Universities in Houston, USA
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12 out of 13
  • Universities in Houston
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Houston
  • (19 institution and 11 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Houston
  • Among TOP 200

Houston, Texas, is a city usually known for its friendly locals, 10 months of humid summer, and its annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

What many people may not know however, is that Houston also offers numerous employment opportunities, excellent and varied dining options, lower living costs, and a wide selection of universities to choose from, including numerous research institutions.

PROS

  • While there are a lot of people living in Houston which means there’s competition for every new job, the city’s job market is characterised by its balance and variety.

  • There’s a large population of international students in Houston, which helps other international students to settle in and feel like they are blending in more.

  • Houston’s cost of living is below the national average, calculated in groceries, rent and energy bills. The only exception is public transportation, but the cost is not significantly above the national average. In any case, if you are a student you can apply online for a Student METRO Q Fare Card.

CONS

  • The most recurring negative expressed about Houston is its heavy traffic. Those moving to the city are recommended to search for apartments in a neighbourhood that leaves them well connected with their daily routine.

  • Apart from some exceptions like Hermann Park, there is not a lot of natural beauty to enjoy in Houston, and walking as a means of getting around is very impractical.

  • Houston is not known for having a lot to offer in the way of Historical landmarks and districts, and public art. Many express that Houston is distributed in a way that encourages people to work and go home, because of the way its zones are distributed.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Houston, USA

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Houston
  • 19 Jan, 2022: THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education updated with Rice University in position 72.
  • 15 Dec, 2021: URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance updated with University of Houston ranked highest among 2 listed universities in Houston.
  • 24 Nov, 2021: Latest THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education from THE Times Higher Education, UK. in position #64.
  • 08 Nov, 2021: Publication of Poets&Quants: Best Online MBA Programs (US) (Business). Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University ranked #7.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Houston

Clinical Medicine
#7 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Computer Science
#16 
Rice University
Engineering
#22 
Rice University
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#27 
Baylor College of Medicine
Statistics
#33 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sociology
#34 
Rice University
English
#41 
Rice University
Law
#51 
University of Houston
Education
#80 
University of Houston
Arts and Humanities
#201 
Rice University

Rankings of universities in Houston, USA 2022

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (794 reviews)
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  • #18 
  • #18 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #47 
  • #136 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #26 
  • #94 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (641 reviews)
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  • #321 
  • #323 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #136 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #117 
  • #701 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]


#3

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (124 reviews)
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  • #95 
  • #265 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #831 
  • #430 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #84 
  • #266 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]



  • #48 
  • #115 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #53 
  • #135 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]
  • #53 
  • #153 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


  • #322 
  • #323 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #987 
  • #528 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 19 August, 2019]
  • #428 
  • #454 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]

#6

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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  • #66 
  • #200 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #35 
  • #67 
ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
[Published 15 August, 2021]
  • #52 
  • #106 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 26 April, 2021]


#7

University of Houston - Downtown

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (682 reviews)
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  • #465 
  • #640 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #1025 
  • #567 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 19 August, 2019]
  • #641 
  • #683 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]


  • #458 
  • #634 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #812 
  • #420 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #833 
  • #431 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 19 August, 2019]


#9

Houston Baptist University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (316 reviews)
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  • #1109 
  • #655 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 19 August, 2019]
  • #632 
  • #676 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #745 
  • #4677 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


#10

Texas Southern University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (1644 reviews)
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  • #1434 
  • #998 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 19 August, 2019]
  • #617 
  • #3752 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #340 
  • #299 
US News Best National Universities
[Published 12 September, 2021]


#11

College of Biblical Studies

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (75 reviews)
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  • #1415 
  • #1530 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1703 
  • #11401 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#12

South Texas College of Law

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (103 reviews)
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  • #1391 
  • #7847 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]



Student Opinions About Studying in Houston

“Something that really impressed me about Houston is that you can find cuisine from literally anywhere in the world here, whether it be Jamaican, African, Mexican, everything is here and it really gives the city some international character.”

“The nightlife scene here is vibrant, and you can be sure that your favourite artists and bands are always going to include Houston in their tour schedule, so there are opportunities for all kinds of exciting events throughout the year.”

“Houston is a huge city, so every time you need to do something it’s going to take half an hour to get there in most cases, thanks to the city’s chronic traffic problem.”

Houston Key Facts for International Students

Population: 2100000

Elevation: 12 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -6

District/province: Texas, Harris County

Living costs for students in Houston:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 80* (20% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 71* (29% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 73* (27% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.74 US$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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Rice University ranks #1 in Houston in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in Houston Rice University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 40 rankings where Rice University is listed.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked best in Houston for Medicine & Health (Clinical Medicine). See all rankings for the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Rice University is ranked best in Houston for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the Rice University.

Rice University is ranked best in Houston for Engineering (Engineering). See all rankings for the Rice University.

Baylor College of Medicine is ranked best in Houston for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the Baylor College of Medicine.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is ranked best in Houston for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Rice University is ranked best in Houston for Social Studies & Humanities (Sociology). See all rankings for the Rice University.

Rice University is ranked best in Houston for Languages & Literature (English). See all rankings for the Rice University.

University of Houston is ranked best in Houston for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of Houston.

University of Houston is ranked best in Houston for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Houston.

Rice University is ranked best in Houston for Arts Visual & Performing (Arts and Humanities). See all rankings for the Rice University.

Baylor College of Medicine is ranked best in Houston for Agriculture (Agricultural Sciences). See all rankings for the Baylor College of Medicine.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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Forbes

Criteria used in ranking -America's Best Value Colleges 2019:
Rank on Forbes 2018 Top Colleges ranking 20%
Student debt 20%
Alumni earnings 20%
Net price 20%
Graduation rate 10%
Pell Grant recipients 10%

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Kiplinger

Criteria used in ranking -Kiplinger's Best College Values:
Quality Criteria 55%
Cost Criteria 45%

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MONEY

Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

Payscale

Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Wallstreet Journal USA & THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings:
Outcomes 40% (employability)
Resources 30%
Engagement 20% (teaching)
Environment 10% (diversity)

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Washington Monthly

Criteria used in ranking -Washington Monthly - National Universities:
Social Mobility 33.33%
Research 33.33%
Community and National Service 33.33%

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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