Higher education: A growth sector for DFW

The education and healthcare sector is one of the largest employment sectors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has been a leading job growth industry for the last several years. In Fort Worth alone there are more than 25,0000 students enrolled in higher education with more than 35000 degrees awarded annually at such area colleges as Texas Wesleyan University TCU Remington College Everest College and the College of St. Thomas More among others. With a comprehensive offering of core courses and degree programs students have multiple options for planning the program that’s right for their educational needs and goals.

Whether you’re pursuing a career in medicine engineering law the arts business religious studies or virtually any other field there’s no shortage of diverse higher education opportunities and top programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The following is a listing of the DFW area’s major colleges and universities including contact information degree programs offered and most recent enrollment figures upon publication. For more information refer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board statistics on the Texas Tribune website: www.texastribune.org/library/data/higher-education-statistics. A dynamic interactive tool users can search this comprehensive compilation of data on every two- and four-year institution in the state of Texas – by undergraduate enrollment acceptance degrees graduation totals and university statistics.


Amberton University

1700 Eastgate Drive
Garland TX 75041


For more than 40 years Amberton University has provided exceptional and affordable education to working adults. Our programs are designed specifically for the mature student’s lifestyle. Specializing in  business management counseling and human resources Amberton provides graduate undergraduate and specialization programs for individuals seeking to enhance professional skills and marketability in the workforce.



Austin College

900 N. Grand Avenue
Sherman TX 75090


Located in Sherman Texas about 60 miles north of the DFW metroplex Austin College is a private coeducational liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is known  for  “an intellectually rigorous values-oriented education” that provides “transformative experiences and extraordinary opportunities to learn to think complexly and creatively about self community and the world.” The school is one of 270 in the nation with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is also one of 40 schools profiled in the book Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope.


Baylor College of Dentistry

3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas TX 75246


Part of the Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center (HSC) the Baylor College of Dentistry (HSC-BSD) was affiliated with  Baylor  University  from  1918  to 1971 and was then an independent private institution for the next 25 years. HSC-BCD became a member of The Texas A&M University System in 1996. Since its founding HSC-BCD has graduated more than 8000 dentists and dental hygienists and the college is known internationally for producing excellent clinicians. More than half of all the dentists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area received their dental education at the college and nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are HSC-BCD graduates.


Collin College

2800 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano TX 75074


Since offering its first classes at area high schools in 1985 Collin College (formerly known as the Collin County Community College District) has grown to serve thou- sands of credit and continuing education students each year. The only public college in the county the college offers more than 100 degrees and certificates and credit and continuing education courses in a wide range of disciplines across seven campuses at area businesses or online. Campuses include Allen Center (Allen) Central Park (McKinney) Collin Higher Education Center (McKinney) Courtyard Center (Plano) (Preston Ridge (Frisco) Rockwall Center (Rockwall) and Spring Creek (Plano).


Dallas Baptist University

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas TX 75211


Dallas Baptist University is a Christian university offering both undergraduate and graduate programs to “provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts sciences and professional studies to traditional age and adult students to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.”


Dallas County Community College District

1601 South Lamar St.
(administrative office)
Dallas TX 75215-1816


Founded in 1965 the Dallas County Community  College  District   (DCCCD)  is the largest undergraduate institution  in the state of Texas with seven colleges — Brookhaven Cedar Valley Eastfield El Centro Mountain View North Lake and Richland — as well as the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications. The DCCCD system offers more than 100 in-demand career programs including two-year associates degrees that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges.


Grayson County College

6101 Grayson Drive (Highway 691)
Denison TX 75020


Located in Denison and serving  students on four campuses Grayson County College offers Associate of Science Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as Certificates of Completion.


Southern Methodist University

P.O. Box 750221
Dallas TX 75275


Southern  Methodist  University   located  in Highland Park is a private university offering strong undergraduate graduate and professional programs through seven schools including humanities and sciences; business; the performing visual and communication arts; engineering; education and human development; law; and theology. SMU is nationally ranked putting the University in the top tier of U.S. News  & World Report’s “best national universities” category. SMU’s 10 libraries house the largest private collection of research mate- rials in the Southwest and the university’s Cox School of Business ranks as one of the nation’s best MBA programs (U.S. News & World Report).


