STEM Premier Spotlight: Texas


The Rundown:

  • STEM Premier Student Accounts: 20,000

  • Male/Female User Split: Male - 41%, Female - 59%

  • Next Step:

    • College - 92%

    • Technical or Community College - 5%

    • Workforce/Military - 3%

  • Top High School Representation:

    • Manvel High School (Manvel)

    • Ball High School (Galveston)

    • Brazoswood High School (Clute)

    • Bel Air High School (El Paso)

    • DeBakey High School for Health Professions (Houston)

  • Top Career Interests:

    • Surgeons

    • Pediatricians

    • Mechanical Engineers

    • Registered Nurses

    • Aerospace Engineers

  • Top In-State College Interests:

    • University of Texas

    • Texas A&M University

    • Baylor University

    • Rice University

    • University of Houston

  • Top Out-of-State College Interests:

    • Stanford University

    • Harvard University

    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • University of California - Berkeley

    • Johns Hopkins University

  • Number of Post-Secondary Student Users: 700

The last time we checked in with the Lone Star State, it had just over 3,000 student users. That number has since grown seven-fold to over 20,000! Texas also boasts nine of the 2018 STEM Premier Top 100!

Female student profiles in Texas outnumber males 59% to 41%, which continues to be encouraging news for a range of professions and industries historically considered to be dominated by men; healthcare and engineering are two of the state’s most popular career interests. In fact, nearly 1,700 female students in Texas are members of HOSA - Future Health Professionals.

But some of the most exciting news about Texas is the diversity of our student population. Nearly 10% of student users identify as first-generation students, and it is one of the only states where minority users (Hispanic/Latino) comprise the largest proportion of our users!

STEM Premier Spotlight: Texas

Quick Stats:

  • STEM Premier Student Members in TX: 3,300
  • Average SAT: 1775
  • Average ACT: 27
  • Average GPA: 3.62 (On a 4.0 scale)

With over 3,000 users on our platform, the state of Texas represents a fairly sizable portion of our student base in the Southwest U.S. However, that number continues to grow daily. Surgeons, pediatricians, mechanical engineers, and registered nurses comprise the most sought after professions of STEM Premier students in Texas.

Geographically, a large portion of STEM Premier’s students reside in the Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston areas, but our student presence stretches across the entire Lone Star State from Amarillo in the North to McAllen on the U.S.-Mexico border. Like other states in our database, female student profiles outnumber males 57% to 43%, which continues to be encouraging news about a range of professions and industries historically considered to be dominated by men.  

In Texas, student interest in STEM had outpaced the national average for the past five years, according to ACT and their report on The Condition of STEM. That’s great news for the region, though not surprising given the high amount of investment that the state has made in STEM education.

The Texas Education Agency recognizes schools throughout the state designated as T-STEM Academies. These schools have undergone a rigorous designation process and they focus on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. These T-STEM Academies are further supported by the Texas STEM Coalition which operates seven STEM Centers throughout the state. These centers work with the 100+ T-STEM Academies to further improve learning and strengthen curricula.

Interested in learning more about STEM in Texas? Check out ACT’s full report.