Best Value Colleges in Texas - 2020

The Best Value Colleges in Texas for 2020

As a new school year begins and summer fades into memory, students are (mostly) hard at work earning their college degree.

Some may have just started their college career, others may be a few credits from finishing, but nearly all are there to graduate, get that diploma, and start earning a living in the real world. For most of us, though, our alma matter never really leaves us. We all like to think we went to the best school and got the best education, but that can’t be true for everyone, right?

Students in Texas are no different, and that got us curious, so we looked into the data to identify which colleges provide the best opportunity to earn a good income post-graduation without breaking the bank to get there. Put another way, students who graduate from these colleges earn the most money relative to what they paid to attend.

Our data comes straight out of the most recent College Scorecard release, which tracks everything from attendance figures and acceptance rate to student debt and more.

At the bottom we’ve included a full list, but first, here’s a quick look at the top 10 best value colleges in Texas:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. The University of Texas at Dallas
  4. Texas A&M University-College Station
  5. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  6. University of Houston
  7. West Coast University-Dallas
  8. Chamberlain University-Texas
  9. The University of Texas at Arlington
  10. University of Houston-Clear Lakes

Leveraging the data from College Scorecard, we looked at three variables:

  • The cost of attendance
  • Earnings 6 years post-enrollment (early career)
  • Earnings 10 years post-enrollment (established career)

From there, we limited our list to remove community colleges so we could focus specifically on primarily undergraduate institutions. Finally, we ranked the remaining 84 colleges on each attribute and averaged the three values to determine which ones had outcomes of strong career earnings in the short and long term without being prohibitively expensive.

When the dust had settled, The University of Texas at Austin held the title of the “Best Value College in Texas.”

The Best Value Colleges in Texas

RankCollegeCost of AttendanceEarly Career EarningsEstablished Career Earnings
1The University of Texas at Austin$24,933$52,200$73,900
2Texas Tech University$22,615$46,800$61,600
3The University of Texas at Dallas$24,154$47,800$61,400
4Texas A&M University-College Station$28,143$53,600$67,800
5The University of Texas of the Permian Basin$18,123$44,800$52,300
6University of Houston$24,678$47,100$60,600
7West Coast University-Dallas$33,959$71,900$67,700
8Chamberlain University-Texas$33,018$69,800$60,400
9The University of Texas at Arlington$21,154$43,700$54,000
10University of Houston-Clear Lake$22,690$45,500$52,900
11University of Houston-Downtown$17,017$42,500$49,300
12Texas Woman’s University$17,539$42,800$49,100
13The University of Texas at Tyler$20,118$42,900$50,500
14University of North Texas at Dallas$14,944$39,300$49,300
15Midwestern State University$18,028$42,400$47,000
16University of Houston-Victoria$19,253$43,800$46,200
17Texas State University$21,383$40,600$51,100
18Rice University$60,518$68,300$91,600
19The University of Texas at San Antonio$19,906$38,800$49,600
20Sam Houston State University$20,791$39,300$49,700
21Texas A&M University-Kingsville$21,006$39,500$49,300
22Parker University$33,456$40,000$62,600
23Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi$20,140$39,100$48,600
24LeTourneau University$41,598$47,300$56,800
25University of North Texas$21,907$39,300$49,300
26Trinity University$54,714$48,900$68,000
27Southern Methodist University$69,358$68,100$77,900
28West Texas As&M University$20,067$39,300$46,700
29University of Phoenix-Texas$20,251$34,200$54,900
30Tarleton State University$20,078$38,200$47,700
31University of St Thomas$42,587$42,400$59,600
32Texas A&M International University$13,629$36,000$46,700
33Texas Christian University$60,135$50,300$62,600
34Strayer University-Texas$27,744$38,400$53,500
35Lamar University$19,367$37,200$46,000
36Angelo State University$18,789$36,100$46,300
37Wayland Baptist University$27,788$41,300$47,200
38Baylor University$59,063$46,600$58,400
39Stephen F Austin State University$20,735$36,700$46,400
40Southwestern University$52,553$41,500$63,400
41Dallas Baptist University$37,754$42,900$49,200
42University of the Incarnate Word$40,826$41,000$52,500
43The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley$13,401$34,200$44,200
44Lubbock Christian University$32,923$38,700$50,500
45The University of Texas at El Paso$16,033$35,300$43,300
46Concordia University Texas$42,123$41,200$51,300
47Houston Baptist University$40,742$39,400$52,300
48St. Mary’s University$40,087$38,900$52,000
49Hardin-Simmons University$36,644$40,200$48,300
50College of Biblical Studies-Houston$19,135$35,500$42,800
51Southwestern Adventist University$31,012$39,000$47,100
52Saint Edward’s University$54,598$41,200$55,700
53Texas Lutheran University$40,085$38,600$51,100
54Texas A & M University-Commerce$20,342$36,000$41,900
55DeVry University-Texas$37,532$37,600$50,300
56University of Mary Hardin-Baylor$38,470$38,600$48,700
57Sul Ross State University$19,544$34,600$41,400
58Austin College$51,703$39,900$52,800
59Texas A&M University-Texarkana$18,509$34,800$39,200
60American InterContinental University-Houston$22,472$33,200$45,200
61Abilene Christian University$45,746$38,900$48,900
62Argosy University-Dallas$26,462$34,100$45,700
63Prairie View A & M University$22,444$34,300$40,700
64University of Dallas$52,637$37,400$51,400
65Texas Wesleyan University$39,601$38,200$44,400
66McMurry University$39,110$36,200$46,400
67Dallas Christian College$28,403$33,000$45,500
68Schreiner University$36,243$35,400$44,300
69East Texas Baptist University$36,134$34,800$43,600
70Our Lady of the Lake University$37,121$35,500$42,500
71The Art Institute of Dallas$26,496$32,500$40,200
72Arlington Baptist University$20,471$26,500$38,000
73Paul Quinn College$17,509$26,900$29,800
74South University-Austin$29,067$32,500$40,200
75Texas Southern University$24,089$30,300$37,600
76Howard Payne University$37,627$34,000$40,500
77The Art Institute of Houston$27,520$30,400$39,100
78The Art Institute of San Antonio$28,091$30,400$39,100
79Texas College$20,140$24,600$28,000
80The Art Institute of Austin$29,528$30,400$39,100
81Huston-Tillotson University$27,116$29,900$34,200
82Wiley College$23,300$26,400$30,700
83Southwestern Assemblies of God University$33,709$30,400$38,700
84Jarvis Christian College$23,843$22,800$27,500


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Alison Blankenship
Senior Marketing Manager
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