One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Texas has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in TX, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Texas.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Texas:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Texas has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 81 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Texas that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, McMurry University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Texas.’
Location: AbileneEmployed: 92.91%
Location: San AntonioEmployed: 92.82%
Location: San AntonioEmployed: 92.69%
Location: HoustonEmployed: 92.43%
Location: LubbockEmployed: 92.39%
Location: San AntonioEmployed: 92.0%
Location: ShermanEmployed: 91.9%
Location: LaredoEmployed: 91.58%
Location: HoustonEmployed: 91.48%
Location: SeguinEmployed: 91.41%
If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Texas, but the entire country.
Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Texas by their employment rates 10 years after college.
|2||The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||92.82%|
|5||Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center||92.39%|
|6||St. Mary’s University||92.0%|
|8||Texas A & M International University||91.58%|
|9||The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||91.48%|
|10||Texas Lutheran University||91.41%|
|11||The University of Texas at Austin||91.2%|
|12||Texas Tech University||90.83%|
|13||Texas A & M University-College Station||90.76%|
|16||Texas State University||90.27%|
|17||Prairie View A & M University||90.06%|
|18||Sam Houston State University||90.03%|
|19||Texas Christian University||90.01%|
|20||Brite Divinity School||90.01%|
|22||The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley||89.81%|
|23||The University of Texas at Arlington||89.81%|
|24||The University of Texas at San Antonio||89.7%|
|25||Stephen F Austin State University||89.64%|
|26||University of North Texas||89.61%|
|28||Angelo State University||89.37%|
|29||University of Houston||89.31%|
|30||Midwestern State University||89.28%|
|32||Southern Methodist University||89.06%|
|33||University of the Incarnate Word||89.05%|
|34||Lubbock Christian University||89.03%|
|35||Saint Edward’s University||88.89%|
|37||Howard Payne University||88.85%|
|38||The University of Texas at El Paso||88.82%|
|39||Our Lady of the Lake University||88.67%|
|40||Texas Wesleyan University||88.58%|
|41||University of Houston-Downtown||88.56%|
|42||Texas Woman’s University||88.55%|
|43||Texas A & M University-Commerce||88.53%|
|44||West Texas A & M University||88.51%|
|45||The University of Texas at Dallas||88.42%|
|46||Tarleton State University||88.38%|
|47||University of Houston-Clear Lake||88.15%|
|48||Sul Ross State University||88.1%|
|49||East Texas Baptist University||88.02%|
|50||Abilene Christian University||88.01%|
|51||Jarvis Christian College||87.96%|
|53||University of Houston-Victoria||87.79%|
|54||Texas A & M University-Kingsville||87.75%|
|55||Wayland Baptist University||87.59%|
|56||Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi||87.58%|
|57||Dallas Baptist University||87.42%|
|59||The University of Texas at Tyler||87.19%|
|60||The University of Texas of the Permian Basin||87.14%|
|61||Southwestern Assemblies of God University||87.14%|
|62||South Texas College||86.78%|
|63||Texas Southern University||86.77%|
|65||University of Mary Hardin-Baylor||86.65%|
|66||University of St Thomas||86.63%|
|67||Southwestern Adventist University||85.98%|
|68||Paul Quinn College||85.82%|
|69||University of Dallas||85.62%|
|71||Texas Southmost College||85.12%|
|73||Houston Baptist University||84.3%|
|74||Texas A&M University-Texarkana||83.5%|
|75||Remington College-Dallas Campus||82.91%|
|76||Dallas Christian College||82.66%|
|78||Southwestern Christian College||82.28%|
|81||College of Biblical Studies-Houston||75.81%|