About the Higher Education Explorer

Following in the footsteps of our Public Education Explorer, the Texas Tribune Higher Education Explorer is our newest comprehensive data tool. This database combines key academic, enrollment and financial records on Texas’ 148 public and private universities—and makes them all easily accessible for you. Track the number of students who applied, were accepted, and enrolled to each university, and view graduation rates, SAT scores, tuition rates and university demographics. The schools app was created with the generous support of the Greater Texas Foundation, and includes data aggregated from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

About the Data

All of the records included in the Higher Education Explorer are housed on the websites of state and national agencies, but not necessarily in a user-friendly format. In a single place, we've provided a quick portal to detailed profiles of Texas public and private university systems and campuses across the state, with snapshot views of vital statistics and rollover explanations translating difficult-to-understand terms. Each agency updates its data at its own pace, and not all categories are updated each year. The Higher Education Explorer reflects data available as of January 2015.

Want to access the raw data? Visit the THECB’s Texas Higher Education Data site and the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS data center site. Some data was also pulled from the THECB’s Higher Education Almanac.


The Higher Education Explorer was primarily developed by Chris Chang, with the support and reinforcement of Reeve Hamilton, Noah Seger, Travis Swicegood, Ryan Murphy, Ben Hasson, Jacob Villanueva, Rodney Gibbs and Emily Ramshaw.

The Higher Education Explorer was created with
support from the Greater Texas Foundation.

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