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Houston Education

There are four public and three private universities engaged in research and development in Houston. The University of Houston (UH) is Texas's third-largest public research university with more than 40 research centres and institutes. With more than 36,000 students from 130 countries, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the country. The city is also the home to Rice University, one of the leading teaching and research universities of the United States and ranked the nation's 17th-best overall university by US News & World Report.

Other public institutions of higher learning in the city include University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), and Texas Southern University (TSU). Additionally, several private institutions include University of St. Thomas, who in 2008 was ranked one of "America's Best Colleges" by US News & World Report, and Houston Baptist University. The Houston Community College System serves most of Houston and is the fourth-largest community college system in the United States.

Houston is home to two of four public law schools in Texas: University of Houston Law Center and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The University of Houston Law Center ranked in at No. 60 of the "Top 100 Law Schools" in 2007 by US News & World Report. Additionally, South Texas College of Law – a private institution – is the city's oldest law school founded in 1923 and has one of the nation's top programs for trial advocacy.

There are 17 school districts serving the city. The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the seventh-largest in the United States. HISD has 112 campuses that serve as magnet or vanguard schools – specialising in such disciplines as health professions, visual and performing arts, and the sciences. There are also many charter schools that are run separately from school districts. In addition, some public school districts also have their own charter schools.

The Houston area is home to more than 300 private schools, many of which are accredited by Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) recognised agencies. The Houston Area Independent Schools, or HAIS, offer education from a variety of different religious as well as secular viewpoints. The Houston area Catholic schools are operated by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.





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