Texas contains two schools that offer astronomy programs. Rice University, the highest-ranking astronomy school in TX, has a total student population of 5,576 and is the 28th highest ranked school in America.
Of the 2 astronomy schools in Texas, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Texas Christian University comes out as the most expensive ($24,560/yr), with Rice University as the lowest recorded at only $18,005/yr.
Astronomy students from Texas schools who go on to become astronomers, astrophysicistss, lunar and planetary institute directors, national radio astronomy observatory directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 1,240 people working as astronomers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $102,740. Also, Atmospheric and space scientists make on average $85,160 per year and there are about 8,320 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Texas alone, there are 820 employed atmospheric and space scientists earning an average yearly salary of $81,640. Astronomers in this state earn $87,870/yr and there are 200 employed.
Also, within the astronomy schools in Texas, the average student population is 3,703 and average student-to-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Aside from astronomy, there are 11086 total degree (or certificate) programs in the state, with 2,493 people on average applying for a school. Undergraduate tuition costs are normally around $3,572, but can vary widely depending on the type of school.
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