The Hays Campus of Austin Community College opened in Spring 2014. Their current facility can house up 2,000 students and there are plans to expand the campus in the future to accomodate additional students and programs. Some of the programs offered at the Hays campus include computer studies, biology, chemistry, accounting, and criminal justice. ACC Students can also participate in the Pathway program which allows co-enrollment, which provides a pathway for admission into the four-year university.
The University of Texas at Austin is located 20 minutes from Buda, Texas and serves as one of the four-year universities serving Buda residents. The University of Texas at Austin is a comprehensive university with a broad mission of undergraduate and graduate edcuation, research, and service to society. Current enrollment is approximately 48,000.
Texas State University, located in San Marcos, is only 15 minutes from Buda. This four-year university provides a comprehensive and culturally diverse instruction for both undergraduate and graduate students. Current enrollment exceeds 35,000 students. Texas State offers 96 bachelor's, 87 master's, and 12 doctoral degree programs.