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These Dallas universities rank among best college values in the U.S.

Two Dallas universities rank among best college values in the U.S.

An ariel view of SMU in Dallas
SMU is one of the best value private colleges in America. Photo courtesy of SMU

Good news for Dallas students: Two local universities rank among the best college values in America, according to Kiplinger.

The annual roundup ranks University of Texas at Dallas No. 33 among public colleges offering the most bang for your buck. Southern Methodist University ranks No. 74 on the list of private colleges with the best values. 

UT Dallas has a 51 percent four-year graduation rate and offers a 22-1 student-to-faculty ratio. That quality education comes with a reasonable price tag too. One year at UT Dallas costs the average student $22,950, which takes into account in-state tuition, housing, and textbook costs. The price goes down to $14,358 per year for students who receive need-based financial aid; 64 percent of financial aid needs are met at UT. The average debt at graduation is $19,613.

SMU boasts a 67 percent four-year graduation rate and an impressive 11-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Annual tuition and fees (including housing and textbooks) is $64,765, $45,091 after need-based financial aid. SMU grads have an average debt of $34,671 upon graduation.

Across the Lone Star State, the University of Texas at Austin is the best value public college, at No. 13. Rice University in Houston ranks No. 4 on the list of private colleges.