Another day, another college ranking poll that has University of Texas at Austin and Rice University battling it out for the top university in Texas. Though UT was named one of the best universities in the world (a list that Rice did not make), the most recent ranking has the state's flagship university in second place.
Personal finance website WalletHub has released its 2019's Best College & University Rankings, just in time for the November 1 “early decision” college application deadline. UT took the No. 2 spot in Texas, just behind Rice University in Houston (No. 1) and just ahead of Trinity University in San Antonio (No. 3). Overall, UT ranked 49th in the country.
In order to determine the rankings, WalletHub compared 951 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes, and career outcomes.
UT ranked near "best" in the admission rate, student-faculty ratio, graduation rate, gender and racial diversity, and post-attendance median salary categories, and "average" in net cost and student-to-faculty ratio. The study ranked it near "worst" for on-campus crime.
Rounding out the top Texas schools are Texas A&M University (No. 4), Southern Methodist University (No. 5), Southwestern University (No. 6), University of Dallas (No. 7), LeTourneau University (No. 8), Baylor University (No. 9), and University of Texas at Dallas (No. 10).
Rice is in rather prestigious company on the national list, coming in behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Yale University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Stanford is No. 10.