Endowment funds last year: $7 billion
Change from previous year: 22%
Students last fall: 49,861
Undergraduate tuition: $19,035 (estimated cost of attendance for Texas residents for one year at the main campus) With its flagship campus in College Station, Texas, centrally located in the triangle formed by Dallas, Houston and Austin, the Texas A&M University system (comprising 12 total campuses) has a number of ties to business and industry in the area, including NASA's Johnson Space Center outside of Houston. That means many of the school's business and engineering graduates have plenty of opportunities to stay in the area after leaving the university, and the strong alumni community has helped the school's endowment reach the top 10 in the nation. One of the most recent projects those funds have been allocated for is a planned expansion of the school's veterinary hospital, along with classrooms and a teaching lab at a projected cost of $120 million.