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Four separate state universities are located in Houston. The University of Houston is a nationally recognized Tier One research university and the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. The third-largest university in Texas, the University of Houston has nearly 40,000 students on its 667-acre campus in southeast Houston. The University of Houston-Clear Lake and the University of Houston-Downtown are standalone universities, not branch campuses of the University of Houston. Located in the historic Third Ward community is Texas Southern University, one of the largest historically black universities in the United States.

Several private institutions of higher learning, ranging from liberal arts colleges to a nationally recognized research university, Rice University, are located within the city. Liberal arts universities include Houston Baptist University and the University of St. Thomas.

Three community college districts have campuses in and around Houston. The Houston Community College System serves most of Houston. The Lone Star College System serves the northwestern and northeastern parts of the city, while San Jacinto College serves the southeastern part of Houston. Portions of the northeast are served by Lee College. The Houston Community College and Lone Star College systems are within the 10 largest institutions of higher learning in the United States.


Houston Independent School District
Houston Private Schools
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston Baptist University
Rice University
Texas Southern University
University of Houston
University of St. Thomas
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston