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Texas

State of Texas

ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Derived from the Caddo word tavshas, meaning "allies" or "friends."

NICKNAME: The Lone Star State.

CAPITAL: Austin.

ENTERED UNION: 29 December 1845 (28th).

SONG: "Texas, Our Texas;" "The Eyes of Texas."

MOTTO: Friendship.

FLAG: At the hoist is a vertical bar of blue with a single white five-pointed star; two horizontal bars of white and red cover the remainder of the flag.

OFFICIAL SEAL: A five-pointed star is encircled by olive and live oak branches, surrounded with the words "The State of Texas."

BIRD: Mockingbird.

FISH: Guadelupe bass.

FLOWER: Bluebonnet; prickly pear cactus (plant).

TREE: Pecan.

GEM: Topaz.

LEGAL HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, 1 January; Confederate Heroes Day, 19 January; Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., 3rd Monday in January; Presidents' Day, 3rd Monday in February; Texas Independence Day, 2 March: Cesar Cavez Day, 31 March (optional); Good Friday, Friday before Easter, March or April (optional); San Jacinto Day, 21 April; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Emancipation Day, 19 June; Independence Day, 4 July; Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday, 27 August; Labor Day, 1st Monday in September; Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, September or October (optional); Veterans' Day, 11 November; Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November and the day following; Christmas, 24, 25, and 26 December.

TIME: 6 AM CST = noon GMT.

LOCATION, SIZE, AND EXTENT

Located in the west south-central United States, Texas is the largest of the 48 conterminous states. Texas's US rank slipped to second when Alaska entered the Union in 1959.

The total area of Texas is 266,807 sq mi (691,030 sq km), of which land comprises 262,017 sq mi (678,624 sq km) and inland water 4,790 sq mi (12,406 sq km). The state's land area represents 8.8% of the US mainland and 7.4% of the nation as a whole. The state's maximum e-w extension is 801 mi (1,289 km); its extreme n-s distance is 773 mi (1,244 km).

Texas is bordered on the n by Oklahoma and Arkansas (with part of the line formed by the Red River); on the e by Arkansas and Louisiana (with part of the Louisiana line defined by the Sabine River); on the se by the Gulf of Mexico; on the sw by the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, and Chihuahua (with the line formed by the Rio Grande); and on the w by New Mexico. The state's geographic center is in McCulloch County, 15 mi (24 km) ne of Brady.

Large islands in the Gulf of Mexico belonging to Texas are Galveston, Matagorda, and Padre. The boundary length of the state totals 3,029 mi (4,875 km), including a general Gulf of Mexico coastline of 367 mi (591 km); the tidal shoreline is 3,359 mi (5,406 km).

TOPOGRAPHY

Texas's major physiographic divisions are the Gulf Coastal Plain in the east and southeast; the North Central Plains, covering most of central Texas; the Great Plains, extending from west-central Texas up into the panhandle; and the mountainous trans-Pecos area in the extreme west.

Within the Gulf Coastal Plain are the Piney Woods, an extension of western Louisiana that introduces into East Texas for about 125 mi (200 km), and the Post Oak Belt, a flat region of mixed soil that gives way to the rolling prairie of the Blackland Belt, the state's most densely populated region. The Balcones Escarpment (so-called by the Spanish because its sharp profile suggests a balcony), a geological fault line running from the Rio Grande near Del Rio across central Texas, separates the Gulf Coastal Plain and Rio Grande Plain from the North Central Plains and south-central Hill Country, and in so doing, divides East Texas from West Texas, watered Texas from dry Texas, and (culturally speaking) the Old South from the burgeoning West. Sea level at the Gulf of Mexico is the lowest elevation of the state.

The North Central Plains extend from the Blackland Belt to the Cap Rock Escarpment, a natural boundary carved by erosion to heights of nearly 1,000 ft (300 m) in some places. Much of this plains region is rolling prairie, but the dude ranches of the Hill Country and the mineral-rich Burnet-Llano Basin are also found here. West of the Cap Rock Escarpment are the Great Plains, stretching north-south from the Panhandle Plains to the Edwards Plateau, just north of the Balcones Escarpment. Along the western edge of the panhandle and extending into New Mexico is the Llano Estacado (Staked Plains), an extension of the High Plains lying east of the base of the Rocky Mountains.

The trans-Pecos region, between the Pecos River and the Rio Grande, contains the highest point in the state: Guadalupe Peak, with an altitude of 8,749 ft (2,668 m), part of the Guadalupe Range extending southward from New Mexico into western Texas for about 20 mi (32 km). Also in the trans-Pecos region is the Diablo Plateau, which has no runoff to the sea and holds its scant water in lakes that often evaporate entirely. Farther south are the Davis Mountains, with a number of peaks rising above 7,000 ft (2,100 m), and Big Bend country (surrounded on three sides by the Rio Grande), whose canyons sometimes reach depths of nearly 2,000 ft (600 m). The Chisos Mountains, also exceeding 7,000 ft (2,100 m) at some points stand just north and west of the Rio Grande. The mean elevation of the state is approximately 1,700 ft (519 m).

For its vast expanse, Texas boasts few natural lakes. Caddo Lake, which lies in Texas and Louisiana, is the state's largest natural lake, though its present length of 20 mi (32 km) includes waters added by dam construction in Louisiana. Two artificial reservoirsAmistad (shared with Mexico), near Del Rio, and Toledo Bend (shared with Louisiana) on the Sabine Riverhave respective storage capacities exceeding 3 million and 4 million acre-ft, and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir (covering 179 sq mi/464 sq km) has a capacity of 2.9 million acre-ft. All together, the state contains close to 200 major reservoirs, eight of which can store more than 1 million acre-ft of water. From the air, Texas looks as well watered as Minnesota, but the lakes are artificial, and much of the soil is dry.

One reason Texas has so many reservoirs is that it is blessed with a number of major river systems, although none is navigable for more than 50 mi (80 km) inland. Starting from the west, the Rio Grande, a majestic stream in some places but a trickling trough in others, imparts life to the Texas desert and serves as the international boundary with Mexico. Its total length of 1,896 mi (3,051 km), including segments in Colorado and New Mexico, makes the Rio Grande the nation's second-longest river, exceeded only by the Missouri-Mississippi river system. The Colorado River is the longest river wholly within the state, extending about 600 mi (970 km) on its journey across central and southeastern Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. Other important rivers include the Nueces, in whose brushy valley the range cattle industry began; the San Antonio, which stems from springs within the present city limits and flows, like most Texas rivers, to the Gulf of Mexico; the Brazos, which rises in New Mexico and stretches diagonally for about 840 mi (1,350 km) across Texas; the Trinity, which serves Fort Worth and Dallas; the San Jacinto, a short river but one of the most heavily trafficked in North America, overlapping the Houston Ship Channel, which connects the Port of Houston with the Gulf; the Neches, which makes an ocean port out of Beaumont; the Sabine, which has the largest water discharge (6,800,000 acre-ft) at its mouth of any Texas river; the Red, forming part of the northern boundary; and the Canadian, which crosses the Texas panhandle from New Mexico to Oklahoma, bringing moisture to the cattle raisers and wheat growers of that region. In all, Texas has about 3,700 identifiable streams, many of which dry up in the summer and flood during periods of rainfall.

Because of its extensive outcroppings of limestone, extending westward from the Balcones Escarpment, Texas contains a maze of caverns. Among the better-known caves are Longhorn Cavern in Burnet County; Wonder Cave, near San Marcos; the Caverns of Sonora, at Sonora; and Jack Pit Cave, in Menard County, which, with 19,000 ft (5,800 m) of passages, is the most extensive cave yet mapped in the state.

About 1 billion years ago, shallow seas covered much of Texas. After the seas receded, the land dropped gradually over millions of years, leaving a thick sediment that was then compressed into a long mountain range called the Ouachita Fold Belt. The sea was eventually restricted to a zone in West Texas called the Permian Basin, a giant evaporation pan holding gypsum and salt deposits hundreds of feet deep. As the mountain chain across central Texas eroded and the land continued to subside, the Rocky Mountains were uplifted, leaving deep cuts in Big Bend country and creating the Llano Estacado. The Gulf of Mexico subsided rapidly, depositing sediment accumulations several thousand feet deep, while salt domes formed over vast petroleum and sulfur deposits. All this geologic activity also deposited quicksilver in the Terlingua section of the Big Bend, built up the Horseshoe Atoll (a buried reef in west-central Texas that is the largest limestone reservoir in the nation), created uranium deposits in southern Texas, and preserved the oil-bearing Jurassic rocks of the northeast.

CLIMATE

Texas's great size and topographic variety make climatic description difficult. Brownsville, at the mouth of the Rio Grande, has had no measurable snowfall during all the years that records have been kept, but Vega, in the panhandle, averages 23 in (58 cm) of snowfall per year. Near the Louisiana border, rainfall exceeds 56 in (142 cm) annually, while in parts of extreme West Texas, rainfall averages less than 8 in (20 cm). Average annual precipitation in Dallas is about 33.3 in (84 cm); in El Paso, 8.6 in (21 cm); and in Houston, 47.8 in (121.4 cm).

Generally, a maritime climate prevails along the Gulf coast, with continental conditions inland; the Balcones Escarpment is the main dividing line between the two zones, but they are not completely isolated from each other's influence. Texas has two basic seasonsa hot summer that may last from April through October, and a winter that starts in November and usually lasts until March. When summer ends, the state is too dry for autumn foliage, except in East Texas. Temperatures in El Paso, in the southwest, range from an average January minimum of 31°f (0°c) to an average July maximum of 95°f (35°c); at Amarillo, in the panhandle, from 22°f (5°c) in January to 91°f (32°c) in July; and at Galveston, on the Gulf, from 48°f (9°c) in January to 88°f (31°c) in August. Perhaps the most startling contrast is in relative humidity, averaging 59% in the morning in El Paso, 73% in Amarillo, and 83% in Galveston. In the Texas panhandle, the average date of the first freeze is 1 November; in the lower Rio Grande Valley, 16 December. The last freeze arrives in the panhandle on 15 April, and in the lower Rio Grande Valley on 30 January. The valley thus falls only six weeks short of having a 12-month growing season while the panhandle approximates the growing season of the upper Midwest.

Record temperatures range from 23°f (31°c) at Seminole, on 8 February 1933, to 120°f (49°c) at Seymour in north-central Texas on 12 August 1936. The greatest annual rainfall was 109 in (277 cm), measured in 1873 at Clarksville, just below the Red River in northeast Texas; the least annual rainfall, 1.786 in (4.47 cm), was recorded at Wink, near the New Mexico line, in 1956. Thrall, in central Texas, received 38.2 in (97 cm) of rain in 24 hours on 9-10 September 1921. Alvin, in Brazoria County on the Gulf Coast, had 43 in (109 cm) of rain on 25-26 July 1979, a national record for the most rainfall during a 24-hour period. Romero, on the New Mexico border, received a record 65 in (165 cm) of snow in the winter of 192324, and Hale Center, near Lubbock, measured 33 in (84 cm) during one storm in February 1956. The highest sustained wind velocity in Texas history, 145 mph (233 km/hr), occurred when Hurricane Carla hit Matagorda and Port Lavaca along the Gulf coast on 11 September 1961.

Hurricanes strike the Gulf coast about once every decade, usually in September or October. A hurricane on 19-20 August 1886 leveled the port of Indianola; the town (near present-day Port Lavaca) was never rebuilt. Galveston was the site of the most destructive storm in US history: on 8-9 September 1900, a hurricane blew across the island of 38,000 residents, leaving at least 6,000 dead (the exact total has never been ascertained) and leveling most of the city. A storm of equal intensity hit Galveston in mid-August 1915, but this time, the city was prepared; its new seawall held the toll to 275 deaths and $50 million worth of property damage. Because of well-planned damage-prevention and evacuation procedures, Hurricane Carlaat least as powerful as any previous hurricaneclaimed no more than 34 lives.

Texas was not left unscathed by the hurricane season of 2005, which devastated much of the Gulf Coast region, particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall at Buras, Louisiana on 29 August 2005, caused damage to Texas-operated oil production sites in the Gulf of Mexico. This led to the reduction of oil production by 95% during the immediate aftermath of the storm. Thousands of residents from New Orleans were evacuated to locations in Texas as 80% of their city was flooded by the storm and resulting levee damage. A month later, Hurricane Rita made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border on 24 September 2005 as a Category 3 storm. Two oil refineries in Port Arthur were damaged and extensive flooding occurred in the region. As of early 2006, the estimated cost of damage for Hurricane Rita was about $10 billion in total losses.

Texas also lies in the path of "Tornado Alley," stretching across the Great Plains to Canada. The worst tornado in recent decades struck downtown Waco on 11 May 1953, killing 114 persons, injuring another 597, and destroying or damaging some 1,050 homes and 685 buildings. At least 115 tornadoesthe greatest concentration on recordoccurred with Hurricane Beulah during 19-23 September 1967; the 67 tornadoes on 20 September set a record for the largest number of tornadoes on one day in the state.

Floods and droughts have also taken their toll in Texas. The worst flood occurred on 26-28 June 1954, when Hurricane Alice moved inland up the Rio Grande for several hundred miles, dropping 27 in (69 cm) of rain on Pandale above Del Rio. The Rio Grande rose 50 to 60 ft (15-18 m) within 48 hours, as a wall of water 86 ft (26 m) high in the Pecos River canyon fed it from the north. A Pecos River bridge built with a 50-ft (15-m) clearance was washed out, as was the international bridge linking Laredo with Mexico. Periodic droughts afflicted Texas in the 1930s and 1950s.

FLORA AND FAUNA

More than 500 species of grasses covered Texas when the Spanish and Anglo-Americans arrived. Although plowing and lack of soil conservation destroyed a considerable portion of this rich heritage, grassy pastureland still covers about two-thirds of the state. Bermuda grass is a favorite ground cover, especially an improved type called Coastal Bermuda, introduced after World War II. The prickly pear cactus is a mixed blessing: like the cedar and mesquite, it saps moisture and inhibits grass growth, but it does retain moisture in periods of drought and will survive the worst dry spells, so (with the spines burned off) it can be of great value to ranchers as cattle feed in difficult times. The bean of the mesquite also provides food for horses and cattle when they have little else to eat, and its wood is a favorite in barbecues and fireplaces.

Texas has more than 20 native trees, of which the catclaw, flowering mimosa, huisache, black persimmon, huajillo, and weeping juniper (unique to the Big Bend) are common only in Texas. Cottonwood grows along streams in almost every part of the state, while cypress inhabits the swamps. The flowering dogwood in East Texas draws tourists to that region every spring, and the largest bois d'arc trees in the United States are grown in the Red River Valley. Probably the most popular shade tree is the American (white) elm, which, like the gum tree, has considerable commercial importance. The magnolia is treasured for its grace and beauty; no home of substance in southeastern Texas would have a lawn without one. Of the principal hardwoods, the white oak is the most commercially valuable, the post oak the most common, and the live oak the most desirable for shade; the pecan is the state tree. Pines grow in two areas about 600 mi (970 km) apartdeep East Texas and the trans-Pecos region. In southeast Texas stands the Big Thicket, a unique area originally covering more than 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) but now reduced to about one-tenth of that by lumbering. Gonzales County, in south-central Texas, is the home of palmettos, orchids, and other semitropical plants not found anywhere else in the state. Texas wild rice and several cactus species are classified as endangered throughout the state.

Possibly the rarest mammal in Texas is the red wolf, which inhabits the marshland between Houston and Beaumont, one of the most thickly settled areas of the state; owing to human encroachment and possible hybridization with coyotes, the red wolf is steadily disappearing despite efforts by naturalists throughout the United States to save it. On the other hand, Texans claim to have the largest number of white-tailed deer of any state in the Union, an estimated 3 million. Although the Hill Country is the white-tailed deer's natural habitat, the species has been transplanted successfully throughout the state.

Perhaps the most unusual mammal in Texas is the nine-banded armadillo. Originally confined to the Rio Grande border, the armadillo has gradually spread northward and eastward, crossing the Red River into Oklahoma and the Mississippi River into the Deep South. It accomplished these feats of transport by sucking in air until it becomes buoyant and then swimming across the water. The armadillo is likewise notable for always having its young in litters of identical quadruplets. The chief mammalian predators are the coyote, bobcat, and mountain lion.

Texas attracts more than 825 different kinds of birds, with bird life most abundant in the lower Rio Grande Valley and coastal plains. Argument continues as to whether Texas is the last home of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which lives in inaccessible swamps, preferably in cutover timber. Somewhat less rare is the pileated woodpecker, which also inhabits the forested lowlands. Other characteristic birds include the yellow-trimmed hooded warbler, which frequents the canebrakes and produces one of the most melodious songs of any Texas bird; the scissor-tailed flycatcher, known popularly as the scissor-tail; Attwater's greater prairie chicken, now declining because of inadequate protection from hunters and urbanization; the mockingbird, the state bird; and the roadrunner, also known as paisano and chaparral. Rare birds include the Mexican jacana, with a flesh comb and bright yellow-green wings; the white-throated swift, one of the world's fastest flyers; the Texas canyon wren, with a musical range of more than an octave; and the Colima warbler, which breeds only in the Chisos Mountains. In the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge, along the central Gulf coast, lives the whooping crane, which has long been on the endangered list. Controversy surrounds the golden eagle, protected by federal law but despised by ranchers for allegedly preying on lambs and other young livestock.

Texas has its fair share of reptiles, including more than 100 species of snake, 16 of them poisonous, notably the deadly Texas coral snake. There are 10 kinds of rattlesnake, and some parts of West Texas hold annual rattlesnake roundups. Disappearing with the onset of urbanization are the horned toad, a small iguana-like lizard; the vinegarroon, a stinging scorpion; and the tarantula, a large, black, hairy spider that is scary to behold but basically harmless.

Caddo Lake, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, is considered to be the site of the most diverse, native freshwater fish communities in the state. These include the American paddle-fish and the American eel. The area contains what is considered to be one of the best examples of a mature bald cypress swampland in the southern states. Inventories of the species found in the wetland include 189 species of trees and shrubs, 75 grasses, 42 woody vines, and 802 herbaceous plants. Animal life includes 216 species of bird, 47 mammal species, and 90 types of reptiles and amphibians.

In addition to providing protection for the animals on federal lists of threatened and endangered species, the state has its own wildlife protection programs. Among the animals classified as non-game (not hunted) and therefore given special consideration are the lesser yellow bat, spotted dolphin, reddish egret, white-tailed hawk, wood stork, Big Bend gecko, rock rattlesnake, Louisiana pine snake, white-lipped frog, giant toad, toothless blindcat, and blue sucker. In April 2006, The US Fish and Wildlife Service listed 28 Texas plant species as threatened or endangered, including ashy dogweed, black lace cactus, large-fruited sand-verbena, South Texas ambrosia, Terlingua creek cats-eye, Texas snowbells, Texas trailing phlox, and Texas wild-rice. In the same report, 62 animal species were listed as threatened or endangered in Texas (up from 43 in 1997), including the Mexican long-nosed bat, Louisiana black bear, bald eagle, ocelot, Mexican spotted owl, Texas blind salamander, Houston toad, black-capped vireo, two species of whale, and five species of turtle.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Conservation in Texas officially began with the creation of a State Department of Forestry in 1915; 11 years later, this body was reorganized as the Texas Forest Service, the name it retains today. The state's Soil Conservation Service was created in 1935.

The scarcity of water is the one environmental crisis every Texan must live with. Much of the state has absorbent soils, a high evaporation rate, vast areas without trees to hold moisture, and a rolling terrain susceptible to rapid runoff. The Texas Water Commission and Water Development Board direct the state's water supply and conservation programs. Various county and regional water authorities have been constituted, as have several water commissions for river systems. Probably the most complete system is that of the three Colorado River authoritieslower, central, and upper. The oldest of these is the Lower Colorado River Authority, created in 1934 by the Texas legislature to "control, store, preserve, and distribute" the waters of the Colorado River and its feeder streams. The authority exercises control over a 10-county area stretching from above Austin to the Gulf coast, overseeing flood control, municipal and industrial water supplies, irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, soil conservation, and recreation.

There are about 7.6 million acres (3 million hectares) of wetlands in the state, accounting for about 4.4% of the total land area. Caddo Lake, in Harrison and Marion Counties, was designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 1993. Management for the site is under the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The most powerful conservation agency in Texas is the Railroad Commission. Originally established to regulate railroads, the commission extended its power to regulate oil and natural gas by virtue of its jurisdiction over the transportation of those products by rail and pipeline. In 1917, the state legislature empowered the commission to prevent the waste of oil and gas. The key step in conservation arrived with the discovery of oil in East Texas in 1930. With a national depression in full swing and the price of oil dropping to $1 a barrel, the commission agreed to halt ruinous overproduction, issuing the first proration order in April 1931. In a field composed of hundreds of small owners, however, control was difficult to establish; oil was bootlegged, the commission's authority broke down, Governor Ross S. Sterling declared martial law, and the state's conservation edicts were not heeded until the federal government stepped in to enforce them. As of 2003, the Railroad Commission is comprised of four divisions that oversee the state's oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline and rail safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and coal and uranium mining.

As in other states, hazardous wastes have become an environmental concern in Texas. In 1984, for example, a suit was brought against eight oil and chemical companies, including both Exxon and Shell Oil, alleging that they had dumped hazardous wastes at four sites in Harris County. The agency that oversees compliance with hazardous-waste statutes is the Hazardous and Solid Waste Division of the Texas Water Commission. In 2003, some 261.9 million lb of toxic chemicals were released in the state. That year, Texas ranked third of all the states in the nation for the highest levels of toxic chemicals released (following Alaska and Nevada). In 2003, Texas had 298 hazardous waste sites listed in the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) database, 43 of which were on the National Priorities List as of 2006, including Crystal City Airport and two Army ammunitions plants (in Texarkana and Karnack). In 2005, the EPA spent over $11.5 million through the Superfund program for the cleanup of hazardous waste sites in the state. The same year, federal EPA grants awarded to the state included $49.2 million to provide loans for wastewater system improvements to municipalities and interstate agencies.

The state has lost about one-half of its original wetlands, which reportedly covered about 5% of the state's total land area in 2003. The three agencies that define wetlands disagree on the total wetlands are in the state, with estimates ranging from about 6 million acres (2.4 million hectares) to 8 million acres (3.2 million hectares).

POPULATION

In 1998 Texas overtook New York as the nation's second most populous state. Between 1990 and 2000 Texas's population grew from 16,986,510 to 20,851,820, a gain of 22.8%, and the second-largest increase for the decade among the 50 states. The state had placed fourth in the 1970 census, with a population of 11,196,730, but had surpassed Pennsylvania in 1974. The estimated population as of 2005 was 22,859,968, an increase of 9.6% since 2000. The population is projected to reach 26.5 million by 2015 and 30.8 million by 2025. The population density in 2004 was 86 persons per sq mi.

At the first decennial census of 1850, less than five years after Texas had become a state, the population totaled 212,592. It reached 1,600,000 by the early 1880s (when the state ranked eleventh), passed 4,000,000 during World War I, and jumped to 7,700,000 in 1950. The slowest period of growth occurred during the Depression decade (193040) when the population rose only 10%, and the state was surpassed by California. The growth rate ranged between 17% and 27% for each decade from the 1940s through the 1970s; it was 19.4% between 1980 and 1990.

In 1870, only one out of 68 Texans was 65 years of age or older; by 1990, the proportion was one out of 10. In 2004, the median age for Texans was 32.9. In the same year, 27.9% of the populace were under age 18 while 9.9% was age 65 or older.

The largest metropolitan area in 2004 was Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington with an estimated 5,700,256 people. Close behind was the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area, with 5,180,443 residents. Houston, the largest city proper in Texas and fourth-largest city in the United States, had an estimated 2004 population of 2,012,626. San Antonio proper, the eighth-largest city in the United States, had an estimated population of 1,236,249. Next was Dallas (ninth in the nation), with 1,210,393; followed by Austin, 681,804; Fort Worth, 603,337; El Paso, 592,099; Arlington, 359,467; and Corpus Christi, 281,196. With the exception of El Paso, in the far western corner of the trans-Peco region, most of the larger cities are situated along the Gulf coast or on or near an axis that extends north-south from Wichita Falls to Corpus Christi, in the heart of the Blackland Belt.

ETHNIC GROUPS

As white settlers pushed toward Texas during the 19th century, many Indian groups moved west and south into the region. The most notable tribes were the Comanche, Wichita, Kiowa, Apache, Choctaw, and Cherokee. Also entering in significant numbers were the Kickapoo and Potawatomi from Illinois, the Delaware and Shawnee from Missouri, the Quapaw from Arkansas, and the Creek from Alabama and Georgia. One of the few Texas tribes that has survived to the present time as an identifiable group is the Alabama-Coushatta, who inhabit a 4,351-acre (1,761-hectare) reservation in Polk County, 90 mi (145 km) northeast of Houston. The Tigua, living in Texas since the 1680s, were recognized by a federal law in 1968 that transferred all responsibility for them to the state of Texas. The two Indian reservations number about 500 persons each. Overall, at the 2000 census, there were 118,362 American Indians living in Texas. In 2004, 0.7% of the state's population was American Indian.

Blacks have been integral to the history of Texas ever since a black Moor named Estevanico was shipwrecked near present-day Galveston in 1528. By 1860, Texas had 182,921 blacks, or 30% of the total population, of whom only 355 were free. Once emancipated, blacks made effective use of the franchise, electing two of their number to the state Senate and nine to the House in 1868. After the return of the Democratic Party to political dominance, however, the power of blacks steadily diminished. Since then, their numbers have grown, but their proportion of the total population has dwindled, although Houston and Dallas were, respectively, about 25% and 26% black at the 2000 census. In 2000, 2,404,566 blacks lived in the state, which ranked second behind New York in the size of its black population. In 2004, 11.7% of the state's population was black.

Hispanics and Latinos, the largest minority in Texas, numbered 6,669,666 in 2000, representing 32% of the population, an increase over 1990, when Texans of Hispanic origin represented 25.5% of the total. In 2004, 34.6% of the population was Hispanic or Latino. Mostly of Mexican ancestry, they are nevertheless a heterogeneous group, divided by history, geography, and economic circumstances. Hispanics have been elected to the state legislature and to the US Congress. In 1980, the Houston independent school district, the state's largest, reported more Hispanic students than Anglos for the first time in its history.

Altogether, Texas has nearly 30 identifiable ethnic groups. Certain areas of central Texas are heavily Germanic and Czech. The first permanent Polish colony in the United States was established at Panna Maria, near San Antonio, in 1854. Texas has one of the largest colonies of Wends in the world, principally at Serbin in central Texas. Significant numbers of Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians have also settled in Texas.

As of 2000, foreign-born Texans numbered 2,899,642 (13.9% of the total population). In the same year, Asians numbered 562,319 (the third-largest Asian population among the 50 states). The 2000 census counted 105,829 Chinese (nearly double the 1990 total of 55,023), 58,340 Filipinos, 129,365 Asian Indians (more than triple the 1990 figure of 40,506), 45,571 Koreans, 17,120 Japanese, and 10,114 Laotians. Of the 134,961 Vietnamese (up from 60,649 in 1990), many were refugees who resettled in Texas beginning in 1975. Pacific Islanders numbered 14,434 in 2000. In 2004, 3.2% of the population was Asian, and 0.1% Pacific Islander. In 2004, 1% of the population reported origin of two or more races.

The term "Anglos" denotes all whites except Spanish-surnamed or Spanish-speaking individuals.

LANGUAGES

The Indians of Texas are mostly descendants of the Alabama-Coushatta who came to Texas in the 19th century. The few Indian place-names include Texas itself, Pecos, Waco, and Toyah.

Most of the regional features in Texas English derive from the influx of South Midland and Southern speakers, with a noticeable Spanish flavor from older as well as more recent loans. Settlers from the Gulf Coast states brought such terms as snap beans (green beans), the widespread pail (here probably of Southern rather the Northern origin), and carry (escort), with a 47% frequency in north Texas and 22% in the south. Louisiana praline

TexasCounties, County Seats, and County Areas and Populations
COUNTY COUNTY SEAT LAND AREA (SQ MI) POPULATION (2005 EST.) COUNTY COUNTY SEAT LAND AREA (SQ MI) POPULATION (2005 EST.)
Anderson Palestine 1,077 56,408 Edwards Rocksprings 2,120 1,987
Andrews Andrews 1,501 12,748 Ellis Waxahachie 939 133,474
Angelina Lufkin 807 81,557 El Paso El Paso 1,014 721,598
Aransas Rockport 280 24,640 Erath Stephenville 1,080 34,076
Archer Archer City 907 9,095 Falls Marlin 770 17,646
Armstrong Claude 910 2,173 Fannin Bonham 895 33,142
Atascosa Jourdanton 1,218 43,226 Fayette La Grange 950 22,537
Austin Bellville 656 26,123 Fisher Roby 897 4,089
Bailey Muleshoe 827 6,726 Floyd Floydada 992 7,174
Bandera Bandera 793 19,988 Foard Crowell 703 1,518
Bastrop Bastrop 895 69,932 Fort Bend Richmond 876 463,650
Baylor Seymour 862 3,843 Franklin Mt. Vernon 294 10,200
Bee Beeville 880 32,873 Freestone Fairfield 888 18,800
Bell Belton 1,055 256,057 Frio Pearsall 1,133 16,387
Bexar San Antonio 1,248 1,518,370 Gaines Seminole 1,504 14,712
Blanco Johnson City 714 9,110 Galveston Galveston 399 277,563
Borden Gail 900 648 Garza Post 895 5,002
Bosque Meridian 989 18,053 Gillespie Fredericksburg 1,061 23,088
Bowie Boston 891 90,643 Glasscock Garden City 900 1,327
Brazoria Angleton 1,407 278,484 Goliad Goliad 859 7,102
Brazos Bryan 588 156,305 Gonzales Gonzales 1,068 19,587
Brewster Alpine 6,169 9,079 Gray Pampa 921 21,479
Briscoe Silverton 887 1,644 Grayson Sherman 934 116,834
Brooks Falfurrias 942 7,687 Gregg Longview 273 115,649
Brown Brownwood 936 38,664 Grimes Anderson 799 25,192
Burleson Caldwell 668 17,238 Guadalupe Seguin 713 103,032
Burnet Burnet 994 41,676 Hale Plainview 1,005 36,233
Caldwell Lockhart 546 36,523 Hall Memphis 876 3,700
Calhoun Port Lavaca 540 20,606 Hamilton Hamilton 836 8,105
Callahan Baird 899 13,516 Hansford Spearman 921 5,230
Cameron Brownsville 905 378,311 Hardeman Quanah 688 4,291
Camp Pittsburg 203 12,238 Hardin Kountze 898 50,976
Carson Panhandle 924 6,586 Harris Houston 1,734 3,693,050
Cass Linden 937 30,155 Harrison Marshall 908 63,459
Castro Dimmitt 899 7,640 Hartley Channing 1,462 5,450
Chambers Anahuac 616 28,411 Haskell Haskell 901 5,541
Cherokee Rusk 1,052 48,464 Hays San Marcos 678 124,432
Childress Childress 707 7,676 Hemphill Canadian 903 3,422
Clay Henrietta 1,085 11,287 Henderson Athens 888 80,017
Cochran Morton 775 3,289 Hidalgo Edinburg 1,569 678,275
Coke Robert Lee 908 3,612 Hill Hillsboro 968 35,424
Coleman Coleman 1,277 8,665 Hockley Levelland 908 22,787
Collin McKenney 851 659,457 Hood Granbury 425 47,930
Collingsworth Wellington 909 2,968 Hopkins Sulphur Springs 789 33,381
Colorado Columbus 964 20,736 Houston Crockett 1,234 23,218
Comal New Braunfels 555 96,018 Howard Big Spring 901 32,522
Comanche Comanche 930 13,709 Hudspeth Sierra Blanca 4,566 3,295
Concho Paint Rock 992 3,735 Hunt Greenville 840 82,543
Cooke Gainesville 893 38,847 Hutchinson Stinnett 871 22,484
Coryell Gatesville 1,057 75,802 Irion Mertzon 1,052 1,756
Cottle Paducah 895 1,746 Jack Jacksboro 920 9,064
Crane Crane 782 3,837 Jackson Edna 844 14,339
Crockett Ozona 2,806 3,934 Jasper Jasper 921 35,587
Crosby Crosbyton 898 6,686 Jeff Davis Ft. Davis 2,258 2,306
Culberson Van Horn 3,815 2,627 Jefferson Beaumont 937 247,571
Dallam Dalhart 1,505 6,174 Jim Hogg Hebbronville 1,136 5,029
Dallas Dallas 880 2,305,454 Jim Wells Alice 867 40,951
Dawson Lamesa 903 14,256 Johnson Cleburne 731 146,376
Deaf Smith Hereford 1,497 18,538 Jones Anson 931 19,736
Delta Cooper 278 5,480 Karnes Karnes City 753 15,351
Denton Denton 911 554,642 Kaufman Kaufman 788 89,129
DeWitt Cuero 910 20,507 Kendall Boerne 663 28,607
Dickens Dickens 907 2,646 Kenedy Sarita 1,389 417
Dimmit Carrizo Springs 1,307 10,395 Kent Jayton 878 782
Donley Clarendon 929 3,889 Kerr Kerrville 1,107 46,496
Duval San Diego 1,795 12,578 Kimble Junction 1,250 4,591
Eastland Eastland 924 18,393 King Guthrie 914 307
Ector Odessa 903 125,339 Kinney Brackettville 1,359 3,327
TexasCounties, County Seats, and County Areas and Populations (cont.)
COUNTY COUNTY SEAT LAND AREA (SQ MI) POPULATION (2005 EST.) COUNTY COUNTY SEAT LAND AREA (SQ MI) POPULATION (2005 EST.)
Kleberg Kingsville 853 30,757 Roberts Miami 915 820
Knox Benjamin 845 3,781 Robertson Franklin 864 16,192
Lamar Paris 919 49,644 Rockwall Rockwall 128 62,944
Lamb Littlefield 1,013 14,467 Runnels Ballinger 1,056 10,974
Lampasas Lampasas 714 19,669 Rusk Henderson 932 47,971
La Salle Cotulla 1,517 6,016 Sabine Hemphill 486 10,416
Lavaca Hallettsville 971 18,925 San Augustine San Augustine 524 8,907
Lee Giddings 631 16,526 San Jacinto Coldspring 572 24,801
Leon Centerville 1,078 16,344 San Patricio Sinton 693 69,209
Liberty Liberty 1,174 75,141 San Saba San Saba 1,136 6,076
Limestone Groesbeck 931 22,763 Schleicher Eldorado 1,309 2,742
Lipscomb Lipscomb 933 3,101 Scurry Snyder 900 16,217
Live Oak George West 1,057 11,717 Shackelford Albany 915 3,167
Llano Llano 939 18,236 Shelby Center 791 26,346
Loving Mentone 671 62 Sherman Stratford 923 3,002
Lubbock Lubbock 900 252,284 Smith Tyler 932 190,594
Lynn Tahoka 888 6,237 Somervell Glen Rose 188 7,578
McCulloch Brady 1,071 7,956 Starr Rio Grande City 1,226 60,941
McLennan Waco 1,031 224,668 Stephens Breckenridge 894 9,561
McMullen Tilden 1,163 883 Sterling Sterling City 923 1,303
Madison Madisonville 473 13,167 Stonewall Aspermont 925 1,372
Marion Jefferson 385 10,952 Sutton Sonora 1,455 4,212
Martin Stanton 914 4,391 Swisher Tulia 902 7,828
Mason Mason 934 3,880 Tarrant Ft. Worth 868 1,620,479
Matagorda Bay City 1,127 37,849 Taylor Abilene 917 125,039
Maverick Eagle Pass 1,287 51,181 Terrell Sanderson 2,357 996
Medina Hondo 1,331 43,027 Terry Brownfield 886 12,419
Menard Menard 902 2,201 Throckmorton Throckmorton 912 1,618
Midland Midland 902 121,371 Titus Mt. Pleasant 412 29,445
Milam Cameron 1,019 25,354 Tom Green San Angelo 1,515 103,611
Mills Goldthwaite 748 5,237 Travis Austin 989 888,185
Mitchell ColoradoCity 912 9,413 Trinity Groveton 692 14,363
Montague Montague 928 19,677 Tyler Woodville 922 20,617
Montgomery Conroe 1,047 378,033 Upshur Gilmer 587 37,881
Moore Dumas 905 20,348 Upton Rankin 1,243 3,056
Morris Daingerfileld 256 12,936 Uvalde Uvalde 1,564 26,955
Motley Matador 959 1,299 Val Verde Del Rio 3,150 47,596
Nacogdoches Nacogdoches 939 60,468 Van Zandt Canton 855 52,491
Navarro Corsicana 1,068 48,687 Victoria Victoria 887 85,648
Newton Newton 935 14,309 Walker Huntsville 786 62,735
Nolan Sweetwater 915 14,878 Waller Hempstead 514 34,821
Nueces Corpus Christ 847 319,704 Ward Monahans 836 10,237
Ochiltree Perryton 919 9,385 Washington Brenham 610 31,521
Oldham Vega 1,485 2,118 Webb Laredo 3,363 224,695
Orange Orange 362 84,983 Wharton Wharton 1,086 41,554
Palo Pinto Palo Pinto 949 27,478 Wheeler Wheeler 905 4,799
Panola Carthage 812 22,997 Wichita Wichita Falls 606 125,894
Parker Weatherford 902 102,801 Wilbarger Vernon 947 13,896
Parmer Farwell 885 9,754 Willacy Raymondville 589 20,382
Pecos Ft. Stockton 4,776 15,859 Williamson Georgetown 1,137 333,457
Polk Livingston 1,061 46,640 Wilson Floresville 807 37,529
Potter Amarillo 902 119,852 Winkler Kermit 840 6,690
Presidio Marfa 3,857 7,722 Wise Decatur 902 56,696
Rains Emory 243 11,305 Wood Quitman 689 40,855
Randall Canyon 917 110,053 Yoakum Plains 800 7,408
Reagan Big Lake 1,173 2,995 Young Graham 919 18,000
Real Leakey 697 3,031 Zapata Zapata 999 13,373
Red River Clarksville 1,054 13,575 Zavala Crystal City 1,298 11,796
Reeves Pecos 2,626 11,638 TOTALS 262,015 22,859,968
Refugio Refugio 771 7,639

(pecan patty) is now widespread, but banquette (sidewalk) appears only in the extreme southeast corner.

Southern and South Midland terms were largely introduced by settlers from Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee; their use ranges from northeast to west, but with declining frequency in the trans-Pecos area. Examples are clabber cheese (cottage cheese), mosquito hawk (dragonfly), croker sack (burlap bag), mouth harp (harmonica), branch (stream), and dog irons (andirons). A dialect survey showed pallet (bed on the floor) with a 90% overall frequency; light bread (white bread) and pullybone (wishbone), each 78%; and you-all, more than 80%. General Midland terms also widespread in the state are sook! (call to calves), blinds (roller shades), piece (a certain distance), and quarter till five (4:45).

Some terms exhibit uneven distribution. Examples include mott (clump of trees) in the south and southwest, sugan (a wool-filled comforter for a cowboy's bedroll) in the west, Midland draw (dry streambed) in the west and southwest, South Midland peckerwood (woodpecker) in most of the state except west of the Pecos, poke (paper bag) in the central and northern areas, and surly (euphemism for bull) in the west. A curious result of dialect mixture is the appearance of a number of hybrids combining two different dialects, such as freeseed peach from freestone and clearseed, fire mantel and mantel board from fireboard and mantel, flapcakes from flapjacks and pancakes, and horse doctor from horsefly and snake doctor. The large sandwich is known as a torpedo in San Antonio and a poorboy in Houston.

In 2000, 13,230,765 Texans68.8% of the population five years old or olderspoke only English at home, down from 74.6% in 1990.

The following table gives selected statistics from the 2000 Census for language spoken at home by persons five years old and over. The category "African languages" includes Amharic, Ibo, Twi, Yoruba, Bantu, Swahili, and Somali. The category "Other Asian languages" includes Dravidian languages, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, and Turkish. The category "Other Indic languages" includes Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, and Romany. The category "Other Slavic languages" includes Czech, Slovak, and Ukrainian.

LANGUAGE NUMBER PERCENT
Population 5 years and over 19,241,518 100.0
  Speak only English 13,230,765 68.8
  Speak a language other than English 6,010,753 31.2
Speak a language other than English 6,010,753 31.2
  Spanish or Spanish Creole 5,195,182 27.0
  Vietnamese 122,517 0.6
  Chinese 91,500 0.5
  German 82,117 0.4
  French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 62,274 0.3
  Tagalog 39,988 0.2
  Korean 38,451 0.2
  African languages 36,087 0.2
  Urdu 32,978 0.2
  Arabic 32,909 0.2
  Other Asian languages 32,780 0.2
  Other Indic languages 24,454 0.1
  Hindi 20,919 0.1
  Gujarathi 19,140 0.1
  Persian 17,558 0.1
  Other Slavic languages 15,448 0.1
  Japanese 14,701 0.1
  Russian 11,574 0.1
  Italian 11,158 0.1
  Laotian 10,378 0.1

Texas pronunciation is largely South Midland, with such characteristic forms as /caow/, and /naow/ for cow and now and /dyoo/ for due, although /doo/ is now more common in urban areas. In the German settlement around New Braunfels are heard a few loanwords such as smearcase (cottage cheese), krebbel (doughnut), clook (setting hen), and oma and opa for grandmother and grandfather.

Spanish has been the major foreign-language influence. In areas like Laredo and Brownsville, along the Rio Grande, as many as 90% of the people may be bilingual; in northeast Texas, however, Spanish is as foreign as French. In the days of the early Spanish ranchers, standard English adopted hacienda, ranch, burro, canyon, and lariat; in the southwestern cattle country are heard la reata (lasso), remuda (group of horses), and resaca (pond), along with the acequia (irrigation ditch), pilon (something extra, as a trip), and olla (water jar). The presence of the large Spanish-speaking population was a major factor in the passage of the state's bilingual education law, as a result of which numerous school programs in both English and Spanish are now offered; in a ruling issued in January 1981, US District Judge William Wayne Justice ruled that by 1987, the state must expand such programs to cover all Spanish-speaking students. Legislation enacted in 1995 established a requirement for schools with a certain number of students with limited English proficiency to be required to have bilingual and/or English as a second language programs. About one-sixth of all Texas countiesand a great many citiesare named for Mexicans or Spaniards or after place-names in Spain or Mexico.

RELIGIONS

Because of its Spanish heritage, Texas originally was entirely Roman Catholic except for unconverted Indians. Consequently, the early history of Texas is almost identical with that of the Roman Catholic Church in the area. Under the Mexican Republic, the Catholic Church continued as the sole recognized religious body. In order to receive the generous land grants given by the Mexicans, Anglo-American immigrants had to sign a paper saying that they followed the Catholic religion. With an average grant of 4,605 acres (1,864 hectares) as bait, many early Protestants and atheists must have felt little hesitancy about becoming instant Catholics.

The Mexican government was careless about enforcing adherence to the Catholic faith in Texas, however, and many Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians drifted in from the east. The Methodist practice of having itinerant ministers range over frontier areas was particularly well suited to the Texas scene and, in 1837, the church hierarchy sent three preachers to the new republic. The first presbytery had been formed by that date and Baptists had organized in Houston by 1840. Swedish and German immigrants brought their Lutheranism with them; the first German Lutheran synod was organized in Houston in 1851.

Geographically, Texas tends to be heavily Protestant in the north and east and Catholic in the south and southwest. In 2004, there were about 6,050,986 Roman Catholics in the state. Leading Protestant denominations and their known adherents in 2000 (unless otherwise indicated) were the Southern Baptist Convention, 3,519,459; the United Methodist Church, 796,306 (in 2004); Churches of Christ, 377,264; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 243,957 (in 2006); Assemblies of God, 228,098; the Presbyterian Church USA, 180,315; the Episcopal Church, 177,910; Independent Charismatic Churches, 159,449; the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 155,019; Independent Non-Charismatic Churches, 145,249; and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 140,106. There were an estimated 128,000 Jews, 114,999 Muslims, and about 10,777 adherents to the Baha'i faith. There were about 9.2 million people (44.5% of the population) who were not counted as members of any religious organization.

The Roman Catholic Church has an archdiocese in San Antonio. The Latter-day Saints dedicated a new temple at San Antonio in 2005; there are three other temples in the state.

TRANSPORTATION

Texas ranks first among the 50 states in total railroad mileage, highway mileage, and number of airports, and second only to California in motor vehicle registrations and in number of general aviation aircraft.

Transportation has been a severe problem for Texas because of the state's extraordinary size and sometimes difficult terrain; one of the more unusual experiments in US transport history was the use of camels in southwestern Texas during the mid-1800s. The Republic of Texas authorized railroad construction as early as 1836, but the financial panic of 1837 helped kill that attempt. Not until 1853 did the state's first railroadfrom Harrisburg (now incorporated into Houston) to Stafford's Point, 20 mi (32 km) to the westcome into service. At the outbreak of the Civil War, 10 railroads were operating, all but two connected with seaports. Although the state legislature in 1852 had offered railroad companies eight sections (5,120 acres/2,072 hectares) of land per mile of road construction and doubled that offer two years later, Texas lacked sufficient capital to satisfy its railroad-building needs until the war was over. The state generally held to the 10,240-acre (4,144-hectare) figure until all grants ceased in 1882. In all, Texas granted more than 50,000 sq mi (130,000 sq km) to railroad companies.

