From elevators that declare "Howdy," to upperclassmen jockeying for the chance to help freshmen move in, the Texas schools we visited take pride in their familial atmospheres.
But stereotypes don't always hold true for the Lone Star State and its oversize reputation. Amid the massive public universities, students can also find more intimate colleges.
And while country music and cowboy boots have their place, Texans take equal pride in welcoming quirky diversity on their campuses.
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