Tarrant County College District

1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth TX 76102


Founded in 1965 the Tarrant County College District is the seventh largest college or university in Texas. The college operates five campuses throughout in Fort Worth Arlington and Hurst. Other sites include the TCC Opportunity Center TCC Corporate Training Center AllianceTexas and several learning centers. The Trinity River East Campus for Health Care Professions opened in fall 2011 in downtown Fort Worth. TCC offers programs for the Associate of Arts Associate of Science Associate of Arts in Teaching and Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as certificates of completion and several continuing education programs. Approximately 1 in every 18 Tarrant County residents takes a class at TCC each year.


Texas Christian University

2800 South University Drive
Fort Worth TX 76129


Founded in 1873 Texas Christian University is a private university on 265 acres near downtown Fort Worth and the home of the 2011 Rose Bowl Champion Horned Frogs. TCU offers 119 undergraduate areas of study 53 master’s level programs and 28 areas of doctoral study and Forbes has ranked TCU’s Neeley School of Business as one of its Best Business Schools for Return on Investment – MBA. TCU is also home to the Brite Divinity School one of the top theological seminaries in the country and the university’s Institute of Behavioral Research is one of the top drug-related research institutes in the United States.


Texas Wesleyan University

201 Wesleyan St
Fort Worth TX 


Founded in 1890 by the Methodist Epis- copal Church – South and located in Fort Worth Texas Wesleyan University is a co-educational liberal arts  institution  with a comprehensive  academic  and  student life program. In addition to strong under- graduate programs the University added graduate programs in education in the 1970s and in nurse anesthesia in the 1980s.

Texas Woman’s University

1215 Oakland Street
Denton TX 76204


Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest university primarily for  women  with campuses in Denton Dallas and Houston as well as an e-learning cam-pus that offers online degree programs in business education and general studies. TWU offers bachelors masters doctoral and online degrees in multiple liberal arts programs but is most known for its health sciences program. The school has graduated more new healthcare professionals than any other university in Texas. TWU currently holds the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Research Universities which means the university awards at least 20 research doctoral degrees a year.

University of Dallas

1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving TX 75062


The University of Dallas is recognized regionally and nationally as a “premier Catholic liberal arts school and a first- choice institution for practice-oriented professional business education.” The school is one of those included in The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of its popular guidebook (The Best 380 Colleges) and was ranked the number one college by U.S. News & World Report as the best college in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.


University of North Texas

1155 Union Circle
Denton TX 76203


Established in 1890 UNT is one of the nation’s largest public research universities with nearly 38000 students. Ranked a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification UNT is a catalyst for creativity fueling progress innovation and entrepreneurship for the North Texas region and the state. UNT’s pro-grams are internationally recognized with research and scholarship spanning all disciplines. World-class faculty are making breakthroughs every day and UNT students and alumni are changing the world around them. With locations across the region including the New College at Frisco an off-site instructional facility UNT offers choice and convenience.


University of Texas at Arlington

701 South Nedderman Drive
Arlington TX 76019


Founded in 1895 as a private liberal arts insti- tution the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) is a Carnegie Research Institution (High Research Activity); the school’s mission is “the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence in research teaching and service to the community.” UT Arlington offers 180 bachelors masters and doctoral degrees in an extensive range of disciplines. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has named UTA one of the top universities in the nation for Hispanic students and the university’s graduate architecture program has been ranked second in the South.


University of Texas at Dallas

800 West Campbell Road
Richardson TX 75080


Once known as a graduate-only research institution the University of Texas at Dallas is still a dynamic research institution for science technology medicine business and the arts offering 142 academic programs across its eight schools – including the renowned Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Management. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked University of Texas at Dallas one of the top 100 tuition values in the United States four years in a row.


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas TX 75390


One of four medical schools in The University of Texas System UT South- western Medical School is a premier highly competitive medical school admitting about 230 students each year. By law 90 percent of students are from Texas; as a result the state has a consistent source of high-quality physicians and has contributed to DFW’s (and the state’s) status as a “super- sector” industry for healthcare. Medical students are taught the basic sciences and fundamental mechanisms of disease during the first two years as well as basic skills.  For the second two years they pursue clinical courses in a variety of medical specialties which allow students to integrate basic knowledge with practical patient care at UT Southwestern’s affiliated teaching hospitals and clinics.