SMU lands No. 3 spot in Texas college ranking shake-up

September 15, 2018 by  

On Monday, the U.S. News & World Report released its 2019 Best Colleges, and changes in scoring resulted in a shake-up in the Texas standings.

An analysis of 1,800 school placed Southern Methodists University (SMU) here in Dallas at No. 3 in the state and No. 59 in the country. The No. 1 and No. 2 Texas schools were Rice University and the University of Texas (UT) at Austin respectively. Last year, UT landed the No.1 spot and this year its second place state ranking was accompanied by a No. 49 in the country.

Some of the changes in this year’s ranking can be attributed to the added emphasis that U.S. News placed on student outcomes for its 2019 Best College rankings. Whereas before only 20% of a school score was student outcomes, this year it was 35%. The increased emphasis on student outcomes is a reflection of how increasingly expensive college has become.

Graduation rates as well as retention rates are something that will figure more prominently in future brochure printing orders for institutions of higher learning.

In The Lone Star State, Texas A&M came at No. 4, and is followed by fifth-placed Baylor University. Other Dallas schools placing high on the Texas list were Texas Christian University, UT at Dallas, and Dallas Baptist University, which ranked sixth, seventh, and tenth respectively. No. 1 in the U.S. was Princeton University followed by Harvard at No. 2.