The following is a list of colleges and universities in Houston, located within the city limits.

State universities

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Four separate and distinct state universities are located in Houston.

The University of Houston is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The University of Houstonâ€"Clear Lake and the University of Houstonâ€"Downtown are stand-alone universities; they are not branch campuses of the University of Houston.

Admission into each institution is separate, and each institution has distinct admission criteria and requirements.

Community colleges

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  • Houston Community College System
  • Lone Star College System
  • San Jacinto College

Private universities

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  • Rice University, established in 1912, is a private Tier One research university located at 6100 Main, Houston, Texas. Rice enrolled 3,001 undergraduate, 897 post-graduate, and 1,247 doctoral students and awarded 1,448 degrees in 2007. The university is organized into eight schools offering 40 undergraduate degree programs, 51 masters programs, and 29 doctoral programs.
  • North American University, established in 2007, is a private college offering bachelor degree programs in three disciplines: Computer science, Business administration and Education.
  • Houston Graduate School of Theology


  • Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors. Pre-professional programs range from Biblical Languages to Nursing.
  • University of St. Thomas, located at 3800 Montrose, Houston, Texas, is a comprehensive Catholic university, grounded in the liberal arts. Founded by 1947 by Basilian Fathers, it serves as the only Catholic university in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Law schools

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  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

The University of Houston Law Center is one of two top-tier public law schools in Texas, and is the only top-tier law school in Houston. It ranks 48th among the nation's "Best Law Schools" in U.S. News & World Report. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1947, the Law Center is one of 12 academic colleges of the University of Houston. The law school's facilities are located on the university's 667-acre campus in southeast Houston.


  • South Texas College of Law

Health institutions


  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
  • Texas Southern University School of Pharmacy and Health Science
  • Texas Woman's University Health Science Center Houston


  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Memorial Hermann Clinical Innovation and Research Institute (CIRI)
  • The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
  • Texas Children's Hospital

Former institutions

  • Gulf Coast Bible College (moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1985)
  • Christian College of America
  • South Texas Junior College

See also

  • List of colleges and universities in Texas


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