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Houston has grown to be such a diverse city over the years and there is so much to do if you’re a college student living in Houston. The Houston Museum District provides nineteen different museums you can visit, and some of them are free, which as a college student is key. The Montrose neighborhood offers everything an artsy bohemian student might want: eclectic boutiques, small coffee shops, and numerous thrift stores. If sports are your thing, Houston’s Minute Maid Park allows you to watch (baseball) and TopGolf allows you to play (golf). Clearly, the city has something for everyone, regardless of your interests or passions.
Houston’s selection of universities and colleges is as rich and diverse as the city itself. Whether you’re looking for something that is private or public, small or large, there is a school here for you. Some of the colleges offer downtown proximity while others are more quiet. The city’s collegiate schools also afford you the chance to pick whether or not you’d like to attend a place with a religious affiliation.
The University of Houston sits on 667 acres across southeast Houston and was founded in 1927. However, it wasn’t until 1963 that it became a state institution, and in 1977, the school was part of the establishment of the University of Houston system. Carnegie has assigned it an R1 status, indicating that the university is of the highest research caliber. The University’s mascot is a cougar named Shasta, and its motto is “In Time.” Today the university serves roughly 80,000 students, across the undergraduate and graduate student body. In 2020, one of its alumni, Jericho Brown, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The school has a history of dedication to service and the community.
Texas Southern University is a HBCU (Historically Black College and University) that was originally established in 1927. When it first opened, the school saw a decrease from its summer semester to its fall semester because many of the students were teachers who returned to their jobs in the fall. Over the years, the school’s name (and purview) changed several times. Texas Southern University became its name in 1951 after students petitioned for the name change. Today the school sits on a beautiful 150-acre campus and is known as one of the largest historically black universities in the United States. Its graduates include several Congresspeople as well as professional athletes, and award-winning (Grammy, Dove, etc) musicians.
In 1960, the Baptist General Convention of Texas established Houston Baptist College, and in 1973 the school became Houston Baptist University. The school’s campus, located just beyond downtown Houston, spans 150 acres. The school serves roughly 2,500 undergraduate students per year and has an average class size of 25. Its graduate population is just over 1,000 students. The university’s downtown proximity means that students have access to internships and jobs at prestigious companies. One interesting component of the school is that students must accrue community life and worship credits in order to graduate. The school’s colors are orange and blue, and their athletes are known as Huskies.
The University of St. Thomas was founded by Basilian Fathers (Congregation of St. Basil) in 1947. It’s a private Catholic university located in the Museum District and Innovation Corridor of Houston. The school was named for St. Thomas Aquinas. Their student to teacher ratio is 11:1 and they have just over 3,000 undergraduate students who participate in more than 35 programs of study. The school’s motto is “May we grow in Christ” and its colors are red and gold.
The Art Institute of Houston is a small arts institution with several branch campuses, including The school The Art Institute of Austin. All told, there are roughly 15 campuses of The Art Institutes, which are a for-profit college organization; at one point there were nearly 50 campuses across the US. The Art Institute of Houston has programs in diverse fields from Animation & Effects to Interior Design to Culinary. The institute offers scholarships and financial aid to those who qualify. Recently, they were involved in Project Runway: Houston.
When you’re planning your Houston college trips, there are numerous factors to consider when you select a bus. Some buses have more amenities— perhaps amenities you don’t need. Different sizes impact pricing and are appropriate for different groups. From the most budget-friendly to the most luxurious, we have options for your college trip.