous Rhodes Scholars, Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and Fulbright Scholars. Best known for its applied science programs, Rice is certain to give you remarkable bang for your buck.

Many students flock to tiny College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M. The sprawling university in a tiny town is home to the George Bush Presidential Library and includes a senior military college with a full-time corps of volunteer cadets. It's also home to the most famous all-male cheer squad in the country, the Yell Squad. The famously conservative school counts several NASA astronauts and former Texas governor Rick Perry among its alumni. Texas A&M's Aggies are also famous for their school spirit.

With its location in notoriously hip, quirky Austin -- which also happens to be the state capital -- the University of Texas delivers a serious value for the cost of a college education. Regarded as a "Public Ivy" because it offers a quality of education found in the Ivy League while still being a public institution, UT has an undergrad population of nearly 40,000. The Longhorns don't just perform on the football field, they go on to have prosperous careers.