Texas A&M is a public research university in College Station that was founded in 1871, and today has the sixth-largest enrollment in the United States with nearly 50,000 students. The Texas A&M University System statewide network consists of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a health science center, and A&M has a physical presence in 250 of the state's 254 counties. In 2011, research expenditures from the university topped $780 million, contributing greatly to Texas' economy.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech is also a research university, established in Lubbock in 1923. It has awarded more than 200,000 degrees since 1927, and today, its enrollment is 32,000 students. The Texas Tech University System consists of TTU, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University, totaling more than 15 campuses and academic sites. The system conducted more than $200 million in research during 2011, and has an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion.
University of Houston
University of Houston is a research university founded in 1927, and today, its flagship campus accommodates 40,000 students. UH conducts $130 million in annual research, and operates 40 research centers and institutes on its main campus alone. UH also operates three other campuses in Clear Lake, downtown Houston and Victoria, plus has five teaching centers in Katy, Northwest Houston, Pearland, Sugar Land and at the Texas Medical Center. The UH system awards 13,000 degrees each year.
University of Texas
University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883 and has the fifth-largest enrollment in the nation, with more than 52,000 students. UT is a major center for academic research, thanks to an endowment of $14 billion, and the University of Texas System oversees nine academic universities and six health institutions within the state. The overall enrollment throughout the system is 190,000 students, and UT academic institutions account for nearly 50 percent of all undergraduate degrees awarded in Texas each year.