Independent institutions of higher education, once called private colleges and universities, existed in Texas even before the Republic became a state. Four of Texas' independent institutions were chartered by the Republic of Texas; twenty-four others are more than 100 years old. Although often centers of tradition, they are also vibrant institutions emphasizing undergraduate teaching, creating innovative programs, and exploring the limits of knowledge.
ICUT institutions have a wide variety of missions. Some stress the liberal arts, others science and research. Some serve a traditional population of undergraduates; others open doors for older working adults. Some are faith-based, and others serve the African American community. Some are larger than 14,000, while others are smaller than 100. All offer students the opportunity to realize their dreams and a chance to choose an institution that best meets their needs.
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