Dallas now officially a ‘booming’ college town

November 20, 2018 by  

Dallas has joined the ranks of other celebrated Texas ‘college towns’ due to a new CardRates.com ranking that places it among the United States’ fastest-growing college towns.

Credit card site CardRates.com recently came out with a list of the fastest-growing college towns in the U.S. Dallas came in at No. 5 nationally and was the only Texan city to make the list. The ‘Big D’ is also the largest U.S. city to make the list.

Among the several distinguished institutions of higher learning located in Dallas, Southern Methodist University (SMU) is king, with an enrollment of close to 11,700 students in addition to 2,300 administrators, faculty, and staff.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report featured a ranking of the best universities and colleges in the country. SMU was No. 59, and only two other Texas schools ranked higher – the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University.

Universities are diligent about including favorable results, such as those SMU received from CardRates.com and the U.S. News & World Report, in promotional materials they send to their printing services.

In a release, R. Gerald Turner, SMU president, said about the university’s ranking:

“SMU’s national ranking is a reflection of a dedicated effort to provide our students with the opportunity to become society’s innovators and leaders. It also reflects the contributions of high-impact research and inspired teaching by our faculty members.”