In 1870, Texas had fewer than 600 mi (970 km) of track. Ten years later, it had 3,026 mi (4,870 km). By 1920, there was 16,049 mi (25,828 km) of track in the state. In 1932, railroad trackage peaked with 17,078 mi (27,484 km) of track. By 2003 however, railroad track mileage had dwindled to 14,049 rail mi (22,618 km), with 11,432 mi (18,405 km) of the total being Class I railroad right-of-way. Still, total rail mileage in Texas still ranks higher than in any other state. The state in 2003, was served by 44 railroads, of which there were three Class I carriers: the Burlington Northern Santa Fe; the Kansas City Southern; and the Union Pacific. As of 2006, Amtrak provided passenger train service in Texas via its Sunset Limited (New Orleans-Los Angeles) train from Beaumont through Houston and San Antonio to El Paso, the Texas Eagle (Chicago-San Antonio) train, and its Heartland Flyer (Oklahoma City to Fort Worth) train.

In mid-1983, Dallas-area voters approved the creation of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) to serve the city and 13 suburbs. Surface rail routes, running 160 mi (257 km), were to be constructed and bus service doubled at an expense of some $8.9 billion over a 26-year period. As of March 2006, DART operated 45 miles (72.5 km) of surface light rail line. In addition, DART and the Ft. Worth Transportation Authority jointly operated the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 35 mile (56 km) light rail line that connects the cities of Dallas and Ft Worth with the Dallas-Ft Worth Regional Airport. Ft. Worth also has the state's only true subway, a one-mi (1.6-km) line from a parking lot to a downtown shipping and office center.

Texas has by far the most road mileage of any state. In 2004, Texas had 303,176 mi (488,113 km) of public roadway The leading interstate highways are I-10 and I-20, respectively linking Houston and the Dallas-Ft. Worth Areas with El Paso in the west, and I-35 and I-45, connecting Dallas-Ft. Worth with, respectively, San Antonio (via Austin) and Galveston (via Houston). There were 14,543,528 licensed drivers in 2004. Registered motor vehicles in 2004 included some 8.621 million automobiles, about 7.851 million trucks of all types, around 284,000 motorcycles, and some 18,000 buses.

River transport did not become commercially successful until the end of the 19th century, when the Houston Ship Channel was dredged along the San Jacinto River and Buffalo Bayou for more than 50 mi (80 km), and another channel was dredged down the Neches River to make a seaport out of Beaumont. With 13 major seaports and many shallow-water ports, Texas has been a major factor in waterborne commerce since the early 1950s. As of 2004, the state of Texas had four ports that ranked among the top 10 busiest ports in the United States. The Port of Houston was the nation's second most active harbor, with 202.047 million tons of cargo handled in 2004. In that same year, the ports of Beaumont, Corpus Christie and Texas City were ranked as the fourth, sixth, and ninth busiest ports, respectively, handling a respective 91.697 million tons, 78.924 million tons and 68.282 million tons of cargo. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway begins in Brownsville, at the mouth of the Rio Grande, and extends across Texas for 423 mi (681 km) on its way to Florida and its connections with a similar waterway on the Atlantic. In 2004, Texas had 834 mi (1,342 km) of navigable inland waterways. In 2003, waterborne shipments totaled 473.941 million tons.

After American entry into World War I, Texas began to build airfields for training grounds. When the war ended, many US fliers returned to Texas and became civilian commercial pilots, carrying air mail (from 1926), dusting crops, and mapping potential oil fields. In 2005, Texas had a total of 1,913 public and private-use aviation-related facilities. This included 1,435 airports, 470 heliports, and 8 STOL ports (Short Take-Off and Landing). Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport was the state's leading air terminal, with 28,063,035 passengers enplaned in 2004, followed by George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport with 17,322,065 enplanements that same year, making them the fourth- and tenth-busiest airports in the United States, respectively. Other major airports in the state in 2004 were: Houston-William P Hobby Airport (3,960,890 enplanements); Austin-Bergstrom International (3,446,564 enplanements); and San Antonio International (3,376,750 enplanements), making them the 46th-, 47th-, and 48th-busiest airports in the United States, respectively.

HISTORY

Although a site near Lewisville, in Denton County, contains artifacts that might be more than 37,000 years old, the generally accepted date for the earliest human presence in the region now known as Texas is the Llano civilization, dating from 12,000 years ago. Prehistoric Indians in Texas failed to develop as complex technologies as their neighbors to the west and east. When the first Europeans arrived in the 16th century, the Indians had developed little in the way of pottery or basketry, and had shown little interest in agriculture except in the extreme east and northeast, and possibly west of the Pecos. They were still largely hunter-gatherers on whom the more technologically complex cultures of Mexico and the southeastern United States had little effect.

Along the Gulf coast and overlapping into northeastern Mexico were the Coahuiltecan and Karankawa peoples. They lived in a hostile environment, consuming berries in season, animal dung, spiders, and an occasional deer, bison, or jabalina. In central Texas lived the Tonkawa, who hunted buffalo, slept in tepees, used dogs for hauling, and had a communal structure akin to that of the Plains Indians. Unlike the Karankawa, who were tall, the Tonkawa were of average height, tattooed, and dressed in breech-cloutslong for men, short for women. They proved extremely susceptible to European diseases and evidently died out, whereas the Karankawa migrated to northern Mexico.

About two dozen tribes of Caddo in eastern and northeastern Texas were at the time of European penetration the most technologically complex Indians living within the state's present borders. Having developed agriculture, the Caddo were relatively sedentary and village oriented. Those belonging to the Hasinai Confederation called each other tayshas, a term that translates as "allies" or "friends." When the Hasinai told Spanish explorers that they were tayshas, the Spaniards wrote the word as Tejas, which in time became Texas. The Caddo lived in the gentle portion of Texas, where woods, wild fruits, and berries abound, and where game was plentiful until the advent of European civilization. Life was so good, in fact, that several members of an expedition under Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, reaching Matagorda Bay on 15 February 1685, chose to desert to the Caddo rather than remain with their fellow Frenchmen. Henri de Tonti, who entered the region somewhat later, reported that one Caddo tribe had a woman as chief. The Caddo were also unusual in their belief that three women had created the world.

In trans-Pecos Texas, to the west, lived a fourth Indian group, the Jumano, probably descendants of the Pueblo cultures. Some of the Jumano were nomadic hunters in the Davis and Chisos mountains. Others became farmers along the Rio Grande and the lower Rio Conchos, making and using some pottery and raising good crops of corn, beans, squash, and possibly cotton. Probably the successive droughts so common to the region began to thin out their ranks, and the coming of the Spanish removed them from the historical picture altogether.

The first European to enter Texas was Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, who sailed into the mouth of the Rio Grande in 1519. Basically, the Spanish left the Texas Indians alone for more than 150 years. Sometimes an accident placed Spaniards in Texas, or sometimes they entered by design, but generally, the Spanish looked on Texas as too remote from Florida and the Mexico high-landswhere most of their colonizing occurredfor successful settlement. A remarkable episode of this period involves the survivors of the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition, which had been commissioned to occupy the Gulf of Mexico coast from Mexico to Florida. Four shipwrecked men, led by Álvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, were washed ashore on a Texas sandbar on 6 November 1528: three were Spaniards, and one was the Moor Estevanico. For eight years, they wandered virtually naked among the Texas Indians, sometimes as slaves and sometimes as free men, alternately blistered by the summer sun and freezing under winter ice storms. Using a deer bone as a needle, Cabeza removed an arrowhead from deep in an Indian's chesta bit of surgical magic that earned him treatment as a demigod, for a time. Finally, the four Europeans reached the west coast of Mexico, from where Cabeza de Vaca returned home a hero. The other two Spaniards remained in Mexico, but Estevanico joined the Fray Marcos de Niza expedition as a guide, dying at the hands of Pueblo Indians in New Mexico in 1539. The trail he helped blaze through the High Plains of West Texas served as the route for the expedition a year later by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado. The first Texas towns and missions were begun by Spaniards in West Texas, outside present-day El Paso. Ysleta del Sur was founded in 1682, almost a decade before the earliest East Texas missions. But Ysleta was 500 mi (800 km) from anything else resembling a settlement in Texas, and the Spanish considered it a part of New Mexico.

What changed the Spaniards' attitude toward the colonization of Texas was the establishment of Ft. St. Louis by La Salle on the Gulf coast in 1685. Four years later, Capt. Alonso de León, governor of Coahuila, sent out an expedition to expel the French. Father Damien Massanet, a Coahuilan priest, accompanied the León expedition and was charged with establishing a mission near wherever the captain built a fort. During the next several decades these two men and their successors established a string of mission-forts across Texas. After fear of the French presence eased, Spain tended to neglect these establishments. But when the French entered Louisiana in force during the early 18th century, Spanish fears of French expansion were re-ignited. In 1718, the Spanish began to build a mission, San Antonio de Valero, and a fort, San Antonio de Bexar, at the site of the present city of San Antonio. As a halfway post between Mexico and the Louisiana border, San Antonio grew to be Texas's most important city during the Spanish period.

Until the 19th century, the United States showed little interest in Texas. But the purchase of Louisiana Territory from the French by the US government in 1803 made Texas a next-door neighbor, and "filibusters" (military adventurers) began to filter across the border into Spanish territory. The best known is Philip Nolan, an Irish-born intriguer who started spending time in Texas as early as 1790. Ostensibly, he was trading horses with the Indians, but the Spanish associated him with Aaron Burr's schemes to excise the Spanish southwest from its owners. In the summer of 1800, the Spanish governor of Texas, Juan Bautista Elguezábal, ordered that Nolan should be arrested if he returned. In December of that year, Nolan returned with a small force of 20 men and built a fort near Nacogdoches; he was killed fighting the Spanish on 4 March 1801. Nolan is remembered for having drafted the first Anglo-American map of Texas.

In 181011, the Mexicans launched their revolution against Spain, and though only an outpost, Texas as a Spanish-Mexican colony was naturally involved. In 1813, Texas formally declared its independence of Spain and its intention of becoming a Mexican state, with its capital at San Antonio. Various Anglo-Americans entered the new state to serve on behalf of Mexico. Pirates also aided the Mexican cause: on Galveston Island, Luis Aury preyed on Spanish shipping, and after 1816, his place was taken by Jean Laffite, who privateered against both Spanish and US shipping until the US Navy drove him out.

The Spanish finally gave up on Mexico in 1821, leaving Texas as a Mexican province with a non-Indian population of about 7,000. The only towns of significant size were Goliad, San Antonio (commonly called Bexar), and Nacogdoches. A year earlier, Moses Austin of Missouri had received permission from Spanish authorities to introduce Anglo-American colonists into Texas, presumably as a barrier against aggression by the United States. When Spanish rule ended, his son, Stephen F. Austin, succeeded his late father as head of the colonization movement, securing permission from the new Mexican government to settle 300 families in the area between the lower Colorado and Brazos rivers. After Austin had set-tled his "Old Three Hundred" in 1821, he received permission to settle more, and within a decade, his colonists numbered more than 5,000. The Mexicans invested Austin with the responsibilities and privileges of an empresario: authority to run commerce, maintain militia, administer justice, and hand out land titles. Other empresarios made similar arrangements. Green DeWitt, also of Missouri, settled several hundred families farther west and founded the town of Gonzales in 1825. Hayden Edwards received a grant to settle 800 families near Nacogdoches. Mexicans were also permitted to organize colonies. Texas thus began a pattern of growth from the outside that has continued to the present day.

Between 1821 and 1835, the population of non-Indian Texas expanded to between 35,000 and 50,000. Most new settlers were Anglo-Americans who often brought their prejudices against Mexico with them, whether they were from the North or the South. They disliked Mexican culture, Mexican folkways, Mexican justiceand the Protestants among them resented the omnipresence of the Roman Catholic Church. All of these Anglo-American settlers had ties to the United States, and many undoubtedly longed for the time when they would live under the American flag again. The ineptitude of the Mexican government made the situation even worse. In 1826, Hayden Edwards organized the Republic of Fredonia and tried to drive the Mexicans from East Texas, but in the end, he had to flee the province himself. Troubled by the rising spirit of rebellion, the Mexican Congress enacted the Law of 1830, which forbade most immigration and imposed duties on all imports. Anglo-Americans in Texas responded with the same anger that New Englanders had once shown when Britain imposed tax restrictions on the original American colonies.

At first, the Anglo-Texans insisted they were opposing Mexican political excesses, not the Mexican nation. Their hope lay with Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, who was leading a liberal revolution against President Anastasio Bustamante. Skirmishes between the Anglo-Texans and Mexican officials remained sporadic and localized until 1833 when Santa Anna became president of Mexico and almost immediately dropped his liberal stance. Texans sent Austin to Mexico City to petition Santa Anna to rescind the Law of 1830, to allow the use of English in public business, and to make Texas (then an appendage of Coahuila) a separate state. After several months in Mexico City, Austin was arrested on his way back to Texas and was imprisoned for a year. When Santa Anna tried to enforce customs collections, colonists at Anahuae, led by William Barret Travis, drove the Mexican officials out of town. Santa Anna's answer was to place Texas under military jurisdiction. When the Mexican military commander, Col. Domingo de Ugartechea, sent his soldiers to Gonzales to take a cannon there from the colonists, the Anglo-Texan civilians drove them off on 2 October 1835, in a battle that is generally considered to mark the start of the Texas Revolution.

On 3 November, a provisional government was formed. It called not for independence but for a return to the liberal Mexican constitution of 1824. Three commissioners, one of them Austin, were sent to Washington, DC, to request aid from the United States. Sam Houston, who only six years earlier had resigned the governorship of Tennessee (when his wife left him) and had come to Texas after stays in Oklahoma and Arkansas, was named commander in chief of the upstart Texas army. Hostilities remained at a standstill until February 1836, when Santa Anna led an army across the Rio Grande. The Mexicans concentrated outside San Antonio at a mission-fort called the Alamo, where 187 or so Texans, commanded by Col. William Barret Travis, had holed up in defense. The Mexicans besieged the Alamo until 6 March, when Santa Anna's forces, now numbering more than 4,000, stormed the fortress. When the battle ended, all the Alamo's defenders, including several native Mexicans, were dead. Among those killed were Travis and two Americans who became legendsJames Bowie and Davy Crockett.

Four days before the battle of the Alamo, other Texans gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos and issued a declaration of independence. As so often happens, a fight that had started on principlein this case, a constitutional issuegrew into a fight for independence. The men who died at the Alamo believed they were fighting for restoration of the constitution of 1824. But three weeks after the Alamo fell, on 27 March 1836, the Mexicans killed 342 Texans who had surrendered at Goliad, thinking they would be treated as prisoners of war. Coming on the heels of the Alamo tragedy, the "Goliad massacre" persuaded Texans that only total victory or total defeat would solve their problems with Santa Anna. The Texas army under Sam Houston retreated before Santa Anna's oncoming forces, which held a numerical advantage over Houston's of about 1,600 to 800. On 21 April 1836, however, the Texans surprised the Mexicans during their siesta period at San Jacinto (east of present-day Houston). Mexican losses were 630 killed, 280 wounded, and 730 taken prisoner, while the Texans had only 9 killed and 30 wounded. This decisive battle-fought to the cry of "Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad!" freed Texas from Mexico once and for all.

For 10 years, Texas existed as an independent republic, recognized by the United States, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and several German states. Sam Houston, the victorious commander at San Jacinto, became the republic's first nationally elected president. Although Texans are proud of their once-independent status, the fact is that the republic limped along like any new nation, strife-torn and short of cash. It was unable to reach agreement with Mexico on a treaty to clarify the border. Moreover, its original $1-million public debt increased eightfold in a decade, and its paper money depreciated alarmingly. Consequently, when Texas joined the Union on 29 December 1845, the date of the US congressional resolution recognizing the new state (the Lone Star flag, the republic's official banner, was not actually lowered and a governor inaugurated until 19 February 1846), its citizens looked on the action as a rescue. The annexation in great measure provoked the Mexican War, which in turn led to the conclusion of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on 2 February 1848. Under the treaty, Mexico dropped its claim to the territory between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River. Later, in accordance with the Compromise of 1850, Texas relinquished, for $10 million, its claim on lands stretching into New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

With the coming of the Civil War, Texas followed its proslavery southern neighbors out of the Union into the Confederacy; Governor Houston, who opposed secession, was ousted from office. The state saw little fighting, and Texas thus suffered from the war far less than most of the South. The last battle of the war was fought on Texas soil at Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, on 13 May 1865more than a month after Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

During Reconstruction, Texas was governed briefly by a military occupation force and then by a Republican regime; the so-called carpetbag constitution of 1869, passed during this period, gave the franchise to blacks, a right that the Ku Klux Klan actively sought to deny them. Texas was allowed to rejoin the Union on 30 March 1870. Three years later, Republican Governor Edmund J. Davis was defeated at the polls by Richard Coke, and a Democratic legislature wrote a new constitution, which was approved by the voters in 1876.

While most southern states were economically prostrate, the Texas economy flourished because of the rapid development of the cattle industry. Millions of Texas cattle walked the trails to northern markets, where they were sold for hard cash, providing a bonanza for the state. The widespread use of barbed wire to fence cattle ranches in the 1880s ended the open range and encouraged scientific cattle breeding. By 1900, Texas began to transform its predominantly agricultural economy into an industrial one. This process was accelerated by the discovery of the Spindletop oil fieldthe state's first gushernear Beaumont in 1901, and by the subsequent development of the petroleum and petrochemical industries. World War I saw the emergence of Texas as a military training center. The rapid growth of the aircraft industry and other high-technology fields contributed to the continuing industrialization of Texas during and after World War II.

Texas politics remained solidly Democratic during most of the modern era, and the significant political conflict in the state was between the liberal and conservative wings of the Democratic Party. Populist-style reforms were enacted slowly during the governorships of James E. Fergusonimpeached and removed from office during his second term in 1917and of his wife, Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson (192527, 193335), and more rapidly during the two administrations of James V. Allred (193539). During the 1960s and 1970s, the Republican Party gathered strength in the state, electing John G. Tower as US senator in 1961 and William P. Clements Jr., as governor in 1978the first Republicans to hold those offices since Reconstruction. In general, the state's recent political leaders, Democrats was well as Republicans, have represented property interests and taken a conservative line.

On the national level, Texans have been influential since the 1930s, notably through such congressional leaders as US House Speaker Sam Rayburn and Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson, elected vice president under John F. Kennedy, was riding in the motorcade with the president when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on 22 November 1963. The city attained further national notoriety when Kennedy's alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub operator, two days later. Johnson served out the remainder of Kennedy's term, was elected to the presidency by a landslide in 1964, and presided over one of the stormiest periods in US history before retiring to his LBJ ranch in 1969. Memorials to him include the Lyndon B. Johnson Library at Austin and Johnson Space Center, headquarters for the US manned spaceflight program, near Houston.

The most prominent Texans on the national scene since Johnson have been Republican George H.W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush. After failing in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, George Bush Sr. became Ronald Reagan's running mate; Reagan and Bush won in 1980 and were reelected in 1984. Bush ran for and won the presidency in 1988, but was defeated in his 1992 bid for re-election by Bill Clinton. Bush's son, George W. Bush, was elected governor of Texas in 1994, succeeding Democrat Ann Richards, the second woman governor in Texas history. In 2000, George W. Bush was elected president in a contested election against then-Vice President Al Gore. He was reelected in 2004, defeating Democrat John Kerry.

Texas benefited from a booming oil industry in the 1970s. The economy grew at an average of 6% a year, more than twice the national average. The boom collapsed in the early 1980s as overproduction caused world oil prices to plummet. The state's annual rate of population growth, 60% of which came from migration, dropped from 4% in 1982 to 1.3% in 1985. By 1986, the state had become a net exporter of population. Scrambling to make up the $100 million in revenues that the government estimated it lost for every $1 dollar decline in the price of a barrel of oil, the government in 1985 imposed or raised fees on everything from vanity license plates to day-care centers. The state also took steps to encourage economic diversification by wooing service, electronics, and high-technology companies to Texas. In the late 1980s, a number of Texas's financial institutions collapsed, brought down by the slump in the oil industry and by unsound real estate loans.

After 1986, oil prices increased, and the state reaped the benefits of diversification efforts spurred by the oil price collapse earlier in the decade. Although the petroleum industry was still the state's leading economic sector in the mid-1990s, high-technology and service sector jobs had played a major role in rebuilding the Texas economy and reversing the population decline of the previous decade. High-tech companies were concentrated in the "Silicon Hills" area surrounding Austin.

In the early 2000s, Texas had the second-largest population of any state, behind California. The high rate of migration into Texas, which accompanied the oil boom, had a profound effect on the state's population distribution and political profile. Newcomers to the state have tended to share the fiscally conservative values of native Texans but take more liberal positions on issues such as abortion, civil rights, and homosexuality. According to the 2000 census, 32% of the Texas population was of Hispanic or Latino origin. By 2004, 34.6% of the population was Hispanic.

On 19 April 1993, the 51-day confrontation between the FBI and the Branch Davidian cult near Waco ended tragically when the group's compound burned to the ground, killing at least 72 persons.

In early 2003, 51 Democratic state representatives fled Texas for Oklahoma to prevent the Republican-dominated state House of Representatives from passing a controversial redistricting plan that would favor Republicans. The tactic worked when the House failed to reach quorum and the redistricting bill died. Eleven state Democratic senators later also fled the state (for New Mexico) in July 2003 to break quorum and thus block a redistricting bill. Republican Governor Rick Perry called special legislative sessions to take up the redistricting measures. In August, the absent senators filed suit in Laredo in Barrientos v. State of Texas alleging Republican officials violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to obtain necessary Department of Justice preclearance before changing redistricting practices and procedures and by abandoning the "two-thirds rule" in the Senate: the "two-thirds rule" is regarded as a Senate tradition, which ensure that at least two-thirds of the membership have an interest in debating a measure before it comes to the floor. In September, a three-judge panel in Laredo dismissed all plaintiffs' claims in Barrientos v. State of Texas. In October, the Texas legislature passed the mid-decade redistricting plan in favor of the Republicans. Senate Democrats, in Session v. Perry, challenged the legality of the plan and filed a motion with the US Supreme Court to stay elections. The Supreme Court in April 2004 reaffirmed the lower court ruling in Barrientos v. State of Texas.

On 24 September 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall as a strong Category 3 storm just east of Sabine Pass, Texas. Some areas received up to 20 inches of rain. This hurricane followed on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, which on 29 August devastated New Orleans, Louisiana, when levees there broke. Damages from Hurricane Rita were estimated at $8 billion. The death toll rose to over 100, but most of the victims died before the hurricane struck, either while preparing for the storm or fleeing from it.

STATE GOVERNMENT

Texas has been governed directly under eight constitutions: the Mexican national constitution of 1824, the Coahuila-Texas state constitution of 1827, the independent Republic of Texas constitution of 1836, and the five US state constitutions of 1845, 1861, 1866, 1869, and 1876. This last document, with 432 amendments (through 2005), is the foundation of the state government today. An attempt to replace it with eight propositions that in effect would have given Texas a new constitution was defeated at the polls in November 1975.

The state legislature consists of a Senate of 31 members elected to four-year terms, and a House of Representatives of 150 members elected to two-year terms. The legislature meets on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years for sessions of as many as 140 calendar days; the governor may also call special sessions, each limited to 30 calendar days. Senators and representatives receive the same pay, pursuant to a constitutional amendment of 1975: $7,200 per year (as of 2004, unchanged from 1999) and $124 per diem living expenses (as of 2004) while the legislature is in session. All legislators must be US citizens, qualified voters, and residents of their districts for at least one year. Further, senators are required to be at least 26 years old and to have lived in the state for a minimum of five years. Representatives must be at least 21 and must have lived in the state for at least two years before election.

The state's chief executives are the governor and lieutenant governor, separately elected to four-year terms. Other elected executives, also serving four-year terms, include the attorney general, comptroller, commissioner of agriculture, and commissioner of the general land office. The remaining cabinet members are appointed by the governor, who also appoints members of the many executive boards and commissions. The governor, whose salary was $115,345 as of December 2004 (unchanged from 1999), must be a US citizen, at least 30 years old, and must have resided in the state for at least five years prior to election. A uniquely important executive agency is the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). Established in 1891 and consisting of three members elected for six-year terms, the commission regulates the state's railroads, oil and gas production, coal and uranium mining, and trucking industry. The RRC thus wields extraordinary economic power, and the alleged influence by the regulated industries over the commission has been a major source of political controversy in the state.

To become law, a bill must be approved by a majority of members present and voting in each house, with a quorum of two-thirds of the membership present, and either signed by the governor or left unsigned for 10 days while the legislature is in session or 20 days after it has adjourned. A gubernatorial veto may be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the elected members. Overrides have been rare: the vote in April 1979 by state legislators to override the new Republican governor's veto of a minor wildlife regulation measure affecting only one county was the first successful attempt in 38 years. A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house and ratification by the voters at the next election.

In order to vote in Texas one must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old, and a resident in the county of registration. Restrictions apply to convicted felons and those declared mentally incompetent by the court.

POLITICAL PARTIES

Until recent years, the Democratic Party had dominated politics in Texas. William P. Clements Jr., elected governor in 1978, was the first Republican since Reconstruction to hold that office. No Republican carried Texas in a presidential election until 1928, when Herbert Hoover defeated Democrat Al Smith, a Roman Catholic at a severe disadvantage in a Protestant fundamentalist state. Another Roman Catholic, Democratic presidential candidate John Kennedy, carried the state in 1960 largely because he had a Texan, Lyndon Johnson, on his ticket.

Prior to the Civil War, many candidates for statewide office ran as independents. After a period of Republican rule during Reconstruction, Democrats won control of the statehouse and state legislature in 1873. The major challenge to Democratic rule during the late 19th century came not from Republicans but from the People's Party, whose candidates placed second in the gubernatorial races of 1894, 1896, and 1898, aided by the collapse of the cotton market; imposition of a poll tax in 1902 helped disfranchise the poor white farmers and laborers who were the base of Populist support. The Populists and the Farmers' Alliance probably exercised their greatest influence through a Democratic reformer, Governor James S. Hogg (189195), who fought the railroad magnates, secured lower freight rates for farmers and shippers, and curbed the power of large landholding companies. Another Democratic governor, James E. "Farmer Jim" Ferguson, was elected on an agrarian reform platform in 1914 and reelected in 1916, but was impeached and convicted the following year for irregular financial dealings. Barred from holding state office, he promoted the candidacy of his wife, Miriam "Ma" Ferguson, whose first term as governor (192527) marked her as a formidable opponent of the Ku Klux Klan. During her second term (193335), the state's first New Deal reforms were enacted, and prohibition was repealed. The Fergusons came to represent the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party in a state where liberals have long been in the minority. After the progressive administration of Governor James V. Allred, during which the state's first old-age assistance program was enacted, conservative Democrats, sometimes called "Texas Tories," controlled the state until the late 1970s.

In the November 1994 elections, George W. Bush (son of former President George H. W. Bush), upset Ann Richards to become governor. Bush was reelected in 1998, shortly before announcing his run for the US presidency. In 2000 following his election as president, Bush turned the governor's office over to Republican Rick Perry. Perry was elected in his own right in 2002. Texas is represented in the US Senate by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was first elected in 1993 to fill the Senate seat vacated by Democrat Lloyd Bentsen, who resigned to become secretary of the treasury in the Clinton administration. In 1994, Hutchinson won reelection to a full term, and she was reelected once again in 2000. Republican John Cornyn was elected to the Senate in 2002. Following the 2002 elections, Texas Democrats held 11 seats in the US House of Representatives and the Republicans 21. As of mid-2005, the Republicans continued to control the state House by a margin of 87 to 63, and they had a majority of 19-12 over the Democrats in the state Senate.

Republican and native son George H.W. Bush captured 56% of the vote in the 1988 presidential election and 41% in the 1992 election. In 2000, his son, George W. Bush, took 59% of the presidential popular vote to Democrat Al Gore's 38%, and Bush went on to become president. In 2004, as an incumbent Bush won 61.2% of the vote to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 38.3%. As of 2004 there were 13,098,000 registered voters in the state; there is no voter registration by party in Texas. The state had 34 electoral votes in the 2004 presidential election, an increase of 2 votes over 2000.

Aside from the Populists, third parties have played a minor role in Texas politics. The Native American (Know-Nothing) Party helped elect Sam Houston governor in 1859. In 1968, George Wallace of the American Independent Party won 19% of the Texas

Texas Presidential Vote by Political Parties, 19482004
YEAR ELECTORAL VOTE TEXAS WINNER DEMOCRAT REPUBLICAN STATES' RIGHTS DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE PROHIBITION
*Wone US presidential election.
1948 23 *Truman (D) 750,700 282,240 106,909 3,764 2,758
CONSTITUTION
1952 24 *Eisenhower (R) 969,227 1,102,818 1,563 1,983
1956 24 *Eisenhower (R) 859,958 1,080,619 14,591
1960 24 *Kennedy (D) 1,167,953 1,121,693 18,170 3,868
1964 25 *Johnson (D) 1,663,185 958,566 5,060
AMERICAN IND.
1968 25 Humphrey (D) 1,266,804 1,227,844 584,269
AMERICAN SOC. WORKERS
1972 26 *Nixon (R) 1,154,289 2,298,896 6,039 8,664
1976 26 *Carter (D) 2,082,319 1,953,300 11,442 1,723
LIBERTARIAN
1980 26 *Reagan (R) 1,881,147 2,510,705 37,643
1984 29 *Reagan (R) 1,949,276 3,433,428
NEW ALLIANCE
1988 29 *Bush (R) 2,352,748 3,036,829 30,355 7,208
POPULIST/AMERICA FIRST IND. (Perot)
1992 32 Bush, (R) 2,281,815 2,496,071 19,699 505 1,354,781
1996 32 Dole (R) 2,549,683 2,736,167 20,256 378,537
GREEN IND. (Buchanan)
2000 32 *Bush, G. W. (R) 2,433,746 3,799,639 23,160 137,994 12,394
WBITE-IN (Nader) WRITE-IN (Peroitka)
2004 34 *Bush, G. W. (R) 2,832,704 4,526,917 38,787 9,159 1,636

popular vote and in 1992 native son Ross Perot picked up 22% of the vote.

Following passage of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, registration of black voters increased to about 11.5% of the total population of voters. Between 1895 and 1967, no black person served as a state legislator. By 1993, however, there were 472 blacks holding elective office. At about the same time. Hispanic elected officials numbered 2,215. Democrat Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio, served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Texas constitution grants considerable autonomy to local governments. As of 2005, Texas had 254 counties, a number that has remained constant since 1931. Also in 2005, there were 1,196 municipal governments, 1,040 public school districts (down from 8,600 in 1910), and 2,245 special districts.

Each county is governed by a commissioners' court, consisting of commissioners elected by precinct and a county judge or administrator elected at large. Other elected officials generally include a county clerk, attorney, treasurer, assessor-collector, and sheriff.

At the municipal level, cities with populations greater than 5,000 can adopt home rule.

In 2005, local government accounted for about 1,016,476 full-time (or equivalent) employment positions.

STATE SERVICES

To address the continuing threat of terrorism and to work with the federal Department of Homeland Security, homeland security in Texas operates under executive order and state statute; a homeland security director oversees the state's homeland security activities.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is responsible for environmental protection. The Department of Housing and Community Affairs helps to provide shelter for all citizens. The Ethics Commission promotes individual participation and confidence in governmental processes by enforcing and administering applicable laws and by providing public official conduct information.

Educational services in the public schools are administered by the Texas Education Agency, which is run by a commissioner of education appointed by an elected State Board of Education. The Higher Education Coordinating Board, consisting of appointed members, oversees public higher education. Transportation facilities are regulated by the Department of Transportation and the Texas Railroad Commission.

Health and welfare services are offered by the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Council for Developmental Disabilities, Texas Health and Human Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, and the Department of State Health Services. Public protection is the responsibility of the National Guard, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and Texas Youth Commission, which maintains institutions for juvenile offenders. Labor services are provided by the Texas Workforce Investment Council and the Department of Licensing and Regulation. Other departments deal with public safety, banking, and agriculture.

JUDICIAL SYSTEM

The Texas judiciary is comprised of a supreme court, a state court of criminal appeals, 14 courts of appeals, and more than 380 district courts.

The highest court is the Supreme Court, consisting of a chief justice and eight justices, who are popularly elected to staggered six-year terms. The Court of Criminal Appeals, which has final jurisdiction in most criminal cases, consists of a presiding judge and eight judges, who are also elected to staggered six-year terms.

Justices of the courts of appeals, numbering 80 in 1999, are elected to six-year terms and sit in 14 judicial districts; each court has a chief justice and at least two associate justices. There were 27 district court judges in 1999, each elected to a four-year term. County, justice of the peace, and municipal courts handle local matters.

As of 31 December 2004, a total of 168,105 prisoners (the highest in the United States) were held in Texas's state and federal prisons, an increase from 166,911 of 0.7% from the previous year. As of year-end 2004, a total of 13,958 inmates were female, up from 13,487 or 3.5% from the year before. Among sentenced prisoners (one year or more), Texas had an incarceration rate of 694 per 100,000 population in 2004 (the second-highest in the United States, below Louisiana).

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas in 2004, had a violent crime rate (murder/nonnegligent manslaughter; forcible rape; robbery; aggravated assault) of 540.5 reported incidents per 100,000 population, or a total of 121,554 reported incidents. Crimes against property (burglary; larceny/theft; and motor vehicle theft) in that same year totaled 1,010,702 reported incidents or 4,494 reported incidents per 100,000 people. Texas has a death penalty, of which lethal injection is the sole method of execution. From 1976 through 5 May 2006, the state has carried out 363 executions (highest in the United States); 19 inmates were executed in 2005 and 8 in 2006 (as of 5 May). As of 1 January 2006, Texas had 409 inmates on death row.

In 2003, Texas spent $2,164,257,669 on homeland security, an average of $101 per state resident.

ARMED FORCES

In few states do US military forces and defense-related industries play such a large role as in Texas, which as of 2004 had 109,760 active-duty military personnel and 39,385 civilian personnel employed at major US military bases, second to California in defense personnel. Also in 2004, Texas received prime defense contract awards worth more than $21 billion, third-largest awards in the United States after California and Virginia, first and second, respectively. Texas was also third in that nation in defense payroll outlays of $11.08 billion, after Virginia, first with $15.9 billion, and California, second with $15.0 billion.

Ft. Sam Houston, at San Antonio, is headquarters of the US 5th Army Recruiting Brigade and home to the 4th Infantry Division, the most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world. It is also the headquarters of the US Army Health Services Command and the site of the Academy of Health Sciences, the largest US military medical school, enrolling more than 25,000 officers and enlisted personnel. Ft. Bliss, at El Paso, is the home of the US Army Air Defense Artillery Center. Ft. Hood, near Killeen, is headquarters of the 3rd Army Corps and other military units. It is the state's single largest defense installation and Ft. Hood is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two Armored Divisions.

Four principal Air Force bases are located near San Antonio: Brooks, Kelly, Lackland, and Randolph. Other major air bases are Dyess (Abilene); Goodfellow (San Angelo); Laughlin (Del Rio); and Sheppard (Wichita Falls). All US-manned space flights are controlled from the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Naval air training stations are located at Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Kingsville. The Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, at Orange, was home port for some of the US Navy's "mothball fleet" from 1945 to 1975 when it was closed.

Texas was a major military training center during World War II, when about one out of every 10 soldiers was trained there. Some 750,000 Texans served in the US armed forces during that war; the state's war dead numbered 23,022. Military veterans living in the state in 2003 totaled 1,681,748, including 194,173 who served in World War II; 154,449 during the Korean conflict; 517,031 during the Vietnam era; and 322,909 during the Gulf War. Expenditures on Texas veterans totaled nearly $5.0 billion in 2004.

The Texas Army National Guard has dual status as a federal and state military force. The Texas State Guard is an all-volunteer force available either to back up National Guard units or to respond to local emergencies.

The famous Texas Rangers, a state police force first employed in 1823 (though not formally organized until 1835) to protect the early settlers, served as scouts for the US Army during the Mexican War. Many individual rangers fought with the Confederacy in the Civil War; during Reconstruction, however, the rangers were used to enforce unpopular carpetbagger laws. Later, the rangers put down banditry on the Rio Grande. The force was reorganized in 1935 as a unit of the Department of Public Safety and is now called on in major criminal cases, helps control mob violence in emergencies, and sometimes assists local police officers. The Texas Rangers have been romanticized in fiction and films, but one of their less glamorous tasks has been to intervene in labor disputes on the side of management. In 2004, the Texas Department of Public Safety employed 3,407 full-time sworn officers.

MIGRATION

Estimates of the number of Indians living in Texas when the first Europeans arrived range from 30,000 to 130,000. Eventually, they all were killed, fled southward or westward, or were removed to reservations. The first great wave of white settlers, beginning in 1821, came from nearby southern states, particularly Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi; some of these newcomers brought their black slaves to work in the cotton fields. During the 1840s, a second wave of immigrants arrived directly from Germany, France, and eastern Europe.

Interstate migration during the second half of the 19th century was accelerated by the Homestead Act of 1862 and the westward march of the railroads. Particularly notable since 1900 has been the intrastate movement from rural areas to the cities; this trend was especially pronounced from the end of World War II, when about half the state's population was rural, to the late 1970s, when nearly four out of every five Texans made their homes in metropolitan areas.

Texas's net gain from migration between 1940 and 1980 was 1,821,000, 81% of that during the 197080 period. A significant proportion of postwar immigrants were seasonal laborers from Mexico, remaining in the United States either legally or illegally. By 1990, Texas had a foreign-born population of 1,524,436, representing 9% of the total. During 198083, Texas had the highest net migration gain922,000in the nation. From 1985 to 1990, the net gain from migration was 36,700. Between 1990 and 1998, the state had net gains of 541,000 in domestic migration and 656,000 in international migration. In 1996, the state's foreign-born population was 2,081,000, or 11% of the total population. In 1998, 44,428 foreign immigrants arrived in Texas, the fourth-highest total among the states. Of that total, the greatest number of immigrants (22,956) came from Mexico. Between 1990 and 1998, Texas's overall population increased 16.3%. In the period 200005, net international migration was 663,161 and net internal migration was 218,722, for a net gain of 881,883 people.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION

The Texas Commission on Interstate Cooperation represents Texas before the Council of State Governments. Texas is a member of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. The state also belongs to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, South Central Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact, Southern States Energy Board, and Southern Regional Education Board, and to accords apportioning the waters of the Canadian, Pecos, Red River, Pecos, and Sabine rivers and the Rio Grande. During fiscal year 2005, Texas received $22.347 billion in federal grants (third largest after California and New York). In fiscal year 2006, Texas received an estimated $23.000 billion in federal grants, and an estimated $23.782 billion in fiscal year 2007.

ECONOMY

Traditionally, the Texas economy has been dependent on the production of cotton, cattle, timber, and petroleum. In recent years, cotton has declined in importance, cattle ranchers have suffered financial difficulties because of increased production costs, and lumber production has remained relatively stable. In the 1970s, as a result of rising world petroleum prices, oil and natural gas emerged as by far the state's most important resource. The decades since World War II have also witnessed a boom in the electronics, computer, transport equipment, aerospace, and communications industries, which has placed Texas second only to California in manufacturing among all the states of the Sunbelt region. Between 1972 and 1982, the Texas economy grew 6% a year, twice the national average, led by a booming oil industry. Other factors that contributed to the Lone Star State's robust economy in the early 1980s were a plentiful labor market, high worker productivity, diversification of new industries, and less restrictive regulation of business activities than in most other states. The result was a steady increase in industrial production, construction values, retail sales, and personal income, coupled with a relatively low rate of unemployment. In 1982, however, Texas began to be affected by the worldwide recession. Lower energy demand, worldwide overproduction of oil, and the resulting fall in prices, caused a steep decline in the state's petroleum industry. Unemployment in Texas jumped from 6.9% in 1982 to 8% in 1983, a period during which the national rate fell 0.1%. Much of this unemployment was among persons who came to Texas seeking jobs, particularly from northern industrial states. The rise and fall of the oil industry's fortunes affected other industries as well. Thousands of banks that had speculated in real estate in the early eighties, saw many of their investments become worthless, and numerous banks were declared insolvent.

In the wake of the oil-centered recession, Texas began attempts to diversify. The state government has successfully wooed high-tech industries to locate in Texas. The percentage of economic activity contributed by the oil and gas extraction industry dropped from about 20% to 6% between 1980 and 2000. Electronics, telecommunications, food processing, services and retail trade, on the other hand, saw substantial growth in the 1990s. While output from oil and gas extraction increased 7.4% between 1997 and 2001 output, from general services rose 35.4%, while output from financial services rose 32.5%; with retail and wholesale trade rising 30.7%, transportation and public utilities by 26.4%, and from government by 24%. In the recession and slowdown of 2001 and 2002, employment growth in Texas followed the national trends, remaining negative through the end of 2002. Shortfalls in state revenues flowing, particularly from the collapse of capital gains income, faced the state government with a serious budget deficit. However, higher oil prices following a Venezuelan oil strike, the US-led invasion of Iraq and rising tensions with Iran have benefited the Texas economy.

In 2004, Texas's gross state product (GSP) was $884.136 billion, of which manufacturing (durable and nondurable goods) accounted for the largest share at $106.749 billion or 12% of GSP, followed by the real estate sector at $90.670 billion (10.2% of GSP), and mining at $56.971 billion (6.4% of GSP). In that same year, there were an estimated 1,787,607 small businesses in Texas. Of the 404,683 businesses that had employees, an estimated total of 399,323 or 98.7% were small companies. An estimated 54,098 new businesses were established in the state in 2004, up 2.7% from the year before. Business terminations that same year came to 55,792, up 0.6% from 2003. There were 3,094 business bankruptcies in 2004, down 1.9% from the previous year. In 2005, the state's personal bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13) filing rate was 407 filings per 100,000 people, ranking Texas as the 37th highest in the nation.

INCOME

In 2005 Texas had a gross state product (GSP) of $982 billion which accounted for 7.9% of the nation's gross domestic product and placed the state at number 2 in highest GSP among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2004 Texas had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $30,732. This ranked 29th in the United States and was 93% of the national average of $33,050. The 19942004 average annual growth rate of PCPI was 4.3%. Texas had a total personal income (TPI) of $690,587,968,000, which ranked third in the United States and reflected an increase of 6.1% from 2003. The 19942004 average annual growth rate of TPI was 6.3%. Earnings of persons employed in Texas increased from $536,483,781,000 in 2003 to $571,564,011,000 in 2004, an increase of 6.5%. The 200304 national change was 6.3%.

The US Census Bureau reports that the three-year average median household income for 2002 to 2004 in 2004 dollars was $41,275 compared to a national average of $44,473. During the same period an estimated 16.4% of the population was below the poverty line as compared to 12.4% nationwide.

LABOR

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in April 2006 the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force in Texas 11,390,900, with approximately 578,700 workers unemployed, yielding an unemployment rate of 5.1%, compared to the national average of 4.7% for the same period. Preliminary data for the same period placed nonfarm employment at 9,928,100. Since the beginning of the BLS data series in 1976, the highest unemployment rate recorded in Texas was 9.3% in October 1986. The historical low was 4.3% in January 2001. Preliminary nonfarm employment data by occupation for April 2006 showed that approximately 5.9% of the labor force was employed in construction; 9.1% in manufacturing; 20.4% in trade, transportation, and public utilities; 6.3% in financial activities; 12.1% in professional and business services; 12.2% in education and health services; 9.2% in leisure and hospitality services; and 17.1% in government.

Organized labor has never been able to establish a strong base in Texas, and a state right-to-work law continues to make unionization difficult. The earliest national union, the Knights of Labor, declined in Texas after failing to win a strike against the railroads in 1886 when the Texas Rangers served as strike breakers. That same year, the American Federation of Labor (AFL) began to organize workers along craft lines. One of the more protracted and violent disputes in Texas labor history occurred in 1935 when longshoremen struck Gulf coast ports for 62 days. The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) succeeded in organizing oil-field and maritime workers during the 1930s.

The BLS reported that in 2005, a total of 506,000 of the state's 9,485,000 employed wage and salary workers were formal members of a union. This represented 5.3% of those so employed, up from 5% in 2004, but still below the national average of 12%. Overall in 2005, a total of 590,000 workers (6.2%) in Texas were covered by a union or employee association contract, which includes those workers who reported no union affiliation.

As of 1 March 2006, Texas had a state-mandated minimum wage rate of $5.15 per hour. In 2004, women in the state accounted for 44.6% of the employed civilian labor force.

AGRICULTURE

Texas ranked second among the 50 states in agricultural production in 2005, with farm marketings totaling nearly $16.9 billion (7.2% of US total); crops accounted for 33% of the total. Texas leads the nation in output of cotton, grain sorghum, hay, watermelons, cabbages, and spinach.

