Some popular universities in eastern Texas are The University of Texas in Tyler, Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Lamar University in Beaumont and Rice University in Houston. Rice, the only private institution of this group, was founded in 1912. Made up of eight schools, the university Is home to just under 4,000 students, as of 2016. Its graduate schools of business and engineering are particularly highly acclaimed. With an acceptance rate of about 15 percent, Rice is extremely selective.
Founded in 1971, the University of Texas in Tyler offers more than 80 academic majors. Students with degrees in nursing, education and engineering from this university perform well on state licensing exams. Located in a city of more than 100,000 people, this branch of the University of Texas has approximately 7,500 graduate and undergraduate students on its 200-acre campus.
Named for a beloved Texas hero, Sam Houston State University offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs, more than 50 graduate degree programs and six doctoral programs. Over 20 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered online from the university. Founded in 1879, this public university Is home to more than 19,000 students.
Lamar University has approximately 14,000 students and more than 100 areas of study culminating in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Located in the extreme eastern part of Texas, the university is only about 25 miles from Louisiana. Up-to-date apartment-style dorms and gourmet dining set the living conditions at the school a step above those at many colleges.