Best Texas Colleges To Apply For As Nov. 1 Deadline Looms


With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2019's Best College & University Rankings as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub compared nearly 1,000 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Texas:

  1. Rice University 
  2. University of Texas-Austin 
  3. Trinity University
  4. Texas A&M University-College Station
  5. Southern Methodist University 
  6. Southwestern University
  7. University of Dallas
  8. LeTourneau University
  9. Baylor University
  10. University of Texas-Dallas

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Rice University (1 = Best; 28 = Average; 56 = Worst)*     

  • 1st – Admission Rate*     
  • 53rd – Net Cost*     
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio*     
  • 43rd – On-Campus Crime*     
  • 2nd – Gender & Racial Diversity*     
  • 1st – Graduation Rate*     
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary  

School Snapshot: University of Texas-Austin (1 = Best; 28 = Average; 56 = Worst)

  • 5th – Admission Rate*     
  • 38th – Net Cost*     
  • 31st – Student-Faculty Ratio*     
  • 51st – On-Campus Crime*     
  • 7th – Gender & Racial Diversity*     
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate*     
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Trinity University (1 = Best; 28 = Average; 56 = Worst)

  • 6th  – Admission Rate*     
  • 51st – Net Cost*     
  • 2nd – Student-Faculty Ratio*     
  • 50th – On-Campus Crime*     
  • 20th – Gender & Racial Diversity*     
  • 6th – Graduation Rate*     
  • 5th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

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