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Underrated education: More surprise Texas schools added to national overlooked colleges list

Underrated education: More surprise Texas schools added to national overlooked colleges list

The University of Texas at El Paso, campus, mountains
The University of Texas at El Paso's journalism program is praised as "cutting edge" by a Daily Beast Reader. NASA.gov
Austin College, campus, students
Austin College was nominated for its leadership development. Austin College/Facebook
The University of Texas at El Paso, campus, mountains
Austin College, campus, students

When The Daily Beast unveiled its "Amazing but Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered but Should" list earlier this week, the publication knew it was sure to incite a response.

And incite it did: In just two days, the site received more than 650 submissions for overlooked colleges — among the best selected from those submissions were two more Texas schools (in addition to Rice University and Texas A&M University, both on the initial list), which made a new curated reader-recommended roundup of "More Overlooked Colleges & Programs."

 Just as El Paso is often forgotten among the Lone Star State's big cities, so too is the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Just as El Paso is often forgotten among the Lone Star State's big cities, so too is the University of Texas at El Paso's young but award-winning journalism program. Advocate Zita Arocha describes it as a "cutting edge multimedia journalism program where students write and produce multimedia for a bilingual web news magazine called borderzine.com."

Austin College in the North Texas town of Sherman — not to be confused with Austin Community College in our state's capital — was also nominated by a reader for its leadership development.

"Whether it is the Posey Leadership Institute, the award-winning Model U.N. team, the Student Assembly, or any of the other student-led organizations on campus, leadership is at the heart of campus . . . [Individuals] are given the opportunity to shine by having their research published, their innovations funded by a Student Sustainability Fund, and their skills sharpened by regular educational lectures, trainings, and programs," writes Alexander Clark.

Still think your alma mater is overlooked? Nominate it on the Daily Beast website.

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