Going Back-to-College

JGoode | 8/10/2012, 12:20 a.m.
College is the place where girls and boys become women and men. By discovering who they are at this mecca ...

College is the place where girls and boys become women and men. By discovering who they are at this mecca of higher learning their futures develop and begin to grow.  For some students selecting the right place can be challenging because there are so many things to review. HSM breaks it down and lets readers know why Houston area colleges are the cream of the top.

Houston Community College

One of the largest institutions in the country, Houston Community College opened its doors in 1971 with more than 5,000 students. Today, HCC has an enrollment of more than 70,000 students each semester. HCC is a college for everyone offering associate degrees, certificates of academic study, courses to transfer to 4-year universities, terminal degrees in over 70 fields of work. With seven campus sites, there is sure to be an HCC near you. www.hccs.edu

University of Houston – Central Campus

UH is a melting pot for everything. The leading research university educates more than 39,000 students and annually awards over 7,000 degrees with its more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that are on campus and online. UH is one of only three Tier One public institutions that is ranked among the 150 institutions nationwide on the prestigious “Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2012.” Dr. Renu Khator is the current president of UH and chancellor of UH System.

Texas Southern University

In the heart of Houston’s third ward sits the historic Texas Southern University. Having such alum as Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, Grammy winning artist Yolanda Adams, MLK Memorial President Harry E. Johnson and the list goes, it is safe bet that anything you want to be can be achieved by attending TSU. Established in 1927, TSU is one of the oldest historically black universities. Featuring 11 colleges and schools, TSU also has the Thurgood Marshall Law School, offers Maritime Transportation degree program, and is able to train Aviation Science students through use of flight simulators for an enrollment just under 10,000. New for 2012 at TSU is the BBVA Compass Stadium for athletics, establishment of a Confucius Institute, three new online graduate programs, and the university will celebrate its 85th anniversary. Dr John Rudley is the current TSU president. www.tsu.edu

Prairie View A&M University

Just 45 minutes outside of Houston, Prairie View A&M University is the member of the Texas A&M University System. The second oldest public institution in Texas was founded in 1876. Offering 50 academic majors, 37 Master’s degrees, and 4 doctoral degree programs, PVAMU is known to produce productive people. Governing the estimated 9,000 students is Dr. George C. Wright, the 7th and current president of PVAMU. He said, “Second only to his belief in God is the power of education.” That is a message he leaves with every student at PVAMU. New things on the horizon for PV is a change to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership to the Office of Student Engagement to be address student’s learning and outreach. www.pvamu.edu

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