Since 1880, Texas has been the leading producer of cotton (producing both Upland and American-Pima), which accounted for 33% of total US production and 9.4% of the state's farm marketings in 2004. After 1900, Texas farmers developed bumper crops of wheat, corn, and other grains by irrigating dry land and transformed the "great Sahara" of West Texas into one of the nation's foremost grain-growing regions. Texans also grow practically every vegetable suited to a temperate or semitropical climate. Since World War II, farms have become fewer and larger, more specialized in raising certain crops and meat animals, more expensive to operate, and far more productive.

About 130 million acres (52.6 million hectares) are devoted to farms and ranches, representing more than three-fourths of the state's total area. The number of farms declined from 420,000 in 1940 to fewer than 185,000 in 1978, but rose to 229,000 in 2004. The average farm was valued at $855 per acre in 2004.

Productive farmland is located throughout the state. Grains are grown mainly in the temperate north and west, and vegetables and citrus fruits in the subtropical south. Cotton has been grown in all sections, but in recent years, it has been extensively cultivated in the High Plains of the west and the upper Rio Grande Valley. Grain sorghum, wheat, corn, hay, and other forage crops are raised in the north-central and western plains regions. Rice is cultivated along the Gulf coast, and soybeans are raised mainly in the High Plains and Red River Valley.

Major crops in 2004 included: upland cotton, 5.35 million acres produced 7.5 million bales (valued at $1.53 billion); wheat, 3.5 million acres produced 108.5 million bushels (valued at $363.5 million); hay, 5.35 million acres produced 12.3 million (valued at $833.6 million); sorghum, grain, 2.1 million acres produced 127.1 million bushels (valued at $288.3 million); corn, 1.7 million acres produced 233.5 million bushels (valued at $595.5 million); rice, 218,000 acres produced 14,690 hundred weight (valued at $120.5 million); vegetables, fresh, 93,500 acres produced 1,010,460 tons (valued at $366.2 million); soybeans, 290,000 acres produced 86 million bushels (valued at $50.5 million).

The major vegetables and fruits, in terms of value, are onions, cabbages, watermelons, carrots, potatoes, cantaloupes, green peppers, honeydew melons, spinach, cucumbers, and lettuce. Cot-tonseed, barley, oats, peanuts, pecans, sugar beets, sugarcane, and sunflowers are also produced in commercial quantities.

The total value of farmland and buildings alone was estimated at $111.1 billion in 2004, higher than any other state.

About 11.8% of cropland was irrigated in 2002, primarily in the High Plains; other areas dependent on irrigation included the lower Rio Grande Valley and the trans-Pecos region. Approximately 80% of the irrigated land is supplied with water pumped from wells. Because more than half of the state's irrigation pumps are fueled by natural gas, the cost of irrigation increased significantly as gas prices rose during the 1970s.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

About two-thirds of cattle fattened for market are kept in feed-lots located in the Texas panhandle and northwestern plains. In 2005, Texas ranked first in number of cattle and calves with an estimated 13.8 million, valued at $10.8 billion. During 2004, Texas farms had around 980,000 hogs and pigs, valued at $86.2 million. In 2003, Texas's production of sheep and lambs was second after California at 61.9 million lb (28.1 million kg), valued at $50.7 million; shorn wool production was an estimated 5.6 million lb (2.5 million kg) in 2004.

About 90% of the dairy industry is located in eastern Texas. In 2003, milk production was around 5.6 billion lb (2.5 billion kg) from 319,000 milk cows. Poultry production included 2.95 billion lb (1.4 billion kg) of broilers, valued at around $1.03 billion, and 4.8 billion eggs were produced, valued at $310 million.

Breeding of Palominos, Arabians, Appaloosas, Thoroughbreds, and quarter horses is a major industry in Texas. The animals are most abundant in the most heavily populated areas, and it is not unusual for residential subdivisions of metropolitan areas to include facilities for keeping and riding horses.

FISHING

In 2004, the commercial catch was about 85.6 million lb (38.9 million kg), valued at $166.2 million. Brownsville-Port Isabel ranked 14th in the nation in ports bringing in the most valuable catches, with receipts of $40.3 million. Other high value ports included Port Arthur (16th), Galveston (20th), and Palacios (25th).

The most important catch was shrimp. In 2004, Texas had the second largest shrimp catch in the nation with 70.1 million lb (31.9 million kg). Other commercial shellfish include blue crabs and oysters. Species of saltwater fish with the greatest commercial value are yellowfin tuna, red snapper, swordfish, and flounder. Texas had 93 fish processing and wholesale plants employing 2,262 people in 2003.

Early in 1980, the US government banned shrimp fishing for 45 days, effective in the summer of 1981, in order to conserve shrimp supplies. Texas has since continued to close the Gulf to shrimping from about 1 June to 15 July.

In 2005, Texas had 62 catfish farms covering 1,030 acres (417 hectares) with sales of $3.5 million, and a 2006 inventory of 10.1 million fingerlings and 2.1 million stocker-sized fish. The state manages fish stocks and habitats to maintain 40.4 million freshwater and 14.5 million marine angler days per year. There are three national fish hatcheries in the state (Uvalde, Inks Dam, and San Marcos). In 2004, Texas issued 1,632,016 sport fishing licenses, more than any other state. Among the most sought-after native freshwater fish are large-mouth and white bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish.

FORESTRY

Texas forestland in 2003 covered 17,149,000 acres (6,940,000 hectares), representing 2.3% of the US total and over 10% of the state's land area. Commercial timberland comprised 11,774,000 acres (4,765,000 hectares), of which about 90% was privately owned. Timberlands managed by the federal government covered 794,000 acres (321,000 hectares). Most forested land, including practically all commercial timberland, is located in the Piney Woods region of east Texas.

In 2004, Texas timberlands yielded 1.79 billion board ft of lumber (88% softwood), tenth in the United States. Primary forest products manufactured include plywood, waferboard, and pulpwood. Texas wood-treating plants process utility poles, crossties, lumber, and fence posts.

The Texas Forest Service, a member of the Texas A&M University System, provides direct, professional forestry assistance to private landowners, manages several state and federal reforestation and forest stewardship incentives programs, coordinates pest control activities, and assists in protecting against wildfires statewide. In addition, the state agency has an urban and community forestry program, forest products laboratory, two tree nurseries, and a genetics laboratory.

As of 2005 there were four national forests in TexasAngelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine, and Sam Houstonwith a total area of 641,574 acres (259,645 hectares). Texas also has five state forests: the E. O. Siecke, W. Goodrich Jones, I. D. Fairchild, John Henry Kirby, and Paul N. Masterson Memorial State Forests.

MINING

According to preliminary data from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the estimated value of nonfuel mineral production by Texas in 2003 was valued at around $2 billion, a decrease from 2002 of about 3%. The USGS data ranked Texas as fourth among the 50 states by the total value of its nonfuel mineral production, accounting for over 5% of total US output.

In descending order of value, according to preliminary data for 2003, cement (portland and masonry), crushed stone, construction sand and gravel, lime and salt were the state's top nonfuel minerals. Collectively, these five commodities accounted for around 93% of all nonfuel mineral output, by value, with cement alone accounting for almost 39% of all nonfuel mineral production by the state. Nationally, in descending order of value, Texas in 2003 was the nation's leading producer of crushed stone, second in the production of portland cement, construction sand and gravel, salt, common clays, gypsum, talc, and zeolites. The state was also second (out of two states) in the production of crude helium, ball clay (out of four), and second in the production of brucite (out of two).

The preliminary data for 2003 showed production of portland cement at 10.6 million metric tons, with an estimated value of $753 million, while crushed stone output, that same year, totaled 104 million metric tons, and was valued at $504 million. Construction sand and gravel production in 2003 totaled 78 million metric tons and was valued at $394 million, while lime output totaled 1.58 million metric tons, with a value of $104 million. Salt output in 2003 was put at 8.47 million metric tons, and was valued at $99.3 million.

In 2003, Texas also produced fuller's earth, kaolin, and dimension stone.

ENERGY AND POWER

Texas is an energy-rich state. Its vast deposits of petroleum and natural gas liquids account for nearly 30% of US proved liquid hydrocarbon reserves. Texas is also the largest producer and exporter of oil and natural gas to other states, and it leads the United States in electric power production.

As of 2003, Texas had 210 electrical power service providers, of which 72 were publicly owned and 68 were cooperatives. Of the remainder, 53 were investor owned, and 17 were owners of independent generators that sold directly to customers. As of that same year there were 10,114,100 retail customers. Of that total, 7,046,095 received their power from investor-owned service providers. Cooperatives accounted for 1,568,284 customers, while publicly owned providers had 1,499,968 customers. There were 23 independent generator or "facility" customers.

Total net summer generating capability by the state's electrical generating plants in 2003 stood at 99.593 million kW, with total production that same year at 379.199 billion kWh. Of the total amount generated, 22.9% came from electric utilities, with the remaining 77.1% coming from independent producers and combined heat and power service providers. The largest portion of all electric power generated, 184.911 billion kWh (48.8%), came from natural gas fired plants, with coal-fired plants in second place at 146.989 billion kWh (38.8%) and nuclear fueled plants in third at 33.437 billion kWh (8.8%). Other renewable power sources, plants using other types of gases, petroleum fired plants, hydroelectric facilities and "other" types of generating plants accounted for the remaining output.

As of 2006, the state had four nuclear reactors in operation: two at the Comanche Peak plant in Somervell County; and two at the South Texas plant (the largest commercial reactors in the United States) near Bay City.

The state's first oil well was drilled in 1866 at Melrose in East Texas, and the first major oil discovery was made in 1894 at Corsicana, northwest of Melrose, in Navarro County. The famous Spindletop gusher, near Beaumont, was tapped on 10 January 1901. Another great oil deposit was discovered in the panhandle in 1921, and the largest of all, the East Texas field, in Rusk County, was opened in 1930. Subsequent major oil discoveries were made in West Texas, starting in Scurry County in 1948. Thirty years later, the state's crude-oil production exceeded 1 billion barrels. In 1983, production was 908.2 million barrels, averaging 2.5 million barrels per day. Production in 1999 was 449.2 million barrels (including over 1 million barrels from offshore wells), averaging 1.23 million barrels per day.

As of 2004, Texas had proven crude oil reserves of 4,613 million barrels, or 22% of all proven US reserves, while output that same year averaged 1,073,000 barrels per day. Including federal offshore domains, the state that year ranked second (first excluding federal offshore) in both proven reserves and production among the 31 producing states. In 2004 Texas had 151,653 producing oil wells and accounted for 20% of all US production. As of 2005, the state's 26 refineries had a combined crude oil distillation capacity of 4,627,611 barrels per day.

In 2004, Texas had 72,237 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells. In that same year, marketed gas production (all gas produced excluding gas used for repressuring, vented and flared, and nonhydrocarbon gases removed) totaled 5,067.315 billion cu ft (143.91 billion cu m). As of 31 December 2004, proven reserves of dry or consumer-grade natural gas totaled 49,955 billion cu ft (1,418.7 billion cu m).

Texas in 2004, had 13 producing coal mines, all of which were surface operations. Coal production that year totaled 45,863,000 short tons, down from 47,517,000 short tons in 2003. Recoverable coal reserves in 2004 totaled 546 million short tons. One short ton equals 2,000 lb (0.907 metric tons).

INDUSTRY

Before 1900, Texas had an agricultural economy based, in the common phrase, on "cotton, cows, and corn." When the first US Census of Manufactures was taken in Texas in 1849, there were only 309 industrial establishments, with 1,066 wage earners; payrolls totaled $322,368, and the value added by manufacture was a mere $773,896. The number of establishments increased tenfold by 1899, when the state had 38,604 wage earners and a total value added of $38,506,130. During World War II, the value added passed the $1-billion mark, and by 1982, the total was $53.4 billion.

According to the US Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) for 2004, the state's manufacturing sector covered some 21 product subsectors. The shipment value of all products manufactured in the state that same year was $385.534 billion. Of that total, petroleum and coal products manufacturing accounted for the largest share at $91.303 billion. It was followed by chemical manufacturing at $90.169 billion; computer and electronic product manufacturing at $41.537 billion; food manufacturing at $31.430 billion; and transportation equipment manufacturing at $24.747 billion.

In 2004, a total of 773,506 people in Texas were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM. Of that total, 525,332 were actual production workers. In terms of total employment, the fabricated metal product manufacturing industry accounted for the largest portion of all manufacturing employees with 98,407 (74,214 actual production workers). It was followed by food manufacturing, with 82,594 (62,350 actual production workers); computer and electronic product manufacturing, with 72,604 (33,125 actual production workers); machinery manufacturing, with 70,968 (42,913 actual production workers); and transportation equipment manufacturing, with 70,871 (40,627 actual production workers).

ASM data for 2004 showed that Texas's manufacturing sector paid $33.559 billion in wages. Of that amount, the computer and electronic product manufacturing sector accounted for the largest share at $4.435 billion. It was followed by chemical manufacturing at $4.062 billion; transport equipment manufacturing at $3.888 billion; fabricated metal product manufacturing at $3.639 billion; and machinery manufacturing at $3.143 billion.

COMMERCE

According to the 2002 Census of Wholesale Trade, Texas's wholesale trade sector had sales that year totaling $397.4 billion from 31,832 establishments. Wholesalers of durable goods accounted for 20,192 establishments, followed by nondurable goods wholesalers at 9,493 and electronic markets, agents, and brokers accounting for 2,147 establishments. Sales by durable goods wholesalers in 2002 totaled $183.4 billion, while wholesalers of nondurable goods saw sales of $177.9 billion. Electronic markets, agents, and brokers in the wholesale trade industry had sales of $36.06 billion.

Texas ranked second among the 50 states in wholesale trade in 2002. The leading wholesaling centers are the Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, Amarillo, Austin, and Corpus Christi metropolitan areas.

In the 2002 Census of Retail Trade, Texas was listed as having 75,703 retail establishments with sales of $228.6 billion. The leading types of retail businesses by number of establishments were: gasoline stations (10,610); clothing and clothing accessories stores (10,275); motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts dealers (9,319); food and beverage stores (8,903); and miscellaneous store retailers (8,216). In terms of sales, motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts stores accounted for the largest share of retail sales at $67.4 billion, followed by general merchandise stores at $35.6 billion; food and beverage stores at $32.3 billion; gasoline stations at $20.3 billion; and building material/garden equipment and supplies dealers at $16.2 billion. A total of 1,026,326 people were employed by the retail sector in Texas that year. The state also ranked second behind California in retail sales in 2002.

Foreign exports through Texas during 2005 totaled $128.7 billion. The leading items shipped through Texas ports to foreign countries were grains, chemicals, fertilizers, and petroleum refinery products; principal imports included crude petroleum, minerals and metals (especially aluminum ores), liquefied gases, motor vehicles, bananas, sugar, and molasses. Texas ranked first among the 50 states in 2005 as an exporter of goods produced in the state.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division protects consumers and the legitimate business community by filing civil lawsuits under the Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and other related statutes. The division is best known for its work in traditional areas of consumer protection litigation such as false and deceptive advertising, defective merchandise, and home or appliance repair scams, for example.

The attorney general's litigation activities are supplemented by a highly effective mediation program that is available to Texas consumers who have complaints amenable to informal resolution. The Consumer Protection Division also disseminates a wide range of public information materials to educate consumers about their rights, alert them to trends in deceptive or unfair business practices, and prevent losses due to fraud before they occur. Over the years, the division has succeeded in winning funds for consumer education as part of the settlement of consumer protection litigation.

When dealing with consumer protection issues, the state's Attorney General's Office can initiate civil proceedings but can only initiate criminal proceedings under specific statutes for specific crimes. The office can represent the state before state and federal regulatory agencies, administer consumer protection and education programs, and handle formal consumer complaints. However its exercise of subpoena powers is limited. In antitrust actions, the Attorney General's Office can act on behalf of those consumers who are incapable of acting on their own and initiate damage actions on behalf of the state in state courts and represent counties, cities and other governmental entities in recovering civil damages under state or federal law, but the Office has no power to initiate criminal proceedings in an antitrust case.

The state's Office of the Attorney General has regional offices in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio. There is a county government consumer affairs office under the District Attorney's Office in Houston, and the city of Dallas also has its own consumer affairs office located within the city's Department of Environmental and Health services.

BANKING

Texas has the second highest number of banks in the nation, behind Illinois. As of June 2005, Texas had 677 insured banks, savings and loans, and saving banks, in addition to 231 state-chartered and 407 federally chartered credit unions (CUs). Excluding the CUs, the Dallas-Fort Worth market area accounted for the largest portion of the state's financial institutions and deposits in 2004, with 176 institutions and $113.409 billion in deposits. As of June 2005, CUs accounted for 18% of all assets held by all financial institutions in the state, or some $49.146 billion. Banks, savings and loans, and savings banks collectively accounted for the remaining 72% or $224.280 billion in assets held.

Banking was illegal in the Texas Republic and under the first state constitution, reflecting the widespread fear of financial speculation like that which had caused the panic of 1837. Because both the independent republic and the new state government found it difficult to raise funds or obtain credit without a banking system, they were forced to borrow money from merchants, thus permitting banking functions and privileges despite the constitutional ban. A formal banking system was legalized during the latter part of the 19th century.

The median percentage of past-due/nonaccrual loans to total loans stood at 1.51% as of fourth quarter 2005, down from 1.77% in 2004 and 2.04% in 2003. The median net interest margin (the difference between the lower rates offered savers and the higher rates charged to loans) for the state's insured institutions stood at 4.50% in fourth quarter 2005, up from 4.22% in 2004 and 4.21% in 2003.

Regulation of Texas's state-chartered banks and other state-chartered financial institutions is the responsibility of the Finance Commission of Texas's Department of Banking, Savings and Loan Department, and the Office of Consumer Credit.

INSURANCE

The industry's most recent state-by-state comparison (year-end 2003) showed Texas ranked second (behind Arizona) in number of domestic life and health insurance companies with 165, and first in the number of domestic property and casualty companies with 238. In 2004, direct premiums for property and casualty insurance totaled over $32.2 billion. That year, there were 459,522 flood insurance policies in force in the state, with a total value of $84 billion. There were 113,443 beach and windstorm plans in force with a value of about $30 billion. About $22.7 billion of coverage was held through FAIR plans, which are designed to offer coverage for some natural circumstances, such as wind and hail, in high risk areas.

In 2004, there were 10.8 million individual life insurance policies in force in Texas with a total value of $839.3 billion; total value for all categories of life insurance (individual, group, and credit) was over $1.4 trillion. The average coverage amount is $77,600 per policy holder. Death benefits paid that year totaled $3.69 billion.

In 2004, 48% of state residents held employment-based health insurance policies, 4% held individual policies, and 21% were covered under Medicare and Medicaid; 25% of residents were uninsured. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured residents of all the fifty states; the national average is 16%. In 2003, employee contributions for employment-based health coverage averaged at 16% for single coverage and 27% for family coverage. The state offers a six-month health benefits expansion program for small-firm employees in connection with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA, 1986), a health insurance program for those who lose employment-based coverage due to termination or reduction of work hours.

Motorists are required to maintain auto insurance coverage that includes a minimum of bodily injury liability of up to $20,000 per individual and $40,000 for all persons injured in an accident, as well as property damage liability of $15,000. In 2003, the average expenditure per vehicle for insurance coverage was about $837.40.

The insurance industry is regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance. TDI is headed by the commissioner of insurance, who is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate for two-year terms beginning 1 February of odd-numbered years.

SECURITIES

There are no securities exchanges in Texas. In 2005, there were 5,060 personal financial advisers employed in the state and 14,170 securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents. In 2004, there were over 729 publicly traded companies within the state, with over 213 NASDAQ companies, 211 NYSE listings, and 56 AMEX listings. In 2006, the state had 56 Fortune 500 companies, including 8 in the Fortune 100; Exxon Mobil (based in Irving), ranked first in the state and the nation with revenues of over $339.9 billion, followed by ConocoPhillips (Houston, sixth in the nation), Valero Energy (San Antonio, 15th in the nation), Marathon Oil (Houston, 23rd in the nation), and Dell Computers (Round Rock, 25th in the nation). Dell is listed on NASDAQ; the other top four companies are listed on the NYSE. A total of 102 companies are listed on the Fortune 1,000.

The State Securities Board, established in 1957, oversees the issuance and sale of stocks and bonds in Texas.

PUBLIC FINANCE

The Texas budget operates on a "pay as you go" basis in that expenditures cannot exceed revenues during the budget cycle. The state's budget period runs on a biennial basis from 1 September of each odd-numbered year to 31 August of the following odd-numbered year.

The state legislature meets from approximately January to May every odd-numbered year and writes a budget for the next two years. The appropriations committee in the House, and the finance committee in the Senate are responsible for budget development. The primary legislative entity responsible for oversight of the budget when the legislature is not in session is the 10-member legislative budget board. Chaired by the lieutenant governor, the board prepares the initial budget that will be considered by the legislature.

TexasState Government Finances
(Dollar amounts in thousands. Per capita amounts in dollars.)
AMOUNT PER CAPITA
Abbreviations and symbols: - zero or rounds to zero; (NA) not available; (X) not applicable.
source: U.S. Census Bureau, Governments Division, 2004 Survey of State Government Finances, January 2006.
Total Revenue 90,570,423 4,030.37
  General revenue 71,567,893 3,184.76
    Intergovernmental revenue 25,639,654 1,140.96
    Taxes 30,751,860 1,368.45
      General sales 15,460,221 687.98
      Selective sales 9,160,557 407.64
      License taxes 4,083,148 181.70
      Individual income tax - -
      Corporate income tax - -
      Other taxes 2,047,934 91.13
    Current charges 7,027,396 312.72
    Miscellaneous general revenue 8,148,983 362.63
  Utility revenue - -
  Liquor store revenue - -
  Insurance trust revenue 19,002,530 845.61
Total expenditure 77,338,118 3,441.53
  Intergovernmental expenditure 17,032,016 757.92
  Direct expenditure 60,306,102 2,683.61
      Current operation 40,686,513 1,810.54
      Capital outlay 7,429,464 330.61
      Insurance benefits and repayments 9,667,420 430.20
      Assistance and subsidies 1,481,676 65.93
      Interest on debt 1,041,029 46.33
Exhibit: Salaries and wages 11,861,335 527.83
Total expenditure 77,338,118 3,441.53
  General expenditure 67,660,579 3,010.88
    Intergovernmental expenditure 17,032,016 757.92
    Direct expenditure 50,628,563 2,252.96   General expenditures, by function:
    Education 27,312,446 1,215.40
    Public welfare 18,613,103 828.28
    Hospitals 2,929,885 130.38
    Health 1,302,365 57.96
    Highways 5,828,707 259.38
    Police protection 465,109 20.70
    Correction 2,972,593 132.28
    Natural resources 893,598 39.76
    Parks and recreation 120,673 5.37
    Government administration 1,572,677 69.98
    Interest on general debt 1,041,029 46.33
    Other and unallocable 4,608,394 205.07
  Utility expenditure 10,119 .45
  Liquor store expenditure - -
  Insurance trust expenditure 9,667,420 430.20
Debt at end of fiscal year 22,925,515 1,020.18
Cash and security holdings 197,828,786 8,803.35

The governor's office of budget and planning also prepares a budget for the Legislature's consideration. The governor has line-item veto authority over the budget and must sign the appropriations bill before it becomes law. The comptroller of public accounts must also sign the bill certifying that sufficient revenue will be available to fund the budget.

After running large budget surpluses in the early 1980s, the state experienced several years of budget shortfalls in the wake of falling oil prices. As the state's economy has diversified, the budget has shown greater ability to withstand minor economic fluctuations.

Fiscal year (FY) 2006 general funds were estimated at $35.7 billion for resources and $32.2 billion for expenditures. In fiscal year 2004, federal government grants to Texas were $27.7 billion.

In the fiscal year 2007 federal budget, Texas was slated to receive $22 million (a $4 million increase over fiscal year 2006) for the Army Corps of Engineers' urban flood damage reduction project in Sims Bayou; $20 million for the upgrade and expansion of the Ysleta Border Station in El Paso; $13 million to expand the national cemetery in Dallas/Fort Worth; and $7.5 million for additional design and construction funds for a new border station at the proposed international bridge in McAllen.

TAXATION

In 2005, Texas collected $32,785 million in tax revenues or $1,434 per capita, which placed it 49th among the 50 states in per capita tax burden. The national average was $2,192 per capita. Sales taxes accounted for 49.9% of the total; selective sales taxes, 29.0%; and other taxes, 21.2%.

As of 1 January 2006, Texas had no state income tax, a distinction it shared with Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, Florida, Alaska, and South Dakota.

In 2004, local property taxes amounted to $28,176,329,000 or $1,254 per capita. The per capita amount ranks the state 13th highest nationally. Texas has no state level property taxes.

Texas taxes retail sales at a rate of 6.25%. In addition to the state tax, local taxes on retail sales can reach as much as 2%, making for a potential total tax on retail sales of 8.25%. Food purchased for consumption off-premises is tax exempt. The tax on cigarettes is 41 cents per pack, which ranks 40th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Texas taxes gasoline at 20 cents per gallon. This is in addition to the 18.4 cents per gallon federal tax on gasoline.

According to the Tax Foundation, for every federal tax dollar sent to Washington in 2004, Texas citizens received $0.94 in federal spending.

ECONOMIC POLICY

Texas state government has historically been pro business: regulation is less restrictive than in many states, and there is no corporate income tax. The state government actively encourages outside capital investment in Texas industries, and the state's industrial productivity has produced a generally high return on investment. Texas Economic Development (TXED) (formerly the Texas Industrial Commission) helps businesses locate or expand their operations in the state. Its stated mission is to market Texas and assist communities to maximize their economic development opportunities. The main divisions within TXED are Business Development and Tourism. A private organization, the Texas Industrial Development Council, in Bryan, also assists new and developing industries.

Texas announced in 2004 it would put more focus on courting businesses within the technology sector through the establishment of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF), an outgrowth of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) program. Targeted industries range from nanotechnology to environmental sciences.

HEALTH

The infant mortality rate in October 2005 was estimated at 6.2 per 1,000 live births. The birth rate in 2003 was 17.2 per 1,000 population, the second-highest rate in the country for that year (following Utah). The abortion rate stood at 18.8 per 1,000 women in 2000. In 2003, about 80.9% of pregnant woman received prenatal care beginning in the first trimester. In 2004, approximately 73% of children received routine immunizations before the age of three.

The crude death rate in 2003 was 7 deaths per 1,000 population. As of 2002, the death rates for major causes of death (per 100,000 resident population) were: heart disease, 199.5; cancer,156.9; cerebrovascular diseases, 48.4; chronic lower respiratory diseases, 35.4; and diabetes, 26. The mortality rate from HIV infection was 4.9 per 100,000 population. In 2004, the reported AIDS case rate was at about 14.7 per 100,000 population. In 2002, about 58.8% of the population was considered overweight or obese. As of 2004, about 20.4% of state residents were smokers.

In 2003, Texas had 414 community hospitals with about 57,300 beds, the highest numbers in the nation. There were about 2.5 million patient admissions that year and 32.3 million outpatient visits. The average daily inpatient census was about 36,400 patients. The average cost per day for hospital care was $1,482. Also in 2003, there were about 1,143 certified nursing facilities in the state with 121,548 beds and an overall occupancy rate of about 72%. In 2004, it was estimated that about 61.3% of all state residents had received some type of dental care within the year. Texas had 219 physicians per 100,000 resident population in 2004 and 656 nurses per 100,000 in 2005. In 2004, there were a total of 10,559 dentists in the state.

There are 8 medical schools, 2 dental colleges, and 64 schools of nursing in the state. The University of Texas has medical colleges at Dallas, Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, and Tyler. The University of Texas Cancer Center at Houston is one of the nation's major facilities for cancer research. Houston is also noted as a center for cardiovascular surgery. On 3 May 1968, Houston surgeon Denton Cooley performed the first human heart transplant in the United States.

In 2005, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranked as the second best hospital in the nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. In the same report, the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston was ranked eight in the nation for best care in heart disease and heart surgery. Texas Children's Hospital in Houston ranked fourth for best reputation in pediatric care.

About 17% of state residents were enrolled in Medicaid programs in 2003; 11% were enrolled in Medicare programs in 2004. Approximately 25% of the state population was uninsured in 2004; this was the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the nation. In 2003, state health care expenditures totaled $25.3 million.

SOCIAL WELFARE

In 2004, about 422,000 people received unemployment benefits, with the average weekly unemployment benefit at $259. In fiscal year 2005, the estimated average monthly participation in the food stamp program included about 2,451,197 persons (943,506 households); the average monthly benefit was about $90.41 per person. That year, the total of benefits paid through the state for the food stamp program was over $2.6 billion. the highest total in the nation.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the system of federal welfare assistance that officially replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1997, was reauthorized through the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. TANF is funded through federal block grants that are divided among the states based on an equation involving the number of recipients in each state. Texas's TANF cash assistance program, run by the Department of Human Services, is called Texas Works; the work program, run by the Texas Workforce Commission, is called Choices. In 2004, the state program had 250,000 recipients; state and federal expenditures on this TANF program totaled $405 million in fiscal year 2003.

In December 2004, Social Security benefits were paid to 2,864,870 Texans. This number included 1,714,830 retired workers, 334,150 widows and widowers, 347,010 disabled workers, 203,650 spouses, and 265,130 children. Social Security beneficiaries represented 12.7% of the total state population and 89.7% of the state's population age 65 and older. Retired workers received an average monthly payment of $930; widows and widowers, $870; disabled workers, $884; and spouses, $452. Payments for children of retired workers averaged $424 per month; children of deceased workers, $604; and children of disabled workers, $253. Federal Supplemental Security Income payments in December 2004 went to 472,347 Texas residents, averaging $362 a month. An additional $51,000 of state-administered supplemental payments were distributed to 10,371 residents.

HOUSING

The variety of Texas architectural styles reflects the diversity of the state's topography and climate. In the early settlement period, Spanish-style adobe houses were built in southern Texas. During the 1840s, Anglo-American settlers in the east erected primitive log cabins. These were later replaced by "dog-run" houses, consisting of two rooms linked by an open passageway covered by a gabled roof, so-called because pet dogs slept in the open, roofed shelter, as did occasional overnight guests. During the late 19th century, southern-style mansions were built in East Texas, and the familiar ranch house, constructed of stone and usually stuccoed or whitewashed, with a shingle roof and a long porch, proliferated throughout the state; the modern ranch house in southwestern Texas shows a distinct Mexican-Spanish influence. Climate affects such modern amenities as air conditioning: a new house in the humid eastern region is likely to have a refrigeration-style cooler, while in the dry west and south, an evaporating "swamp cooler" is the more common means of making hot weather bearable.

In 2004, Texas had an estimated 8,846,728 housing units, of which 7,790,853 were occupied; 65.1% were owner-occupied. That year, Texas had the second-highest number of housing units in the nation (following California). About 64.5% of all units were single-family, detached homes. About 63% of all units were built between 1950 and 1989. Electricity and utility gas were the most common energy sources for heating. It was estimated that 492,782 units lacked telephone service, 36,697 lacked complete plumbing facilities, and 47,643 lacked complete kitchen facilities. The average household had 2.81 members.

In 2004, 188,800 new privately owned housing units were authorized for construction. The median home value was $99,858. The median monthly cost for mortgage owners was $1,166. Renters paid a median of $648 per month. In September 2005, the state received grants of over $2.4 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for rural housing and economic development programs. For 2006, HUD allocated to the state over $73.2 million in community development block grants (CDBG). Dallas was also awarded about $18.4 million in CDBG monies, Houston was awarded over $30.7 million, and San Antonio was awarded over $14.8 million. Also in 2006, HUD offered an additional $74.5 million to the state in emergency funds to rebuild housing that was destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in late 2005.

EDUCATION

Although public instruction began in Texas as early as 1746, education was slow to develop during the period of Spanish and Mexican rule. The legislative foundation for a public school system was laid by the government of the Republic of Texas during the late 1830s, but funding was slow in coming. After annexation, in 1846, Galveston began to support free public schools, and San Antonio had at least four free schools by the time a statewide system of public education was established in 1854. Free segregated schooling was provided for black children beginning in the 1870s, but their schools were ill-maintained and underfinanced. School desegregation was accomplished during the 1960s, nonviolently for the most part.

In 2004, 78.3% of the population 25 years old and over had completed four years of high school, significantly lower than the national average of 84%. Some 24.5% had four or more years of college. The total enrollment for fall 2002 in Texas public schools stood at 4,260,000. Of these, 3,080,000 attended schools from kindergarten through grade eight, and 1,180,000 attended high school. Approximately 38.7% of the students were white, 14.3% were black, 43.8% were Hispanic, 2.9% were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.3% were American Indian/Alaskan Native. Total enrollment was estimated at 4,277,000 in fall 2003 and expected to be 4,923,000 by fall 2014, an increase of 15.6% during the period 200214. Expenditures for public education in 2003/04 were estimated at $38 billion. In fall 2003 there were 220,206 students enrolled in 1,282 private schools. Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has tested public school students nationwide. The resulting report, The Nation's Report Card, stated that in 2005, eighth graders in Texas scored 281 out of 500 in mathematics compared with the national average of 278.

As of fall 2002, there were 1,152,369 students enrolled in college or graduate school; minority students comprised 41.3% of total postsecondary enrollment. In 2005 Texas had 208 degree-granting institutions. Institutions of higher education include 42 public four-year colleges and universities, 69 public two-year college campuses, and 51 nonprofit, private four-year schools. The leading public universities are Texas A&M (College Station), which opened in 1876, and the University of Texas (Austin), founded in 1883. Each institution is now the center of its own university system, including campuses in several other cities. Oil was discovered on lands owned by the University of Texas in 1923, and beginning in 1924, the university and Texas A&M shared more than $1 billion in oil-related rentals and royalties. Other state-supported institutions include the University of Houston and Texas Tech University (Lubbock).

The first private college in Texas was Rutersville, established by a Methodist minister in Fayette County in 1840. The oldest private institution still active in the state is Baylor University (1845), at Waco. Other major private universities include Hardin-Simmons (Abilene), Rice (Houston), Southern Methodist or SMU (Dallas), and Texas Christian, or TCU (Ft. Worth). Well-known black-oriented institutions of higher learning include Texas Southern University in Houston and Prairie View A&M University.

Tuition charges to Texas colleges are among the lowest in the nation. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation administers a guaranteed-loan program and tuition equalization grants for students in need.

ARTS

In 2005, the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and other Texas arts organizations received 91 grants totaling $2,751,200 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); in 2006 TCA celebrated its 40th anniversary. Humanities Texas, formerly the Texas Council for the Humanities was established in 1965. In 2005, the National Endowment for the Humanities contributed $3,677,357 for 47 state programs. The state and private sources also provide funding to the Commission and other arts organizations. Both the Texas Museums Association and Texas Respondsa grant program for Texas library services and programsprovided aid for hurricane victims affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Although Texas has never been regarded as a leading cultural center, the arts have a long history in the state. The cities of Houston and Matagorda each had a theater before they established churches, and the state's first theater was active in Houston as early as 1838. Stark Young founded the Curtain Club acting group at the University of Texas in Austin in 1909 and the little-theater movement began in that city in 1921. As of 2005, the arts flourished at Houston's Theater District, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, and Alley Theater, as well as at the Dallas Theater Center, and Theater Three. The Dallas theater company, run by the groundbreaking artist, Margo Jones had a national reputation. After her death in 1955 other companies were founded such as the Texas Repertory Theater Company in Houston. During the late 1970s, Texas also emerged as a center for motion picture production. The city of Austin has since become the host for the Austin Film Festival and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film festival and SXSW Music and Media Conference and Festival.

Texas has five major symphony orchestrasthe Dallas Symphony (performing in the Myerson Symphony Center since 1989), Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphonyand 25 orchestras in other cities. The Houston Grand Opera performs at Jones Hall, and in 1999 received a National Endowment for the Arts Access grant to provide free outdoor performances and artist residencies.

Several cities have resident dance companies, including Abilene, Amarillo, Denton, Galveston, Garland, Longview, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Pampa. The ballet groups in Fort Worth, Austin, and Corpus Christi are notable. As of 2005, the Houston Ballet, founded in 1955, was the fifth-largest ballet company in the United States.

Popular music in Texas stems from early Spanish and Mexican folk songs, Negro spirituals, cowboy ballads, and German-language songfests. Texans pioneered a kind of country and western music that is more outspoken and direct than Nashville's commercial product, and a colony of country-rock songwriters and musicians were active in the Austin area during the 1970s. Texans of Mexican ancestry have also fashioned a Latin-flavored music ("Tejano") that is as distinctly "Tex-Mex" as the state's famous chili. The Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) holds the annual Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.

There are a number of groups for writers and storytellers, including the Writers' League of Texas and the Tejas Storytelling Association. In 2005 the Texas Storytelling Association celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Texas Storytelling Festival and in 2006 the Writers' League of Texas celebrated its 25th anniversary. In 2000, the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (chartered in 1997) opened in Abilene. Besides sponsoring its own museum of illustrated works, the Center provides educational programs and exhibits for teachers and other display venues.

LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS

In 2001, Texas had 540 public library systems, with a total of 825 libraries, of which there were 285 branches. In that same year, the Texas public library system had 35,725,000 volumes of books and serial publications, and a total circulation of 81,505,000. The system also had 1,350,000 audio and 1,139,000 video items, 100,000 electronic format items (CD-ROMs, magnetic tapes, and disks), and 15 bookmobiles. Funding for public libraries in Texas comes from local cities, counties, school districts, and state and federal sources, with additional funding from donations, gifts, and corporate and foundation grants. In fiscal year 2001,operating income for the state's public library system totaled $319,354,000 and included $3,129,000 in federal grants, and $1,672,000 in state grants.

The largest municipal libraries in Texas include the Houston Public Library with 4,573,356 volumes, and the Dallas Public Library with 2,568,852 volumes. The University of Texas at Austin, noted for outstanding collections in the humanities and in Latin American studies, had over seven million volumes in 1998. The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is also located in Austin, as is the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Other notable academic libraries include those of Texas A&M University, with over two million volumes, and the University of Houston, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Tech University, all with collections of over one million volumes.

Among the state's 389 museums are Austin's Texas Memorial Museum; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Dallas Museum of Art; and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, the Ft. Worth Art Museums, and Kimbell Art Museum, all in Ft. Worth. Houston has the Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, and at least 30 galleries. Both Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston have become major centers of art sales.

National historic sites in Texas are Ft. Davis (Jeff Davis County), President Johnson's boyhood home and Texas White House (Blanco and Gillespie counties), and the San Jose Mission (San Antonio). Other historic places include the Alamo, Dwight D. Eisenhower's birthplace at Denison, the Sam Rayburn home in Bonham, and the John F. Kennedy memorials in Dallas. A noteworthy prehistoric Indian site is the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, located in Potter County and accessible by guided tour.

COMMUNICATIONS

In 2004, 91.8% of the occupied housing units in Texas had telephones. In addition, by June of that same year there were 12,091,134 mobile wireless telephone subscribers. In 2003, 59.0% of Texas households had a computer and 51.8% had Internet access. By June 2005, there were 2,989,919 high-speed lines in Texas, 2,737,826 residential and 252,093 for business.

Dallas was one of Western Union's first US communications satellite stations, and it leads the state as a center for data communications. The state has not always been in the communications vanguard, however. Texas passed up a chance to make a handsome profit from the invention of the telegraph when, in 1838, inventor Samuel F. B. Morse offered his newfangled device to the republic as a gift. When the Texas government neglected to respond, Morse withdrew the offer.

Texas had 298 major radio stations (73 AM, 225 FM) in 2005 and 87 major television stations. The state's first radio station, WRR, was established by the city of Dallas in 1920. The first television station, WBAP, began broadcasting in Ft. Worth in 1948. In 1999, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has 2,018,120 television households, only 51% receiving cable; the Houston area has 1,712,060 television households, 58% with cable; and the San Antonio area has 684,730 television homes, 66% with cable.

Approximately 439,135 Internet domain names were registered with the state in the year 2000; the third most of any state.

PRESS

The first newspaper in Texas was a revolutionary Spanish-language sheet published in May 1813 at Nacogdoches. Six years later, the Texas Republican was published by Dr. James Long in the same city. In 1835, the Telegraph and Texas Register became the official newspaper of the Texas Republic and it continued to publish until 1877. The first modern newspaper was the Galveston News (1842), a forerunner of the Dallas Morning News (1885).

In 2005, Texas had 49 morning dailies, 36 evening dailies, and 78 Sunday papers. Texas had the second-largest number of daily newspapers in the country in 2005 (second to California). In 2004, the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News were ranked as the ninth- and tenth-largest daily newspapers nationwide.

The newspapers with the largest daily circulations (2005 est.) were as follows:

AREA NAME DAILY SUNDAY
Austin American-Statesman (m,S) 177,926 226,766
Dallas Morning News (m,S) 519,014 755,803
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (m,S) 258,489 326,803
Houston Chronincle (m,S) 554,783 737,580
San Antonio Express-News (m,S) 270,067 356,680

In 2005, there were 491 weekly newspapers with a total circulation of 2,545,596. Of these, the paid weekly Park City News of Highland Park ranked seventh in the United States with a circulation of 51,000. Two free weeklies, the McAllen Valley Town Crier and the San Antonio North Side Recorder-Times, ranked ninth (104,037) and fourteenth (83,700), respectively, by circulation in the United States. The Texas Almanac, a comprehensive guide to the state, has been issued at regular intervals since 1857 by the A.H. Belo Corp., publishers of the Dallas Morning News. Leading magazines include the Texas Monthly and Texas Observer, both published in Austin.

ORGANIZATIONS

In 2006, there were over 14,665 nonprofit organizations registered within the state, of which about 10,292 were registered as charitable, educational, or religious organizations. Irving is the home of one of the nation's largest organizations, the Boy Scouts of America.

Important medical groups are the American Heart Association, the National Association for Retarded Citizens, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Pediatric Society, the American Organ Transplant Association, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Board of Otolaryngology. The National Temperance and Prohibition Council is in Richardson.

Other professional associations include the American Engineering Association, the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The Association of Space Explorers., based in Houston, is an international professional organization for astronauts who have made at least one orbit around the Earth.

Among the many organizations devoted to horse breeding are the American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, the National Cutting Horse Association, and American Paint Association. Ft. Worth is the home of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America.

The scholarly organization American Mensa is based in Arlington. National and state arts and cultural organizations include the American Association of Community Theatre, the American Cowboy Culture Association, the American Indian Arts Council, the Texas Folklore Society, the Texas International Theatrical Arts Society, the Texas Historical Foundation, and the Writers' League of Texas. National sports organizations based in Texas include the United States Professional Tennis Association and the United States Youth Soccer Association.

TOURISM, TRAVEL, AND RECREATION

In 2004, the state hosted over 180 million visitors with direct travel spending at $44.4 billion, an all-time high. The industry supported 500,000 jobs with $13 million in payroll. Marketing for tourism and travel to Texas is the responsibility of Texas Economic Development Market Texas Tourism. Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, and Austin are the cities most frequently visited.

Each of the state's seven major tourist regions offers outstanding attractions. East Texas has one of the state's oldest cities, Nacogdoches, with the nation's oldest public thoroughfare and a reconstruction of the Old Stone Fort, a Spanish trading post dating from 1779. Jefferson, an important 19th-century inland port, has many old homes, including Excelsior House. Tyler, which bills itself as the "rose capital of the world," features a 28-acre (11-hect-are) municipal rose garden and puts on a Rose Festival each October. The Gulf Coast region of southeastern Texas offers the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the Astrodome sports stadium, and adjacent Astroworld amusement park, and a profusion of museums, galleries, and shops, all in metropolitan Houston; Spindle-top Park, in Beaumont, commemorates the state's first great oil gusher; Galveston's sandy beaches, deep-sea fishing, and Sea-Arama Marineworld; and the Padre Island National Seashore.

To the north, the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area (including Arlington) has numerous cultural and entertainment attractions, including the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park and the state fair held in Dallas each October. Old Abilene Town amusement park, with its strong western flavor, is also popular with visitors. The Hill Country of south-central Texas encompasses many tourist sites, including the state capitol in Austin, Waco's Texas Ranger Museum (Ft. Fisher), the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Site, and frontier relics in Bastrop and Bandera. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library is in Austin and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library is in College Station.

South Texas has the state's most famous historic sitethe Alamo, in San Antonio. The Rio Grande Valley Museum, at Harlingen, is popular with visitors, as is the King Ranch headquarters in Kleberg County. The Great Plains region of the Texas panhandle offers Palo Duro CanyonTexas's largest state park covering 16,402 acres (6,638 hectares) in Armstrong and Randall counties; the Prairie Dog Town at Lubbock; Old West exhibits at Matador; and the cultural and entertainment resources of Amarillo. In the extreme northwestern corner of the panhandle is the XIT Museum, recalling the famous XIT Ranch, at one time the world's largest fenced ranch, which formerly covered more than 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares). Outstanding tourist sites in the far west are the Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains national parks, the Jersey Lilly Saloon and Judge Roy Bean visitor center in Langtry, and metropolitan El Paso. Texas also has the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail with 624 mi (1,040 km) of coastline viewing.

