One giant, collective, international hook 'em: the University of Texas’ flagship campus in Austin has a reputation that ranks among the best in the world. In the 2013 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, UT ranked No. 27 for its perceived prestige, determined by an invitation-only survey of top academics. The school ranked No. 32 in 2012.
UT was among only two Texas schools to be included on the list, along with Texas A&M University (which is ranked in the list's 91-100 range). And while some of the outranking schools come as no surprise (the Ivy League says hello from the top), the 40 Acres did manage to edge out top schools like New York University, Duke and Brown.
Its reputation rank by Times Higher Education shouldn’t be confused with its annual world university rankings (where UT ranks No. 25), which with Thomson Reuters measures general international topness “across all of their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.” This new ranking is just indicative of the university’s street cred.
UT is coming off a string of rankings-related good press: U.S. News and World Report recently declared the university 46th in its list of top schools, and Kiplinger’s ranked it among one of their best value public colleges.