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Greater Houston HUB

Over the past 20 years, Houston's higher education institutions have significantly increased capacity and graduation rates. Institutions, in partnership with business, have maintained a regional focus on developing tomorrow's workforce through education of and preparation for high-demand careers. The momentum must continue in order to build a regional workforce to support a strong, diverse 21st century economy.

Developing Houston as a Center of Academic Excellence Aligned with a 21st Century Economy

The Greater Houston HUB is an initiative that unites higher education and business leaders focused on: 

  • Growing Houston’s current and future talent by creating a sustainable partnership between industry and higher education institutions
  • Supporting the growth of Houston’s higher education ecosystem by increasing student enrollment, student quality, degrees awarded and available funding sources
  • Improving perception of Houston as an innovation hub through the talent and research produced by the region’s higher education institutions

The Greater Houston HUB is committed to increased strategic collaboration between industry and higher education institutions to sustain the region’s prolonged academic and economic growth.  

PartnerUp Houston

PartnerUp Houston originated out of an expressed desire by students to have a safe place to connect with industry professionals to help guide them in achieving career aspirations. 

The PartnerUp Houston mentorship program will positively impact the Greater Houston-region by equitably linking college students looking to enter the workforce one-on-one with local industry professionals.  

Higher Education Institutions

The Houston region is home to more than 20 universities and colleges, including three Tier 1 universities. Houston-area colleges and universities educate nearly 230,000 students and graduate more than 56,000 students annually. In addition, another estimated 200,000 students are enrolled annually in local community and technical colleges. 

Local Universities

Institution

Texas A&M University-College Station

Undergraduate enrollment: 50,707

University of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 36,092

Sam Houston State University

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,416

University of Houston-Downtown

Undergraduate enrollment: 12,079

Lamar University

Undergraduate enrollment: 9,129

Prairie View A&M University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,974

Texas Southern University

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,967

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,798

UT Health Science Center-Houston

Graduate enrollment: 4,533

Rice University

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,970

University of Houston-Victoria, Katy Campus

Undergraduate enrollment: 3,317

UT Medical Branch-Galveston

Graduate enrollment: 2,569

Houston Baptist University

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,316

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Graduate enrollment: 2,295

University of Phoenix-Texas

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,256

University of St. Thomas

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,864

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,848

Baylor College of Medicine

Graduate enrollment: 1,577

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,577

Art Institute of Houston

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,364

South Texas College of Law Houston

Graduate enrollment: 980

Community Colleges

Institution

Lone Star College System

Undergraduate enrollment: 69,452

Houston Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 49,782

San Jacinto Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 35,455

Blinn College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 18,465

Lee College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,717

Wharton County Junior College

Undergraduate enrollment: 7,050

Alvin Community College

Undergraduate enrollment: 5,709

College of the Mainland Community College District

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,328

Brazosport College

Undergraduate enrollment: 4,229

Lamar Institute of Technology

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,983

Galveston College

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,197

Texas State Technical College-Fort Bend

Undergraduate enrollment: 412

Bold Goals for Higher Education

The Greater Houston HUB has bold goals for bolstering Houston's higher education ecosystem. Here's how success will be measured: 

  • Increasing bachelor degree production
  • Growing high value, high growth tech degree production
  • Closing the funding gap between Houston and TX MSAs
  • Boosting Houston's attractiveness and reputation by adding recognized faculty by National Academies and growing the number of alumni from top Texas higher education institutions moving to Houston
Working with the Partnership and business community...is going to be important to helping our institutions develop more capacity and expertise to engage those looking for new career opportunities.
Greater Houston HUB Members

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