By one measure, earning a degree at the Texas State University is one of the smartest moves in the Lone Star State.
In its eighth annual ranking of colleges and university that give students the best return on their educational investment, personal finance website SmartAsset places Texas State at No. 10 in Texas.
Houston's Rice University earned the No. 1 spot in Texas and No. 10 in the U.S., making it the only Texas school to break into the national top 10.
To determine the best-value colleges and universities in each state, SmartAsset crunched data in these categories: scholarships and grants, starting salary for new graduates, tuition, living costs, and retention rate.
Regarding tuition ($10,280) and student living costs ($12,850), Texas State's numbers are in the lower range among the top 10 Texas schools on the list, but so are the average amount of scholarships and grants ($7,757), average starting salary ($54,700), and retention rate (77 percent).
Texas State's admissions website estimates tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, books, and personal expenses for the 2022-23 academic year to be around $27,720. That figure, which excludes financial aid, applies to a full-time, degree-seeking student (and Texas resident) living on campus.
"At Texas State, you can immerse yourself in learning experiences that prepare you to launch a career as an entrepreneur, to make life-changing discoveries in science and technology, or to flourish creatively and make your mark as an artist," reads a statement on the school's admissions website.
Other schools on SmartAsset’s list of the biggest-bang-for-your-buck schools in Texas are:
- Rice University in Houston, No. 1
- University of Texas at Austin, No. 2
- University of Texas at Dallas, No. 3
- Prairie View A&M University, No. 4
- University of Houston, No. 5
- Texas A&M University-College Station, No. 6
- Texas Tech University in Lubbock, No. 7
- LeTourneau University in Longview, No. 8
- University of North Texas in Denton, No. 9
- Texas State University in San Marcos, No. 10