24 Texas schools land on U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best National Universities’ ranking


Rice University continues its streak as the top school in Texas, according to the latest ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

The private university in Houston cracked the top 20 of “Best National Universities,” landing at No. 16. The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 49 on the list, making it the second best in the state. Southern Methodist University rounded out the state’s top 3 by ranking No. 59 nationally. 

In last year’s ranking, Rice placed No. 14 on the national list, while UT Austin and Southern Methodist tied for No. 56.   

RELATED: University of Texas lands in top 50 of ‘Best Global Universities’ ranking

Overall, 24 schools from the Lone Star State made the ranking of 312 U.S. universities. Schools ranking at or below 221 are listed in alphabetical order. Check out the other Texas schools  

  • No. 16, Rice University
  • No. 49, The University of Texas at Austin
  • No. 59, Southern Methodist University
  • No. 66, Texas A&M University
  • No. 78, Baylor University
  • No. 80, Texas Christian University
  • No. 129, University of Texas at Dallas
  • No. 171, University of Houston
  • No. 187, Texas Tech University
  • No. 221- 301, Dallas Baptist University
  • No. 221- 301, University of Texas at Arlington
  • No. 221- 301, Lamar University
  • No. 221- 301, Prairie View A&M University
  • No. 221- 301, Sam Houston State University
  • No. 221- 301, Texas A&M University - Commerce
  • No. 221- 301, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • No. 221- 301, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • No. 221- 301, Texas Southern University
  • No. 221- 301, Texas State University
  • No. 221- 301, Texas Women’s University
  • No. 221- 301, University of North Texas
  • No. 221- 301, University of Texas at El Paso
  • No. 221- 301, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
  • No. 221- 301, University of Texas at San Antonio 

RELATED: UT Austin, Texas A&M included in ranking of top universities in the world


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