Public Colleges in the Southwest

More than half of all college freshmen are enrolled at a college within 100 miles of their permanent home. Only a small fraction venture further than 500 miles from home for college.

But knowing which colleges are in your region is important for several reasons. First, because of their location, these colleges provide you a good opportunity to visit the campus. Even if you move far away for college, seeing what is available nearby will help you decide which type of college fits you best. Also, colleges nearby may have state-funded merit aid programs that extend across state lines. So you may be able to pay in-state tuition for a college that is located across state lines.

These are the public colleges and universities in the Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

Public Colleges in the Southwest

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
University of Arizona Tucson AZ 28,091 $5,048
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus Tempe AZ 34,388 $4,971
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff AZ 20,205 $4,964
Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus Mesa AZ 3,027 $4,768
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque NM 16,378 $4,571
New Mexico State University-Main Campus Las Cruces NM 11,254 $4,452
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Socorro NM 2,318 $4,104
Western New Mexico University Silver City NM 1,581 $3,223
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Portales NM 2,716 $3,156
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM 1,733 $2,536
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman OK 17,626 $6,507
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Stillwater OK 17,310 $5,491
East Central University Ada OK 3,309 $3,930
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alva OK 1,553 $3,875
Cameron University Lawton OK 4,094 $3,872
University of Central Oklahoma Edmond OK 10,828 $3,857
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Goodwell OK 1,009 $3,820
Northeastern State University Tahlequah OK 6,949 $3,798
Southeastern Oklahoma State University Durant OK 3,070 $3,668
Langston University Langston OK 2,226 $3,596
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha OK 1,186 $3,240
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford OK 4,100 $3,198
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson TX 6,643 $8,554
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX 34,116 $7,670
Texas A & M University College Station TX 35,823 $7,335
Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos TX 21,345 $6,506
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington TX 16,338 $6,464
Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches TX 9,793 $6,162
University of Houston Houston TX 22,711 $6,084
Texas A & M University at Galveston Galveston TX 1,475 $6,055
University of North Texas Denton TX 23,592 $5,972
Texas Woman’s University Denton TX 5,988 $5,832
Texas Tech University Lubbock TX 22,062 $5,642
The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso TX 13,600 $5,610
Lamar University Beaumont TX 7,348 $5,560
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio TX 20,411 $5,478
Texas Southern University Houston TX 4,203 $5,428
Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX 13,007 $5,416
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi TX 6,454 $5,149
Texas A & M University-Commerce Commerce TX 4,774 5,126
Prairie View A & M University Prairie View TX 5,637 $4,948
Texas A & M University-Kingsville Kingsville TX 4,548 $4,800
West Texas A & M University Canyon TX 5,139 $4,668
Tarleton State University Stephenville TX 7,058 $4,537
The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler TX 4,255 $4,476
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls TX 4,739 $4,372
Angelo State University San Angelo TX 5,184 $4,343
Texas A & M International University Laredo TX 3,262 $4,180
University of Houston-Downtown Houston TX 8,412 $4,022
Sul Ross State University Alpine TX 1,733 $3,942
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa TX 2,602 $3,902
The University of Texas-Pan American Edinburg TX 13,864 $3,899
The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville TX 9,248 $3,811