Texas's park system includes Palo Duro Canyon, Big Creek (Ft. Bend County), Brazos Island (Cameron County), Caddo Lake (Harrison County), Dinosaur Valley (Somervell County), Eisenhower (Grayson County), Galveston Island, and Longhorn Cavern (Burnet County). State historical parks include San Jacinto Battleground (east Harris County), Texas State Railroad (Anderson and Cherokee counties), and Washington-on-the-Brazos (Washington County). Hunting and fishing are extremely popular in Texas. White-tailed deer are hunted as a way of cutting the wildlife population; thousands of jabalina and wild turkeys are shot annually.

SPORTS

Texas has 11 major professional sports teams: the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros of Major League Baseball; the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans of the National Football League; the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League; the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association; the Houston Comets and San Antonio Silver Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the FC Dallas, formerly the Dallas Burn, of Major League Soccer. The Cowboys are, by far, the most consistently successful of Texas's teams. They have won the Super Bowl five timesin 1972, 1978, 1993, 1994, and 1996. They have appeared in it and lost an additional three times. The Houston Rockets won consecutive NBA Championships in 1994 and 1995. Houston lost the Oilers of the NFL, who moved to Tennessee after the 1996 season. However, an expansion team, the Texans, replaced them and began NFL play in 2002. Texas is also home to many minor league baseball and hockey teams.

Pari-mutuel betting on horse races was legalized in Texas in the early 1990s, and thoroughbred tracks are open near Houston and Dallas. Quarter-horse racing is also popular and rodeo is a leading spectator sport. Participant sports popular with Texans include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, boating, swimming, tennis, and golf. State professional and amateur golf tournaments are held annually, as are numerous rodeos. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame was organized in 1951; new members are selected each year by a special committee of the Texas Sports Writers Association.

There are a plethora of colleges and universities in Texas, with many elite teams in football, basketball, and baseball. The University of Texas Longhorns are traditionally strong in football, having captured four national championships (1963, 1969, 1970, 2005) and made over 40 bowl game appearances. They also have a very solid baseball program. Texas A&M University in College Station also has an elite football program. Their team earned a national championship in 1939 and won 18 conference titles in the now-defunct Southwestern Conference. In 1998 the Aggies won the Big Twelve Conference title. Texas Tech's women's basketball team has been consistently ranked as a top team in the national polls. Baylor and Rice Universities, of the Big Twelve Conference and Western Athletic Conference, respectively, both field outstanding baseball teams. The teams are traditionally ranked high in the national polls. The Rice Owls won the 2003 College World Series.

Two NASCAR Nextel Cup races, the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 and the Dickies 500, and two NASCAR Busch Grand National series races, the O'Reilly 300 and the O'Reilly Challenge, are held each year at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

FAMOUS TEXANS

Two native sons of Texas have served as president of the United States. Dwight D. Eisenhower (18901969), the 34th president, was born in Denison, but his family moved to Kansas when he was two years old. Lyndon Baines Johnson (190873), the 36th president, was the only lifelong resident of the state to serve in that office. Born near Stonewall, he occupied center stage in state and national politics for a third of a century as US representative, Democratic majority leader of the US Senate, and vice president under John F. Kennedy, before succeeding to the presidency af-ter Kennedy's assassination. Reelected by a landslide, Johnson accomplished much of his Great Society program of social reform but saw his power and popularity wane because of the war in Viet Nam. His wife, Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson (b.1912), was influential in environmental causes as First Lady.

Texas's other native vice president was John Nance Garner (18681967), former speaker of the US House of Representatives. George Bush (b.Massachusetts, 1924), who founded his own oil development company and has served in numerous federal posts, was elected vice president in 1980 on the Republican ticket and reelected in 1984, then elected to the presidency in 1988. Tom C. Clark (18991977) served as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court from 1949 to 1967; he stepped down when his son Ramsey (b.1927) was appointed US attorney general, a post the elder Clark had also held.

Another prominent federal officeholder from Texas was Jesse H. Jones (18741956), who served as chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and secretary of commerce under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Oveta Culp Hobby (190595), publisher of the Houston Post, became the first director of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II and the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Eisenhower. John Connally (19171993), a protégé of Lyndon Johnson's, served as secretary of the US Navy under Kennedy and, as governor of Texas, was wounded in the same attack that killed the president; subsequently, he switched political allegiance, was secretary of the treasury under Richard Nixon, and had been active in Republican Party politics. Other federal officials from Texas include "Colonel" Edward M. House (18581938), principal advisor to President Wilson, and Leon Jaworski (190582), the Watergate special prosecutor whose investigations led to President Nixon's resignation. Lloyd Bentsen, a senator and a secretary of the treasury, was born 11 February 1921 in Mission, Texas.

The state's most famous legislative leader was Sam Rayburn (18821961), who served the longest tenure in the nation's history as speaker of the US House of Representatives17 years in three periods between 1940 and 1961. James Wright (b.1922) was Democratic majority leader of the House in the 1970s and early 1980s, and Barbara C. Jordan (193696) won national attention as a forceful member of the House Judiciary Committee during its impeachment deliberations in 1974.

Famous figures in early Texas history include Moses Austin (b.Connecticut, 17611821) and his son, Stephen F. Austin (b.Virginia, 17931836), often called the "father of Texas." Samuel "Sam" Houston (b.Virginia, 17931863), adopted as a youth by the Cherokee, won enduring fame as commander in chief of the Texas revolutionary army, as president of the Texas Republic, and as the new state's first US senator; earlier in his career, he had been governor of Tennessee. Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar (b.Georgia, 17981859), the second president of the republic, founded the present state capital (now called Austin) in 1839. Anson Jones (b.Massachusetts, 17981858) was the last president of the republic.

Noteworthy state leaders include John H. Reagan (b.Tennessee, 18181905), postmaster general for the Confederacy; he dominated Texas politics from the Civil War to the 1890s, helping to write the state constitutions of 1866 and 1875, and eventually becoming chairman of the newly created Texas Railroad Commission. The most able Texas governor was probably James Stephen Hogg (18511906), the first native-born Texan to hold that office. Another administration with a progressive record was that of Governor James V. Allred (18991959), who served during the 1930s. In 1924 Miriam A. "Ma" Ferguson (18751961) became the first woman to be elected governor of a state, and she was elected again in 1932. With her husband, Governor James E. Ferguson (18711944), she was active in Texas politics for nearly 30 years. Texas military heroes include Audie Murphy (192471), the most decorated soldier of World War II (and later a film actor), and Admiral of the Fleet Chester W. Nimitz (18851966).

Figures of history and legend include James Bowie (b.Kentucky, 1796?1836), who had a reputation as a brawling fighter and wheeler-dealer until he died at the Alamo: he is popularly credited with the invention of the bowie knife. David "Davy" Crockett (b.Tennessee, 17861836) served three terms as a US representative from Tennessee before departing for Texas; he, too, lost his life at the Alamo. Among the more notorious Texans was Roy Bean (b.Kentucky, 18251903), a judge who proclaimed himself "the law west of the Pecos." Gambler, gunman, and desperado John Wesley Hardin (185395) boasted that he "never killed a man who didn't deserve it." Bonnie Parker (191034) and Clyde Barrow (190934), second-rate bank robbers and murderers who were shot to death by Texas lawmen, achieved posthumous notoriety through the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

Many Texas businessmen have profoundly influenced the state's politics and lifestyle. Clint Murchison (18951969) and Sid Richardson (18911959) made great fortunes as independent oil operators and spread their wealth into other enterprises: Murchison became owner-operator of the successful Dallas Cowboys professional football franchise, and Richardson, through the Sid Richardson Foundation, aided educational institutions throughout the Southwest. Oilman H(aroldson) L(afayette) Hunt (b.Illinois, 18891974), reputedly the wealthiest man in the United States, was an avid supporter of right-wing causes. Howard Hughes (190579), an industrialist, aviation pioneer, film producer, and casino owner, became a fabulously wealthy eccentric recluse in his later years. Stanley Marcus (19052002), head of the famous specialty store Neiman-Marcus, became an arbiter of taste for the world's wealthy and fashionable men and women. Rancher Richard King (b.New York, 182585) put together the famed King Ranch, the largest in the United States at his death. Charles Goodnight (b.Illinois, 18361929) was an outstanding cattleman. H. Ross Perot, billionaire computer soft ware developer and independent presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996, was born 27 June 1930 in Dallas.

Influential Texas historians include folklorist John A. Lomax (b.Mississippi, 18671948); Walter Prescott Webb (18881963), whose books The Great Plains and The Great Frontier helped shape American thought; and J. Frank Dobie (18881964), well-known University of Texas educator and compiler of Texas folklore. Dan Rather (b.1931) has earned a nationwide reputation as a television reporter and anchorman. Frank Buck (18841950), a successful film producer, narrated and appeared in documentaries showing his exploits among animals.

William Sydney Porter (b.North Carolina, 18621910) apparently embezzled funds from an Austin bank, escaped to Honduras, but returned to serve a three-year jail termduring which time he began writing short stories, later published under the pen name O. Henry. Katherine Anne Porter (18901980) also won fame as a short-story writer. Fred Gipson (190873) wrote Hound Dog Man and Old Yeller, praised by critics as a remarkable evocation of a frontier boy's viewpoint. Two novels by Larry McMurtry (b.1936), Horsemen, Pass By (film title, Hud ) and The Last Picture Show, became significant motion pictures. Robert Rauschenberg (b.1925) is a leading contemporary painter. Elisabet Ney (b.Germany, 18331907), a sculptor, came to Texas with a European reputation and became the state's first determined feminist; she wore pants in public, and seldom passed up an opportunity to transgress Texans' Victorian mores. E. Donnall Thomas, 1990 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine, was born 15 March 1920 in Mart, Texas.

Prominent Texans in the entertainment field include Mary Martin (19131990), who reigned over the New York musical comedy world for two decades; her son, Larry Hagman (b.1931), star of the Dallas television series; actress Debbie Reynolds (b.1931); movie director King Vidor (18941982); and Joshua Logan (19031988), director of Broadway plays and Hollywood movies. Texans who achieved national reputations with local repertory companies were Margo Jones (191255) and Nina Vance (191480), who founded and directed theater groups in Dallas and Houston, respectively; and Preston Jones (193679), author of A Texas Trilogy and other plays.

Among Texas-born musicians, Tina Turner (b.1941) is a leading rock singer, as was Janis Joplin (194370). Willie Nelson (b.1933) wedded progressive rock with country music to start a new school of progressive "outlaw" music. Bob Wills (b.Oklahoma, 190575) was the acknowledged king of western swing. Musicians Trini Lopez (b.1937), Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta, b.1937), and Johnny Rodriguez (b.1951) have earned popular followings based on their Mexican-American music. Charlie Pride (b.Mississippi, 1938) became the first black country-western star. Other country-western stars born in Texas are Waylon Jennings (19372002) and Kenny Rogers (b.1938). In the jazz field, pianist Teddy Wilson (191286) was a member of the famed Benny Goodman trio in the 1930s. Trombonist Jack Teagarden (190564) and trumpeter Harry James (191683) have also been influential.

The imposing list of Texas athletes is headed by Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (191356), who gained fame as an All-American basketball player in 1930, won two gold medals in track and field in the 1932 Olympics, and was the leading woman golfer during the 1940s and early 1950s. Another Texan, John Arthur "Jack" Johnson (18781946), was boxing's first black heavyweight champion. Texans who won fame in football include quarterbacks Sammy Baugh (b.1914), Don Meredith (b.1938), and Roger Staubach (b.Ohio, 1942); running back Earl Campbell (b.1955); and coaches Dana X. Bible (18921980). Darrell Royal (b.Oklahoma, 1924), and Thomas Wade "Tom" Landry (19242000). Tim Brown (b.Dallas, Texas 1966), a wide receiver in the NFL, won the Heisman Trophy in 1987 as a member of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Among other Texas sports greats are baseball Hall of Famers Tris Speaker (18881958) and Rogers Hornsby (18961963); golfers Ben Hogan (191297), Byron Nelson (b.1912), and Lee Trevino (b.1939); auto racing driver A(nthony) J(oseph) Foyt (b.1935); and jockey William Lee "Willie" Shoemaker (19312003). Nolan Ryan, pitching giant, was born 31 January 31 1947 in Refugio, Texas.

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Texas

TEXAS

TEXAS. The varied geography of Texas has helped to shape its history. The eastern third of the state's 266,807 square miles is mostly humid woodlands, much like Louisiana and Arkansas. A broad coastal plain borders the Gulf of Mexico. Much of southwest and far-west Texas is semiarid or arid desert, and west-central Texas northward through the Panhandle marks the southernmost part of the Great Plains. The central and north-central regions of the state are mostly gently rolling prairies with moderate rainfall. Moving from northeast to southwest, the major rivers are the Red, Sabine, Trinity, Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Nueces, and Rio Grande; none has ever proven very suitable for navigation. The state is generally flat, with the exception of the Hill Country region west of the Austin–San Antonio area and the Davis Mountains of far west Texas.

The First Texans

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Texas was home to a diverse collection of native peoples. Most numerous of these were the Hasinai branch of the Caddo Indians in east Texas, an agricultural society related to the mound-building cultures of the Mississippi Valley. Along the upper and central Gulf Coast ranged the nomadic Karankawas, and south Texas was home to various hunter-gatherers collectively known as Coahuiltecans. The Apaches were the dominant Plains nation, following the great herds of bison. Numerous small groups, including the Jumanos of southwest Texas and the Tonkawas of central Texas, lived in various parts of the state.

Spanish Texas

Europeans first viewed Texas in 1519, when an expedition led by the Spaniard Alonso Álvarez de Pineda mapped the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico. In 1528 survivors of the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition, which had previously explored parts of Florida, washed ashore in the vicinity of Galveston Island during a storm. Only four men survived the first few months, including Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, whose memoir became the first published account of Texas. After more than seven years of harrowing adventure, the castaways finally made their way back to Mexico in 1536.

The tales of Cabeza de Vaca and his companions inspired the expedition of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who entered the Texas Panhandle from New Mexico in 1541. Although he failed in his search for gold, Coronado was the first European to see Palo Duro Canyon and to encounter the Apache Indians. In 1542, while Coronado was crossing the Panhandle, an expedition led by Luis de Moscoso Alvarado was entering east Texas from Louisiana. Moscoso perhaps reached as far as the Brazos River before returning to the Mississippi. When Coronado and Moscoso failed to find riches in Texas, Spain abandoned its efforts to explore or exploit Texas. For the next 140 years, Spain would claim the vast region, but only when the French suddenly appeared on the scene did Texas again become a priority.

In 1684 René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, sailed from France with the intention of establishing a colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Overshooting his target by 400 miles, he landed instead at Matagorda Bay. At a well-concealed point at the head of the bay, he built a crude camp commonly known as Fort Saint Louis. Beset by disease, disunity, and hostile Indians, the settlement lasted only four years, with La Salle being killed by his own men in 1687. But the ill-fated French venture alerted the Spanish to the dangers of losing Texas, and La Salle unintentionally became the impetus for the creation of a permanent Spanish presence in Texas.

Between 1684 and 1689 Spain dispatched five sea and six land expeditions to locate and expel La Salle. Finally, in 1689 a party led by Alonso de León found the ruins of La Salle's settlement. The French were gone, but Spain was now determined to establish a presence in east Texas among the Hasinai. The following year the Spanish established Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in present-day Houston County. However, floods, disease, and poor relations with the Indians caused the Franciscan missionaries to abandon the effort in 1693.

Spain tried to move back into east Texas beginning in 1716, eventually founding six missions and a presidio there. In 1718 Martín de Alarcón, the governor of Coahuila and Texas, founded a mission and presidio on the San Antonio River in south central Texas to serve as a halfway station between the east Texas missions and the Rio Grande. In time, the San Antonio complex would become the capital and principal settlement of Spanish Texas.

Spain's second effort in east Texas proved little more successful than the first, and by 1731 most of the missions in the east had been abandoned, leaving Spain with only a token presence in the area. Missions and presidios founded in other parts of Texas in the mid-1700s, such as the Mission San Sabá near present-day Menard, met with disease, Indian attack, or other problems and were all short-lived. In 1773, following an inspection tour by the Marqués de Rubí, the crown ordered the abandonment of the remaining east Texas settlements. Spain had acquired Louisiana from France in 1763 and no longer needed Texas as a buffer to French expansion. Some of the east Texas settlers resisted being resettled in San Antonio and eventually returned to east Texas, founding the town of Nacogdoches. By the late eighteenth century, then, Spanish Texas essentially consisted of San Antonio, Nacogdoches, and La Bahía (later renamed Goliad), which had been founded on the lower Texas coast in 1722. At its height around 1800, the non-Indian population of Spanish Texas numbered perhaps 4,000.

When the United States acquired the Louisiana Territory in 1803, Spain found itself with an aggressive new neighbor on its northern frontier. Over the next two decades Anglo-American adventurers known as "filibusters" launched repeated expeditions into Texas, with the intention of detaching it from New Spain. Two filibusters, Augustus Magee (1813) and James Long (1819, 1821), joined with Mexican revolutionary José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara to invade Texas from the United States. A Spanish royalist army crushed the rebels near San Antonio at the battle of Medina River and unleashed a reign of terror across Texas. By the time Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, the non-Indian population of Texas stood at no more than 3,000.

Mexican Texas

Hispanic Texans, or Tejanos, had supported the movement for Mexican independence, and they likewise endorsed the creation of a federal republic in the 1820s. Long neglected by Mexico City, many of these hardy settlers realized that trade with the United States held the best promise for prosperity. Therefore, when a bankrupt American businessman named Moses Austin proposed establishing a colony of 300 American families in 1821, his plan met with widespread support and gained the approval of Spanish authorities. Austin died before launching his colony, but his son, Stephen F. Austin, inherited the project and became Texas's first empresario (colonization agent). Austin's colony encompassed parts of nearly forty present-day Texas counties along the lower watersheds of the Brazos and Colorado Rivers. By 1834 some 15,000 Anglos lived in Texas, along with 4,000 Tejanos and 2,000 African American slaves.

The Texas Revolution

Relations between the Texan settlers and the Mexican government began to sour in 1830, when the Mexican congress passed a law intended to weaken Anglo influence in the state. Among other provisions, the Law of 6 April, 1830 placed Mexican troops in East Texas and canceled all empresario contracts, although Austin and one other empresario were later exempted from the ban. Over the next five years, clashes between settlers and Mexican soldiers occurred repeatedly, often over customs regulations. Anglos demanded free trade, repeal of the 1830 law, and separate statehood for Texas apart from Coahuila, to which it had been joined for administrative purposes since 1824. Matters came to a head in 1835, when President Antonio López de Santa Anna abandoned federalism altogether, abolished the 1824 constitution, and centralized power in his own hands. Anglo Texans, joined by some Tejanos, resisted Santa Anna; hostilities commenced at Gonzales on 2 October 1835. One month later, the Texans declared a provisional state government loyal to the 1824 constitution.

In February 1836 a Mexican army of several thousand commanded by Santa Anna arrived in San Antonio, where they found the old Alamo mission held by approximately 200 defenders. After a thirteen-day siege, Santa Anna's soldiers stormed the mission on March 6, killing all the defenders, including James Bowie, William Barret Travis, and David Crockett. Shortly thereafter, James Fannin surrendered a force of about 400 volunteers at Goliad, who were subsequently executed at Santa Anna's order. On March 2 a convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos declared independence and authorized Sam Houston to take command of all remaining troops in Texas. On 21 April 1836, following a six-week retreat across Texas, Houston's army attacked one division of the Mexican army at San Jacinto and won a stunning victory. Some 800 Mexican troops were killed or wounded and that many more captured, while Texan deaths numbered fewer than ten. Santa Anna was captured the next day and ordered his remaining troops from Texas. Independence was won.

The Republic of Texas

In September 1836 Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas. He faced a daunting task in rebuilding the war-torn country, securing it against re-invasion from Mexico and hostile Indians, achieving diplomatic recognition from the world community, and developing the economy. Over the next decade the record on all of these matters was mixed at best. Twice in 1842 Mexican armies invaded and briefly occupied San Antonio. On the western frontier the Comanche Indians (immigrants to Texas in the mid-1700s) terrorized settlers with their brilliant horsemanship and fierce warrior code. In east Texas the Republic waged a brutal war of extermination against the Cherokees (also recent immigrants), driving the survivors into what is now Oklahoma. The Republic also undertook imprudent ventures such as the 1841 Santa Fe Expedition, intended to open a trade route between Texas and New Mexico, which resulted instead in the capture and imprisonment of nearly 300 Texans by Mexico. The wars against the Indians and the Santa Fe Expedition can largely be laid at the doorstep of Mirabeau B. Lamar, who replaced Houston as president in 1838 and

believed in a sort of Texan version of Manifest Destiny. Under Lamar, the national debt rose from $1 million to $7 million and the currency depreciated drastically. Typical of Lamar's grandiose thinking was his action in moving the capital to Austin, a new village on the far western frontier. Exposed to Indian and Mexican attacks and difficult to reach, the new capital was a luxury that the republic could scarcely afford, but Lamar envisioned its future as the centrally located seat of a vast Texan empire.

By the time Houston returned to office in 1841, the financial condition of the republic made annexation by the United States critically important. Texans almost unanimously desired annexation, but concerns about slavery effectively prevented American action. In 1844, though, pro-annexation candidate James K. Polk captured the Democratic presidential nomination. When Polk won the election, the outgoing president, John Tyler, viewed it as a mandate for annexation. Having previously failed to gain Senate approval for a treaty of annexation, Tyler resorted to the tactic of annexing Texas by means of a congressional joint resolution requiring only simple majorities in both houses of Congress. It succeeded, and Texas officially entered the Union on 29 December 1845. The new state retained ownership of its vast public domain; it also retained its massive public debt. The new constitution reflected the strong Jacksonian political leanings of most Texans, creating a government with limited powers.

The Republic had enjoyed considerable success on one front: In a decade the population had grown from about 40,000 to nearly 140,000. The Republic had made land available practically free to immigrants from the United States, and it also resurrected the empresario system to attract immigrants from the United States and Europe. In the last years of the Republic, some 10,000 colonists from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio settled in the E. S. Peters colony in northeast Texas; about 7,000 Germans came to a grant in the Hill Country; and approximately 2,000 French Alsatians settled in Henri Castro's colony southwest of San Antonio. These immigrants gave Texas a more ethnically diverse population than most other southern states.

Statehood, Disunion, and Reconstruction

Immigration notwithstanding, after annexation Texas drew closer to the states of the Deep South, primarily due to the growth of slavery and the cotton economy. The enslaved population grew from 38,753 in 1847 to 182,566 in 1860. Cotton production increased from 58,000 bales in 1849 to 431,000 bales in 1859. As part of the Compromise of 1850, Texas surrendered its claims to parts of what are now New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming (thus assuming its modern boundaries) in return for federal assumption of its public debt. Texas thus enjoyed its most prosperous decade of the nineteenth century.

By 1860 Texas mirrored its fellow southern states economically and politically. Following Lincoln's election and the secession of the Deep South states, the state legislature called a secession convention and, over the strong opposition of Governor Sam Houston, voted to secede from the Union. Texas voters ratified the convention's decision by a three-to-one margin. About 60,000 Texans served the Confederacy, many of them in the eastern theatre of the war. Hood's Brigade and Terry's Rangers were among the better-known Texas units. On 19 June 1865, a date celebrated by black Texans as "Juneteenth," Union occupation troops under Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston and declared the state's slaves free.

Texas' experiences in Reconstruction were typically southern. The state underwent Presidential Reconstruction in 1865 through 1866, resulting in the election of state and local governments dominated by former rebels, including Governor James Throckmorton, a former Confederate general. Black Codes returned African Americans to a condition of quasi-servitude.

When Congress took over the Reconstruction process in 1867, black males were enfranchised, many former Confederate office holders were removed (including Governor Throckmorton), and the Reconstruction process began anew. With African Americans voting, the Republican Party rose to power. The Republican Constitution of 1869 gave the new governor, Edmund J. Davis, and the legislature sweeping new authority. Davis, a former judge who had lived in Texas since the 1840s, had served in the Union Army and championed the rights of blacks. His administration created a system of public education for children of both races; established a state police force to help protect the lives and property of all citizens; and worked to attract railroads to Texas using government subsidies. The measures galvanized the Democratic opposition, and in 1872 the Democrats recaptured the state legislature. In December 1873 the Democrat Richard Coke, a former Confederate officer, defeated Davis and "redeemed" Texas from Republican rule. The triumphant Democrats undid virtually all of the Republican programs, and in 1876 they ratified a new state constitution that returned the state to its Jacksonian, limited-government, white-supremacist roots.

Texas in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era

The 1870s marked the beginning of the longest agricultural depression in the state's history. Cotton prices declined steadily through the 1880s and 1890s; land prices and interest rates rose. By century's end a majority of white farmers had joined African Americans in the ranks of tenants and sharecroppers, trapped in a vicious spiral of debt and dependence. In 1900 half of Texas farmers worked on rented farms.

Railroads finally came to Texas. The Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad connected Texas to northern markets in 1872; by 1882 the Texas and Pacific and the Southern Pacific gave Texas east-west transcontinental connections. But the transportation revolution had come at a heavy price: The legislature had lured rail companies to Texas by granting them 32 million acres of the public domain.

One bright spot in the mostly bleak economic picture of the late nineteenth century was the growth of the cattle industry. The Spanish had first brought hardy longhorns to Texas in the 1700s. By the end of the Civil War millions of the animals roamed wild across the open grasslands south of San Antonio. Between 1866 and 1885, five million of these cattle were driven northward, first to Sedalia, Missouri, and later to a succession of railheads in Kansas. Thereafter the cattle industry declined precipitously. The arrival of railroads and the advance of the farming frontier ended the great overland cattle drives, confining cattle raising to ranches large and small. By this time, years of overgrazing had damaged the range and weakened herds. Then, in 1885 through 1886, two years of severe drought and an unprecedented blizzard killed thousands of cattle and drove many small operators out of business. Only the largest and most efficient ranches, such as the million-acre King Ranch in South Texas, survived.

As the farmers' depression deepened, complaints mounted against the established political parties, the rail-roads, and foreign capitalists. Many ordinary farmers

sought relief from self-help organizations such as the Patrons of Husbandry (popularly called the Grange) and the Farmers' Alliance. In 1891 Alliancemen founded the People's, or Populist, party. Between 1892 and 1896 the Populists competed vigorously with the Democrats, promising to rein in the monopolistic practices of railroads and large corporations, reform the nation's monetary system, and provide affordable credit for struggling farmers. The rise of Populism spurred the state Democrats to embrace limited reforms such as a railroad commission, which became a reality under Governor James S. Hogg (1891–1895). But Populism required far more government action than most Texans could stomach, and the party's willingness to appeal for African American votes further tainted it in the eyes of many whites. After 1896 Populism faded, but many of its ideas would resurface in progressivism and the New Deal.

In the aftermath of Populism, the Democratic Party sponsored electoral "reforms" that largely disfranchised blacks. Foremost among these, the 1902 poll tax also effectively eliminated large numbers of poor whites from politics. Middle-class white Texans embraced certain progressive reforms, such as woman's suffrage, prohibition, prison reform, and the commission plan of city government, but many elements of Texas progressivism were aimed at limiting the influence of northern and foreign capital in the state's economy. Changes in banking and insurance laws, designed to give Texas-owned companies competitive advantages, constituted much of what passed for progressivism in the state.

The Emergence of Modern Texas

The twentieth century began with two history-altering events. The first, a massive hurricane, devastated Galveston in September 1900, costing 6,000 lives in one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. But the other event ultimately overshadowed even that tragedy. On 10 January 1901 the greatest oil gusher in history blew in at Spindletop, near Beaumont. Texas immediately became the center of the world's petroleum industry. Hundreds of new oil firms came into existence; some, like Texaco, became huge. Perhaps more important than the oil itself was the subsequent growth of the refining, pipeline, oiltool, and petrochemical industries, which transformed the Gulf Coast into a manufacturing center, creating jobs and capital for investment. Growth of these industries, along with the discovery of massive new oil fields in east and west Texas, caused the Texas economy to modernize and begin diverging from the southern pattern of poverty and rurality.

As the economy modernized, however, Texas politics lagged behind. Governor James Ferguson, elected in 1914, three years later faced charges of corruption and suffered impeachment and a ban from future office holding. Undeterred, Ferguson ran his wife, Miriam, successfully twice, in 1924 and 1932, promising "two governors for the price of one." Most historians consider the Fergusons demagogues and an embarrassment to the state, characterizations that likewise applied to Governor W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel, a Fort Worth flour merchant who was elected governor in 1938 on a platform based on "the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule." Progressive Democrats, such as the New Dealer James V. Allred (governor from 1935 to 1939), were rare in Texas.

World War II transformed Texas. In 1940 a majority of Texans still lived in rural areas, and sharecroppers plowing cotton fields behind mules were still everyday sights. But the war drew hundreds of thousands of rural Texans into the military or into good-paying manufacturing jobs. By 1950 a majority of Texans lived in urban areas. Farms had mechanized and modernized. Much of this prosperity was due to federal spending, and for the first time the U.S. government was spending more in Texas than the state's citizens paid in federal taxes. Texas cities, which had always been relatively small, began to grow rapidly. By 1960 Houston boasted a population of 938,219, followed by Dallas's 679,684 and San Antonio's 587,718.

The Texas economy boomed in the 1970s, when world oil prices skyrocketed. The boom ended in 1983 and bottomed out in 1986. The oil "bust" plunged the state into a near-depression, as thousands of oil companies and financial institutions failed. Unemployment soared, and state tax revenues declined by 16 percent. But in the long run the crisis may have benefited the state, for it forced the economy to diversify and become less oil-dependent. In the 1990s Texas became a center of the "high-tech" revolution, with dramatic growth in electronics, communications, and health care–related industries. Population growth resumed. The 2000 census revealed that Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio had grown respectively to about 2 million, 1.2 million, and 1.1 million people. Even more dramatic was suburban growth; the greater Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area grew faster than any other large metropolitan area in the nation in the 1990s, with 5.2 million people by 2000, larger than 31 states. Overall, Texas passed New York to become the country's second-largest state, with a population of nearly 21 million. Much of this growth was fueled by Hispanic immigrants, who made up 32 percent of the Texas population in 2000.

As the economy modernized, so did Texas politics. The Civil Rights Movement enfranchised African Americans and Hispanics, who heavily favored liberal Democrats, including Texan Lyndon B. Johnson. This drove many conservative white voters into the Republican Party. In 1978, William P. Clements, Jr., became the first Republican elected to the governorship since Reconstruction. Two other Texas Republicans, George H. W. Bush and his son, George W. Bush, claimed the nation's highest office in 1988 and 2000, respectively. Democrats continued to dominate politics in the large cities, but at the state level the Republican revolution was completed in 1998, when Republicans held every statewide elective office.

Texas, then, entered the twenty-first century very much in the mainstream of American life and culture. Texans continued to take pride in their state's colorful history, and many non-Texans persisted in thinking of Texas as the land of cowboys and oil tycoons. But as a modern, diverse, urban, industrial state, Texas had become more like the rest of the nation and less like the rough-and-tumble frontier of its legendary past.

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Moneyhon, Carl H. Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980.

Montejano, David. Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836–1986. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1987.

Smith, F. Todd. The Caddo Indians: Tribes at the Convergence of Empires, 1542–1854. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995.

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Texas

Texas (tĕk´səs), largest state in the coterminous United States. It is located in the south-central part of the country and is bounded by Oklahoma, across the Red River except in the Texas panhandle (N); Arkansas (NE); Louisiana, across the Sabine River (E); the Gulf of Mexico (SE); Mexico, across the Rio Grande (SW); and New Mexico (W).

Facts and Figures

Area, 267,338 sq mi (692,405 sq km). Pop. (2010) 25,145,561, a 20.6% increase since the 2000 census. Capital, Austin. Largest city, Houston. Statehood, Dec. 29, 1845 (28th state). Highest pt., Guadalupe Peak, 8,751 ft (2,667 m); lowest pt., sea level. Nickname, Lone Star State. Motto, Friendship. State bird, mockingbird. State flower, bluebonnet. State tree, pecan. Abbr., Tex., TX

Geography

Texas is roughly spade shaped. The vast expanse of the state contains great regional differences (the distance from Beaumont to El Paso is greater than that from New York to Chicago).

East Texas

East Texas—the land between the Sabine and Trinity rivers—is Southern in character, with pine-covered hills, cypress swamps, and remnants of the great cotton plantations founded before the Civil War. Cotton farming has been supplemented by diversified agriculture, including rice cultivation; almost all of the state's huge rice crop comes from East Texas, and even the industrial cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur are surrounded by rice fields. The inland pines still supply a lumbering industry; Huntsville, Lufkin, and Nacogdoches are important lumber towns. The real wealth of East Texas, however, comes from its immense, rich oil fields. Longview is an oil center, and Tyler is the headquarters of the East Texas Oil Field. Oil is also the economic linchpin of Beaumont and Port Arthur and the basis for much of the heavy industry that crowds the Gulf Coast.

Gulf Coast

The industrial heart of the coastal area is Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation. Houston's development was spearheaded by the digging (1912–14) of a ship canal to the Gulf of Mexico, and the city today is the nation's second largest port in tonnage handled. Other Gulf ports in Texas are Galveston, Texas City, Brazosport (formerly Freeport), Port Lavaca, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville.

The S Gulf Coast is a popular tourist area, and some of the ports, such as Galveston and Corpus Christi, have economies dependent on both heavy industry and tourism. Brownsville, the southernmost Texas city and the terminus of the Intracoastal Waterway, is also the shipping center for the intensively farmed and irrigated Winter Garden section along the lower Rio Grande, where citrus fruits and winter vegetables are grown.

Rio Grande Valley

The long stretch of plains along the Rio Grande valley is largely given over to cattle ranching. Texas has c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) of border with Mexico. Some S and W Texas towns are bilingual, and in some areas persons of Mexican descent make up the majority of the population. Laredo is the most important gateway here to Mexico, with an excellent highway to Mexico City and important over-the-border commerce.

Blackland Prairies

The first region to be farmed when Americans came to Texas in the 1820s was the bottomland of the lower Brazos and the Colorado, but not until settlers moved into the rolling blackland prairies of central and N central Texas was the agricultural wealth of the area realized. The heart of this region is the trading and shipping center of Waco; at the southwest extremity is San Antonio, the commercial center of a wide cotton, grain, and cattle country belt. To the north, Dallas and the neighboring city of Fort Worth together form one of the most rapidly developing U.S. metropolitan areas. Their oil-refining, grain-milling, and cotton- and food-processing capabilities have been supplemented since World War II by aircraft-manufacturing and computer and electronics industries.

High Plains

The Balcones Escarpment marks the western margin of the Gulf Coastal Plain; in central Texas the line is visible in a series of waterfalls and rough, tree-covered hills. To the west lie the south central plains and the Edwards Plateau; they are essentially extensions of the Great Plains but are sharply divided from the high, windswept, and canyon-cut Llano Estacado (Staked Plain) in the W Panhandle by the erosive division of the Cap Rock Escarpment.

No traces of the subtropical lushness of the Gulf Coastal Plain are found in these regions; the climate is semiarid, with occasional blizzards blowing across the flat land in winter. The Red River area, including the farming and oil center of Wichita Falls, can have extreme cold in winter, though without the severity that is intermittently experienced in Amarillo, the commercial center of the Panhandle, or in the dry-farming area around Lubbock. Cattle raising began here in the late 1870s (settlers were slow in coming to the High Plains), and huge ranches vie with extensive wheat and cotton farms for domination of the treeless land. Oil and grain, however, have revolutionized the economy of this section of the state.

West Texas

All of West Texas (that part of the state west of long. 100°W) is semiarid. South of the Panhandle lie the rolling plains around Abilene, a region cultivated in cotton, sorghum, and wheat and the site of oil fields discovered in the 1940s. The dry fields of West Texas are still given over to ranching, except for small irrigated areas that can be farmed. San Angelo serves as the commercial center of this area. The Midland-Odessa oil patch lies northeast of the Pecos River and is part of the Permian (West Texas) Basin, an oil field that extends into SE New Mexico.

The land beyond the Pecos River, rising to the mountains with high, sweeping plains and rough uplands, offers the finest scenery of Texas. There are found the Davis Mts. and Guadalupe Peak, the highest point (8,751 ft/2,667 m) in the state. The wilderness of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande is typical of the barrenness of most of this area, where water and people are almost equally scarce. El Paso, with diverse industries and major cross-border trade with Mexico, is a population oasis in the region.

Places of Interest

The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is in the Houston area. Other places of interest in the state include Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Amistad and Lake Meredith national recreation areas, Padre Island National Seashore, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (see National Parks and Monuments, table), and Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge, winter home of the whooping crane. Austin is the capital; Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio are the largest cities.

Economy

Mineral resources compete with industry for primary economic importance in Texas. The state is the leading U.S. producer of oil, natural gas, and natural-gas liquids, despite recent production declines. It is also a major producer of helium, salt, sulfur, sodium sulfate, clays, gypsum, cement, and talc. Texas manufactures an enormous variety of products, including chemicals and chemical products, petroleum, food and food products, transportation equipment, machinery, and primary and fabricated metals. The development and manufacture of electronic equipment, such as computers, has in recent decades become one of the state's leading industries; the area around Dallas–Fort Worth has become known as "Silicon Prairie," a name now also extended to Austin and its suburbs.

Agriculturally, Texas is one of the most important states in the country. It easily leads the nation in producing cattle, cotton, and cottonseed. Texas also has more farms, farmland, sheep, and lambs than any other state. Principal crops are cotton lint, grains, sorghum, vegetables, citrus and other fruits, and rice; the greatest farm income is derived from cattle, cotton, dairy products, and greenhouse products. Hogs, wool, and mohair are also significant. Among other important Texas crops are melons, wheat, pecans, oats, and celery. Texas also has an important commercial fishing industry. Principal catches are shrimp, oysters, and menhaden.

Government, Politics, and Higher Education

The present constitution of Texas was adopted in 1876, replacing the "carpetbag" constitution of 1869. The state's executive branch is headed by a governor elected for a four-year term. Democrat Ann Richards, elected governor in 1990, was defeated for reelection in 1994 by Republican George W. Bush; Bush won reelection in 1998. After Bush was elected president of the United States, Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry succeeded him as governor (Dec., 2000) and was elected to the office in 2002, 2006, and 2010. In 2014, Republican Greg Abbott was elected governor. The state's legislature has a senate with 31 members and a house with 150 representatives. The state elects 2 senators and 36 representatives to the U.S. Congress and has 38 electoral votes. Texas politics were dominated by Democrats from the end of Reconstruction into the 1960s, but Republicans achieved parity in the 1990s and then dominance.

Among the many institutions of higher learning in Texas are the Univ. of Texas, mainly at Austin, but with large branches at Arlington, El Paso, and the Dallas suburb of Richardson; Baylor Univ., at Waco; East Texas State Univ., at Commerce; Univ. of North Texas, at Denton; Rice Univ., at Houston; Southern Methodist Univ., at Dallas; Texas A&M Univ., at College Station; Texas Arts and Industries Univ., at Kingsville; Texas Christian Univ., at Fort Worth; and Texas Southern Univ. and the Univ. of Houston, both at Houston.

History

Spanish Exploration and Colonization

The region that is now Texas was early known to the Spanish, who were, however, slow to settle there. Cabeza de Vaca, shipwrecked off the coast in 1528, wandered through the area in the 1530s, and Coronado probably crossed the northwest section in 1541. De Soto died before reaching Texas, but his men continued west, crossing the Red River in 1542. The first Spanish settlement was made (1682) at Ysleta on the site of present day El Paso by refugees from the area that is now New Mexico after the Pueblo revolt of 1680. Several missions were established in the area; but the Comanche, Apache, and other Native American tribes resented their encroachment, and the settlements did not flourish.

A French expedition led by La Salle penetrated E Texas in 1685 after failing to locate the mouth of the Mississippi. This incursion, though brief, stirred the Spanish to establish missions to hold the area. The first mission, founded in 1690 near the Neches, was named Francisco de los Tejas after the so-called tejas [friends]: Native Americans. This is also the origin of the state's name. In general, however, Spanish attempts to gain wealth from the wild region and to convert the indigenous population were unsuccessful, and in most places occupation was desultory.

American Expeditions and Settlement

By the early 19th cent. Americans were covetously eyeing Texas, especially after the Louisiana Purchase (1803) had extended the U.S. border to that fertile wilderness. Attempts to free Texas from Spanish rule were made in the expeditions of the adventurers Gutiérrez and Magee (1812–13) and James Long (1819). In 1821 Moses Austin secured a colonization grant from the Spanish authorities in San Antonio. He died from the rigors of his return trip from that distant outpost, but his son, Stephen F. Austin, had the grant confirmed and in Dec., 1821, led 300 families across the Sabine River to the region between the Brazos and Colorado rivers, where they established the first American settlement in Texas. Austin is known as the father of Texas.

The newly independent government of Mexico, pleased with Austin's prospering colony, readily offered grants to other American promoters and even gave huge land tracts to individual settlers. Americans from all over the Union, but particularly from the South, poured into Texas, and within a decade a considerable number of settlements had been established at Brazoria, Washington-on-the-Brazos, San Felipe de Austin, Anahuac, and Gonzales. The Americans easily avoided Mexican requirements that all settlers be Roman Catholic, but conflict with Mexican settlers over land titles resulted in the Fredonian Rebellion (1826–27).

By 1830 the Americans outnumbered the Mexican settlers by more than three to one and had formed their own society. The Mexican government became understandably concerned. Its sporadic attempts to tighten control over Texas had been hampered by its own political instability, but in 1830 measures were taken to stop the influx of Americans. Troops were sent to police the border, close the seaports, occupy the towns, and levy taxes on imported goods. The troops were withdrawn in 1832, when Mexico was again in political upheaval, but the Texans, alarmed and hoping to achieve a greater measure of self-government, petitioned Mexico for separate statehood (Texas was then part of Coahuila). When Austin presented the petition in Mexico City, Antonio López de Santa Anna had become military dictator. Austin was arrested and imprisoned for eighteen months, and Texas was regarrisoned.

Independence from Mexico

The Texas Revolution broke out (1835) in Gonzales when the Mexicans attempted to disarm the Americans and were routed. The American settlers then drove all the Mexican troops from Texas, overwhelming each command in surprise attacks. At a convention called at Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas declared its independence (Mar. 2, 1836). A constitution was adopted and David Burnet was named interim president.

The arrival of Santa Anna with a large army that sought to crush the rebellion resulted in the famous defense of the Alamo and the massacre of several hundred Texans captured at Goliad. Santa Anna then divided his huge force to cover as much territory as possible. The small Texas army, commanded by Samuel Houston, protected their rear, retreating strategically until Houston finally maneuvered Santa Anna into a cul-de-sac formed by heavy rains and flooding bayous, near the site of present-day Houston. In the battle of San Jacinto (Apr. 21, 1836), Houston surprised the larger Mexican force and scored a resounding victory. Santa Anna was captured and compelled to recognize the independence of Texas.

The Texas Republic and U.S. Annexation

Texans sought annexation to the United States, but antislavery forces in the United States vehemently opposed the admission of another slave state, and Texas remained an independent republic under its Lone Star flag for almost 10 years. The Texas constitution was closely modeled after that of the United States, but slaveholding was expressly recognized. Houston, the hero of the Texas Revolution, was the leading figure of the Republic, serving twice as president.

Under President Mirabeau Lamar large tracts of land were granted as endowments for educational institutions, and Austin was made (1839) the new capital of the republic. Despite the efforts of presidents Houston and Anson Jones, a combination of factors—confusion in the land system, insufficient credit abroad, and the expense of maintaining the Texas Rangers and protecting Texas from marauding Mexican forces—contributed to impoverishing the republic and increasing the urgency for its annexation to the United States.

Southerners pressed hard for the admission of Texas, the intrigues of British and French diplomats in Texas aroused U.S. concern, and expansionist policies began to gain popular support. President Tyler narrowly pushed the admission of Texas through Congress shortly before the expiration of his term; Texas formally accepted annexation in July, 1845. This act was the immediate cause of the Mexican War. After Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated the Mexicans at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, the Mexican forces retreated back across the Rio Grande.

Civil War and Reconstruction

During the pre–Civil War period settlers, attracted by cheap land, poured into Texas. Although open range cattle ranching was beginning to spread rapidly, cotton was the state's chief crop. The planter class, with its slaveholding interests, was strong and carried the state for the Confederacy, despite the opposition of Sam Houston and his followers. During the Civil War, Texas was the only Confederate state not overrun by Union troops. Remaining relatively prosperous, it liberally contributed men and provisions to the Southern cause.

Reconstruction brought great lawlessness, aggravated by the appearance of roving desperadoes. Radical Republicans, carpetbaggers, and scalawags controlled the government for several years, during which time they managed to lay the foundations for better road and school systems. Texas was readmitted to the Union in Mar., 1870, after ratifying the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments. Although Texas was not as racially embittered as the Deep South, the Ku Klux Klan and its methods flourished for a time as a means of opposing the policies of the radical Republicans.

