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Which Texas Colleges Give The Best Return On Investment?

Five colleges in Texas ranked among the top 100 in the country.

Rice University
Rice University

When it comes to college, students and their parents are focused more and more on the price and which schools offer the best return on their investment.

To help guide them, Money Magazine has released its annual “Best Colleges for your Money” list. 

Texas colleges have some deals to offer students: Five schools in the state ranked in the top 100 of the country.

“Considering the number of schools in states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, Texas is doing very well,” said Kim Clark, who writes for Money Magazine.

The college that gives you the best bang for your buck in Texas is also one of the best deals in the country. Rice University came in No. 4 in the national ranking and No. 1 in Texas.

“Rice University, amazing school — if you can get in, you should go,” Clark said.

She said that one thing that’s amazing about Rice is their generous financial aid, especially for low-income students.

“If you come from a family earning maybe $50,000, you’ll get something pretty close to a full ride. The second thing is that the Rice graduates do very well on the job market. Of all the schools in Texas, they earn the highest salary,” she explained.

Clark said that laser focus on finances makes this study different than other college rankings. It uses new federal data on how much students who receive financial aid earn after graduation and how they handle their college-related debt.

It also factors how easy it is to get into a good school. That’s why Texas A&M University ranked as the second best deal in the state and No. 13 nationally.

“They accept about two-thirds of the students who apply, so that’s a pretty good chance of getting in, right?” Clark said.

She said that on average Aggies earn more than their peers from the University of Texas at Austin. UT-Austin came in as the third best value in Texas and number 50 in the country.

Here’s a full list of how Texas schools ranked nationally in the “Best Colleges for your Money.”

Rice University, No. 4
Texas A & M University-College Station, No. 13
The University of Texas at Austin, No. 50
St. Mary’s University, No. 52
The University of Texas at Dallas, No. 91
Trinity University, No. 163
Southwestern University, No. 195
Texas Tech University, No. 209
University of Dallas, No. 248
University of Houston, No. 257
Austin College, No. 350
Sam Houston State University, No. 413
Texas State University, No. 441
Southern Methodist University, No. 452
Saint Edward’s University, No. 472
Texas A & M University-Commerce, No. 477
Texas Christian University, No. 500
University of North Texas, No. 555
Baylor University, No. 565

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Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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