A number of Texas universities recently ranked in the top 100 according to a recent study by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance group. The study looked at the best value for college educations across the nation and placed three of Texas’ most prestigious universities in the top two-thirds of all schools. Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at Dallas ranked number 18, 27 and 60, respectively. Additionally, Rice University ranked #2 on the best values for private universities list. With all of these schools within driving distance of towns like Stephenville and Erath County, clearly there is an abundance of quality but affordable higher education options for your choosing.
The study was based upon a number of factors and criteria, which included academic quality, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios and graduation rates, all weighed against the overall cost and availability of financial aid. Of course, the accolades are not motivating these universities to rest on their laurels. This week alone, UT and Texas A&M announced new programs to attract those students graduating high school early. It’s another example of how these schools are catering to the best and brightest without breaking the bank.
Studies like these serve to remind us what it means to live in the Lone Star State and amazing family communities like Stephenville. Buying a house in Erath County involves returns more than just a nice house to live in; it serves as a home nest from which your family can seek out job opportunities and, as the Kiplinger study shows, educational prospects. Students of any age are able to access top-notch collegiate programs without leaving the state, and without draining their savings or assuming huge loan packages.
It’s another factor that we promote when extolling the virtues of buying a home in Stephenville. If you’re ready to find that nest, drop us a line today so that we can tell you about Stephenville real estate.