The Late Nineteenth Century

Reconstruction in Texas ended in 1874 when the Democrats took control of the government. The following decade was politically conservative, highlighted by the passage of the constitution of 1876, which, although frequently amended, remains the basic law of the state. As in the rest of the South, the war and Reconstruction had resulted in the breakdown of the plantation system and the rise of tenant farming. This did not, however, have as marked an effect as elsewhere, partly because much of the land was still unsettled, but in greater measure, perhaps, because the Texas tradition is only partly Southern.

In the decades following the Civil War the Western element in Texas was strengthened as stock raising became a dominant element in Texas life. This was the era of the buffalo hunter and of the last of the Native American uprisings. From the open range and then from great fenced ranches, Texas cowboys drove herds of longhorn cattle over trails such as the Chisholm Trail to the railheads in Kansas and even farther to the grasslands of Montana. The traditional symbols of Texas are more the "ten-gallon" hat, the cattle brand, and spurs and saddles than anything reminiscent of the Old South.

As railroads advanced across the state during the 1870s, farmlands were increasingly settled, and the small farmers (the "nesters" ) came into violent conflict with the ranchers, a conflict which was not resolved until the governorship of John Ireland. Many European immigrants—especially Germans and Bohemians (Czechs)—took part in the peopling of the plains (they continued to arrive in the 20th cent., when many Mexicans also entered). Agrarian discontent saw the rise of the Greenback party, and during the 1880s demands for economic reform and limitation of the railroads' vast land domains were championed by the Farmers' Alliance and Gov. James S. Hogg. However, antitrust legislation was insufficient to curb the power of big business.

Oil, Industrialization, and World Wars

The transformation of Texas into a partly urban and industrial society was greatly hastened by the uncovering of the state's tremendous oil deposits. The discovery in 1901 of the spectacular Spindletop oil field near Beaumont dwarfed previous finds in Texas, but Spindletop itself was later surpassed as oil was discovered in nearly every part of Texas. Texas industry developed rapidly during the early years of the 20th cent., but conditions worsened for the tenant farmers, who by 1910 made up the majority of cultivators. Discontented tenants were largely responsible for the election of James Ferguson as governor.

World War I had a somewhat liberating effect on African-American Texans, but the reappearance of the Ku Klux Klan after the war helped to enforce "white supremacy." The economic boom of the 1920s was accompanied by further industrialization. The Great Depression of the 1930s, while severe, was less serious than in most states; the chemical and oil industries in particular continued to grow (the East Texas Oil Field was discovered in 1930).

The significance of the petrochemical and natural gas industries increased during World War II, when the aircraft industry also rose to prominence and the establishment of military bases throughout Texas greatly contributed to the state's economy. Postwar years brought continued prosperity and industrial expansion, although in the 1950s the state experienced the worst drought in its history and had its share of destructive hurricanes and flooding.

Many projects for increased flood control, improved irrigation, and enhanced power supply have been undertaken in Texas; notable among these are Denison Dam, forming Lake Texoma (shared between Texas and Oklahoma); Lewisville Dam and its reservoir, supplying Fort Worth and Dallas; Lake Texarkana on the Sulphur River; and Falcon Dam and its reservoir on the Rio Grande. The Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande, serving both the United States and Mexico, was completed in 1969.

Industry in the Late Twentieth Century

In the 1960s, Texas began to develop its technology industries as oil became less easy to exploit—even though soaring oil prices in the 1970s caused the energy industry to boom. Since then, the state has become a preferred location for the headquarters of large corporations from airlines and retail chains to telecommunications and chemical companies. High-technology industries have boomed since the 1980s, especially in the Dallas–Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin areas. The state's economy proved still vulnerable to the fluctuations of the energy industry in the mid-1980s, however, when falling oil prices resulted in massive layoffs, hurting the state's real estate market and in turn precipitating the failure of hundreds of savings and loans in the state.

Texas has, however, continued to grow, becoming the second most populous state in the nation. Its population increased by nearly 23% between 1990 and 2000, and its economy slowly recovered in the 1990s. Its political influence has grown commensurately, and since the 1960s three sons (or adopted sons) of Texas have been president of the nation: Lyndon Johnson, George Herbert Walker Bush, and George Walker Bush. In 2005 and 2008, SE Texas suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricanes Rita and Ike, respectively, and in 2011 the effects of severe drought and unusually hot summer temperatures contributed to numerous and sometimes devastating wildfires in parts of the state.

Bibliography

See T. G. Jordan, German Seed in Texas Soil: Immigrant Farmers in Nineteenth-Century Texas (1967); Trails to Texas: Southern Roots of Western Cattle Ranching (1981); and et al., Texas (1984); K. W. Wheeler, To Wear a City's Crown: The Beginnings of Urban Growth in Texas, 1836–1865 (1968); S. V. Connor, Texas, A History (1971); W. Seale, Texas in Our Time: A History of Texas in the Twentieth Century (1972); W. Holmes, The Encyclopedia of Texas (1984); R. N. Richardson et al., Texas, the Lone Star State (5th ed. 1988); L. A. Herzog, Where North Meets South: Cities, Space, and Politics on the United States–Mexican Border (1990); H. W. Brands, Lone Star Nation (2004); see also Texas Almanac (latest edition).

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Texas

TEXAS


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The State in Brief

Nickname: Lone Star State

Motto: Friendship

Flower: Bluebonnet

Bird: Mockingbird

Area: 268,580 square miles (2000; U.S. rank: 2nd)

Elevation: Ranges from sea level to 8,749 feet above sea level

Climate: Semi-arid in western region and central plains; subtropical on coastal plains; continental in the panhandle

Admitted to Union: December 29, 1845

Capital: Austin

Head Official: Governor Rick Perry (R) (until 2007)

Population

1980: 14,229,000

1990: 16,986,510

2000: 20,851,820

2004 estimate: 22,490,022

Percent change, 19902000: 22.8%

U.S. rank in 2004: 2nd

Percent of residents born in state: 62.2% (2000)

Density: 79.6 people per square mile (2000)

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: 1,130,292

Racial and Ethnic Characteristics (2000)

White: 14,799,505

Black or African American: 2,404,566

American Indian and Alaska Native: 118,362

Asian: 562,319

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 14,434

Hispanic or Latino (may be of any race): 6,669,666

Other: 2,438,001

Age Characteristics (2000)

Population under 5 years old: 1,624,628

Population 5 to 19 years old: 4,921,608

Percent of population 65 years and over: 9.9%

Median age: 32.3 years (2000)

Vital Statistics

Total number of births (2003): 377,414

Total number of deaths (2003): 153,944 (infant deaths, 2,400)

AIDS cases reported through 2003: 30,043

Economy

Major industries: Machinery, agriculture, chemicals, food processing, oil, transportation equipment

Unemployment rate: 5.8% (December 2004)

Per capita income: $29,076 (2003; U.S. rank: 30th)

Median household income: $40,934 (3-year average, 2001-2003)

Percentage of persons below poverty level: 15.8% (3-year average, 2001-2003)

Income tax rate: None

Sales tax rate: 6.25% (food and prescription drugs are exempt)

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Texas State in central s USA, bounded by the Gulf of Mexico (se) and the Rio Grande (sw). The state capital is Austin. Other major cities include Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Fort Worth. Texas has pine-covered hills and cypress swamps; cotton and rice are the main crops and the timber industry is important. Cattle are raised on the plains of the Rio Grande valley, from where the land rises to the Guadalupe Mountains of w Texas and the Great Plains area of the Texas Panhandle in the n. The Spaniards explored the region in the early 16th century, and it became part of the Spanish colony of Mexico. By the time Mexico attained independence in 1821, many Americans had begun to settle in Texas. They rebelled against Mexican rule and in 1836, after defeating the Mexican Army, established the Republic of Texas, recognized by the USA in 1837. Eight years later, Texas joined the Union. Rich oilfields are the mainstay of the state's economy. Industries: oil refining, food processing, aircraft, electronics. Area: 692,405sq km (267,338sq mi). Pop. (2000) 20,851,830.

Statehood :

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State flower :

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State tree :

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State motto :

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TEXAS. A state of the US Southwest, bordering on Mexico to the south. Its first European colonizers, in the 18c, were speakers of Spanish, and until 1836 the region was part of Mexico. The terms Texas English, Texas, and Texian refer to English as used in the state. The variety is Southern is slightly nasal, and vowels are elongated into diphthongs which can be shown in eye dialect as hee-ut hit, ray-ud red. Some diphthongs, however, are rendered as single vowels, so that the oil business sounds like ‘the awl bidness’ and barbed wire like ‘bob war’. Texas English is not homogeneous and shows some variety between East Texas (where phonology and lexicon show greater affinity with Southern usage) and West Texas (where they are somewhat more Midlands and Western). See DIALECT (AMERICA), SOUTHERN ENGLISH.

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TEXAS


Texas, or the Lone Star State, is known for the strength and character of its people, who have overcome various difficulties. As the economy has waxed and waned, Texansvery much dependent on ranching, farming, and oil productionhave stood tall to overcome any adversity that has come their way.

In the 1600s the Spanish were the first to settle in Texas along the San Antonio River, where they established forts and churches. The Spanish taught the Native Americans who lived in the area about Christianity, and the Native Americans taught the Spanish how to farm the land and grow crops.

In 1689 a Spanish explorer named Captain Alonso de Leon left behind a cow and a calf at each river he came across during his expeditions through central and eastern Texas. When the Spanish left some of their missions, they left the cows to roam free on the land. These herds of cattle thrived on the Texas grasslands. Throughout Texas, the Spanish established large cattle ranches, each owned by a hacendado, who lived a privileged life. The vaquero, or cowboy, worked hard on the ranch for meager meals and a place to sleep. The Spanish established sheep ranches in Texas as well, and these rural estates have also had an impact on the state's economy.

Before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States took no interest in Texas land. When the Louisiana Territory became part of the United States, however, Texas became a next-door neighbor. In 1820 Moses Austin, a Missouri businessman, convinced the Spanish government to allow him to establish a colony in Texas. Austin's plan was to farm the rich soil along the Brazos River near what is now known as Houston. Upon their arrival in Texas, the colonists learned that Spain had been overthrown and a new government of Mexico ruled Texas. Over the next few years pioneers from Tennessee and other southern states migrated to Texas. They worked hard and fared well. As the number of such colonists grew, they demanded to have a greater influence on the policies and laws set forth by the Mexican government.

In 1835 war broke out as Texas successfully fought for independence from Mexico. After the war, the colonists of the new Republic of Texas faced the challenges of rebuilding their land and businesses. Because roads were not adequate, it was difficult to ship goods in and out of Texas. What's more, the Republic's government had no money. In order to attract newcomers, the government gave away huge tracts of land to settlers. The government also established the homestead-exemption law, which stated that those who fell delinquent on debt payments could not lose their land.

Between 1836 and 1847 the population of Texas quadrupled, with most of the new settlers coming from the United States. Many other settlers came from Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ireland, and Sweden to work on cattle ranches and cotton plantations. In 1836 a few cities emerged in eastern and central Texas. San Antonio grew to become the largest town in Texas, and Galveston, founded in 1836, became the main port for shipping cotton.

Mexico still considered Texas a colony and threatened to declare war on the United States if it moved to allow Texas to become a state. Mexico held true to its words when, in 1845, the United States approved the statehood of Texas. The two-year war between the United States and Mexico (the Mexican War, 18461848) resulted in a peace treaty that forced Mexico to give up all claims on the American Southwest, as well as California.

During the years following the American Civil War (18611865) the state government's treasury was again depleted. The state's economy before the war depended on the landand on the slaves who worked on the land. After the war, land prices dropped and, since slaves were free, labor was scarce. Nonetheless, the 4 million longhorn cattle roaming the ranges of Texas provided another source of income for the ailing economy. The cattle, a source of tallow, hide, and food, could be sold for $40 a head in the north. In 1866 large-scale cattle drives began in Texas, as more than 250,000 cattle were driven northward to market. For three to six months cowboys pushed the cattle toward their destination: railroad depots in Kansas or Missouri. The cattle-drive period lasted about 20 years. By the 1880s expanded railroads helped to transport the cattle, and such drives were no longer necessary.


After the Civil War the U.S. population began to push westward, forcing Native Americans to move to reservations in Oklahoma. Within 30 years the population of the Texas Great Plains grew to exceed 500,000. Though rainfall was scarce, there were great reserves of underground water in Texas and a constant breeze. These conditions led to the use of windmills for power and water.

By 1890 railroads crisscrossed the state. Three major railroads connected western and eastern Texas, the surrounding states, and the country's East and West Coasts. While the railroads provided efficient transportation, the costs remained relatively high for the ranchers and farmers until the Texas Railroad Commission was established to regulate freight rates.

Texas's economic base changed forever in 1901, when an oil gusher was discovered in Spindletop Hill just south of Dallas. News of the well traveled fast, and an influx of oil workers and engineers tripled the population almost overnight. From Spindletop, oil businessmen spread out to other cities looking for more. By the end of the year the government had issued more than five hundred charters to oil companies. In 1930 drillers discovered the biggest crude oil pool in the country in Rush County near Kilgore. At this site C.M. Joiner, who was drilling an exploratory well, founded the East Texas Oil Fields, an underground lake of crude oil that measured 40 miles long and between three and 10 miles wide.

Naturally, oil had a major impact on the state's economy. Farmers who discovered oil on their property became rich. Some laborers invested their savings on prospective wells only to turn up sand. Spin-off businesses developed to provide drilling equipment, tank cars, and pipelines. The industries brought people from the farms to the cities, leading to a more than 20 percent increase in city dwellers between 1900 and 1930. Other industries also flourished. During the 1920s new irrigation methods and farming equipment opened areas of the state for cotton growing, and production exploded. Texas produced more than a million bales of cotton in 1926, compared to only 50,000 bales in 1918.

The Great Depression (19291939) struck the country in the late 1920s, however, putting more than 300,000 Texans out of work. Many farmers suffered from drastically reduced cotton prices, and a drought in the Texas Panhandle caused farmers and ranchers to leave their homes. Attempts to establish relief programs for the poor and conservation programs for farmlands added to the state's financial difficulties.

World War II (19391945) helped to turn around the state's economy. Oil wells provided more than half of the petroleum for the nation during the war, and manufacturing jobs tripled as factories built aircraft, ships, and other goods for the war effort. After the war more than 60 percent of Texas's population lived in urban areas, and Texas remained a major ship and aircraft producer. These industries would remain important to the state's economy for years to come.

Another discovery made in Texas has led to the advancement of technology around the world. In 1958 Jack Kilby, an employee of Texas Instruments in Dallas, made a finding that led to the production of the silicon chip, enabling the development of handheld calculators, personal computers, and other miniaturized electronics.

Even though Texas's industry and agriculture were strong, the state's economy rose and fell according to the oil market during the 1970s and 1980s. When oil sold for more than $30 per barrel in the 1970s and early 1980s, the economy in Texas boomed, growing more than 6 percent a yearmore than twice the national average. The high oil prices led to easy cash flow: Investors built high-rises in Dallas and Houston, and credit was easily extended. But in the late 1980s oil prices crashed to less than $14 per barrel due to overproduction. Construction stopped, several banks needed federal assistance to remain in business, and more than 20 percent of office space in Dallas and Houston stood vacant as thousands lost their jobs. As Professor Bernard Weinstein of Southern Methodist University stated, "[i]n Texas, oil is the tail that wags the whole economy."

In order to make up the $100 million in revenues that the government estimated it had lost for every $1 decline in the price of a barrel oil, the government raised fees on everything from vanity license plates to day-care centers. It also made efforts to attract new business to Texas, particularly high-tech companies. In 1986 oil prices again began to climb. The revived oil market, along with Texas's newly established high-tech businesses, helped to stabilize the state's economy by the 1990s.

From 1991 to 1996 total personal income grew in Texas by 20.2 percent, while the nation's growth was about 15 percent during the same period. In 1995 the median household income in Texas was $32,039. That same year, however, 17.4 percent of Texans were living below the federal poverty level.

See also: Cattle Drives, Longhorn Cattle, Petroleum Industry, Westward Expansion


FURTHER READING

Frantz, Joe B. Texas: A Bicentennial History. New York: Norton, 1976.

Proctor, Ben and Archie P. McDonald. The Texas Heritage. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 1998.

Richardson, Rupert, Ernest Wallace, and Adrian N. Anderson. Texas, The Lone-Star State. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1970.

Thompson, Kathleen. "Texas." In Portrait of America. New York: Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1996.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998, s.v. "Texas."

in texas, oil is the tail that wags the whole economy.

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With a name like Texas, one would most likely expect to hear the straightforward country and blues-rock tunes or the rolling folk songs often associated with the southwestern state. Despite the images the name implies, Texas, whose members hail from Glasgow, Scotland, also grasp the moody textures of British 1980s pop and American radio rock. Named after the 1985 Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas for which Ry Cooder, a folk musician admired by the members of the band, composed the soundtrack, the group took inspiration from blues and folk music and added an overall modern rock feel. The name Texas causes so many problems, front woman Sharleen Spiteritold Neil McCormick in the Daily Telegraph. Sometimes I wonder what possessed us, I really do. But it was pouring with rain in Glasgow, we were sitting there playing a Southern blues twang thing, wishing we really were in Texas What can I say? It seemed like a great idea at the time. Texas achieved pop-star status in Great Britain with their debut album in 1989, Southside, but reached only a limited following of fans in the United States. Throughout the 1990s, the Scottish quintet amassed an even broader audience, selling over ten million records worldwide, although a substantial American fan base continued to elude them. However, critics predicted that with their 1999 release, The Hush, Texas would earn greater recognition outside of the United Kingdom and Europe.

Texas formed in 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland, when Spiteri, praised for her deep, soulful voice, met Johnny McElhone, a veteran of the British rock circuit and a member of two former groups, Hipsway and Altered Images. While Hipsway remained a relatively unknown band, Altered Images had considerable chart success in both Britain and the United States during the mid-1980s. McElhone, who played bass guitar for Texas, and Spiteri, who served as the groups lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and occasional pianist, penned a number of songs before recruiting guitarist Ally McErlaine and drummer Stuart Kerr to join the band. Although Spiteri began playing guitar at the age of ten, she claimed she never held aspirations to form or play with a pop/rock ensemble. In fact, until the creation of Texas, Spiteri worked as a hairdresser in Glasgow.

Spiteri remained the dominating force behind Texass success from the beginning. Labeled by the British press as the U.K.s sexiest female, Spiteri displayed a sensual style with her dark hair, pale skin, and slender frame, without appearing as a stereotypical beauty. While many pop groups tend to experience conflicts when one band member receives most of the attention, Texas placed Spiteri in the spotlight on purpose. As the lead singer told McCormick, We made that decision as a band. I am the most confident about having photographs

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Members include Eddie Campbell (joined group 1989), keyboards; Richard Hynd (joined group C 1991), drums; Stuart Kerr (left group C 1991), drums; John McElhone, bass; Ally McErlaine, guitar; Sharleen Spiteri (born 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland), vocals, rhythm guitar, piano.

Formed group in Glasgow, Scotland, 1986; performed first live show as a group, 1988; signed with Phonogram/Mercury label, released debut album Southside, 1989; released single Tired Of Being Alone, 1992; released Ricks Road, 1993; released White on Blonde, 1997; signed with Universal Records, released career highlight The Hush, 1999.

Addresses: Record company Universal Records, 1755 Broadway, 7th FI., New York City, NY 10019; (212)373-0600; fax (212) 247-3954.

taken. Theyve no desire to do it, no desire to be in the videos. In March of 1988, with Spiteri fronting the band, Texas performed live for the firsttime as a group at a local college in Glasgow. They continued to tour around the United Kingdom extensively before signing with the British record label Phonogram (known as Mercury in the United States). In 1989, after recruiting keyboard player Eddie Campbell, Texas released their debut album entitled Southside. The strength of the song I Dont Want a Lover, which became a top ten British hit single, helped make Southside an instant success and launch it to number three on the British charts. Eventually, the album went platinum, selling 1.6 million copies worldwide, even though many critics described the remainder of the records songs as derivative and bland. In the United States, the albums engaging yet low-key blending of blues, R&B, soul, country-folk, and modern rock only received air play on college radio stations.

After touring across Europe, Richard Hynd replaced Kerr on drums, and Texas released their second effort, 1991 s Mothers Heaven, an overall improvement on the bands debut release. Maintaining their prior blues undertones brought to the surface by slide-guitar and Spiteris handsome vocals, the band also introduced more rock and roll influences with their sophomore release. Critics marveled at Spiteris singing, often comparing her vocal skills to those of Motown legend Diana Ross, country singer Linda Ronstadt, and singer/songwriter Maria McKee, former vocalist for the country-rock group Lone Justice. McKee sang back-up vocals on two songs for Mothers Heaven, including the albums title track. What makes Texas truly special is the singing of Sharleen Spiteri, concluded People magazine. On a song like the gospelized Alone with You, Spiteri moves easily from a prairie-dust roughness to a slippery sexiness. But despite the records artistic merits, Texas unfortunately fell victim to bad timing with the release of Mothers Heaven, and found themselves displaced by the growing popularity of British dance-pop bands. Thus sales for the album, under one million mostly in continental Europe, proved disappointing in comparison to Texass debut.

However, the groups disappointment was short-lived as they were reinvigorated by the success of their 1992 British Top 20 hit singleTired Of Being Alone, a cover of an Al Green song. That year, Texas also traveled to the United States for the first time and enjoyed a popular American tour, performing before mainly alternative music audiences. In 1993, Texas released a third album containing 12 songs, the back-to-basics and unpretentious Ricks Road, for which the band again won favorable reviews. For this release produced by Paul Fox, Texas settled into a rich groove, featuring songs accented with but not dominated by country, blues, gospel, and rock undertones. The focus of Ricks Road, as with the bands first two releases, centered on Spiteri, who gave full voice to such memorable, straightforward songs as You Owe It All to Me, Youve Got to Live a Little, Listen To Me, the country twang So Called Friend, and the rock-inspired Fade Away. Throughout the album, Texass influences came to the surface, most notably Spiteris gritty rock and smooth country-styled vocals, as well as McErlaines blues-based guitar playing.

For the next few years, Texas took a break from recording but returned in 1997 with White on Blonde, the groups second number one album in the United Kingdom. Not since the release of Southside had the band witnessed such popular success. For most of the records songs, Texas chose to drop their American rock and roll sound for a combination of pop-rock, hip-hop, and soul. Spiteri described White on Blonde as a modern soul record, as quoted by Andy Gill in Independent. Nevertheless, the same Texas sound came through under the alterations, and the band drew on a variety of styles without letting go of their adult-pop composure. Hints of ambient electronics, gritty rock and R&B grooves ripple through the lush layers of sound, stated Los Angeles Times writer Sandy Masuo, printed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Masuo further added, Spiteri shifts effortlessly from bluesy crooning to a forthright folkiness without ever losing her poise. Also taking more chances with White on Blonde, Texas produced more ambitious songs such as the dark, moody Insane and Put Your Arms Around Me, both setto stringed instrumentals and a slowed-down beat.

Texas released The Hush in the spring of 1999 on Universal Records, and the album soon became considered the groups best collection of songs. The more finely produced effort recorded in a studio in Spiteris house offered more depth and made Texas seem more like a sophisticated modern soul act. The subtle opening track In Our Lifetime, for example, gradually develops without sounding predictable, and the album progresses with references to Texass influences, from R&B singer Marvin Gaye to the classic rock band Fleetwood Mac. In the past, some of Texass songs had come off as clumsy and underwritten when paired with the grandeur of Spiteris voice. But with The Hush, propelled by drummer Hynd and the soulful rock guitar of McElhone (who also shared production duties), Spiteri shined similar to a member of Motowns the Suprêmes for When We Are Togetherand delivered the sultry Tell Me the Answer, a track resembling a lustful Prince tune, with a soft, sexy style. Other noteworthy tracks included the dreamy Sunday Afternoon, and the pop song Summer Son, reminiscent of the 1970s group Abba. With plans to return to the United States to promote their latest release, Texas, now based in London, England, seemed certain to attract a more mainstream American audience and surpass the sales of their previous albums.

Selected discography

Southside, Mercury, 1989.

Mothers Heaven, Mercury, 1991.

Ricks Road, Mercury, 1993.

Live From Ricks Road, Mercury, 1994.

White on Blonde, Mercury, 1997.

The Hush, Universal, 1999.

Sources

Books

musicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press, 1999.

Robbins, Ira A., ed., Trouser Press Guide to 90s Rock, Fireside/Simon and Schuster, 1997.

Periodicals

Daily Telegraph, May 8, 1999; August 26, 1999, p. 19.

Dallas Morning News, May 23, 1999, p. 10C.

Entertainment Weekly, May 21, 1999, p. 78.

Independent, January 31, 1997, p. 10; May 9, 1997, p. 13; May 8, 1999, p. 11.

Independent on Sunday, March 23, 1997, p. 15; July 27, 1997, p. 24.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 9, 1997, p. 02F.

People, November 11, 1991, p. 25; March 28, 1994, p. 23; July 12, 1999, p. 39.

Rolling Stone, June 10, 1999.

Online

Texas, All Music Guide website, http://allmusic.com(September 22, 1999).

RollingStone.com, http://www.rollingstone.tunes.com(September 22, 1999).

Laura Hightower

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TEXAS

TEXAS , state in the southwest U.S., the second largest in area and population, with a total estimated population (2000) of 20,851,820. The state's Jewish population was approximately 131,000 (0.6% of the state total), with 22 communities having 100 or more Jewish residents. Approximately 68% of Jewish Texans lived in either the *Houston or *Dallas metropolitan areas, with the remainder in *Austin, *San Antonio, Fort Worth, *El Paso, Corpus Christi, and smaller communities.

While a handful of pioneers with Jewish ancestry passed through or lived briefly in Texas as early as the years of Spanish and Mexican rule, organized Jewish life did not appear until the 1850s, after the region had been annexed into the United States. The state's southern portion, extending as far north as San Antonio, was part of a massive 1590 land grant issued to Luis de Carvajal y de la Cueva, a Spanish adventurer several of whose family members were executed by the Mexican Inquisition as secret Jews; Carvajal himself was a devoted Catholic but was imprisoned until his death for sheltering his crypto-Jewish relatives. Still, no Carvajal settlements existed north of the Río Grande in present-day Texas, and Spanish colonization left no record of Sephardic practice there.

The first North American Jew known to have been in Texas was Captain Samuel *Noah of New York, who commanded a Mexican force against Spain at San Antonio in 1811 though he only remained in the area briefly. After Mexico, then including Texas, achieved independence from Spain in 1821, a small number of individuals (perhaps no more than 10 or 20) of Jewish background appeared in the region, though none practiced the faith openly or consistently. Adolphus Sterne opened a general store in Nacogdoches in 1826 and served as a local official to the Mexican government. Sterne formally converted to Catholicism as required by Mexican law, but was raised in a Jewish home in Germany before immigrating to America. Jacob de Cordova, a land merchant, arrived in 1839 and operated businesses in Galveston and Houston. Like Sterne, de Cordova married a Christian woman, as was common in frontier settings, and he neither practiced the Jewish faith openly nor identified himself as a Jew. The first report of self-identified Jews was in the early 1830s at Velasco, on the Gulf Coast near present-day Freeport, where Abraham Labatt, who had been active in large Jewish communities in the U.S., recognized residents Jacob Henry and Jacob Lyons as fellow Jews.

A handful of Jews from the United States fought in the Texas war for independence from Mexico and remained afterward in the new republic which, with constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, began to attract more Jewish settlers, mostly Central European immigrants who had lived for a time in the U.S. After Texas joined the United States in 1846, the Jewish population grew still faster, and as Jews gathered in the state's largest cities they began to shape the rudiments of institutional Jewish life. In Galveston, the Dyers and Ostermans formed the core of a growing Jewish merchant class that also included Michael Seeligson, who was elected Galveston's mayor in 1853. When a Dyer child passed away in 1852, the

family established a cemetery and invited a New Orleans rabbi to perform the burial, the state's first recorded Jewish religious service. In nearby Houston, the city's first permanent Jewish residents, Lewis A. and Mary Levy, had purchased a plot of land for use as a Jewish cemetery as early as 1844; Lewis Levy later spearheaded the creation of a Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1855. In 1856, San Antonio Jews led by Henry Mayer and Louis Zork began meeting as an informal congregation, and three years later Houston's Beth Israel was formally chartered as the state's first Jewish congregation. B'nai Israel in Galveston was founded in 1868, followed by other Jewish congregations in Victoria (1872), Jefferson (1873), San Antonio (1874), Dallas (1875), Austin (1876), Waco (1879), Brenham (1885), Tyler (1887), Marshall (1887), Fort Worth (1892), and El Paso (1900). Jewish communal institutions flourished alongside the synagogues: B'nai B'rith chapters were active in every major city, and in 1898 the state's first chapter of the Council of Jewish Women was formed in Tyler. In 1908, the Texas Jewish Herald was established in Houston. Published today as the Jewish Herald-Voice, it is among the longest-running Jewish newspapers in the country.

While most of the state's first congregations observed Reform worship services, there was a strong traditional presence, and many cities also sustained Orthodox synagogues. Congregation Beth Israel in Houston was founded on the Orthodox ritual, though it later changed to Reform, and the state's larger communities also supported talmud torahs, shoḥatim, and traditional minyan services. The predominance of Classical Reform in part explains the anti-Zionist sentiment that prevailed in Texas until World War ii, but Zionist organizations were nonetheless strong in many Texas communities, often led by European-educated rabbis and sustained by a growing influx of Eastern European immigrants. In 1905, the Texas Zionist Association was formed to coordinate Zionist efforts across the state, and in 1914 the state's first Hadassah chapter was chartered in Wharton.

As in other southern and western states, Jews were initially attracted to Texas for the enormous commercial opportunities of an expanding region. From the coastal commercial centers of Galveston and Houston, where Jews participated heavily in the cotton trade, Jewish retailers followed the state's burgeoning rail system: by the early 20th century Jews were present in at least 70 communities, many operating the town's only retail establishment. In larger cities, Jews dominated the retail industry and built many of the state's premier retailing institutions including Sanger Bros. and Neiman-Marcus. In several cases, as frontier customers paid in barter rather than cash, retail businesses led Jewish families into the state's signature industries: cattle and oil.

The Galveston Plan, directed from New York but managed locally by Galveston's beloved Rabbi Henry *Cohen, sought to divert the flow of European Jewish immigration to the Texas Gulf Coast, bypassing the overcrowded ghettos of New York, and between 1908 and 1914 some 10,000 European Jews passed through the city to destinations throughout the western states. Of these, about 2,000 settled in nearly 100 Texas communities, providing a burst of social and religious development statewide. Despite this effort, however, and despite the general southerly migration of American Jews to sunbelt states after World War ii, relatively few Jews were drawn to Texas. Today, although Texas is the state with the second-highest population, it ranks tenth in Jewish residents. In part this is because the Texas economy remained heavily agrarian even after World War ii, leading migrants to seek the greater mercantile opportunities and stronger Jewish communal life of California and Florida. But as the contemporary Texas economy strengthens in fields like electronics, computing, and aerospace, the Jewish population is growing rapidly, especially in high-tech centers like Austin.

Following national trends, Jewish communities in small Texas towns are disappearing as the population clusters in metropolitan areas and their suburban and exurban outgrowths, though congregations remain active in smaller cities including Abilene, Amarillo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Longview, Lubbock, Odessa, and Tyler. In large cities, Jews maintain a variety of religious and social institutions which sustain virtually every political, social, and worship style. Lubavitchers are organized in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio; Holocaust museums and research centers have been established in Dallas (1984), Houston (1996), El Paso (1992), and San Antonio (1990); Jewish newspapers serve the communities of Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth; the Texas Jewish Historical Society was created in 1980, while Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio support local Jewish historical societies; and all of the major cities and several smaller ones maintain Jewish charitable federations and/or community centers. While Jews remain a much smaller proportion of the Texas population than is the case in other large states, the Lone Star State is home to Jewish life of increasing richness and complexity.

bibliography:

N. Ornish, Pioneer Jewish Texans (1989); R. Winegarten and C. Schechter, Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, a Photographic History (1990); H.A. Weiner, Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis and Their Work (1999); B.E. Stone, "West of Center: Jews on the Real and Imagined Frontiers of Texas" (Ph.D. Dissertation: The University of Texas at Austin, 2003); H.A. Weiner and K. Roseman (eds.), Lone Stars of David (2007).

[Bryan Edward Stone (2nd ed.)]

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Texas

■ ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY E-14

ACU Box 29100
Abilene, TX 79699-9100
Tel: (325)674-2000
Free: 800-460-6228
Admissions: (325)674-2765
Web Site: http://www.acu.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1906. Setting: 208-acre urban campus. Endowment: $189.8 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $255,370. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5346 per student. Total enrollment: 4,685. Faculty: 359 (218 full-time, 141 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,825 applied, 55% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 8 National Merit Scholars, 31 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,929 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 191 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 50 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 7% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at McMurry University, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas at Arlington. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $20,830 includes full-time tuition ($14,610), mandatory fees ($550), and college room and board ($5670). College room only: $2750. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $487 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $26.50 per semester hour, $10 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 104 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 18% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Association, Alpha Phi Omega, 'W' Club, Spring Break Campaign, Student Alumni Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Sing Song, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,866 college housing spaces available; 1,780 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Brown Library with 490,973 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 2,435 serials, 64,131 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.6 million. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Abilene, Texas, has the reputation of being a friendly and caring community. USA Today's annual "Make a Difference Day" issue has recognized Abilene's community efforts in each of the past three years. Abilene is located 150 miles west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and has a population of about 110,000. Its climate is warm and sunny, with an occasional light snow some winters. Residents of Abilene are served by shopping malls, major restaurant chains, specialty shops, two hospitals, and a regional airport. Abilene is the home of Dyess Air Force Base. The city is second only to Houston in cultural events per capita in Texas, and has one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Part-time employment is available.

■ THE ACADEMY OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS J-22

1900 North Loop West, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77018
Tel: (713)862-2633
Admissions: (713)425-3111
Fax: (713)746-5466
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.academyofhealth.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1988. Total enrollment: 224. Calendar: semesters.

■ ALVIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE J-22

3110 Mustang Rd.
Alvin, TX 77511-4898
Tel: (281)756-3500
Admissions: (281)756-3531
Fax: (281)756-3854
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.alvincollege.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1949. Setting: 114-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1211 per student. Total enrollment: 3,932. 590 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,611 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 2,321 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 5 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 8% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 38% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: THEA, ACCUPLACER required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run radio station. Social organizations: 33 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Pan American College Forum, Catholic Newman Association, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Fall Festival and Carnival, Festival of Lights, Cinco de Mayo. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Alvin Community College Library with 28,361 books, 176 microform titles, 146 serials, 5 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $238,452. 622 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 22,000, Alvin is a suburban community located 30 minutes from Houston, Galveston, and NASA. The city is served by a private airport, railroad, bus line, and State Routes 6 and 35. There are churches of major denominations, a public library, and hospital. Public recreation includes a theatre, bowling, fishing, and boating. Major civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations are active in Alvin.

■ AMARILLO COLLEGE C-3

PO Box 447
Amarillo, TX 79178-0001
Tel: (806)371-5000
Admissions: (806)371-5024
Fax: (806)371-5370
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.actx.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1929. Setting: 58-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $13.6 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $17,000. Total enrollment: 10,196. Students come from 9 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 22% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 43% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA, MAPS required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1278 full-time, $53.25 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1638 full-time, $68.25 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5478 full-time, $228.25 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, College Republicans. Major annual events: Fall Fest, Badgerama, Spring Fling. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Lynn Library Learning Center plus 1 other with 75,200 books, 325 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $745,000. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 165,425. Situated on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo is the capital of the oil and as industry. Pipelines from adjacent fields extend as far as the east coast. The average temperature ranges from 37.4 degrees in winter to 76 degrees in summer. The community is provided transportation by bus, and airlines, as well as five interstate highways and one state highway. Amarillo has many churches representing various faiths, public libraries, museums, several hospitals, a YMCA, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Part-time employment is available. Off-campus housing is plentiful.

■ AMBERTON UNIVERSITY D-19

1700 Eastgate Dr.
Garland, TX 75041-5595
Tel: (972)279-6511
Fax: (972)279-9773
Web Site: http://www.amberton.edu/

Description:

Independent nondenominational, upper-level, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 5-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $10 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7400 per student. Total enrollment: 1,648. Faculty: 39 (14 full-time, 25 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. Full-time: 126 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 507 students, 67% women, 33% men. 0% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 31% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 98% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: 4 10-week terms. Self-designed majors, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Tuition: $6000 full-time, $200 per hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Library Resource Center plus 1 other with 21,000 books, 120 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $100,000. 30 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ AMERICAN INTERCONTINENTAL UNIVERSITY J-22

9999 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77042
Tel: (832)242-5788
Admissions: (832)201-3600
Fax: (832)242-5775
Web Site: http://www.aiuhouston.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 2003. Total enrollment: 349. Faculty: 31 (14 full-time, 17 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. Calendar: five 10-week terms.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: high school transcript. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $18,420 full-time. Mandatory fees: $520 full-time.

■ ANGELINA COLLEGE G-23

PO Box 1768
Lufkin, TX 75902-1768
Tel: (409)639-1301
Admissions: (936)633-5201
Fax: (409)639-4299
Web Site: http://www.angelina.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1968. Setting: 140-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2.6 million. Total enrollment: 4,976. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 40% from top half. Students come from 15 states and territories, 2% from out-of-state, 33% 25 or older, 1% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: ACT COMPASS, THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Students in Free Enterprise, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nurses Association, Rodeo Club. Major annual events: Red Ribbon Week, Smokeout, School Spring Picnic. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. Option: coed housing available. Angelina College Library with 37,000 books, 270 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $295,174. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 33,000. Lufkin derives most of its income from the lumber and paper-making industries, two iron foundries and one chromium corporation. This urban community is headquarters for four national forests. The climate is temperate and mild. Lufkin is served by three railroad lines, airlines, and U.S. Routes 59 and 69. The community has a public library, 20 churches, three hospitals, and many civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Part-time employment opportunities are unlimited. Local recreation includes theatres, hunting, fishing, boating, nearby Rayburn Lake, baseball, and swimming pools.

■ ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY G-13

2601 West Ave. N
San Angelo, TX 76909
Tel: (325)942-2555
Admissions: (325)942-2185
Fax: (325)942-2038
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.angelo.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1928. Setting: 268-acre urban campus. Endowment: $83.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $734,307. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1901 per student. Total enrollment: 6,156. Faculty: 350 (233 full-time, 117 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 2,224 applied, 99% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 20 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,840 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 869 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 25 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 20% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, high school class rank, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3180 full-time, $156 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,460 full-time, $432 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1110 full-time. College room and board: $5314. College room only: $3147.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Block and Bridle Club, Baptist Student Union, Delta Sigma Pi, Air Force ROTC, Association of Mexican-American Students. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Day, Fish Splash. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,536 college housing spaces available. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Porter Henderson Library plus 1 other with 481,826 books, 949,295 microform titles, 1,628 serials, 30,648 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.5 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population approx 100,000. San Angelo is an attractive city located in the heart of West Texas ranch country. San Angelo and the surrounding area provide a readily accessible social and physical environment for cultural and recreational activities so essential to the university community. Three nearby lakes make water sports a popular attraction among students and those living in San Angelo.

■ ARGOSY UNIVERSITY/DALLAS D-19

8950 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231
Tel: (214)890-9900; (866)954-9900
Fax: (214)656-3900
Web Site: http://www.argosyu.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, upper-level, coed. Part of Argosy University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 2002. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 330. Full-time: 18 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 12 students, 83% women, 17% men. 27% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Accelerated degree program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Collegiate Environment:

Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available.

■ ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE D-19

3001 West Division
Arlington, TX 76012-3425
Tel: (817)461-8741
Fax: (817)274-1138
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.abconline.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1939. Setting: 32-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $72,008. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $12,915 per student. Total enrollment: 181. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 72 applied, 100% were admitted. 0% from top 10% of their high school class, 24% from top quarter, 65% from top half. Full-time: 143 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 38 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 7 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 28% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 38% transferred in. Retention: 46% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, pastoral recommendation, medical examination. Required for some: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to professing Christians.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $9250 includes full-time tuition ($4950), mandatory fees ($500), and college room and board ($3800). Part-time tuition: $165 per hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organizations: Preachers Fellowship, Student Missionary Association, L.I.F.T., International Students Association, 4-12 Group. Major annual events: 'First Saturday Night Back', Homecoming Weekend, Fellowship Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, controlled dormitory access, night security guards. 160 college housing spaces available; 93 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Dr. Earl K. Oldham Library with 27,486 books, 399 microform titles, 701 serials, and 412 audiovisual materials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $76,799. 21 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Arlington.

■ THE ART INSTITUTE OF DALLAS D-19

Two NorthPark, 8080 Park Ln., Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75231-9959
Tel: (214)692-8080
Free: 800-275-4243
Fax: (214)750-9460
Web Site: http://www.aid.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Part of Education Management Corporation. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1978. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,304. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. Full-time: 997 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 307 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 2 other countries, 16% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 9% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% live on campus. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual and performing arts. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, summer session for credit, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $17,542 full-time, $390 per credit hour part-time. College room only: $4896.

Collegiate Environment:

Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Most popular organizations: Young Chef Society, Multimedia Users Group, American Society of Interior Designers, Student Ambassadors, Web Girls. Major annual events: charity fund raisers, Fall Picnic, fashion show. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 205 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Mildred M. Kelley Library and Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 24,000 books, 4,200 serials, 1,850 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 96 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ THE ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON J-22

1900 Yorktown
Houston, TX 77056-4115
Tel: (713)623-2040
Free: 800-275-4244
Fax: (713)966-2797
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.aih.artinstitutes.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 4-year, coed. Part of Education Management Corporation. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1978. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,657. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,382 applied, 37% were admitted. Full-time: 1,066 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 591 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 19 other countries, 0% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 10% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 33% 25 or older, 15% live on campus. Retention: 57% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual and performing arts. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, distance learning, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at other members of The Art Institutes International.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations. Recommended: minimum 2.1 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $23,580 full-time, $393 per credit part-time. College room only: $3082.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Texas Chef's Association, Association of Interior Designers, Computer Animation Society, Houston Ad Federation, International Television Association. Major annual events: Student Success Day, Faculty of the Quarter Project. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 100 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Resource Center with 10,000 books, 188 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $198,770. 194 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ ATI TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER D-19

6627 Maple Ave.
Dallas, TX 75235
Tel: (214)263-4284
Admissions: (214)352-2222
Fax: (214)358-7500
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.aticareertraining.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ AUSTIN BUSINESS COLLEGE I-18

2101 IH-35 South, Third Floor
Austin, TX 78741
Tel: (512)447-9415
Fax: (512)447-0194
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.austinbusinesscollege.org/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates and terminal associate degrees. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $12,000 per student. Total enrollment: 252. 300 applied, 92% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 201 students, 80% women, 20% men. Part-time: 51 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 2 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 70% 25 or older. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, honors program, independent study, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Learning Resource Center with 1,000 books, 15 serials, and 50 audiovisual materials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $7500. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ AUSTIN COLLEGE C-19

900 North Grand Ave.
Sherman, TX 75090-4400
Tel: (903)813-2000
Free: 800-442-5363
Admissions: (903)813-3000
Fax: (903)813-3198
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.austincollege.edu/

Description:

Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1849. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $107.9 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $97,314. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $9317 per student. Total enrollment: 1,327. Faculty: 131 (91 full-time, 40 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,530 applied, 67% were admitted. 44% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 10 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,286 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 12 students, 50% women, 50% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 21 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 4% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences; psychology; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 5/1, 12/1 for early decision, 1/15 for early action. Notification: 1/10 for early decision, 3/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $31,281 includes full-time tuition ($23,355), mandatory fees ($185), and college room and board ($7741). College room only: $3554. Part-time tuition: $3385 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 29% of eligible men and 28% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Activity Board, Indian Cultural Association, Student Development Board, International Relations Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Earth Day, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 951 college housing spaces available; 913 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Abell Library with 240,944 books, 113,834 microform titles, 2,181 serials, 7,917 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.1 million. 165 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Sherman, population 35,000, is a retail trade and industrial center located in north central Texas 60 miles north of Dallas. The climate is mild and temperate. The average annual temperature is 64 degrees. Two bus lines, and U.S. Highways 82 and 75 serve the area. The community has a library, two hospitals, a shopping mall, two theatres, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation includes golf, bowling, skating, hunting, and on Lake Texoma with a 1,250 mile shoreline, fishing, swimming, water skiing, and boating. Part-time employment is available.

■ AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE I-18

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
Austin, TX 78752-4390
Tel: (512)223-7000
Admissions: (512)223-7766
Fax: (512)223-7665
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.austincc.edu/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1972. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 31,908. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 5,718 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 8,829 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 23,079 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 93 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 7% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 39% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: electronic application. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1170 full-time, $39 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3060 full-time, $102 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5670 full-time, $189 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $420 full-time, $14 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. College housing not available. Main library plus 6 others with 115,567 books, 62,574 microform titles, 1,974 serials, 14,044 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 225 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Austin.

