University of Houston makes list of best 'underrated' colleges

With college costs growing faster than inflation, choosing the wrong school can be an expensive mistake.

There are any number of annual college rankings that look at things like academics, graduation rates and resources.

A new school ranking that helps identify schools offering the greatest return on investment finds a local institution near the top.

The "Top 10 Most Underrated Colleges in the U.S.", from college and high school guidance service CollegeVine, lists the University of Houston as second in the country and first in the Southwest.

CollegeVine argues most rankings overlook valuable public institutions in favor of prestigious private institutions.

UH was noted for its relative affordability, financial assistance and job-prospect for graduates.

"Businesses and governments still hire people from their backyard," says CollegeVine co-founder Vinay Bhaskara, "All the companies that are expanding in Texas, which has had a really strong economy, for more than a decade and a half... all those companies are hiring in Texas."

The University of Texas at Austin was eighth on the national Top 10 list.

In the Southwest, four Texas schools appear in CollegeVine's Top 10:

  • University of Houston
  • UT Austin
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas - El Paso