Personal finance website WalletHub has released its 2020's Best College & University Rankings, just in time for the looming November 1 “early decision” college application deadline. Two Dallas universities have made it into the list of Texas' top 10 schools.
University of Dallas is ranked No. 8, while Southern Methodist University just makes it in at No. 10.
To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes, and career outcomes.
Rice University in Houston takes the No. 1 Texas spot and comes in at No. 13 overall in the U.S. Among Texas schools, Rice earned first place for the following individual metrics: admission rate, student-faculty ratio, graduation rate, and post-attendance median salary. The school places second for gender and racial diversity.
University of Dallas (ranked No. 182 nationally) earned nods for its student selectivity rate and its faculty resources. SMU (ranked No. 217 nationally) earned applause in those two categories, as well as "campus experience" and "career outcomes."
Both University of Dallas and SMU both fell down the list from last year, when they landed at No. 7 and No. 5, respectively. University of Texas at Dallas, which came in 10th last year, did not make the top 10 list for 2020.
The University of Texas at Austin follows Rice as the No. 2 best school in Texas, while Trinity University comes in third. Fort Worth's Texas Christian University (which missed the top 10 last year) is ranked No. 7.
Here are the top 10 schools in Texas, according to WalletHub:
- Rice University
- University of Texas at Austin
- Trinity University
- Baylor University
- LeTourneau University
- Texas Christian University
- Texas A&M University-College Station
- University of Dallas
- Southwestern University
- Southern Methodist University
At No. 13 on the overall list, Rice shares the spotlight with prestigious institutions, coming in behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, and Columbia University. University of Chicago is No. 14.