■ AUSTIN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY I-18

1909 University Ave.
Austin, TX 78705-5610
Tel: (512)476-2772; (866)AUS-GRAD
Fax: (512)476-3919
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.austingrad.edu/

Description:

Independent, upper-level, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1917. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $4 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $10,925. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5096 per student. Total enrollment: 61. Faculty: 10 (4 full-time, 6 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 2:1. Full-time: 3 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 24 students, 38% women, 63% men. Students come from 3 states and territories, 3% from out-of-state, 11% Hispanic, 30% black, 87% 25 or older, 44% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Tuition: $5700 full-time, $570 per course part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: student government. Major annual events: Christmas Party, Spring Picnic. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Austin Graduate School Library plus 1 other with 25,000 books, 120 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $92,030. 8 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ BAPTIST MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY F-22

1530 East Pine St.
Jacksonville, TX 75766-5407
Tel: (903)586-2501
Web Site: http://www.bmats.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1955. Setting: 17-acre small town campus. Endowment: $613,239. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3230 per student. Total enrollment: 94. 20 applied, 90% were admitted. Full-time: 14 students, 7% women, 93% men. Part-time: 34 students, 9% women, 91% men. Students come from 7 states and territories, 29% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 25% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 79% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 100% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required: 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/25. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Tuition: $2880 full-time, $80 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $160 full-time, $40 per term part-time. College room only: $2400.

Collegiate Environment:

Student services: personal-psychological counseling. 9 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Kellar Library with 63,603 books, 947 microform titles, 453 serials, 5,886 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $112,000. 5 computers available on campus for general student use.

■ BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE AMERICAS K-16

8019 South Pan Am Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78224-2701
Tel: (210)924-4338
Free: 800-721-1396
Fax: (210)924-2701
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.bua.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (associate degree in Cross-Cultural Studies). Founded 1947. Endowment: $2.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3367 per student. Total enrollment: 171. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 124 applied, 50% were admitted. Full-time: 131 students, 34% women, 66% men. Part-time: 40 students, 33% women, 68% men. 0% from out-of-state, 59% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 30% international. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: theology and religious vocations. Calendar: semesters.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations. Required for some: interview, ACCUPLACER, THEA (TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION ASSESSMENT), TOEFL (TEST OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE). Application deadlines: 2/15, 2/15 for nonresidents, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $3037 includes full-time tuition ($1500) and college room and board ($1537). College room only: $500. Part-time tuition: $125 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $125 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations:; 15% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Student services: health clinic. 88 college housing spaces available; 84 were occupied in 2003-04.

■ BAYLOR UNIVERSITY G-19

Waco, TX 76798
Tel: (254)710-1011
Free: 800-BAYLOR U
Admissions: (254)710-3435
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.baylor.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1845. Setting: 432-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $745.8 million. Total enrollment: 13,975. Faculty: 910 (755 full-time, 155 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 15,443 applied, 66% were admitted. 38% from top 10% of their high school class, 68% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 44 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 11,465 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 360 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 90 other countries, 17% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 8% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/journalism; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT, ACT essay. Recommended: interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,939 includes full-time tuition ($20,574), mandatory fees ($2240), and college room and board ($7125). College room only: $3600. Part-time tuition: $857 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $82 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 289 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, College Republicans, Gamma Beta Phi, student government. Major annual events: Diadeloso (Student Day of Fun), Homecoming, All-University Sing. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 4,140 college housing spaces available; 3,976 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Moody Memorial Library plus 8 others with 2.3 million books, 2.2 million microform titles, 8,429 serials, 73,228 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus adjoins the historic Brazos River in Waco, a Central Texas city of 110,000 people. The climate is temperate with a mean annual temperature of 67.4 degrees, and an average rainfall of 35 inches. Waco is reached by interstate, airlines, railroad, and bus lines. There are almost 200 churches of various faiths, public hospitals and a veteran's hospital, excellent libraries, and convenient shopping facilities in the area. Nineteen civic clubs and many fraternal organizations are active in Waco. Local recreation includes boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, bowling, biking, golfing, hiking, tennis, parks, a zoo, and Lake Waco. Part-time employment is available for students.

■ BLINN COLLEGE I-20

902 College Ave.
Brenham, TX 77833-4049
Tel: (979)830-4000
Admissions: (979)830-4140
Web Site: http://www.blinn.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1883. Setting: 100-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $29.8 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1692 per student. Total enrollment: 14,057. 4,561 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 36 states and territories, 42 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 8% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 14% 25 or older, 9% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1968 full-time, $82 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3912 full-time, $163 per hour part-time. College room and board: $3700. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, gender, and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 42 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist student ministries, Blinn Ethnic Student Organization, Circle K. Major annual events: Homecoming, Blinnfest, Transfer Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 950 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. W. L. Moody, Jr. Library plus 1 other with 130,000 books, 700 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $745,933. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 10,900. Brenham is a suburban community enjoying temperate climate. The city has libraries, and churches of various denominations. Railroad, bus lines, and major highways serve the area. Part-time employment is available for students. There are motels and apartment houses available for student housing. Brenham has hospitals, and civic and fraternal organizations are active within the area. Local recreation includes theaters, hunting, fishing, golf, and sports.

■ BORDER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY F-2

9611 Acer Ave.
El Paso, TX 79925-6744
Tel: (915)593-7328
Fax: (915)595-2507
Web Site: http://bitelp.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: suburban campus. Total enrollment: 250. 40% 25 or older.

■ BRAZOSPORT COLLEGE K-22

500 College Dr.
Lake Jackson, TX 77566-3199
Tel: (979)230-3000
Admissions: (979)230-3217
Fax: (979)230-3443
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.brazosport.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1968. Setting: 160-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $3.3 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3396 per student. Total enrollment: 3,503. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 62% from top half. Full-time: 1,670 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 1,833 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 11 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: THEA, ACT COMPASS required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $840 full-time, $28 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1470 full-time, $49 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2880 full-time, $96 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $300 full-time, $9 per hour part-time, $15 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 4 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Baptist Student Ministry, Student Senate, Fencing Club. Major annual events: Gator Day, Senior College Day, Movie Night. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing not available. Brazosport College Library with 85,425 books, 154,281 microform titles, 339 serials, 397 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $514,205. 420 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 25,000, Lake Jackson is located 50 miles south of Houston. Major cities in the district are Lake Jackson and Freeport (population 17,000), located on a stretch of beach on the Gulf Coast. The area is serviced by rail, four major highways, commuter planes, and good local bus service. Recreation in the area includes fishing, surfing, swimming, and other water sports in the Gulf of Mexico.

■ BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE F-33

3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch, TX 75244-4997
Tel: (972)860-4700
Admissions: (972)860-4604
Fax: (972)860-4897
Web Site: http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1978. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1014 per student. Total enrollment: 10,119. Full-time: 2,472 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 7,647 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 58 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 18% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 55% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Brookhaven Nursing Students Association, Phi Theta Kappa, International Clubs, Brookhaven Student Government, Latin American Student Association. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Brookhaven College Learning Resources Center with 45,000 books, 197 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $985,272. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE-DALLAS D-19

1500 Eastgate Dr.
Garland, TX 75041
Tel: (972)279-4446; 888-699-4446
Web Site: http://www.brownmackie.edu/locations.asp?locid=5

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE-FORT WORTH

301 Northeast Loop 820
Hurst, TX 76053
Tel: (817)589-0505; 888-906-0505
Web Site: http://www.brownmackie.edu/locations.asp?locid=10

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ CEDAR VALLEY COLLEGE E-19

3030 North Dallas Ave.
Lancaster, TX 75134-3799
Tel: (972)860-8201
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.cedarvalleycollege.edu/cvc.htm

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1977. Setting: 353-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $17.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3227 per student. Total enrollment: 4,290. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 1,956 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,447 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 2,843 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 5 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 57% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 42% 25 or older, 74% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: THEA. Recommended: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1080 full-time, $36 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1980 full-time, $66 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3180 full-time, $200 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: African-American Student Organization, Latin-American Student Organization, Veterinary Technology Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Police Academy Club. Major annual events: Convocation, Welcome Back Party, International Holiday Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Cedar Valley College Library with 43,788 books, 95,794 microform titles, 217 serials, 16,460 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $301,887. 675 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEGAL STUDIES J-22

3910 Kirby Dr., Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77098-4151
Tel: (713)529-2778
Fax: (713)523-2715
Web Site: http://www.paralegal.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year.

■ CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE G-18

PO Box 1800
Killeen, TX 76540-1800
Tel: (254)526-7161
Free: 800-792-3348
Admissions: (254)526-1452
Web Site: http://www.ctcd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 500-acre suburban campus with easy access to Austin. Endowment: $1.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7206 per student. Total enrollment: 18,351. Full-time: 2,986 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 15,365 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 19 other countries, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 28% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 55% 25 or older, 1% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $912 full-time, $38 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1104 full-time, $46 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2880 full-time, $60 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $390 full-time, $8 per hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. College room and board: $2990.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 18 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Student Association, We Can Do It Club, Students in Free Enterprise, Student Nurses Association, NAACP. Major annual events: graduation, Annual Job Fair. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. Option: coed housing available. Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library with 80,381 books, 173,023 microform titles, 467 serials, 2,590 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $495,978. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 135,000. Killeen is considered an outstanding recreation area with beautiful lakes and streams located nearby. The climate is temperate. All types of transportation are accessible. The community has shopping centers, medical facilities, and churches of many different faiths. Part-time employment is available.

■ CISCO JUNIOR COLLEGE E-16

101 College Heights
Cisco, TX 76437-9321
Tel: (254)442-5000
Admissions: (254)442-2567
Fax: (254)442-5100
Web Site: http://www.cisco.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1940. Setting: 40-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 3,250. 1,227 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 21 states and territories, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 10% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 45% 25 or older, 12% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program. ROTC: Army(c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1564 full-time, $111 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1756 full-time, $119 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2062 full-time, $272 per hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and location. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location. College room and board: $3100. College room only: $900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, marching band. Most popular organizations: Christian Athletes Association, Agricultural Club. Major annual events: homecoming, Ranch Day. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. 325 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Maner Library with 34,000 books, 173 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 36 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 4,160. Cisco is a rural community that enjoys a temperate climate. The community is served by railroad, bus lines, and highways 80, 380, 183, 206 and Interstate-20. Local service facilities include a hospital, Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans of World War I. Merchants in the community provide jobs for many students. Recreation includes nearby Lake Cisco for boating, fishing, and water sports.

■ CLARENDON COLLEGE D-4

PO Box 968
Clarendon, TX 79226-0968
Tel: (806)874-3571
Web Site: http://www.clarendoncollege.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1898. Setting: 88-acre rural campus. Endowment: $2.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2370 per student. Total enrollment: 1,123. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 586 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 557 students, 46% women, 54% men. Part-time: 566 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 14 states and territories, 3 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1140 full-time, $38 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1650 full-time, $55 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2100 full-time, $70 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $930 full-time, $24 per credit hour part-time, $72 per term part-time. College room and board: $3100. College room only: $1000.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Campus security: 8-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 296 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Vera Dial Dickey Library plus 1 other with 22,000 books, 15,000 microform titles, 89 serials, 350 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 57 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 2,300. A rural community, Clarendon is the center of a ranching and farming area 54 miles southwest of Amarillo. The climate is temperate with an average temperature of 61 degrees, and rainfall average of 23 inches. The area is served by railroad, bus lines, and Highways 70 and U.S. 287. The community has many churches, a hospital and clinic, museum, and adequate shopping facilities. Local recreation includes a city park, theatres, a Youth Center, golf course, hunting and fishing, all sports, and Greenbelt Lake with a 35-mile shoreline. Part-time employment is available.

■ COASTAL BEND COLLEGE M-18

3800 Charco Rd.
Beeville, TX 78102-2197
Tel: (361)358-2838
Admissions: (361)354-2251
Fax: (361)354-2254
Web Site: http://www.cbc.cc.tx.us/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 100-acre rural campus. Endowment: $676,564. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1593 per student. Total enrollment: 3,366. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,193 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,380 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 1,986 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 3 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 64% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 5% live on campus, 65% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Computer Science Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, Art Club. Major annual events: Transfer Day, Job Fair, CBC Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. 147 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Grady C. Hogue Learning Resource Center with 37,971 books, 3,270 microform titles, 268 serials, 2,974 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $541,128. 970 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COLLEGE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES-HOUSTON J-22

6000 Dale Carnegie Dr.
Houston, TX 77036
Tel: (713)785-5995
Admissions: (832)252-4638
Fax: (713)785-5998
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.cbshouston.edu/

Description:

Independent nondenominational, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1979. Setting: 10-acre urban campus. Endowment: $26,686. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7316 per student. Total enrollment: 1,492. Full-time: 370 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 1,122 students, 46% women, 54% men. 0% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 18% Hispanic, 55% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for non-degree seeking students. Required: essay, high school transcript. Recommended: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, TAAS, THEA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Preference given to Christians.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. One-time mandatory fee: $50. Tuition: $4250 full-time, $90 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $60 full-time, $6 per credit part-time, $20 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organization: Student Development Committee. Major annual event: Student Appreciation/Development Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: hourly patrols by trained security guards and police. College housing not available. College of Biblical Studies Library with 35,580 books, 359 microform titles, 609 serials, and 515 audiovisual materials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $165,228. 18 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND K-23

1200 Amburn Rd.
Texas City, TX 77591-2499
Tel: (409)938-1211
Fax: (409)938-1306
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.com.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 120-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1003 per student. Total enrollment: 3,999. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. Full-time: 1,382 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 2,617 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 0.4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 16% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 41% 25 or older, 8% transferred in. Retention: 48% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $863 full-time, $26 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1655 full-time, $59 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2423 full-time, $89 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $167 full-time, $10.66 per credit part-time, $64 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 19 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, COM Amigos, COM Soccer Club, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Cinco de Mayo, Robert Burns Irish Celebration, International Festival. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. College housing not available. Com Library plus 1 other with 84,128 books, 19,000 serials, 492 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $416,255. 307 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 70,000 Texas City is a suburban community located approximately 40 miles from the center of Houston.

■ THE COLLEGE OF SAINT THOMAS MORE D-18

3020 Lubbock St.
Fort Worth, TX 76109-2323
Tel: (817)923-8459
Free: 800-583-6489
Fax: (817)924-3206
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.cstm.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1981. Setting: 1-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $9096 per student. Total enrollment: 53. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 4:1. 25 applied, 68% were admitted. Full-time: 21 students, 29% women, 71% men. Part-time: 32 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 24% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 3% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 6% 25 or older, 51% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Tuition: $12,000 full-time, $2000 per course part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 3 open to all. Major annual events: C. S. Lewis Lecture, Evening Enrichment, Cowan Lectures. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 25 college housing spaces available; 15 were occupied in 2003-04. The College of Saint Thomas More Library with 12,000 books, 50 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2628. 7 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COLLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT D-19

4800 Preston Park Blvd.
Plano, TX 75093-8309
Tel: (972)758-3800
Admissions: (972)881-5174
Fax: (972)758-5468
Web Site: http://www.ccccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1985. Setting: 333-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2699 per student. Total enrollment: 18,457. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. Full-time: 7,226 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 11,231 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 86 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 8% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 37% 25 or older, 10% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for selective admissions to some programs. Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: THEA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $810 full-time, $27 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1020 full-time, $33 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2550 full-time, $80 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $306 full-time, $10 per credit hour part-time, $2 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 26 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, LULAC/BSN, Baptist Student Ministry, Psi Beta, Collin Nursing Student Association. Major annual events: Welcome Week events, Get the Scoop on Student Groups, Safe Break activities. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing not available. Main library plus 3 others with 129,032 books, 4,000 microform titles, 940 serials, 17,342 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.6 million. 1,858 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE OF FUNERAL SERVICE J-22

415 Barren Springs Dr.
Houston, TX 77090
Tel: (281)873-0262
Free: 800-628-1580
Fax: (281)873-5232
Web Site: http://www.commonwealthinst.org/

Description:

Independent, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1988. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment:164. Full-time: 157 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 7 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 20% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 30% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 48% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Core. External degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Required for some: Wonderlic aptitude test or THEA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $9400 full-time, $13 per contact hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $100 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Social organizations: 1 open to all; local fraternities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organization: student council. Major annual events: Blood Drive, Food Drive, Toys for Tots. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available. Commonwealth Institute Library and York Learning Resource Center with 1,500 books and 12 serials. 15 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COMPUTER CAREER CENTER F-2

6101 Montana Ave.
El Paso, TX 79925
Tel: (915)779-8031
Web Site: http://www.computercareercenter.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 300. Calendar: 8 six-week terms.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Collegiate Environment:

100 computers available on campus for general student use.

■ CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY AT AUSTIN I-18

3400 Interstate 35 North
Austin, TX 78705-2799
Tel: (512)486-2000
Free: 800-285-4252
Fax: (512)459-8517
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.concordia.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Part of Concordia University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 20-acre urban campus with easy access to San Antonio. Endowment: $11.7 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6483 per student. Total enrollment: 1,219. Faculty: 135 (35 full-time, 100 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 728 applied, 73% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 74% from top half. Full-time: 756 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 373 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 7% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 9% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 39% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $23,750 includes full-time tuition ($16,850) and college room and board ($6900). Full-time tuition varies according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 9 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Education Club, Lutheran Student Fellowship, Students Active for the Environment, Accounting Club. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Homecoming, Parents' Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Founders Library with 50,756 books, 29,057 microform titles, 814 serials, 3,859 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 40 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ COURT REPORTING INSTITUTE OF DALLAS D-19

8585 North Stemmons Freeway, Ste. 200 North
Dallas, TX 75247
Tel: (214)350-9722
Free: 800-880-9722
Fax: (214)631-0143
Web Site: http://www.crid.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1978. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 526. Full-time: 526 students, 97% women, 3% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 22% Hispanic, 28% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander,0.2% international, 68% 25 or older, 19% transferred in.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: early decision. Required: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Collegiate Environment:

Student-run newspaper. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available.

■ COURT REPORTING INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON J-22

13101 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77040
Tel: (713)996-8300; (866)996-8300
Web Site: http://www.crid.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ THE CRISWELL COLLEGE D-19

4010 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246-1537
Tel: (214)821-5433
Free: 800-899-0012
Admissions: (214)818-1305
Fax: (214)818-1310
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.criswell.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Southern Baptist Convention. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2054 per student. Total enrollment: 451. Students come from 34 states and territories, 31% from out-of-state. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, church recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 6 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Student Ministry, Women's Fellowship, Mission Awareness Fellowship, The Torchbearer, Student Life Cabinet. Major annual events: Spiritual Awakening Week, World Missions Conference, Criswell Theological Lectures. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Wallace Library with 95,000 books and 500 serials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $196,000. 25 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ CY-FAIR COLLEGE J-22

14955 NW Freeway
Houston, TX 77040
Tel: (832)782-5000
Admissions: (281)290-3950
Web Site: http://www.cy-faircollege.com/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Harris Montgomery Community Course District. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 2002. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 8,540. Full-time: 1,895 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 6,645 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 36 other countries, 0.4% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 9% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: electronic application. Placement: SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $768 full-time, $32 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1728 full-time, $72 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2088 full-time, $87 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $216 full-time, $8 per credit hour part-time, $12 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY D-19

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
Tel: (214)333-7100
Free: 800-460-1328
Admissions: (214)333-5360
Fax: (214)333-5447
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.dbu.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Baptist General Convention of Texas. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 293-acre urban campus. Endowment: $27.8 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4659 per student. Total enrollment: 4,988. Faculty: 456 (100 full-time, 356 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 937 applied, 64% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 53% from top quarter, 83% from top half. 8 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,100 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,467 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 42 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 51% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, rank in upper 50% of high school class, minimum ACT score of 21, combined SAT score of 1,000, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,040 includes full-time tuition ($12,270) and college room and board ($4770). College room only: $1900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $409 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 34 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Baptist Student Ministry, Student Government Association, Student Education Association, International Student Organization. Major annual events: homecoming, Freshman Orientation/Student Welcome and Transition Week (SWAT), Spiritual Rush Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,211 college housing spaces available; 1,135 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Vance Memorial Library with 235,931 books, 517,334 microform titles, 561 serials, 6,171 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $872,343. 182 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE D-19

2700 Christian Parkway
Dallas, TX 75234-7299
Tel: (972)241-3371
Fax: (972)241-8021
Web Site: http://www.dallas.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1950. Setting: 22-acre urban campus with easy access to Fort Worth. Endowment: $146,707. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $11,553 per student. Total enrollment: 366. 182 applied, 49% were admitted. 2% from top 10% of their high school class, 14% from top quarter, 44% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 273 students, 43% women, 57% men. Part-time: 93 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 16% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 54% 25 or older, 36% live on campus, 35% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Preference given to Christians.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Major annual events: See You at the Pole, National Missionary Convention. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access. 136 college housing spaces available; 132 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. C. C. Crawford Memorial Library plus 1 other with 36,616 books, 84 microform titles, 3,514 serials, 1,972 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $107,651. 16 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A manufacturing, financial and distributing center, Dallas is a center for scientifically oriented industry in the electronics and aerospace fields and ranks high in cotton, oil and consumer goods production. The city also houses a principal banking and insurance complex. Dallas is a transportation hub for rail, bus and airlines.

■ DALLAS INSTITUTE OF FUNERAL SERVICE D-19

3909 South Buckner Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75227
Tel: (214)388-5466
Free: 800-235-5444
Fax: (214)388-0316
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.dallasinstitute.edu/

Description:

Independent, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: 8-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas/Ft. Worth. Total enrollment: 247. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 32:1. Full-time: 247 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 10% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 26% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 52% 25 or older, 10% transferred in.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $10,000 full-time, $200 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $50 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Major annual event: college-wide picnics. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices. College housing not available.

■ DEL MAR COLLEGE N-18

101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404-3897
Tel: (361)698-1200
Admissions: (361)698-1248
Fax: (361)698-1559
Web Site: http://www.delmar.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1935. Setting: 159-acre urban campus. Endowment: $29.1 million. Total enrollment: 11,338. 1,770 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 46 states and territories, 57 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 57% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 41% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA or ACT ASSET required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. White Library plus 1 other with 127,717 books, 739 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.4 million. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

■ DEVRY UNIVERSITY (HOUSTON) J-22

11125 Equity Dr.
Houston, TX 77041
Tel: (713)850-0888; (866)338-7934
Fax: (713)850-0858
Web Site: http://www.devry.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Total enrollment: 695. Faculty: 97 (1 full-time, 96 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. Full-time: 379 students, 35% women, 65% men. Part-time: 233 students, 42% women, 58% men. 0.3% Native American, 28% Hispanic, 35% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer and information sciences. Calendar: semesters.

Entrance Requirements:

Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. One-time mandatory fee: $40. Tuition: $11,790 full-time, $440 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $270 full-time, $160 per year part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

■ DEVRY UNIVERSITY (IRVING) G-33

4800 Regent Blvd.
Irving, TX 75063-2439
Tel: (972)929-6777; (866)338-7934
Web Site: http://www.devry.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Part of DeVry University. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 13-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas. Total enrollment: 1,818. Faculty: 127 (59 full-time, 68 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. Full-time: 1,102 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 498 students, 66% women, 34% men. 0.2% Native American, 19% Hispanic, 33% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 58% 25 or older. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer and information sciences; engineering technologies. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. One-time mandatory fee: $40. Tuition: $11,790 full-time, $440 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $270 full-time, $160 per year part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Association of Information Technology Professionals, Gamers, Business Information Systems, Toastmasters, Telecommunications Management and Associations. Major annual events: Thanksgiving Dinner, Club Fair Day, Block Party. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 21,500 books, 6,365 serials, 1,472 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 442 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ DEVRY UNIVERSITY (PLANO) D-19

Plano Corporate Center II
2301 West Plano Parkway, Ste. 101
Plano, TX 75075-8435
Tel: (972)943-8041
Fax: (972)943-8061
Web Site: http://www.devry.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Calendar: semesters.

Costs Per Year:

One-time mandatory fee: $40. Tuition: $11,790 full-time, $440 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $60 full-time, $30 per year part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

■ EAST TEXAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY D-23

1209 North Grove
Marshall, TX 75670-1498
Tel: (903)935-7963
Free: 800-804-ETBU
Admissions: (903)923-2000
Fax: (903)938-1705
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.etbu.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, 4-year, coed. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 200-acre small town campus. Endowment: $51.3 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4897 per student. Total enrollment: 1,326. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 851 applied, 72% were admitted. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 9 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,176 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 150 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 9 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 15% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 11% 25 or older, 73% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 53% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; theology and religious vocations. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Brooks Veteran's Administration Medical Center School of Medical Technology. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/17, 8/17 for nonresidents. Notification: continuous, continuous for nonresidents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $16,713 includes full-time tuition ($12,840) and college room and board ($3873). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $400 per semester hour. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 19 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Residence Hall Councils, Student Government Association, REACT, Student Foundation Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Fabulous Feagin Fry Fun Frenzy, Welcome Back Party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access. 1,063 college housing spaces available; 1,037 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Mamye Jarrett Library with 116,895 books, 59,150 microform titles, 668 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $460,134. 203 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Wiley College.

■ EASTFIELD COLLEGE G-35

3737 Motley Dr.
Mesquite, TX 75150-2099
Tel: (972)860-7100
Admissions: (972)860-7105
Fax: (972)860-8373
Web Site: http://www.efc.dcccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 244-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4091 per student. Total enrollment: 12,111. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 1,466 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 2,322 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 9,789 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 21% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 35% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Retention: 39% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1080 full-time, $36 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1980 full-time, $66 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3180 full-time, $106 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations:; 4% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: LULAC, Rodeo Club, PTK, Rising Star, Communications Club. Major annual events: Student Leadership Academy, back to school parties, performing artists and speakers series. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Eastfield College Learning Resource Center with 66,988 books, 48,976 microform titles, 415 serials, 2,620 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $580,478. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ EL CENTRO COLLEGE D-19

801 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75202-3604
Tel: (214)860-2037
Admissions: (214)860-2618
Fax: (214)860-2335
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.ecc.dcccd.edu/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 2-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 6,089. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,253 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,546 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 4,543 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 40 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 25% Hispanic, 36% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 51% 25 or older, 16% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health, culinary arts programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required for some: high school transcript, 1 recommendation. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $33 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $60 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $96 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Radiology Club, SPAR (Student Programs and Resources Office), Organization of Latin American Students. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. El Centro College Library with 72,176 books, 6,494 microform titles, 371 serials, 5,463 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 832 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE F-2

PO Box 20500
El Paso, TX 79998-0500
Tel: (915)831-2000
Admissions: (915)831-2580
Fax: (915)831-6145
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.epcc.edu/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $24,000. Total enrollment: 19,953. 3,672 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 47 states and territories, 40 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 45% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Texas at El Paso. ROTC: Army(c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/3.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 52 open to all. Most popular organizations: African-American Coalition, Art Student Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Architecture Club, Social Science Club. Major annual events: National Alcohol Prevention Awareness Week, Intramural Sports Festival, Hispanic Heritage Month. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. El Paso Community College Learning Resource Center plus 4 others with 442,879 books, 240,891 microform titles, 938 serials, 12,035 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas - El Paso.

■ EVEREST COLLEGE (ARLINGTON) D-19

2801 East Division St., Ste. 250
Arlington, TX 76011
Tel: (817)652-7790
Fax: (817)649-6033
Web Site: http://www.everest-college.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Founded 2003. Calendar: 6 or 12 week terms.

■ EVEREST COLLEGE (DALLAS) D-19

6060 North Central Expressway, Ste. 101
Dallas, TX 75206-5209
Tel: (214)234-4850
Fax: (214)696-6208
Web Site: http://www.everest-college.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Founded 2003. Calendar: 6 or 12 week terms.

■ EVEREST COLLEGE (FORT WORTH) D-18

5237 North Riverside Dr.
Ste. G101
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Web Site: http://www.everest-college.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ FRANK PHILLIPS COLLEGE C-3

Box 5118
Borger, TX 79008-5118
Tel: (806)274-5311
Free: 800-687-2056
Admissions: (806)457-4200
Fax: (806)274-6835
Web Site: http://www.fpc.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1948. Setting: 60-acre small town campus. Endowment: $402,582. Total enrollment: 1,100. Students come from 11 states and territories, 12 other countries, 26% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/25. Notification: continuous until 8/25.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $720 full-time, $30 per semester hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1128 full-time, $47 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1296 full-time, $54 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $914 full-time, $36 per semester hour part-time, $50 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Rodeo Club, Music Club, Computer Club, Phi Theta Kappa, student government. Major annual events: College Day, Career Fair, Honors Banquet. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 200 college housing spaces available; 180 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Frank Phillips College Learning Resource Center with 35,700 books, 138 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $126,467. 29 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 14,195, one of the youngest towns in Texas, Borger was born as an oil boomtown in 1926. Today it is the center of the Panhandle gas reservoir, which produces more natural gas and allied products than any other field in the world. The community enjoys temperate climate. Air, rail, and bus service is available. Community services include a public library, churches of major denominations, a hospital, major civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations, and shopping facilities. Local recreation includes theaters, golf, and other sports. Lake Meredith also offers recreational opportunities. The Oil Show, Rodeo, and Art Show are held annually. Part-time employment is available.

■ GALVESTON COLLEGE K-23

4015 Ave. Q
Galveston, TX 77550-7496
Tel: (409)763-6551
Admissions: (409)944-1234
Fax: (409)762-9367
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.gc.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 11-acre urban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 2,230. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 300 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 851 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,379 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 19 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 19% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 45% 25 or older, 14% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Brazosport College, College of the Mainland.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Option: Common Application. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $900 full-time, $30 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1800 full-time, $60 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $430 full-time, $12 per hour part-time, $30 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 17 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Nurses Association, ATTC, Hispanic Student Organization. Major annual events: College Night, back to school activity, Business Symposium. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library with 45,193 books, 54 microform titles, 4,000 serials, 1,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $231,797. 173 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Galveston is a port and recreational city. Major business activities include the tourist, maritime, and banking industries. Known as the "playground of the Southwest," Galveston has an average maximum temperature of 74.9 degrees, and an average minimum of 65.2 degrees. The climate is semitropical. The community is reached by rail, bus, and air. There are churches of various faiths, a library, YMCA, YWCA, medical facilities, a civic orchestra, Little Theatre, civic music association, an art league, and various fraternal, civic, and veteran's organizations in the community. Local recreation includes 32 miles of hard sand beaches, bathing, motoring, water sports, boating, deep-sea fishing, golf, and horseback riding. Part-time employment is abundant.

■ GRAYSON COUNTY COLLEGE B-20

6101 Grayson Dr.
Denison, TX 75020-8299
Tel: (903)465-6030
Fax: (903)463-5284
Web Site: http://www.grayson.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1964. Setting: 500-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 3,344. 3,344 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 3 states and territories, 2 other countries, 53% 25 or older. Retention: 54% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/31. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group. 318 college housing spaces available; 175 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. 51,500 books and 310 serials. 25 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 94,965. Principal industries in this manufacturing city include railroad cars, furniture, fishing lures, wigs, pickup campers, mattresses, venetian blinds, food processing and pipes. This is a metropolitan community served by railway transite and bus lines. The community has a library, over 40 churches representing most denominations, four hospitals, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Some part-time job opportunities are available. Local recreation includes nearby lakes featuring all water sports, and three downtown theater complexes.

■ HALLMARK INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS K-16

8901 Wetmore Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78216
Tel: (210)826-1000
Free: 800-683-3600
Admissions: (210)690-9000
Fax: (210)826-3707

Description:

Private, 2-year, coed. Awards diplomas and terminal associate degrees. Calendar: continuous.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission.

■ HALLMARK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY K-16

10401 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78230-1737
Tel: (210)690-9000
Free: 800-880-6600
Fax: (210)697-8225
Web Site: http://www.hallmarkinstitute.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards diplomas and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: suburban campus. Total enrollment: 462. 0% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 41% Hispanic, 9% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 85% 25 or older. Calendar: continuous. Accelerated degree program.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organization: Student Appreciation Day. College housing not available. 30 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY E-14

2200 Hickory St.
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
Tel: (325)670-1000; 877-464-7889
Admissions: (325)670-1206
Fax: (325)677-8351
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hsutx.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 120-acre urban campus. Endowment: $87.1 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6572 per student. Total enrollment: 2,435. Faculty: 179 (131 full-time, 48 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,179 applied, 66% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 8 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,779 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 212 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 27 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 11% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Abilene Christian University, McMurry University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $20,206 includes full-time tuition ($14,850), mandatory fees ($776), and college room and board ($4580). College room only: $2365. Part-time tuition: $495 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $96 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 55 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 8% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Student Foundation, Student Congress, Fellowship Christian Athletes. Major annual events: homecoming, Sing, All-School Christmas Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. 984 college housing spaces available; 784 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Richardson Library plus 1 other with 226,755 books, 20,827 microform titles, 28,911 serials, 11,351 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1 million. 224 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Abilene Christian University.

■ HIGH-TECH INSTITUTE G-33

4250 North Belt Line Rd.
Irving, TX 75038
Tel: (972)871-2824
Free: 800-987-0110
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.high-techinstitute.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Founded 2000. Calendar: semesters.

■ HILL COLLEGE OF THE HILL JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICT F-19

PO Box 619
Hillsboro, TX 76645-0619
Tel: (254)582-2555
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hillcollege.edu/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 80-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $416,886. Total enrollment: 3,236. Full-time: 1,569 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,667 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 28 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Club, Sigma Phi Omega, Phi Theta Kappa, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Psi Beta. Major annual events: Western Day, Career Day, Job Fair. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security officers. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hill College Library plus 1 other with 40,000 books, 3,161 microform titles, 300 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $159,328. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY J-22

7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX 77074-3298
Tel: (281)649-3000
Free: 800-696-3210
Fax: (281)649-3209
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hbu.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1960. Setting: 100-acre urban campus. Endowment: $84.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6311 per student. Total enrollment: 2,294. Faculty: 169 (103 full-time, 66 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 867 applied, 65% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 44% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 1,653 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 279 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 30 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 20% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 18% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $21,000 includes full-time tuition ($16,500) and college room and board ($4500). College room only: $2355. Part-time tuition: $550 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 47 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Association of Student Educators, Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Mu. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 698 college housing spaces available; 539 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Moody Library with 209,366 books, 105,280 microform titles, 21,000 serials, 9,255 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.1 million. 95 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Houston.

■ HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM J-22

3100 Main St.
PO Box 667517
Houston, TX 77266-7517
Tel: (713)718-2000
Admissions: (713)718-8500
Fax: (713)718-2111
Web Site: http://www.hccs.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 39,516. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. Full-time: 12,198 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 27,318 students, 60% women, 40% men. 0.2% Native American, 27% Hispanic, 25% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1176 full-time. State resident tuition: $2472 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $2952 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 57 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Eastwood Student Association, Eagle's Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, International Student Association. Major annual events: Chancellor's Food/Toy Drive, Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Main library plus 19 others with 140,674 books, 671 microform titles, 2,012 serials, 16,334 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 3,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ HOWARD COLLEGE E-11

1001 Birdwell Ln.
Big Spring, TX 79720
Tel: (915)264-5000; (866)HC-HAWKS
Admissions: (432)264-5105
Fax: (915)264-5082
Web Site: http://www.howardcollege.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Howard County Junior College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1945. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3421 per student. Total enrollment: 2,725. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,027 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,174 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,551 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 2 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 31% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 58% 25 or older, 18% live on campus, 0.4% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1140 full-time, $30 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1500 full-time, $40 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2160 full-time, $60 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $66 full-time, $50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $3140.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association, Mexican-American Student Association, Baptist Student Ministries. Major annual events: Awards Convocation, Battle of the Bulge, dances. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 250 college housing spaces available; 180 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Howard College Library with 30,921 books, 47,555 microform titles, 16,006 serials, 1,710 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $263,459. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Big Spring, population 26,000, is an urban community noted for its varied industries, which include oil refining and production, petrochemical manufacturing, one carbon black plants, two bottling plants, and an ammonia plant. The climate is temperate and dry. The community is served by air, rail, and bus lines. There is a public library, YMCA, many churches of various faiths, three general and one Veteran's hospital, a crippled children's rehabilitation center, three theatres, good shopping facilities, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations in the area. Local recreation includes skating, bowling, and water sports on nearby lakes. Part-time employment opportunities are limited.

■ HOWARD PAYNE UNIVERSITY F-16

1000 Fisk St.
Brownwood, TX 76801-2715
Tel: (325)646-2502
Free: 800-880-4478
Admissions: (325)649-8027
Fax: (325)649-8905
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hputx.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Baptist General Convention of Texas. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 30-acre small town campus. Endowment: $39.3 million. Total enrollment: 1,319. 640 applied, 78% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 71% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,019 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 300 students, 48% women, 52% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 7 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 22% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 58% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 38 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Zeta Zeta Zeta, Delta Chi Ro, Student Foundation, Iota Chi Alpha. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Stinger Daze. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access, 12-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 751 college housing spaces available; 682 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Walker Memorial Library with 78,825 books, 279,911 microform titles, 1,017 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $270,333. 228 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 20,000. Brownwood is located 26 miles from the geographic center of the state, which designates the community "deep in the heart of Texas." The annual average temperature is 66.7 degrees, with an average annual rainfall of 27.4 inches. Railroad, airlines, and bus lines serve the area. The community has many churches of various faiths, a public library, two hospitals, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Recreation includes Lake Brownwood with fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, bathing, and picnicking; many city parks, golf course, municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, and five ball parks.

■ HUSTON-TILLOTSON UNIVERSITY I-18

900 Chicon St.
Austin, TX 78702-2795
Tel: (512)505-3000
Admissions: (512)505-3029
Fax: (512)505-3190
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.htu.edu/

Description:

Independent interdenominational, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1875. Setting: 23-acre urban campus. Endowment: $6.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7928 per student. Total enrollment: 706. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 409 applied, 56% were admitted. 1% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 625 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 81 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 13 states and territories, 13 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 13% Hispanic, 75% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 17% 25 or older, 42% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 42% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer and information sciences; physical sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: Common Application. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $14,018 includes full-time tuition ($7740), mandatory fees ($735), and college room and board ($5543). College room only: $2250. Part-time tuition: $258 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group. Social organizations: 17 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Campus Pals. Major annual events: Coronation, Charter Day, Graduation Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 439 college housing spaces available; 242 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Downs-Jones Library with 88,455 books, 69,216 microform titles, 330 serials, and 8,753 audiovisual materials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $309,189. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Austin.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (ARLINGTON) D-19

551 Ryan Plaza Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
Tel: (817)794-5100
Fax: (817)275-8446
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1982. Setting: suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (AUSTIN) I-18

6330 East Hwy. 290, Ste. 150
Austin, TX 78723-1061
Tel: (512)467-6800
Free: 800-431-0677
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1985. Setting: urban campus. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (HOUSTON) J-22

2222 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058
Tel: (281)486-2630
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1995. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (HOUSTON) J-22

2950 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77063-3751
Tel: (713)952-2294
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1983. Setting: 4-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 585. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (HOUSTON) J-22

15621 Blue Ash Dr., Ste. 160
Houston, TX 77090-5821
Tel: (281)873-0512
Fax: (281)873-0518
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1985. Setting: 1-acre suburban campus. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (RICHARDSON) F-34

2101 Waterview Parkway
Richardson, TX 75080
Tel: (972)690-9100; 888-488-5761
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1989. Setting: suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. College housing not available.

■ ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (SAN ANTONIO) K-16

5700 Northwest Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78249-3303
Tel: (210)694-4612
Free: 800-880-0570
Fax: (210)694-4651
Web Site: http://www.itt-tech.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Part of ITT Educational Services, Inc. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1988. Setting: urban campus. Core.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, interview, Wonderlic aptitude test. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $100.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. College housing not available.

■ JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE F-22

105 B J Albritton Dr.
Jacksonville, TX 75766-4759
Tel: (903)586-2518
Free: 800-256-8522
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.jacksonville-college.edu/

Description:

Independent Baptist, 2-year, coed. Awards diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 20-acre small town campus. Total enrollment: 300. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 223 applied, 41% were admitted. Full-time: 220 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 80 students, 53% women, 48% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 15 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 16% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 12% 25 or older, 39% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required for some: SAT, ACT, THEA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous until 7/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $4480 includes full-time tuition ($2800), mandatory fees ($307), and college room and board ($1373). Part-time tuition: $175 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 3 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, Ministerial Alliance, Mission Band. Major annual events: Homecoming, College Preview Day, Spring Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, evening security personnel. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Weatherby Memorial Building plus 1 other with 22,000 books and 170 serials. 20 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 12,000, Jacksonville is a small community enjoying temperate climate. The average annual rainfall is approximately 45 inches. The community is reached by way of railroad, major airlines, bus lines and highways. Community service facilities include many churches, two hospitals, a public library, and a local radio station. There are parks and facilities for golf, hunting, fishing, rodeos, and swimming. Various civic and fraternal organizations are active in the area. Part-time employment is available.

■ JARVIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE D-22

PO Box 1470
Hawkins, TX 75765-1470
Tel: (903)769-5700
Admissions: (903)769-5802
Fax: (903)769-4842
Web Site: http://www.jarvis.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 465-acre rural campus. Endowment: $10.8 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5208 per student. Total enrollment: 572. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 170 applied, 58% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 10% from top quarter, 26% from top half. Full-time: 559 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 13 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 2 other countries, 14% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 97% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 1% 25 or older, 87% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 57% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences; computer and information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Tyler, University of North Texas.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, ACT, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $11,136 includes full-time tuition ($6280), mandatory fees ($700), and college room and board ($4156). College room only: $2056. Part-time tuition: $262 per hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $350 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, SIFE, Student Ministers' Association, SNEA, Residence Hall Councils. Major annual events: Homecoming/Founders' Week, Miss Jarvis Coronation, Open House/Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 750 college housing spaces available; 460 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Olin Library with 54,291 books, 135 microform titles, 152 serials, 163 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $122,181. 318 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Hawkins is located in southwestern Wood County, population 18,589. The area enjoys moderate, temperate climate. Serviced by U.S. Highway 80 and bus lines, there are churches of many denominations, a hospital and clinic, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Local recreation includes camping and hunting, with rivers, creeks, springs and lakes furnishing opportunities for fishing and boating.

■ KD STUDIO D-19

2600 Stemmons Freeway, No. 117
Dallas, TX 75207
Tel: (214)638-0484
Fax: (214)630-5140
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.kdstudio.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards terminal associate degrees. Founded 1979. Setting: urban campus. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2405 per student. Total enrollment: 152. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 67 applied, 91% were admitted. Full-time: 152 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 36% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 20% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, interview, audition. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group. Social organizations: 1 open to all. Most popular organization: Student Council. Major annual events: in-house plays/productions, Halloween Costume contest, monthly movie nights. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. KD Studio Library with 800 books and 15 serials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $20,693. 1 computer on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ KILGORE COLLEGE E-22

1100 Broadway Blvd.
Kilgore, TX 75662-3299
Tel: (903)984-8531
Admissions: (903)983-8200
Fax: (903)983-8607
Web Site: http://www.kilgore.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1935. Setting: 35-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $5.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3411 per student. Total enrollment: 4,957. 1,706 applied, 63% were admitted. Full-time: 2,749 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 2,208 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 36 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 15% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 30% 25 or older, 12% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 45% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $540 full-time, $18 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1680 full-time, $56 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2520 full-time, $84 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $510 full-time. College room and board: $3580. College room only: $1580.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association, Ambucs. Major annual events: KC Kickoff, Homecoming, Blood Drive. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 450 college housing spaces available; 393 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Randolph C. Watson Library plus 1 other with 65,000 books, 394 microform titles, 6,679 serials, 13,351 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $396,828. 302 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Kilgore, population 10,000, is a suburban area enjoying temperate climate and four distinct seasons. The area is reached by bus, rail, air, and Interstate Highway 20, U.S. 259, and State 31. The community has over 40 churches representing various faiths, a library, medical facilities, and many civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. There are apartments available for student housing. Local recreation facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, bowling alleys, theatres, go-cart track, golf course, as well as water skiing, fishing, camping, and hunting. Part-time employment is available.

■ KINGWOOD COLLEGE I-22

20000 Kingwood Dr.
Kingwood, TX 77339-3801
Tel: (281)312-1600
Admissions: (281)312-1562
Fax: (281)312-1477
Web Site: http://kcweb.nhmccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1984. Setting: 264-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 6,842. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,898 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,308 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 5,534 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 44 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 35% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $984 full-time, $52 per credit part-time. State resident tuition: $1944 full-time, $92 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2304 full-time, $220 per credit part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Office Administration Club, African American Student Association, Student Government Association, Delta Epsilon Chi. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Spring Fling, Commencement. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Kingwood College Library with 38,000 books, 14,642 microform titles, 262 serials, 3,177 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 540 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ LAMAR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY I-24

PO Box 10043
Beaumont, TX 77710
Tel: (409)880-8321
Free: 800-950-8321
Admissions: (409)880-8354
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://theinstitute.lamar.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Founded 1995. Calendar: semesters.

