Several Texas and Houston-area universities have graced a new list of best colleges in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, released its list of the 2022 U.S. Best Colleges on Monday.
More than 1,400 colleges and universities across the nation were evaluated across several measures to compile the rankings. Of those measures, graduation rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility indicators carried the most weight, accounting for 40% of a college’s rank. Graduate indebtedness includes the proportion of bachelor’s degree graduates who took out federal loans and the average amount they borrowed; social mobility includes schools that enroll a high proportion of Pell Grant students; graduation rates consist of the percentage of first-year students returning to campus and graduating within six years, according to the report’s methodology.
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Other measures used to rank schools include faculty resources, financial resources, student excellence, alumni giving and opinions from experts such as presidents, provosts and admissions deans.
One Houston-area university cracked the top 20 in the ranking of best national universities. Rice University placed No. 17 on this list, tied with one other school, and took the spot for No. 1 school in Texas. The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 38 overall on this list, tied with three other schools, and was the second in Texas; followed by a tie between Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M University at No. 68 overall, who also tied with five other schools, and are third in Texas; and Baylor University at No. 75 overall, tied with three other schools, and is the fourth in Texas.
The Texas schools that ranked on the list of best public schools include the University of Texas at No. 10 overall, tied with four other schools, and No. 1 in Texas; Texas A&M ranked No. 26 overall, second in Texas; The University of Texas at Dallas ranked No. 64 overall, tied with two other schools, third in Texas; the University of Houston ranked No. 88 overall, tied with seven other schools and was fourth in Texas; and Texas Tech University ranked No. 107 overall, tied with three other schools, and was fifth in Texas.
Rice University also claimed the No. 5 spot for best value colleges in the nation, with an average discounted tuition cost of $20,513 and an average of 44% of students receiving need-based aid through grants or scholarships.