■ LAMAR STATE COLLEGE-ORANGE I-25

410 Front St.
Orange, TX 77630-5802
Tel: (409)883-7750
Admissions: (409)882-3362
Fax: (409)882-3374
Web Site: http://www.lsco.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of The Texas State University System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 21-acre small town campus. Endowment: $5524. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $83,258. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1602 per student. Total enrollment: 2,143. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 447 applied, 70% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class. Full-time: 920 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 1,223 students, 73% women, 27% men. 10% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 38% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for some programs. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1824 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8448 full-time. Mandatory fees: $736 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: local fraternities. Major annual event: Spring Day. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Lamar State College-Orange Library plus 1 other with 71,092 books, 1,306 serials, 288 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $168,687. 70 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ LAMAR STATE COLLEGE-PORT ARTHUR I-24

PO Box 310
Port Arthur, TX 77641-0310
Tel: (409)983-4921
Free: 800-477-5872
Admissions: (409)984-6165
Fax: (409)984-6032
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.lamarpa.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of The Texas State University System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1909. Setting: 34-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 2,530. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 836 applied, 61% were admitted. Full-time: 980 students, 68% women, 32% men. Part-time: 1,550 students, 60% women, 40% men. 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 28% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 41% 25 or older, 9% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Lamar University-Beaumont, Lamar University-Orange. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. One-time mandatory fee: $10. State resident tuition: $2340 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,590 full-time. Mandatory fees: $824 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 9 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Historical Society, Chi Alpha, tennis, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Ministry. Major annual events: highway clean-up, Annual Talent Show, Food Drive. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Gates Memorial Library with 43,726 books, 15,992 microform titles, 3,400 serials, 1,493 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $409,575.

■ LAMAR UNIVERSITY I-24

4400 Martin Luther King Parkway
Beaumont, TX 77710
Tel: (409)880-7011
Admissions: (409)880-8354
Fax: (409)880-8463
Web Site: http://www.lamar.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 10,595. Faculty: 542 (372 full-time, 170 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 5,213 applied, 67% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 34% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 6,708 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 2,976 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 27 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 26% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Texas A&M University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1262 per term part-time. State resident tuition: $2880 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9504 full-time, $4813 per term part-time. Mandatory fees: $512 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5254. College room only: $3600. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Midnight Madness, Homecoming, Spring-fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Mary and John Gray Library with 698,285 books, 268,825 microform titles, 2,900 serials, 6,572 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Beaumont and the surrounding area form one of the largest concentrations of petroleum refineries in the nation. Top manufactures of the area include deep sea and dry-land oil-drilling equipment and oil-processing apparatus. The city is located on the Neches River approximately 20 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. The climate is mild the year round. Airlines, railroad, and bus lines serve the community. The community has many churches representing various faiths, three libraries, YMCA, and YWCA, several hospitals, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Part-time employment is available.

■ LAREDO COMMUNITY COLLEGE N-15

West End Washington St.
Laredo, TX 78040-4395
Tel: (956)722-0521
Admissions: (956)721-5109
Fax: (956)721-5493
Web Site: http://www.laredo.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 186-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.9 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4725 per student. Total enrollment: 8,298. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,245 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 3,200 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 5,098 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 4 states and territories, 5 other countries, 0.1% from out-of-state, 0.02% Native American, 94% Hispanic,0.2% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 35% 25 or older. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $840 full-time, $35 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1680 full-time, $70 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2520 full-time, $105 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $270 full-time, $24 per credit hour part-time, $28 per term part-time. College room and board: $4229.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. 120 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Yeary Library with 88,006 books, 555 serials, and an OPAC.

Community Environment:

Population approximately 100,000. A chief port of entry into Mexico, Laredo is separated from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, by the Rio Grande. This is a metropolitan community located in the center of a rich cattle, oil, gas and agricultural district. It is a major import-export center. The city is reached by airlines, railroad, and bus service. The climate is temperate and dry. Laredo has a public library, churches of major denominations, two hospitals, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Shopping facilities are good. Part-time employment is available for students. Local recreation includes theaters, water sports, and most major sports.

■ LEE COLLEGE E-46

PO Box 818
Baytown, TX 77522-0818
Tel: (281)427-5611
Free: 800-621-8724
Admissions: (281)425-6399
Fax: (281)425-6831
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.lee.edu/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1934. Setting: 35-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 5,906. 1,613 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,624 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 4,282 students, 37% women, 63% men. Students come from 10 other countries, 0.2% Native American, 22% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 52% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Congress, Health Information Student Association, Lee College Awareness, Digital Information Society, ASHRAE - Air Conditioning Society of Heat and Refrigeration Engineers. Major annual events: Fall Fiesta, Spring Fling, Annual Blood Drive. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service, emergency telephones. College housing not available. Erma Wood Carlson Learning Resource Center with 100,000 books, 660 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 60,000. Baytown is located midway between Houston and the open sea on the Houston Ship Channel. The city is a consolidation of three towns: Baytown, Goose Creek, and Pelly. There are many churches in the immediate area, and four hospitals are easily accessible.

■ LETOURNEAU UNIVERSITY E-23

PO Box 7001
Longview, TX 75607-7001
Tel: (903)233-3000
Free: 800-759-8811
Admissions: (903)233-3400
Fax: (903)233-3411
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.letu.edu/

Description:

Independent nondenominational, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 162-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $4.4 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $142,079. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4582 per student. Total enrollment: 3,980. Faculty: 315 (72 full-time, 243 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 920 applied, 76% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 1,405 students, 32% women, 68% men. Part-time: 2,201 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 27 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 22% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 76% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering; transportation and materials moving. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: SAT or ACT. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,176 includes full-time tuition ($15,710), mandatory fees ($180), and college room and board ($6286). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $280 per hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 22 open to all; 3 societies for men, 1 society for women. Most popular organizations: student ministries, Themelios, Student Foundation, Student Senate, Roller Hockey Club. Major annual events: Hootenanny, Fall Fest, Longview Blitz. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 981 college housing spaces available; 879 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Margaret Estes Resource Center with 84,779 books, 50,481 microform titles, 383 serials, and 3,144 audiovisual materials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $393,203. 191 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 70,000. Oil is the major source of economy for this community. Longview has a city library, community center, two hospitals, and a number of medical clinics. Major civic and fraternal clubs are active in the area. Longview is reached by airlines, railroad, and bus lines. Residence halls and apartments furnish student housing. Local recreation includes theatres, symphony, parks, swimming, hunting, fishing, golf, and water skiing. Part-time employment is available.

■ LON MORRIS COLLEGE F-22

800 College Ave.
Jacksonville, TX 75766-2923
Tel: (903)589-4000
Free: 800-259-5753
Fax: (903)586-8562
Web Site: http://www.lonmorris.edu/

Description:

Independent United Methodist, 2-year, coed. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1854. Setting: 76-acre small town campus. Endowment: $20.1 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4251 per student. Total enrollment: 432. 261 applied, 86% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 47% from top half. Full-time: 394 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 38 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 21% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 1% 25 or older, 90% live on campus. Retention: 53% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: local fraternities, local sororities; 19% of eligible men and 29% of eligible women are members. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 260 college housing spaces available; 250 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Henderson Library with 26,000 books, 265 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $170,661. 28 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Jacksonville College.

■ LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY C-10

5601 19th St.
Lubbock, TX 79407-2099
Tel: (806)796-8800
Free: 800-933-7601
Admissions: (806)720-7803
Fax: (806)796-8917
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.lcu.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 120-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $11.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $44,480. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5274 per student. Total enrollment: 2,076. Faculty: 154 (81 full-time, 73 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 912 applied, 74% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 71% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,383 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 449 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 13 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; public administration and social services. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $16,810 includes full-time tuition ($11,644), mandatory fees ($916), and college room and board ($4250). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $402 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 24 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 29% of eligible men and 45% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Masterfollies, Homecoming, LCU Lectureships. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 620 college housing spaces available; 497 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. University Library with 113,556 books, 96,662 microform titles, 545 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $491,608. 159 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 180,000. The industrial, agricultural and educational center of the South Plains of Texas, Lubbock is the third largest inland cotton market in the Nation. There are also many oil wells in the community. This metropolitan center is called"The Hub of the Plains." The climate is mild and arid. Community service facilities include over 200 churches, county libraries, hospitals, a planetarium, museum, and municipal auditorium. There are four TV stations, seven radio stations, four golf courses, movie theaters, drive-ins, hunting, water skiing, horseback riding, and many other forms of recreation available in the area. Part-time employment is available. The city is served by railroad, airlines, and a bus line.

■ MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE G-19

1400 College Dr.
Waco, TX 76708-1499
Tel: (254)299-8622
Admissions: (254)299-8689
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mclennan.edu/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 200-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 7,562. 2,646 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 3,354 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 4,208 students, 72% women, 28% men. Students come from 10 other countries, 0.3% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 42% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Baylor University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for health careers programs. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 9/2.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $1272 full-time. State resident tuition: $1560 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $2712 full-time. Mandatory fees: $216 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Major annual event: Highland Games. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. McLennan Community College Library with 93,000 books, 130,000 microform titles, 400 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 425 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Baylor University.

■ MCMURRY UNIVERSITY E-14

South 14th and Sayles
Abilene, TX 79697
Tel: (325)793-3800
Free: 800-477-0077
Admissions: (325)793-4720
Fax: (325)691-6599
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mcm.edu/

Description:

Independent United Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 41-acre urban campus. Endowment: $49.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5866 per student. Total enrollment: 1,430. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 917 applied, 86% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,187 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 243 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 10 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 51% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters plus May term. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $21,002 includes full-time tuition ($15,100), mandatory fees ($50), and college room and board ($5852). College room only: $2898. Part-time tuition: $475 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, McMurry Christian Ministries, Indian Insight Service Club, Campus Activity Board, Servant Leadership Mentors. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Thing, Spring McMadness. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 667 college housing spaces available; 558 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Jay-Rollins Library with 153,954 books, 4,468 microform titles, 683 serials, 4,856 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $360,952. 165 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ MIDLAND COLLEGE F-10

3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX 79705-6399
Tel: (432)685-4500
Admissions: (432)685-5502
Fax: (432)685-4714
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.midland.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, primarily 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, terminal associate, and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 163-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $3.3 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3739 per student. Total enrollment: 5,531. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,457 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 2,027 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 3,504 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 31 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 29% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 16% 25 or older, 5% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, respiratory therapy, radiological technology programs. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1204 full-time, $93 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1540 full-time, $105 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2352 full-time, $470 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $350 full-time. College room and board: $3600.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: OIKOS, Midland College Latin American Student Society, Student Government Association, Student Nurses Association, Baptist Student Ministries. Major annual events: Homecoming Night, Chappapalooza, Club Fair. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 296 college housing spaces available; 280 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Murray Fasken Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 65,760 books, 91,046 microform titles, 285 serials, 359 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $373,296. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY B-16

3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Tel: (940)397-4000
Free: 800-842-1922
Admissions: (940)397-4334
Fax: (940)397-4302
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mwsu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1922. Setting: 172-acre urban campus. Endowment: $34.6 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $129,387. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4545 per student. Total enrollment: 6,279. Faculty: 320 (208 full-time, 112 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,561 applied, 83% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 4,013 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,531 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 37 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 13% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 30% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/7. Notification: continuous until 8/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $1500 full-time, $50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9750 full-time, $325 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $3066 full-time. College room and board: $5220. College room only: $2660.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: honor societies, political groups. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Day, Honors Recognition Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 824 students; 856 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Moffett Library with 484,106 books, 26,789 microform titles, 1,582 serials, 29,964 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.6 million. 402 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 100,000. A distributing point for both southern Oklahoma and northwestern Texas, Wichita Falls is one of the important trade centers of the Southwest. The community has a library, museum, two hospitals, 3 YMCA's and YWCA. Various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations serve the city. Part-time employment is available. Local recreational facilities include theatres, nightclubs, bowling, skating, boating, fishing, municipal golf course, and two country club golf courses.

■ MONTGOMERY COLLEGE I-22

3200 College Park Dr.
Conroe, TX 77384T
el: (936)273-7000
Admissions: (936)273-7236
Fax: (936)273-7234
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.woodstock.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1995. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $500,000. Total enrollment: 8,306. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 1,677 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 2,970 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 5,336 students, 65% women, 35% men. 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 4% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $984 full-time, $32 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1944 full-time, $72 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2304 full-time, $87 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $20 full-time, $8 per credit hour part-time, $12 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Campus Crusade for Christ, Criminal Justice Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Latino-American Student Association, African-American Cultural Awareness. Major annual events: Career Day, College/University Transfer Day. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Library/Learning Resources Center with 4,000 books and 375 serials. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE D-19

4849 West Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 75211-6599
Tel: (214)860-8600
Admissions: (214)860-8666
Fax: (214)860-8570
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mvc.dcccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 200-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 6,496. Students come from 9 states and territories, 36 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 44% Hispanic, 29% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 41% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1008 full-time. State resident tuition: $1848 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $2968 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ MTI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY (HOUSTON) J-22

7277 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036-3163
Tel: (713)974-7181
Free: 800-344-1990
Fax: (713)974-2090
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mti.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year. Awards certificates, diplomas, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: 6-acre urban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 718. Full-time: 718 students, 45% women, 55% men. 0% from out-of-state, 59% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters.

Collegiate Environment:

Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available.

■ MTI COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY (HOUSTON) J-22

11420 E. Freeway
Houston, TX 77029
Tel: (281)333-3363; 888-532-7675
Fax: (281)333-4118
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.mti.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1984. Setting: 3-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 217. 0% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 48% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 55% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Major annual event: MTI Job Fair. College housing not available. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ NAVARRO COLLEGE E-20

3200 West 7th Ave.
Corsicana, TX 75110-4899
Tel: (903)874-6501
Free: 800-628-2776
Web Site: http://www.nav.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 275-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Total enrollment: 4,411. 4,411 applied, 100% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top half. Full-time: 2,516 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 1,895 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 30 other countries, 35% 25 or older, 25% live on campus. Retention: 100% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 9/1. Notification: continuous until 9/1.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band. Social organizations: 35 open to all; local sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Ebony Club, Que Pasa. Major annual events: Homecoming, Bulldog Bash, Mr. NC contest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. Gaston T. Gooch Learning Resource Center with 40,000 books and 250 serials. 80 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Navarro College is located in historic Corsicana, Texas. The economy is diversified and part-time jobs are available for students. The local climate is moderate to mild. The area is served by bus and major highways. There are several churches, a library, YMCA, and outstanding medical facilities. Residents can enjoy restaurants, shopping, and local fine arts events as well as excellent recreational facilities for boating, water skiing, fishing, golf, and hunting. Annual events include rodeo finals, bicycle races, and food festivals.

■ NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE C-19

1525 West California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240-4699
Tel: (940)668-7731
Admissions: (940)668-4222
Fax: (940)668-6049
Web Site: http://www.nctc.cc.tx.us/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1924. Setting: 132-acre rural campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $2.4 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $54,097. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2032 per student. Total enrollment: 6,183. 1,964 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 14 states and territories, 21 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 33% 25 or older, 2% live on campus. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health, legal assistant, equine technology, occupational therapy assistant programs. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 12 open to all; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Phi Theta Kappa, Nursing Student Association, Collegiate FFA. Major annual events: Sports Day, bowling party. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, late night security. Option: coed housing available. North Central Texas College Library plus 1 other with 44,861 books, 273 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $215,410. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 13,830. Gainesville is a rural community that enjoys a temperate climate. The area is reached by bus lines. There is a public library, churches of major denominations, a local hospital, and over 80 civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations in the city. Part-time employment is limited. Local recreation includes boating, tennis, fishing, and golf.

■ NORTH HARRIS COLLEGE J-22

2700 W. W. Thorne Dr.
Houston, TX 77073-3499
Tel: (281)618-5400
Admissions: (281)618-5794
Web Site: http://www.nhmccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1972. Setting: 185-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 10,591. 1,641 applied, 100% were admitted. 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 21% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 41% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, respiratory therapy programs. Options: electronic application, early admission. Required for some: high school transcript, interview. Placement: SAT or ACT, ACT ASSET/THEA/ACCUPLACER/MAPS/ACT COMPASS required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 33 open to all; local fraternities. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Ambassadors, Hispanic Student Forum, Vietnamese Student Association, Earth Alliance. Major annual events: Oktoberfest, Spring Fling. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Marion M. Donaldson Memorial Library with 131,851 books, 247,253 microform titles, 1,203 serials, 11,869 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ NORTH LAKE COLLEGE G-33

5001 North MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038-3899
Tel: (972)273-3000
Admissions: (972)273-3109
Web Site: http://www.northlakecollege.edu/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1977. Setting: 250-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Total enrollment: 8,779. Full-time: 2,925 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 5,854 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 14 other countries, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 16% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 51% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/24. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. North Lake College Library with 34,000 books, 400 serials, and a Web page. 65 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ NORTHEAST TEXAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE C-22

PO Box 1307
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456-1307
Tel: (903)572-1911
Fax: (903)572-6712
Web Site: http://www.ntcc.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1985. Setting: 175-acre rural campus. Total enrollment: 2,512. 872 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,351 students, 64% women, 36% men. Part-time: 1,161 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 6 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 11% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 36% 25 or older, 3% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 54% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 31 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government, Psi Beta, Chemistry Club, Hispanic Culture Organization. Major annual events: Intercollegiate Rodeo, Welcome Back Lunch, Y'All Come Back Lunch. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Learning Resource Center with 24,501 books and 325 serials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $263,296. 126 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ NORTHWEST VISTA COLLEGE K-16

3535 North Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Tel: (210)348-2000
Admissions: (210)348-2016
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.accd.edu/nvc/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1995. Total enrollment: 8,463. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1% Native American, 44% Hispanic, 6% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international. Calendar: semesters.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $1008 full-time. State resident tuition: $2016 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $4032 full-time. Mandatory fees: $288 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling.

■ NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY, TEXAS CAMPUS H-33

1114 West FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104-1204
Tel: (972)291-1541
Free: 800-927-9663
Admissions: (989)837-4367
Fax: (972)291-3824
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.northwood.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed. Administratively affiliated with Northwood University (MI). Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1966. Setting: 360-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas. System endowment: $58.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2982 per student. Total enrollment: 1,061. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 635 applied, 54% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 63% from top half. Full-time: 815 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 246 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 18 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 26% Hispanic, 18% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 4% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 60% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; parks and recreation; communications/journalism. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,437 includes full-time tuition ($15,216), mandatory fees ($585), and college room and board ($6636). College room only: $3567. Part-time tuition: $317 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 17 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Association of Entertainment and Sports Management, In-Line Hockey Club, Alpha Nu Omega, Alpha Omega, Delta Epsilon Chi. Major annual events: Haunted Forest, International Fest, Sanity Inn. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols. 248 college housing spaces available; 176 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hach Library with 12,000 books, 164 serials, 230 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $193,491. 73 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ ODESSA COLLEGE F-9

201 West University Ave.
Odessa, TX 79764-7127
Tel: (432)335-6400
Admissions: (432)335-6815
Fax: (432)335-6860
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.odessa.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 87-acre urban campus. Endowment: $2.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1353 per student. Total enrollment: 4,569. 1,101 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,799 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 2,770 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 44% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 40% 25 or older, 3% live on campus, 0.1% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for allied health programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1110 full-time. State resident tuition: $1410 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $1860 full-time. Mandatory fees: $330 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4948. College room only: $3500. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Student Government Association, Rodeo Club, Physical Therapy Assistant Club, American Chemical Society. Major annual events: Back-to-School Picnic, Homecoming, Spring Fest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 400 college housing spaces available; 230 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Murray H. Fly Learning Resource Center with 79,882 books and 496 serials. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $451,500. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population of Odessa 100,000; of Midland 87,000. Odessa is one of the largest domestic oilfield supply centers in Texas. The community enjoys a mild climate. The city is reached by airlines, two bus lines, and railroad. Churches representing all denominations, two hospitals, a library, and many civic and fraternal organizations serve the area. Part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes theatres, bowling alleys, hunting, ice skating, and sports.

■ OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY OF SAN ANTONIO K-16

411 Southwest 24th St.
San Antonio, TX 78207-4689
Tel: (210)434-6711
Free: 800-436-6558
Fax: (210)436-0824
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.ollusa.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1895. Setting: 75-acre urban campus. Endowment: $22.3 million. Total enrollment: 2,872. Faculty: 225 (118 full-time, 107 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,214 applied, 53% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 76% from top half. Full-time: 1,242 students, 76% women, 24% men. Part-time: 550 students, 76% women, 24% men. Students come from 11 states and territories, 5 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 71% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 44% 25 or older, 41% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; science technologies; education; liberal arts/general studies; public administration and social services. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 2 summer sessions. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at United Colleges of San Antonio. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,928 includes full-time tuition ($17,048), mandatory fees ($498), and college room and board ($5382). College room only: $3226. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and degree level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $553 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $12 per credit hour, $48 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Major annual events: Spirit Day, Lake Fest, Spring Jam. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 639 college housing spaces available; 524 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. The Sueltenfuss Library plus 2 others with 162,154 books, 153,201 microform titles, 38,900 serials, 7,438 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.1 million. 230 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See San Antonio College.

■ PALO ALTO COLLEGE K-16

1400 West Villaret
San Antonio, TX 78224-2499
Tel: (210)921-5000
Admissions: (210)921-5279
Web Site: http://www.accd.edu/pac/htm/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Alamo Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1987. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 8,070. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,044 applied, 100% were admitted. Students come from 50 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 64% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 35% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1546 full-time, $252 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2806 full-time, $504 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5318 full-time, $1008 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $280 full-time, $1 per credit hour part-time, $138 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Catholic Campus Ministries, International Club, Veterinary Technician Association, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano De Aztlan, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: PACFest, PAChanga. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1 million. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ PANOLA COLLEGE E-23

1109 West Panola St.
Carthage, TX 75633-2397
Tel: (903)693-2000
Admissions: (903)693-2034
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.panola.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 35-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2120 per student. Total enrollment: 1,927. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 23:1. 360 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 946 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 981 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 5 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 12% live on campus. Retention: 42% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, occupational therapy assisting, vocational nursing programs. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadlines: Rolling, Rolling for nonresidents. Notification: continuous, continuous for nonresidents.

Costs Per Year:

Area resident tuition: $630 full-time, $45 per semester hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1320 full-time, $68 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $1710 full-time, $81 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $720 full-time. College room and board: $3300.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Excel Club, Baptist Student Union, Panola Pipers, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Welcome Back Dance, Fall Frolic, Spring Fling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access. 191 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. M. P. Baker Library with 88,897 books, 25,913 microform titles, 347 serials, 4,133 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $373,455. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 6400, Carthage is in a rural area with a temperate climate. The community is served by rail, bus, and U.S. Routes 59 and 79. Facilities include a public library, hospital, churches of eight denominations, theatres, a 35-mile lake shoreline for all water sports, a swimming pool, bowling alley, golf courses. Several rodeos and livestock shows are held annually. Part-time employment is somewhat limited.

■ PARIS JUNIOR COLLEGE B-21

2400 Clarksville St.
Paris, TX 75460-6298
Tel: (903)785-7661
Free: 800-232-5804
Admissions: (903)782-0425
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.parisjc.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1924. Setting: 54-acre rural campus. Endowment: $7.4 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1197 per student. Total enrollment: 4,118. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 1,463 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,457 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 2,661 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 41% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing program. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $840 full-time, $35 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1560 full-time, $65 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2520 full-time, $105 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $228 full-time. College room and board: $1882. College room only: $690.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required in freshman year. 38,150 books and 404 serials. 82 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 25,000, Paris, a farming and industrial center, has a modern attractiveness which is the result of planned reconstruction following a fire that swept the town in 1916. Today the local industries produce furniture, light bulb parts, clothing, and food items. Located in the heart of Red River Valley, the area has a mean annual temperature of 63.9 degrees. There are four rail lines, two bus lines, five main highways, and an airport approximately seven miles away to serve the community. A public library, theatres, two hospitals, and civic and fraternal organizations are active in the city. Local recreation includes the parks, bowling, golf, and nearby Pat Mayse Lake providing boating, swimming, and fishing.

■ PAUL QUINN COLLEGE D-19

3837 Simpson-Stuart Rd.
Dallas, TX 75241-4331
Tel: (214)376-1000
Free: 800-237-2648
Admissions: (214)302-3575
Fax: (214)302-3559
Web Site: http://www.pqc.edu/

Description:

Independent African Methodist Episcopal, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1872. Setting: 132-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $1.5 million. Total enrollment: 871. 3,221 applied, 27% were admitted. 49% from top quarter of their high school class, 50% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 10 class presidents, 5 valedictorians, 50 student government officers. Full-time: 732 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 139 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 9 states and territories, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 94% black, 0.1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 20% 25 or older, 35% live on campus. Retention: 42% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Texas State Technical Institute-Waco Campus.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Placement: SAT or ACT required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 5 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 40% of eligible men and 45% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Ambassadors, NAACP. Major annual events: Homecoming, Seniorfest. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 450 college housing spaces available; 372 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Zale Library with 87,000 books and 167 serials. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY I-21

PO Box 519
Prairie View, TX 77446-0519
Tel: (936)857-3311
Admissions: (936)857-2626
Fax: (936)857-2699
Web Site: http://www.pvamu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1878. Setting: 1,440-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $33.9 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $11.2 million. Total enrollment: 7,912. Faculty: 485 (366 full-time, 119 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 4,325 applied, 60% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 5,151 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 551 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 21 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 90% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 28% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; engineering. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $1500 full-time, $50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9780 full-time, $326 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $3406 full-time, $113.53 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. College room and board: $6204. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: National Society of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Toastmasters International, Baptist Student Movement. Major annual events: homecoming, The Yard Show, Miss Prairie View. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 3,291 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. John B. Coleman Library with 347,477 books, 710,429 microform titles, 25,911 serials, 3,836 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.2 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ RANGER COLLEGE E-16

College Circle
Ranger, TX 76470
Tel: (254)647-3234
Web Site: http://www.ranger.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State-related, 2-year, coed. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 100-acre rural campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Total enrollment: 843. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 75% from top half. Students come from 7 states and territories, 4 other countries, 45% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Choral group, marching band. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: controlled dormitory access. Golemon Library with 24,211 books and 133 serials. 42 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 3,094. Ranger's name was derived from a camp of Texas Rangers, organized near here to protect settlers from marauding Indians. In 1917, oil was discovered and the community expanded. Today, there are several churches representing the major denominations. The community is reached by railroad and interstate highway. Local recreation includes fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, a municipally owned swimming pool, hunting for deer, duck, dove, squirrel, and rabbit. Part-time employment is limited.

■ REMINGTON COLLEGE-DALLAS CAMPUS D-19

1800 East Gate Dr.
Garland, TX 75041-5513
Tel: (972)686-7878
Tax: (972)686-5116
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year. Founded 1987.

■ REMINGTON COLLEGE-FORT WORTH CAMPUS D-18

300 East Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76112
Tel: (817)451-0017
Fax: (817)496-1257
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed.

■ REMINGTON COLLEGE-HOUSTON CAMPUS J-22

3110 Hayes Rd., Ste. 380
Houston, TX 77082
Tel: (281)899-1240
Fax: (281)597-8466
Web Site: http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/houston/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates and terminal associate degrees. Total enrollment: 250.

■ RICE UNIVERSITY J-22

6100 Main St.
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Tel: (713)348-0000
Free: 800-527-OWLS
Admissions: (713)348-RICE
Fax: (713)348-5323
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.rice.edu/

Description:

Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 300-acre urban campus. Endowment: $3.6 billion. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $56.7 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $32,039 per student. Total enrollment: 5,258. Faculty: 710 (567 full-time, 143 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 5:1. 7,890 applied, 25% were admitted. 88% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 192 National Merit Scholars, 17 class presidents, 94 valedictorians, 164 student government officers. Full-time: 3,057 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 128 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 29 other countries, 47% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 7% black, 16% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 71% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences; engineering; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, portfolio required for architecture students; audition required for music students, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/10, 11/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision, 2/10 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $32,726 includes full-time tuition ($23,310), mandatory fees ($436), and college room and board ($8980). College room only: $5700. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 204 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, volunteer program, intramural sports, college government, Marching Owl Band. Major annual events: Beer-Bike Relay Race, campus-wide formals, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 76 college housing spaces available; 71 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Fondren Library with 2.4 million books, 3.1 million microform titles, 16,013 serials, 48,385 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $20.9 million. 523 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ RICHLAND COLLEGE D-19

12800 Abrams Rd.
Dallas, TX 75243-2199
Tel: (972)238-6106
Admissions: (972)238-6123
Fax: (972)238-6957
Web Site: http://www.rlc.dcccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Dallas County Community College District System. Awards transfer associate and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1972. Setting: 250-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 14,128. Students come from 24 states and territories, 21 other countries, 47% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, emergency call boxes. College housing not available. Richland College Library with 63,000 books and 350 serials. 400 computers available on campus for general student use.

■ ST. EDWARD'S UNIVERSITY I-18

3001 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704
Tel: (512)448-8400
Free: 800-555-0164
Admissions: (512)448-8602
Fax: (512)448-8492
E-mail: [email protected]u
Web Site: http://www.stedwards.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 160-acre urban campus. Endowment: $48.7 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6445 per student. Total enrollment: 4,947. Faculty: 440 (155 full-time, 285 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,217 applied, 69% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,997 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 967 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 39 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 30% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 7% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/journalism; construction trades; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $25,700 includes full-time tuition ($18,800) and college room and board ($6900). College room only: $3900. Part-time tuition: $628 per hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, University Programming Board, SEUTV, Alpha Phi Omega, Emerging Leaders. Major annual events: Hillfest, Midnight Breakfast, Welcome Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self-defense educations, informal discussions, pamphlets, posters, films, lighted pathways and sidewalks. College housing designed to accommodate 1,056 students; 1,069 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Scarborough-Phillips Library with 189,080 books, 102,415 microform titles, 3,531 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.4 million. 475 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY OF SAN ANTONIO K-16

1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8507
Tel: (210)436-3011
Free: 800-FOR-STMU
Admissions: (210)436-3126
Fax: (210)431-6742
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.stmarytx.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1852. Setting: 135-acre urban campus. Endowment: $94.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $467,972. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6970 per student. Total enrollment: 3,963. Faculty: 333 (184 full-time, 149 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,942 applied, 72% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 63% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 14 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,185 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 238 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 31 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 70% Hispanic, 4% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 13% 25 or older, 41% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, Oblate School of Theology, University of Dayton, Chaminade University, University of Notre Dame. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,162 includes full-time tuition ($18,274), mandatory fees ($1200), and college room and board ($6688). College room only: $3916. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $548 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $250 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 14% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Beta Beta Beta Biology Society, Emerging Leaders, Student Government Association, Mexican Student Organization, Delta Zeta. Major annual events: Fiesta Oyster Bake, President Peace Commission Symposia, Hunger Awareness Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,213 college housing spaces available; 1,044 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Louis J. Blume Library plus 1 other with 481,137 books, 253,621 microform titles, 1,213 serials, 4,203 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $3.2 million. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ ST. PHILIP'S COLLEGE K-16

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203-2098
Tel: (210)531-3200
Admissions: (210)531-3290
Fax: (210)531-4831
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.accd.edu/spc/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Alamo Community College District System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1898. Setting: 16-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 9,792. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. Full-time: 4,209 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 5,583 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 8 other countries, 1% Native American, 48% Hispanic, 16% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 48% 25 or older, 11% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1200 full-time, $40 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2400 full-time, $80 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4800 full-time, $160 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $272 full-time, $136 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Delta Epsilon Chi, Radiography Club, Respiratory Therapy Club, Diagnostic Imaging Club. Major annual events: Culture Fest, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black Heritage Month. Student services: health clinic, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. St. Philip's College Learning Resource Center plus 1 other with 112,197 books, 910,880 microform titles, 577 serials, 11,300 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 885 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY H-21

Huntsville, TX 77341
Tel: (936)294-1111; (866)232-7528
Admissions: (936)294-1828
Web Site: http://www.shsu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of The Texas State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1879. Setting: 1,256-acre small town campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $23.2 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1583 per student. Total enrollment: 15,000. Faculty: 681 (471 full-time, 210 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 11,120 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 1,893 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 47 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 15% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 17% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The University Center, American Institute for Foreign Study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3822 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9728 full-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5002. College room only: $2826. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 147 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 9% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Residence Hall Association, NAACP, Baptist Student Ministry. Major annual events: Bonfire, Block Party, Sam Jam. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,500 college housing spaces available; 3,297 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Newton Gresham Library with 1.2 million books, 1.2 million microform titles, 4,521 serials, 21,848 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $3.8 million. 552 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Huntsville, population 35,222, is located in the pine belt 70 miles north of Houston. This was the home of General Sam Houston, and local museums commemorate his honor. The average temperatures are 51.1 degrees in winter and 82.6 degrees in summer. The community has a hospital, various fraternal, civic, and veteran's organizations, and is served by bus and U.S. Highway I-45. A nearby state park offers fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, and camping. Part-time employment is available.

■ SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE K-16

1300 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212-4299
Tel: (210)733-2000
Free: 800-944-7575
Admissions: (210)733-2582
Fax: (210)733-2200
Web Site: http://www.accd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Alamo Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 45-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 22,226. Full-time: 8,587 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 13,639 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 54 states and territories, 112 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 49% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 40% 25 or older, 8% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Recommended: high school transcript. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: SAT or ACT, ACT ASSET, THEA, ACCUPLACER recommended; ACT ASSET, THEA, ACCUPLACER required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $960 full-time, $40 per semester hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1920 full-time, $80 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3840 full-time, $160 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $272 full-time, $136 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. San Antonio College Library and Media Services with 233,714 books, 9,765 microform titles, 1,498 serials, 6,082 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 975,000. Called the cradle of Texas liberty because of its history, San Antonio is the birthplace of the rough riders and the home of the Alamo. San Antonio is a mixture of its early Spanish background and a modern metropolis. Skyscrapers exist alongside 18th-century adobe restorations. There are many historic sites to be seen in the area. The transportation to and within the city is excellent. There are local and transcontinental bus lines. More than 500 churches representing most denominations, many civic and fraternal organizations, hospitals and museums serve the community. San Antonio has a symphony orchestra and an art museum. The annual Fiesta San Jacinto, Everett Colborn World's Championship Rodeo, and Grand Opera Festival are held here. Local recreation includes 56 parks, sunken garden theater, golf courses, polo fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, bridle paths, picnic grounds, swimming pools, hunting, fishing, and boating. Part-time employment is available.

■ SAN JACINTO COLLEGE DISTRICT J-22

4624 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77504-3323
Tel: (281)998-6100
Web Site: http://www.sjcd.cc.tx.us/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Founded 1961. Endowment: $1.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2182 per student. 25% from top quarter of their high school class, 58% from top half. Students come from 17 states and territories, 12 other countries, 24% 25 or older. Calendar: semesters.

■ SCHREINER UNIVERSITY I-15

2100 Memorial Blvd.
Kerrville, TX 78028-5697
Tel: (830)896-5411
Free: 800-343-4919
Admissions: (830)792-7277
Fax: (830)792-7226
Web Site: http://www.schreiner.edu/

Description:

Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 175-acre small town campus with easy access to San Antonio and Austin. Endowment: $31.4 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5130 per student. Total enrollment: 842. 785 applied, 50% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 69% from top half. Full-time: 717 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 76 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 2 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,474 includes full-time tuition ($14,742), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($7332). College room only: $3900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $629 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Back on Campus Again (non-traditional student organization), Campus Ministry, International Club, Best Buddies. Major annual events: Spring Fling/Fall Ball, Convocation, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 485 college housing spaces available; 380 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. W. M. Logan Library with 69,873 books, 593 microform titles, 225 serials, 477 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $406,595. 106 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 24,000. In the rugged hill region by the Guadalupe River, Kerrville is a popular summer and winter resort area. The hill country is famous for fishing and hunting. The city is located 65 miles northwest of San Antonio and enjoys moderate climate. The community has churches of major denominations, a hospital, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Local recreation includes theatres, boating, fishing, water skiing, and deer and turkey hunting. Job opportunities are available.

■ SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE C-9

1401 South College Ave.
Levelland, TX 79336-6595
Tel: (806)894-9611
Fax: (806)897-3167
Web Site: http://www.southplainscollege.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1958. Setting: 177-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2471 per student. Total enrollment: 9,273. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 32% from top quarter, 60% from top half. 8 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,774 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 4,499 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 8 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 25% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 39% 25 or older, 10% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: ACT, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1394 full-time, $26 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1922 full-time, $48 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2306 full-time, $64 per hour part-time. College room and board: $3300.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: student government, Phi Beta Kappa, Bleacher Bums, Law Enforcement Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling, Miss Cap Rock Pageant. Student services: health clinic. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 590 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. 70,000 books, 310 serials, and an OPAC. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Levelland, population 14,500, is a rural community enjoying a temperate climate. The area is served by bus, an airport, and Routes 114 and 385. The city has a public library, hospital, churches of major denominations, theatres, and active civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations. Local recreation includes outdoor sports and rodeo. Part-time employment is available.

■ SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE Q-17

3201 West Pecan
McAllen, TX 78501
Tel: (956)618-8323
Free: 800-742-7822
Admissions: (956)872-2147
Fax: (956)928-4445
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.southtexascollege.edu/

Description:

District-supported, primarily 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, terminal associate, and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1993. Setting: 20-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $17,971. Total enrollment: 16,225. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 24% from top quarter of their high school class, 32% from top half. Full-time: 6,194 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 10,031 students, 61% women, 39% men. 0% from out-of-state, 0.04% Native American, 95% Hispanic, 0.2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 35% 25 or older. Retention: 56% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study at University of Texas-Pan American. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, THEA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. One-time mandatory fee: $75. Area resident tuition: $1416 full-time, $127 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1826 full-time, $164.50 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4848 full-time, $202 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $400 full-time, $6 per credit hour part-time, $85 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Most popular organizations: Beta Epsilon Mu Honor Society, Automotive Technology Club, Child Care and Development Association Club, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Ventilation Club, Writing in Literary Discussion Club. Major annual events: Career Day, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving Food Drive. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Learning Resources Center with 12,611 books, 177 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $144,832. 240 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ SOUTHEASTERN CAREER INSTITUTE D-19

5440 Harvest Hill, Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75230-1600
Tel: (972)385-1446
Free: 800-525-1446
Fax: (972)385-0641
Web Site: http://www.southeasterncareerinstitute.com/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Founded 1987.

■ SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY D-19

6425 Boaz
Dallas, TX 75275
Tel: (214)768-2000
Free: 800-323-0672
Admissions: (214)768-1101
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.smu.edu/

Description:

Independent, university, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1911. Setting: 165-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $1 billion. Total enrollment: 11,152. Faculty: 933 (604 full-time, 329 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 6,981 applied, 58% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 92% from top half. Full-time: 6,126 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 363 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 66 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 6% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 5% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences; communications/journalism. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,325 includes full-time tuition ($25,400), mandatory fees ($3230), and college room and board ($9695). College room only: $5775. Part-time tuition: $1058 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $135 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 152 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 29% of eligible men and 35% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Program Council, Student Senate, Student Foundation, Residence Hall Association, United Methodist Campus Ministries. Major annual events: homecoming, Sing Song, All-School Block Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,713 college housing spaces available; 2,491 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Central University Library plus 7 others with 2.8 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 10,540 serials, 44,103 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 758 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Texas at Dallas.

■ SOUTHWEST INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY I-18

5424 Hwy. 290 West, Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78735-8800
Tel: (512)892-2640
Fax: (512)892-1045
Web Site: http://www.swse.net/

Description:

Proprietary, 2-year, coed. Awards diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 63. 77 applied, 82% were admitted. Full-time: 63 students, 14% women, 86% men. 27% Hispanic, 24% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander. Calendar: continuous.

■ SOUTHWEST TEXAS JUNIOR COLLEGE K-14

2401 Garner Field Rd.
Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
Tel: (830)278-4401
Web Site: http://www.swtjc.net/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 97-acre small town campus with easy access to San Antonio. Total enrollment: 4,350. Students come from 2 states and territories, 4 other countries, 0% Native American, 75% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 34% 25 or older, 9% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous. Preference given to local residents.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Catholic Students Club, Business Administration Club. Major annual event: Spring Palms Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Will C. Miller Memorial Library with 30,890 books and 285 serials. 300 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 15,000. Uvalde is located at the base of the Texas Hill Country 75 miles west of San Antonio and is known for its agriculture production; hunting for deer, wild turkey, quail and doves; and fishing. The climate is moderate. City services include a memorial hospital, public library, community theatre in the historic Grand Opera House, U.S. Vice-President John Nance Garner Memorial Museum, and churches of various denominations. Uvalde is reached by buslines, major highways and a private airport. Dormitories, apartments and rental houses provide student housing. Local recreation includes six screen theater complex, 18-hole golf course, parks, two rivers, private clubs, various community celebrations.

■ SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY E-18

100 Hillcrest Dr.
Keene, TX 76059
Tel: (817)645-3921
Free: 800-433-2240
Fax: (817)556-4744
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.swau.edu/

Description:

Independent Seventh-day Adventist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1894. Setting: 150-acre rural campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $7.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3651 per student. Total enrollment: 1,191. 657 applied, 64% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar. Full-time: 821 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 342 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 53 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 14% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 13% international, 36% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 21% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Tarleton State University, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Andrews University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/31. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $18,290 includes full-time tuition ($12,144), mandatory fees ($340), and college room and board ($5806). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time mandatory fees: $170. Part-time fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 10 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Association, SIFE, Education/Psychology Club, Theology Club, Nursing Club. Major annual events: Mimosa Memories, Student Appreciation Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Chan Shun Centennial Library with 108,481 books, 457 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $439,467. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 5,019. Keene is a small community in a rural area. The climate is temperate. The city is reached by bus lines and U.S. Route 67. There is a local Seventh Day Adventist Church. A shopping center is located seven miles distant. Part-time employment is available.

■ SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY E-19

1200 Sycamore St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165-5735
Tel: (972)937-4010; 888-937-7248
Web Site: http://www.sagu.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Assemblies of God. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1927. Setting: 70-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas. Endowment: $853,777. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1485 per student. Total enrollment: 1,676. 1,676 applied, 34% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 19% from top quarter, 40% from top half. Students come from 42 states and territories, 35% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 55% live on campus. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, medical history, evidence of approved Christian character, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Gold Jackets/Blazers, intramurals, Mission Association, Student Congress, SOCS. Major annual events: homecoming, Class Night, All-School Picnic. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: student patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. P. C. Nelson Memorial Library plus 1 other with 110,000 books, 600 serials, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $110,773. 45 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 20,000, Waxahachie is the capital of Ellis County. It is located 28 miles south of Dallas and 40 miles southeast of Fort Worth. The area can be reached by rail, bus, and major highways. Community facilities include a medical center, a hospital and health clinic, many churches of various denominations, and several civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreation includes baseball, bowling, golf, hunting, boating, and fishing. Apartments and part-time employment are available.

■ SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE D-20

Box 10
200 Bowser St.
Terrell, TX 75160
Tel: (972)524-3341
Admissions: (214)524-3341
Web Site: http://www.swcc.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Church of Christ. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1949. Setting: 25-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Total enrollment: 186. 389 applied, 90% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 12% from top half. Students come from 26 states and territories, 5 other countries, 14% 25 or older, 80% live on campus. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, part-time degree program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations. Placement: SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/1.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 41% of eligible men and 33% of eligible women are members. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. Hogan Stewart Learning Center with 25,687 books and 158 serials. 40 computers available on campus for general student use.

Community Environment:

Terrell is a suburban community enjoying dry, temperate climate. The city is reached by bus, railroad, and major highways. Community services include many churches representing most major denominations, hospitals, a public library, YMCA, and YWCA. There are theatres, parks, and nearby lakes for water sports. Part-time employment opportunities are limited. Various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations are active in Terrell. Small city and all necessary items are within walking distance.

■ SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY H-18

1001 East University Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78626
Tel: (512)863-6511
Free: 800-252-3166
Admissions: (512)863-1200
Fax: (512)863-6511
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.southwestern.edu/

Description:

Independent Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1840. Setting: 700-acre suburban campus with easy access to Austin. Endowment: $279.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $481,092. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $16,016 per student. Total enrollment: 1,309. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 1,760 applied, 67% were admitted. 49% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 13 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,286 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 23 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 8 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 3% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 2% 25 or older, 83% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences; communications/journalism; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at GLCA Arts Program in New York; Washington Semester at American University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $28,447 includes full-time tuition ($21,900) and college room and board ($6547). College room only: $3143. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and student level. Part-time tuition: $920 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 105 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 29% of eligible men and 31% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, International Club, Latinos Unidos. Major annual events: Homecoming, Brown Symposium, Parents' and Grandparents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,042 college housing spaces available; 1,038 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. A. Frank Smith Jr. Library Center with 323,000 books, 58,813 microform titles, 2,598 serials, 12,858 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.1 million. 223 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 25,000, Georgetown enjoys the advantage of being a small town yet is only 26 miles from the state capital, Austin. The climate is moderate, both in winter and summer. The community is served by rail, bus lines, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and Interstate Highway 35 and has a modern hospital and clinic. Located in the heart of the highland lakes region, recreational opportunities include fishing, boating, and water sports. Part-time employment is available.

■ STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY F-23

1936 North St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Tel: (936)468-2011
Free: 800-731-2902
Admissions: (936)468-2504
Fax: (936)468-3849
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.sfasu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 400-acre small town campus. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $4.6 million. Total enrollment: 11,435. Faculty: 582 (434 full-time, 148 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 6,506 applied, 74% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 8,490 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 1,316 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 42 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 17% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 23% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4718 full-time, $126 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,998 full-time, $402 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $60.50 per credit hour part-time, $9 per term part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5459. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 180 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Texas Student Education Association, American Marketing Association, Baptist Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Day, Legislators' Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,963 college housing spaces available; 3,353 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ralph W. Steen Library with 2,791 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 35,000. Nacogdoches is one of the oldest settlements in Texas. This is a rural community enjoying temperate climate. There are more than 30 churches representing 15 different denominations, a library, museums, two hospitals, garden clubs, and major civic and fraternal organizations within the community. Nacogdoches is reached by railroad, bus lines, and Highways 59, 259, 7 and 21. Part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes movie theatres, several lakes for boating, swimming, and other water sports, and national forests for hiking, picnicking and hunting.

■ SUL ROSS STATE UNIVERSITY I-7

East Hwy. 90
Alpine, TX 79832
Tel: (432)837-8011; 888-722-7778
Admissions: (432)837-8050
Fax: (432)837-8334
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.sulross.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1920. Setting: 640-acre small town campus. Endowment: $5.9 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $629,607. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4267 per student. Total enrollment: 1,954. 1,021 applied, 73% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 18% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 1,236 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 166 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 12 states and territories, 2 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 48% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 23% 25 or older, 10% transferred in. Retention: 50% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Union, Wesley Center, Rodeo Club, Wildlife Society, MECHA. Major annual events: Homecoming, Spring Blast, Sul Ross Rodeo. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. 717 college housing spaces available; 505 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library with 245,567 books, 549,490 microform titles, 1,350 serials, 7,011 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.2 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 7,000, Alpine, located between El Paso on the west and Del Rio on the east, is known for its Highland Hereford breed of cattle. The city is also the gateway to travel to Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Sites, Davis Mountains State Park, and McDonald Observatory. The climate in the area is mild. Railroad, commuter airline, and three bus lines serve the community. Local recreation includes baseball, hunting, golf, fishing, a theatre, and Summer Theatre during July and August. There is a hospital, library, and churches of various denominations within the city. Part-time employment is available.

■ TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY E-17

Box T-0001
Tarleton Station
Stephenville, TX 76402
Tel: (254)968-9000
Admissions: (254)968-9125
Fax: (254)968-9920
Web Site: http://www.tarleton.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 125-acre small town campus with easy access to Fort Worth. Endowment: $26.4 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $5.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $9373 per student. Total enrollment: 9,144. Faculty: 534 (292 full-time, 242 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 2,247 applied, 84% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 6,081 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 1,532 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 9 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; agriculture; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 4/28, 11/30 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3300 full-time, $110 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,580 full-time, $386 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $870 full-time, $53 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5514. College room only: $2970. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 95 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Programming Association, Plowboys Association, Student Organizational Forum, Tarleton Association of Student Leaders. Major annual events: homecoming, Halloween Carnival/Haunted House, Vegas Night. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,600 college housing spaces available; 1,462 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dick Smith Library plus 1 other with 320,302 books, 911,519 microform titles, 1,150 serials, 8,687 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Stephenville, Texas, with a population of 15,000 is located in west central Texas, approximately 60 miles from the Ft. Worth/Dallas metroplex. With a typically mild climate average rainfall of 32 inches yearly, the region is commonly known as the Cross Timbers area, a term that refers to the many varieties of oak trees, including a heavy concentration of the live oak tree. Community services include churches of all denominations, a full-service hospital, including a new emergency wing and 24 hour care flight service, libraries and dozens of restaurants and shopping options. Railroad, bus, and a local airport are available. In addition, the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport is within a one and one-half hour drive.

■ TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT D-18

1500 Houston St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-6599
Tel: (817)515-5100
Admissions: (817)515-5291
Fax: (817)515-5295
Web Site: http://web.tccd.net/

Description:

County-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 667-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6600 per student. Total enrollment: 34,892. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 7,181 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 12,259 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 22,633 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 6 states and territories, 0% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 14% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 38% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for nursing, allied health programs. Option: early admission. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1200 full-time, $50 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $1512 full-time, $63 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3600 full-time, $150 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 48 open to all. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. 197,352 books, 14,681 microform titles, 1,649 serials, 18,833 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEMPLE COLLEGE G-18

2600 South First St.
Temple, TX 76504-7435
Tel: (254)298-8282
Admissions: (254)298-8308
Web Site: http://www.templejc.edu/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 114-acre suburban campus. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6900 per student. Total enrollment: 4,068. 753 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,533 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 2,535 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 8 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 14% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 31% 25 or older, 1% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 51% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Temple College at Taylor, Cameron Education Center, McClenan Community College.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required for some: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/19.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1860 full-time, $62 per hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time, $95 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $4500 full-time, $150 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $65 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Hubert Dawson Library with 55,536 books, 40,114 microform titles, 391 serials, 2,170 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $400,882. 100 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 53,733. Temple today is a medical center visited annually by thousands of patients. Located in central Texas, the city enjoys a temperate climate. The community has air, rail, and bus service available. Community service facilities include four excellent hospitals, many churches representing all major denominations, a library, and several hotels and motels. There are various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations active in the area. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, and most water sports at nearby Lake Belton. Part-time employment is available.

■ TEXARKANA COLLEGE C-24

2500 North Robison Rd.
Texarkana, TX 75599-0001
Tel: (903)838-4541
Fax: (903)832-5030
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.texarkanacollege.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1927. Setting: 88-acre urban campus. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $1880 per student. Total enrollment: 3,895. Full-time: 1,550 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 2,345 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 7 states and territories, 5 other countries, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 16% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international, 42% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 16 open to all. Most popular organizations: Black Student Association, Earth Club. Major annual events: Octoberfest, Spring Fest. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. 75 college housing spaces available; 40 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Palmer Memorial Library with 46,700 books and 646 serials. 105 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Texarkana is located on the Arkansas-Texas border which runs approximately through the center of town. A trading center, there are many railroad lines coming into the area. The community has two hospitals, motels and hotels, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Local recreation includes golf, hunting, fishing, boating, and water skiing. Part-time employment is available.

■ TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY N-15

5201 University Blvd.
Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Tel: (956)326-2001; 888-489-2648
Admissions: (956)326-2200
Fax: (956)326-2348
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamiu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1969. Setting: 300-acre urban campus. Endowment: $21 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $396,428. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5154 per student. Total enrollment: 4,298. Faculty: 273 (161 full-time, 112 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,566 applied, 51% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 2,236 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,098 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 9 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.03% Native American, 92% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 37% 25 or older, 7% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; security and protective services. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: 7/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3150 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,430 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1068 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6390. College room only: $4000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 35 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: TAMIU Ambassadors, Electronic Commerce Association, Rainbow Education Association of Laredo, Student Finance Society, Psychology Club. Major annual events: Halloween Fest, Thanksgiving Festival, International Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 250 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Sue and Radcliff Killam Library with 166,951 books, 148,825 microform titles, 8,492 serials, 1,040 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $3.1 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY H-20

College Station, TX 77843
Tel: (979)845-3211
Admissions: (979)845-3741
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1876. Setting: 5,200-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. System endowment: $5 billion. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $394.5 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $8627 per student. Total enrollment: 44,910. Faculty: 2,232 (1,898 full-time, 334 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 17,871 applied, 70% were admitted. 50% from top 10% of their high school class, 79% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 137 National Merit Scholars, 216 valedictorians. Full-time: 33,085 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 3,283 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 128 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 3% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; agriculture; engineering. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to students graduating in the top 10% of Texas high schools.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $4110 full-time, $137 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,390 full-time, $413 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2289 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $6952. College room only: $3704. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 700 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Memorial Student Center, Corps of Cadets, Fish Camp, student government. Major annual events: Big Event, Parents' Weekend, Aggie Muster. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, student escorts. 10,000 college housing spaces available; 9,091 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Sterling C. Evans Library plus 4 others with 3 million books, 5.4 million microform titles, 45,710 serials, 323,023 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $25.8 million. 1,300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE C-21

PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
Tel: (903)886-5081
Free: 800-331-3878
Admissions: (903)886-5103
Fax: (903)886-5888
Web Site: http://www.tamu-commerce.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 140-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $9.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $609,864. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6149 per student. Total enrollment: 8,787. Faculty: 500 (295 full-time, 205 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 16% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Students come from 27 states and territories, 31 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 19% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 24% live on campus. Retention: 66% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; business/marketing; visual and performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Federation of North Texas Area Universities. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/11. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3834 full-time, $278.50 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,574 full-time, $554.50 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $990 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5740. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Day, Sam Rayburn Leadership Institute. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 2,300 college housing spaces available; 1,563 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Gee Library with 112,601 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 7,918 serials, 50,283 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.1 million. 405 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI N-18

6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
Tel: (361)825-5700
Free: 800-482-6822
Admissions: (361)825-2414
Fax: (361)825-5810>
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamucc.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 240-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $2.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $5.4 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4984 per student. Total enrollment: 8,227. 3,273 applied, 85% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 85% from top half. Full-time: 5,255 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,326 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 23 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 37% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 17% 25 or older, 16% live on campus, 20% transferred in. Retention: 64% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3348 full-time, $116 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,628 full-time, $326 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1168 full-time, $35 per semester hour part-time, $92.50. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7800. College room only: $5400. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: Student Accounting Society, Student Art Association, science clubs. Major annual events: Fall Fest, Splash Day, Island Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, security gate access with card after 10 p.m. 1,340 college housing spaces available; 1,160 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mary and Jeff Bell Library with 731,586 books, 536,059 microform titles, 1,901 serials, 6,012 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.9 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT GALVESTON K-23

PO Box 1675
Galveston, TX 77553-1675
Tel: (409)740-4400; 877-322-4443
Admissions: (409)740-4414
Fax: (409)740-4709
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamug.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1962. Setting: 122-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Endowment: $1.6 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.9 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5669 per student. Total enrollment: 1,677. Faculty: 170 (68 full-time, 102 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,171 applied, 96% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 1,488 students, 42% women, 58% men. Part-time: 148 students, 47% women, 53% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 13 other countries, 18% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 11% 25 or older, 54% live on campus, 17% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; transportation and materials moving. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Naval.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT, THEA. Recommended: essay, recommendations, community involvement, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4110 full-time, $137 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,390 full-time, $413 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1008 full-time, $504 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $4870. College room only: $1958. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 37 open to all. Most popular organizations: Sail Club, Caving Club, Dive Club, Rowing Club, Rifle Drill Team. Major annual events: Aggie Muster, Spring Fest, Maritime Ball. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 650 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Jack K. Williams Library with 56,589 books, 54,187 microform titles, 640 serials, 2,822 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.1 million. 122 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-KINGSVILLE N-18

West Santa Gertrudis
Kingsville, TX 78363
Tel: (361)593-2111
Free: 800-687-6000
Admissions: (361)593-2811
Web Site: http://www.tamuk.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1925. Setting: 255-acre small town campus. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $5.8 million. Total enrollment: 7,126. 2,335 applied, 98% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 65% from top half. Full-time: 3,910 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 1,735 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 61 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 66% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 30% live on campus. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for the college of arts and sciences. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $3060 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,340 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1266 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Aggie Club, Rodeo Club, Educational Association, Child Development Club, Resident's Hall Club. Major annual events: Fall Carnival, Homecoming activities, Pageant. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. James C. Jernigan Library with 358,466 books, 183,416 microform titles, 2,304 serials, 3,224 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1 million. 600 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER H-20

301 Tarrow St.
7th Floor
College Station, TX 77840
Tel: (979)458-7200
Admissions: (214)828-8230
Fax: (979)458-7202
Web Site: http://www.tamhsc.edu/

Description:

State-supported, upper-level, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1999. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment:529. Faculty: 255 (137 full-time, 118 part-time). Full-time: 59 students, 100% women. Students come from 2 states and territories, 0% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 2% black, 14% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 30% 25 or older, 51% transferred in. Retention: 0% of full-time entering class returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $3752 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,342 full-time. Mandatory fees: $1,075 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, electronically operated building access. College housing not available.

■ TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-TEXARKANA C-24

PO Box 5518
Texarkana, TX 75505-5518
Tel: (903)223-3000
Admissions: (903)223-3068
Fax: (903)832-8890
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tamut.edu/

Description:

State-supported, upper-level, coed. Part of Texas A&M University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 1-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.2 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $4759. Total enrollment: 1,653. Faculty: 100.

Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. Students come from 6 states and territories, 1 other country, 24% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 14% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.2% international. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: interdisciplinary studies; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2160 full-time, $90 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8784 full-time, $366 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $390 full-time, $15.75 per credit hour part-time, $6 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 17 open to all. Most popular organizations: Education Club, Psychology Club, Science Club, Multicultural Association, Reading Club. Major annual events: Summer Fest, Fall Fest, Spring Fest. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. John F. Moss Library plus 1 other with 125,991 books, 1.7 million microform titles, 5,709 serials, 3,720 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $780,342. 133 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS CHIROPRACTIC COLLEGE J-22

5912 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505-1699
Tel: (281)487-1170
Free: 800-468-6839
Admissions: (281)998-6017
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.txchiro.edu/

Description:

Independent, upper-level, coed. Awards incidental bachelor's and first professional degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 18-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 458. Faculty: 31 (28 full-time, 3 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. Full-time: 27 students, 41% women, 59% men. Part-time: 26 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 7 other countries, 0% from out-of-state. Core. Calendar: trimesters. Internships. Off campus study.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $18,285 full-time, $508 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $315 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Social organizations: local women's organization. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. College housing not available. Mae Hilty Memorial Library with 10,500 books and 160 serials.

Community Environment:

See San Jacinto College - Central Campus.

■ TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY D-18

2800 South University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76129-0002
Tel: (817)257-7000
Free: 800-828-3764
Admissions: (817)257-7490
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tcu.edu/

Description:

Independent, university, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and first professional certificates. Founded 1873. Setting: 260-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $950 million. Total enrollment: 8,749. Faculty: 810 (465 full-time, 345 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 8,155 applied, 67% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 94% from top half. Full-time: 6,718 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 453 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 75 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 6% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/journalism; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $28,300 includes full-time tuition ($21,280), mandatory fees ($40), and college room and board ($6980). College room only: $4180. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 195 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities, local coed music fraternities; 34% of eligible men and 36% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Christmas tree lighting, Frog Fest/Frog Follies. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, emergency call boxes, video camera surveillance in parking lots. 3,200 college housing spaces available; 3,116 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Mary Couts Burnett Library with 1.3 million books, 641,174 microform titles, 6,229 serials, 62,376 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page.

Community Environment:

The University is easily accessible to a variety of recreational, educational, and professional opportunities in the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex. Major museums, parks, theatres, churches, and restaurants are within a few miles from the campus.

■ TEXAS COLLEGE E-22

2404 North Grand Ave.
PO Box 4500
Tyler, TX 75712-4500
Tel: (903)593-8311
Free: 800-306-6299
Web Site: http://www.texascollege.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1894. Total enrollment: 757. 1,243 applied, 25% were admitted. 3% from top 10% of their high school class, 10% from top quarter, 37% from top half. Full-time: 694 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 58 students, 59% women, 41% men. 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 97% black, 0% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 75% live on campus. Retention: 32% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: Common Application. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $12,410 includes full-time tuition ($7680) and college room and board ($4730). College room only: $3000. Part-time tuition: $320 per semester hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. 435 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. D. R. Glass Library plus 1 other with 73,329 books, 201 microform titles, 122 serials, 1,268 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. 75 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS CULINARY ACADEMY I-18

11400 Burnet Rd., Ste. 2100
Austin, TX 78758
Tel: (512)323-2511; 888-553-2433
Admissions: (512)837-2665
Fax: (512)323-2126
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.txca.com/

Description:

Independent, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 200. Calendar: continuous.

Entrance Requirements:

Required: essay, high school transcript. Application deadline: Rolling.

Collegiate Environment:

Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices.

■ TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY J-17

1000 West Ct. St.
Seguin, TX 78155-5999
Tel: (830)372-8000
Free: 800-771-8521
Admissions: (830)372-8050
Fax: (830)372-8096
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tlu.edu/

Description:

Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 196-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Antonio. Endowment: $52.4 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $39,892. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4644 per student. Total enrollment: 1,435. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 1,150 applied, 72% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,328 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 107 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 24 states and territories, 12 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 8% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 66% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; education; visual and performing arts; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $24,440 includes full-time tuition ($18,720), mandatory fees ($120), and college room and board ($5600). College room only: $2600. Part-time tuition: $630 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $60 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 57 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Ministry, Mexican American Student Association, Student Government Association. Major annual events: KROST Symposium, Christmas Vespers, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 999 college housing spaces available; 902 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Blumberg Memorial Library with 171,029 books, 118,592 microform titles, 566 serials, 4,297 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $360,584. 48 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 27,000, Seguin is a suburban community enjoying temperate climate. The city is reached by Interstate 10. There is a library, a museum, churches representing 10 different denominations, and a hospital serving the community. Various job opportunities are available here. Various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations are active in Seguin. Nearby Lake McQueeney offers water skiing.

■ TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY J-22

3100 Cleburne
Houston, TX 77004-4584
Tel: (713)313-7011
Admissions: (713)313-7472
Fax: (713)527-7842
Web Site: http://www.tsu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 147-acre urban campus. Endowment: $15.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $4.6 million. Total enrollment: 11,903. Faculty: 569. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 25:1. 6,596 applied, 30% were admitted. Full-time: 7,739 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 2,021 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 42 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 90% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 23% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Houston Community College Pinemont Center, North Harris College Career Center. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/10. Notification: continuous until 8/28.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $42. State resident tuition: $1200 full-time, $50 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7824 full-time, $326 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2572 full-time, $817 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $6056. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 58 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Debate Team, University Program Council, Student Government Association, Band. Major annual events: Homecoming Festival, Labor Day Classic Game, Spring Festival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 1,363 students; 1,462 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Robert J. Terry Library plus 2 others with 266,888 books, 462,135 microform titles, 1,750 serials, 4,016 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.8 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Houston.

■ TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE Q-18

80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, TX 78520-4991
Tel: (956)544-8200
Admissions: (956)544-8992
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.utb.edu/

Description:

District-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of University of Texas System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 65-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 9,973. 32% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/1.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. Arnulfo L. Oliveira Library with 147,216 books, 710,820 microform titles, 4,447 serials, 1,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 580 computers available on campus for general student use.

■ TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE HARLINGEN Q-18

1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, TX 78550-3697
Tel: (956)364-4000
Admissions: (956)364-4100
Fax: (956)364-5140
Web Site: http://www.harlingen.tstc.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Texas State Technical College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 125-acre small town campus. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $96,603. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4686 per student. Total enrollment: 4,028. 1,492 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 1,729 students, 44% women, 56% men. Part-time: 2,299 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 0.01% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 85% Hispanic, 0.5% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 31% 25 or older, 8% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission except for dental hygiene, dental assistant, health information technology programs. Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required; SAT or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Student Congress, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Business Professionals of America. Major annual events: Oktoberfest, Miss TSTC Pageant, Techsan Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, night watchman for housing area. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Texas State Technical College Learning Resource Center with 25,000 books, 41 microform titles, 413 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $380,122. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-MARSHALL D-23

2400 East End Blvd. S
Marshall, TX 75671
Tel: (903)935-1010
Web Site: http://www.marshall.tstc.edu

Description:

State-supported, 2-year. Calendar: semesters.

■ TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE WACO G-19

3801 Campus Dr.
Waco, TX 76705-1695
Tel: (254)799-3611
Admissions: (254)867-2366
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://waco.tstc.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Texas State Technical College System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1965. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 4,452. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,151 applied, 100% were admitted. Full-time: 2,989 students, 20% women, 80% men. Part-time: 1,463 students, 28% women, 72% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 5 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 16% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 18% 25 or older. Calendar: trimesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, ACCUPLACER. Required for some: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $1950 full-time, $65 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $5460 full-time, $182 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2000 full-time, $21 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $4100. College room only: $1860.

Collegiate Environment:

Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 25 open to all. Most popular organizations: Automotive VICA, Society of Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists, Texas Association of Black Persons In Higher Education, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: DIA Techsana, Systems Olympics, Halloween Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Texas State Technical College-Waco Campus Library with 60,000 books, 791,104 microform titles, 400 serials, 2,324 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 900 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE WEST TEXAS E-13

300 College Dr.
Sweetwater, TX 79556-4108
Tel: (915)235-7300
Free: 800-592-8784
Admissions: (915)235-7374
Fax: (915)235-7359
Web Site: http://www.sweetwater.tstc.edu/

Description:

State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Texas State Technical College System. Awards certificates and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1970. Setting: 115-acre small town campus. Endowment: $50,000. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $149,343. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4260 per student. Total enrollment: 1,628. Students come from 5 states and territories, 2 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 5% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 53% 25 or older, 29% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, THEA. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Social organizations: 16 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Mexican-American Student Club, Auto Tech 2000, Vocational Nursing Club. Major annual events: Techsan Day, Valentine's Dinner and Dance, Halloween Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. College housing designed to accommodate 212 students; 213 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Texas State Technical College Library with 12,449 books, 36,467 microform titles, 6,102 serials, 102,316 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $189,409. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS J-17

601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Tel: (512)245-2111
Admissions: (512)245-2364
Fax: (512)245-8044
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.txstate.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas State University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1899. Setting: 423-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Antonio and Austin. Endowment: $37.5 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $9.1 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4302 per student. Total enrollment: 27,129. Faculty: 1,297 (775 full-time, 522 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 24:1. 9,284 applied, 76% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 14 valedictorians. Full-time: 18,472 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 4,514 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 55 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 20% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 18% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; parks and recreation; visual and performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Austin Multi Institutional Teaching Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3780 full-time, $126 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,060 full-time, $402 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1472 full-time, $37 per semester hour part-time, $267 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5610. College room only: $3524. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 242 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Non-traditional Students Association, Student Association for Campus Activities, Association Student Government. Major annual events: Homecoming, Springfest, Cricket Fest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,427 college housing spaces available; 5,185 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Alkek Library with 1.3 million books, 1.9 million microform titles, 8,195 serials, 283,142 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $4.1 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The university is located in San Marcos, a historic community of 37,000 on I-35 located between San Antonio, 45 miles to the south, and Austin, 30 miles to the north. Both cities are within commuting distance of San Marcos and have major airports. San Marcos has a municipal airport. The central Texas climate offers sunshine most of the year with moderate to cool winters and warm to hot summers. The area enjoys a healthy economy bolstered by clean, light industry, active tourism, and well-preserved historic districts. It is the home to churches of many denominations and various civic organizations. Local recreation includes golfing, fishing, hunting, swimming,"tubing," canoeing and other outdoor activities. Annual celebrations include Chilympiad, Sights and Sounds of Christmas, Summerfest, Cinco de Mayo, and weekly summer concerts in the park.

■ TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY C-10

Lubbock, TX 79409
Tel: (806)742-2011
Admissions: (806)742-1480
Fax: (806)742-3055
Web Site: http://www.ttu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of Texas Tech University System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1923. Setting: 1,839-acre urban campus. Endowment: $294.8 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $40.2 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6198 per student. Total enrollment: 28,001. Faculty: 1,123 (1,046 full-time, 77 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 12,583 applied, 71% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 55% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 9 National Merit Scholars, 79 valedictorians. Full-time: 20,821 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 2,181 students, 41% women, 59% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 87 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; family and consumer sciences; engineering. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at South Plains College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3870 full-time, $129 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,150 full-time, $405 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2282 full-time, $58.75 per credit hour part-time, $291. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6875. College room only: $3663. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 459 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Carol of Lights, Spirit of Sharing. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,354 college housing spaces available; 5,217 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Texas Tech Library plus 3 others with 2.4 million books, 222,858 microform titles, 30,823 serials, 85,969 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $13.9 million. 3,000 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Lubbock, with a population of nearly 200,000, is located on top of the caprock on the South Plains of Texas. Its climate is excellent, with over 3,550 hours of sunshine every year. Summers are dry and not extremely hot, while winters are dry and moderate (average rainfall is only 18 inches). An average annual temperature of 60 degrees coupled with the average noon humidity of 46 percent combine to make Lubbock comfortable year-round. The city lies 320 miles west of Dallas, and an equal distance 320 miles south east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Several airlines and an interstate bus line serve the city, as well as four U.S. highways, including an interstate highway.

■ TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY D-18

1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth, TX 76105-1536
Tel: (817)531-4444
Admissions: (817)531-4405
Fax: (817)531-7515
Web Site: http://www.txwesleyan.edu/

Description:

Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 74-acre urban campus. Endowment: $39.2 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $224,098. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6797 per student. Total enrollment: 2,742. 384 applied, 61% were admitted. Full-time: 974 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 517 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 4% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 12% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 35% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 67% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $19,500 includes full-time tuition ($12,950), mandatory fees ($1050), and college room and board ($5500). College room only: $1875. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and student level. Part-time tuition: $435 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $50 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 57 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Greek Week, Spring Musical, Reunion Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 375 students; 380 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Eunice and James L. West Library plus 1 other with 192,044 books, 883,274 microform titles, 632 serials, 5,302 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.5 million. 77 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Local public transportation is available in close proximity to the regional international airport, trains and buses. There are world-famous museums, cultural events, and professional football, basketball, baseball, and soccer teams in the area. The economy is widely diverse.

■ TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY C-19

304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76201
Tel: (940)898-2000; 888-948-9984
Admissions: (940)898-3040
Fax: (940)898-3198
Web Site: http://www.twu.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1901. Setting: 270-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $8.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $4715 per student. Total enrollment: 11,344. Faculty: 692 (426 full-time, 266 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,796 applied, 64% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 76% from top half. 17 valedictorians. Full-time: 4,554 students, 94% women, 6% men. Part-time: 1,712 students, 92% women, 8% men. Students come from 19 states and territories, 47 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 21% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 38% 25 or older, 25% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; interdisciplinary studies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Federation of North Texas Area Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $3690 full-time, $123 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,970 full-time, $399 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1320 full-time. College room and board: $5598. College room only: $2804.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national sororities, local sororities; 6% of women are members. Most popular organizations: Campus Activities Board, Helping Hands, Gandsys, Trailblazers, Delta Phi Delta. Major annual events: Fiesta, parent and family days, Old Time Picnic. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,477 college housing spaces available; 1,437 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Blagg-Huey Library with 572,500 books, 1.6 million microform titles, 2,537 serials, 24,562 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.9 million. 700 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TOMBALL COLLEGE I-21

30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX 77375-4036
Tel: (281)351-3300
Admissions: (281)351-3334
Fax: (281)351-3384
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://wwwtc.nhmccd.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of North Harris Montgomery Community College District. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1988. Setting: 210-acre suburban campus with easy access to Houston. Total enrollment: 7,647. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. Full-time: 1,463 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 6,184 students, 62% women, 38% men. 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 7% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 32% 25 or older, 6% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission. Recommended: SAT or ACT, THEA, ACT COMPASS. Entrance: noncompetitive.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Area resident tuition: $1080 full-time, $56 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $2040 full-time, $96 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $2400 full-time, $220 per credit hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 15 open to all. Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Culture Club, Veterinary Technicians Student Organization, Human Services Club, Student Nurses Association. Major annual events: We Cater to Students, Bluebonnet DAZE, Lighting of the Commons. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, trained security personnel during open hours. College housing not available. Learning Resource Center with 24,063 books, 385 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 92 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ TRINITY UNIVERSITY K-16

One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Tel: (210)999-7011
Free: 800-TRI-NITY
Admissions: (210)999-7207
Fax: (210)999-8164
Web Site: http://www.trinity.edu/

Description:

Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1869. Setting: 113-acre urban campus. Endowment: $733.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.4 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $17,609 per student. Total enrollment: 2,756. Faculty: 280 (219 full-time, 61 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 3,864 applied, 63% were admitted. 47% from top 10% of their high school class, 81% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 16 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 2,485 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 39 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 49 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 77% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; social sciences; foreign languages and literature. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early decision, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $30,307 includes full-time tuition ($21,432), mandatory fees ($150), and college room and board ($8725). College room only: $5815. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $893 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: local fraternities, local sororities; 26% of eligible men and 28% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Voluntary Action Center, Alpha Phi Omega, Association of Student Representatives, Activities Council, Multicultural Network. Major annual events: homecoming, Trinity Night at the San Antonio Spurs game, Tower Party. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Elizabeth Huth Coates Library with 917,781 books, 298,508 microform titles, 2,188 serials, 25,862 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $3266. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

San Antonio, population of more than one million, is the 8th largest city in the United States and is rich in history. It has a healthy economy and supports many cultural, and recreational activities. An international airport provides wide access.

■ TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE E-21

100 Cardinal Dr.
Athens, TX 75751-2765
Tel: (903)677-TVCC
Admissions: (903)675-6209
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.tvcc.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 65-acre small town campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $1.9 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3334 per student. Total enrollment: 5,821. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. Full-time: 2,442 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 3,379 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 13% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 48% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: early admission. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $1200 full-time, $20 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $3900 full-time, $65 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $900 full-time, $15 per semester hour part-time. College room and board: $3470.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, Delta Epsilon Chi. Major annual events: Homecoming, Cardinal Beauty Pageant, Cardette Spring Show. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 300 college housing spaces available; 225 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ginger Murchison Learning Resource Center plus 3 others with 54,940 books, 7,051 microform titles, 257 serials, 1,954 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $534,420. 66 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 10,680, Athens is a rural community located approximately 70 miles from Dallas. The climate is unusually mild and dry. The average high temperature is 95 degrees, and the low temperature range is 18 to 30 degrees, with an annual rainfall of 25 inches. Airport facilities, bus lines, and six major highways provide transportation for the city. There is a hospital, libraries, churches of various denominations, and various civic and fraternal organizations. Recreation includes theaters, drive-ins, hunting, fishing, golf, boating, tennis, parks, and swimming pools. Part-time employment is available.

■ TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE E-22

PO Box 9020
Tyler, TX 75711-9020
Tel: (903)510-2200
Free: 800-687-5680
Admissions: (903)510-2399
Web Site: http://www.tjc.edu/

Description:

State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 85-acre suburban campus. Total enrollment: 9,591. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top half. 22 valedictorians. Students come from 30 states and territories, 25 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 19% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 50% 25 or older, 8% live on campus. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Placement: THEA required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Preference given to district residents.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, religious affiliation clubs, Phi Theta Kappa. Major annual events: Homecoming, Annual Career Day, Fall Preview. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, controlled dormitory access. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Vaughn Library and Learning Resource Center with 2,668 microform titles, 569 serials, 64,776 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Tyler, population 80,454, was incorporated in 1846 and named for President John Tyler who was responsible for bringing Texas into the Union. Industry is varied with production of fieldgrown rose bushes for shipment throughout the United States, an economic mainstay. Located in the Pine region of East Texas, the community is reached by rail, bus, and air, as well as eight major highways. Community facilities include a symphony orchestra, a library system, hospitals, and medical facilities with Tyler being the medical center for East Texas. Local recreation includes golf courses, parks, and nearby Tyler State Park and Lake Tyler. Part-time employment is available.

■ UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE J-22

721 Lockhaven Dr.
Houston, TX 77073-5598
Tel: (281)443-6262
Web Site: http://www.uticorp.com/

Description:

Private, 2-year. Awards diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Total enrollment: 1,400. 15% 25 or older.

■ UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS G-33

1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062-4736
Tel: (972)721-5000
Free: 800-628-6999
Admissions: (972)721-5266
Fax: (972)721-5017
Web Site: http://www.udallas.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1955. Setting: 750-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $42.8 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $69,836. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7362 per student. Total enrollment: 3,021. Faculty: 221 (116 full-time, 105 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 817 applied, 81% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 55% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 6 National Merit Scholars, 6 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,070 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 96 students, 40% women, 60% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 13 other countries, 44% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 16% Hispanic, 1% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 2% 25 or older, 61% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences; English; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 8/1, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,137 includes full-time tuition ($20,780), mandatory fees ($1025), and college room and board ($7332). College room only: $4116. Part-time tuition: $900 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $1025 per year.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 42 open to all. Most popular organizations: SPUD (Programming Board), Residence Hall Association, student government, Best Buddies, Alpha Phi Omega. Major annual events: Charity Week, Groundhog, Mallapalooza. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 740 college housing spaces available; 650 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. William A. Blakley Library with 223,350 books, 75,554 microform titles, 583 serials, 1,636 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.1 million. 125 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 150,000. Irving is a suburb of Dallas. The community enjoys a temperate climate. Transportation facilities in the community include a railroad, bus lines, excellent highways, and air lines at nearby Dallas and Fort Worth airports. The city has a public library, YMCA, many churches of various faiths, and hospital facilities. Some part-time employment is available. Local recreation includes four theaters, water sports on nearby lakes, and athletic facilities of neighboring communities. There are major civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations active in the area. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area has a population of nearly 3,000,000.

■ UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON J-22

4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204
Tel: (713)743-1000
Admissions: (713)743-7542
Fax: (713)743-9633
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.uh.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1927. Setting: 550-acre urban campus. Endowment: $417.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $71.9 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5454 per student. Total enrollment: 35,344. Faculty: 1,645 (1,218 full-time, 427 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 8,875 applied, 80% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 19,866 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 8,320 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 130 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 21% Hispanic, 16% black, 21% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 21% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 10% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; social sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University of St. Thomas, Rice University, Texas Southern University, Houston Baptist University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $3920 full-time, $131 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,200 full-time, $407 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2566 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $6058. College room only: $3492. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 34% of eligible men and 36% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Council of Ethnic Organizations, Frontier Fiesta Association, intramural sports, Golden Key National Honor Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, International Student Organization Food Festival, Frontier Fiesta. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, vehicle assistance. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. M.D. Anderson Library plus 5 others with 2.2 million books, 4.4 million microform titles, 22,052 serials, 10,059 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $15.1 million. 825 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 1,630,533. Although Houston lies 50 miles inland, it is a major seaport due to the conversion of Buffalo Bayou into the Houston Ship Channel. The city was named in honor of Sam Houston, hero of the Battle of San Jacinto. The community has excellent air, bus, and railroad facilities. Many points of interest in the city include L. B. Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center, Texas Medical Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Theatre, Emron Baseball Field, Burke Barker Planetarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum, Zoological Gardens, and the San Jacinto Battleground and Monument, the Astrodome and Battleship U.S.S. Texas. There are over one thousand churches representing all the major denominations, excellent medical facilities, ample shopping centers, and good student housing in the area. Full- and part-time employment is available.

■ UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-CLEAR LAKE J-22

2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058-1098
Tel: (281)283-7600
Admissions: (281)283-2518
Fax: (281)283-2530
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.uhcl.edu/

Description:

State-supported, upper-level, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1971. Setting: 487-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $10.6 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $6063 per student. Total enrollment: 7,853. Faculty: 524 (230 full-time, 294 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,957 applied, 64% were admitted. Full-time: 2,096 students, 69% women, 31% men. Part-time: 2,055 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 84 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 17% Hispanic, 7% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 54% 25 or older, 3% live on campus, 88% transferred in. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $2010 full-time, $120 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,952 full-time, $326 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2643 full-time, $986 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 70 open to all. Most popular organizations: Beta Alpha Psi, The Indian Student Association, The Management Association, Texas Student Education Association, Accounting Association. Major annual events: Student Life Fair, Chili Cook-Off, International Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 288 college housing spaces available. Neumann Library with 650,000 books, 1.9 million microform titles, 984 serials, 795 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $2.5 million. 383 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A planned community 20 miles south of Houston, and 35 miles from Galveston, Texas. Mixture of education and space related employers. Many cultural activities available, both in the Clear Lake area, and within easy access of Houston. Abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities.

■ UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN J-22

One Main St.
Houston, TX 77002-1001
Tel: (713)221-8000
Admissions: (713)221-5337
Fax: (713)221-8157
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.uhd.edu/

Description:

State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1974. Setting: 20-acre urban campus. Endowment: $14.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $669,019. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2622 per student. Total enrollment: 11,484. Faculty: 573 (277 full-time, 296 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 1,754 applied, 98% were admitted. Full-time: 5,904 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 5,455 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 17 states and territories, 76 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 37% Hispanic, 26% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 49% 25 or older, 12% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; interdisciplinary studies; psychology; security and protective services. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous until 8/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $3525 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,805 full-time. Mandatory fees: $694 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Latin American Student Services Organization, Chinese Student Association, Indo-Pakistan Student Association, Professional Accounting Society, Student Government Association. Major annual events: One Main Event, Cross Roads, Culture on the Bayou. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. W. I. Dykes Library with an OPAC and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.8 million. 1,200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-VICTORIA L-19

3007 North Ben Wilson St.
Victoria, TX 77901-4450
Tel: (361)570-4848; 877-970-4848
Admissions: (361)570-4110
Fax: (361)572-9377
Web Site: http://www.vic.uh.edu/

Description:

State-supported, upper-level, coed. Part of University of Houston System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1973. Setting: 20-acre small town campus. Endowment: $4.3 million. Total enrollment: 2,491. Faculty: 130 (74 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. Full-time: 460 students, 78% women, 22% men. Part-time: 769 students, 72% women, 28% men. 0% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 23% Hispanic, 7% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 62% 25 or older, 23% transferred in. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Costs Per Year:

State resident tuition: $150 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $426 per semester hour part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: Texas Student Education Association. Major annual events: Mexican-American University Day, Annual Scholarship Reception, Annual Award Banquet. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. College housing not available. VC/UHV Library plus 1 other with 227,800 books, 528,423 microform titles, 10,652 serials, 7,553 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located in Victoria, a city of 58,000 inhabitants at the center of the South Texas Crossroads in the heart of the Golden Gulf Coast. This expanding city on the banks of the Guadalupe River is more than 150 years old, and is one of the first three towns chartered by The Republic of Texas. The city is near the Gulf of Mexico and is a popular coastal route between Houston and Mexico. The home of many petrochemical companies, such as DuPont, Alcoa, and Union Carbide, it is surrounded by vast expanses of ranchland.

■ UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD K-16

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209-6397
Tel: (210)829-6000
Free: 800-749-WORD
Admissions: (210)829-6005
Fax: (210)829-3921
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.uiw.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1881. Setting: 200-acre urban campus. Endowment: $33.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $177,768. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $5833 per student. Total enrollment: 5,217. Faculty: 444 (160 full-time, 284 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,070 applied, 75% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 72% from top half. Full-time: 2,597 students, 68% women, 32% men. Part-time: 1,773 students, 63% women, 37% men.Students come from 29 states and territories, 23 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 56% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 35% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio, St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Oblate School of Theology. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. One-time mandatory fee: $1500. Comprehensive fee: $24,747 includes full-time tuition ($17,400), mandatory fees ($872), and college room and board ($6475). College room only: $3800. Part-time tuition: $555 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $300 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 27 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 2% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Business Club, Red Alert Dance Team, cheerleading, Black Student Association. Major annual events: Golden Harvest Food Drive, Light the Way, First Francis Sport Pep Rally. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 800 college housing spaces available; 654 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library plus 1 other with 257,651 books, 273,017 microform titles, 19,100 serials, 12,457 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.3 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See San Antonio College.

■ UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR G-18

900 College St.
Belton, TX 76513
Tel: (254)295-8642
Free: 800-727-8642
Admissions: (254)295-4520
Fax: (254)295-4535
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.umhb.edu/

Description:

Independent Southern Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1845. Setting: 100-acre small town campus with easy access to Austin. Endowment: $49.4 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $3833 per student. Total enrollment: 2,727. Faculty: 227 (133 full-time, 94 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,261 applied, 75% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 46% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 2,270 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 321 students, 68% women, 32% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 9 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 21% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; health professions and related sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $19,910 includes full-time tuition ($14,250), mandatory fees ($1460), and college room and board ($4200). Part-time tuition: $475 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $47 per semester hour, $30 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 40 open to all. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Campus Activities Board, Crusaders for Christ. Major annual events: homecoming, Easter Pageant, Play Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus police force, lighted pathways and sidewalks. 1,075 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Townsend Memorial Library with 153,120 books, 47,044 microform titles, 1,541 serials, 6,782 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.2 million. 262 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Belton, population 13,000, located in central Texas, has a mild climate. The community is served by railroad lines, bus lines, U.S. Highway I-35 and Texas State 317. There is an airport 15 miles away. Local community services include a library, museum, several churches, a hospital, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. The city is a one-hour drive from Waco and Austin for out-of-town entertainment. Belton has nearby Lake Belton for fishing, water skiing, swimming, and speed boat races. Part-time employment is available.

■ UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS C-19

PO Box 311277
Denton, TX 76203
Tel: (940)565-2000
Admissions: (940)565-3921
Fax: (940)565-2408
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.unt.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 744-acre suburban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $37.3 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $15.6 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2490 per student. Total enrollment: 32,047. Faculty: 1,413 (936 full-time, 477 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 11,282 applied, 69% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 86% from top half. 11 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 19,830 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 5,478 students, 54% women, 46% men. 26% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 12% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 23% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual and performing arts; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3930 full-time, $131 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,210 full-time, $407 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1880 full-time, $488 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5364. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 254 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, Coalition of Black Student Organizations. Major annual events: Homecoming, Union Day, MLK Candlelight Vigil. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 4,911 students; 5,588 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Willis Library plus 4 others with 2.1 million books, 3.3 million microform titles, 17,080 serials, 745 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $5.6 million. 2,006 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Denton is a community of approximately 73,050. Texas' largest and most modern airport, Dallas - Fort Worth International, is only a short drive from Denton.

■ UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DALLAS CAMPUS D-19

Churchill Tower
12400 Coit Rd., Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75251
Tel: (972)385-1055
Free: 800-228-7240
Admissions: (480)557-1712
Fax: (972)385-1700
Web Site: http://www.phoenix.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 2001. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 2,972. Faculty: 243 (5 full-time, 238 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 94 applied. Full-time: 2,303 students, 62% women, 38% men. 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 26% international, 93% 25 or older. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing. Core. Calendar: continuous. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: 1 recommendation. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $110. Tuition: $10,785 full-time, $359.50 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $560 full-time, $70 per course part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

College housing not available.

■ UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-HOUSTON CAMPUS J-22

11451 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77079-2004
Tel: (281)596-0363
Free: 800-228-7240
Admissions: (480)557-1712
Fax: (281)596-0336
Web Site: http://www.phoenix.edu/

Description:

Proprietary, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 2001. Setting: urban campus. Total enrollment: 4,808. Faculty: 442 (7 full-time, 435 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 145 applied. Full-time: 3,914 students, 68% women, 32% men. 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 12% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 24% international, 93% 25 or older. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communication technologies; security and protective services. Core. Calendar: continuous. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, distance learning, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Option: deferred admission. Required: 1 recommendation. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $110. Tuition: $10,785 full-time, $359.50 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $560 full-time, $70 per course part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

College housing not available. University Library with an OPAC and a Web page. System-wide operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $3.2 million.

■ UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS J-22

3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006-4696
Tel: (713)522-7911
Free: 800-856-8565
Admissions: (713)525-3500
Fax: (713)525-3558
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.stthom.edu/

Description:

Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1947. Setting: 21-acre urban campus. Endowment: $41 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $7377 per student. Total enrollment: 3,776. Faculty: 272 (121 full-time, 151 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 807 applied, 92% were admitted. 29% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 82% from top half. Full-time: 1,365 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 519 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 29 states and territories, 40 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 29% Hispanic, 6% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 25% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; social sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Houston, Glassell School of Art. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.50 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $23,810 includes full-time tuition ($16,950), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($6700). College room only: $4000. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $565 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $80 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 58 open to all; 40% of eligible men and 60% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: Welcome Back Week Activities, Council of Clubs activities on Academic Mall. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 383 college housing spaces available; 271 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Doherty Library plus 1 other with 248,606 books, 570,407 microform titles, 15,150 serials, 1,374 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending for 2004 fiscal year: $1.5 million. 156 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

■ THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON D-19

701 South Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76019
Tel: (817)272-2011
Admissions: (817)272-6287
Fax: (817)272-5656
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.uta.edu/

Description:

State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Texas System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1895. Setting: 395-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $47.1 million. Research spending for 2004 fiscal year: $16.9 million. Educational spending for 2005 fiscal year: $2328 per student. Total enrollment: 25,432. Faculty: 1,113 (781 full-time, 332 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 5,465 applied, 79% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 60% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 13,995 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 5,654 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 139 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 14% black, 11% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 28% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 17% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering; health professions and related sciences; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op prog