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University of Texas at Austin hooks top 5 spot in new ranking of best colleges in Texas

UT Austin hooks top 5 spot in new ranking of best colleges in Texas

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University of Texas at Austin takes the No. 4 spot among Texas schools. The University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

When it comes to rankings, the University of Texas at Austin is used to be at the head of its class. But a new report from College Consensus has the state's flagship university instead hooking a spot among the top five schools in Texas.

On July 24, College Consensus released its annual roundup of the best universities in the state, and San Antonio's Trinity University takes the No. 1 spot, beating out UT, Rice University and other Texas schools for the prime placement.

Since its founding in 1869, the private liberal arts school has developed a reputation for its engineering and business programs, among others. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity No. 1 in both its Regional Universities West and Best Value categories. Its 125-acre campus in Monte Vista is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three campuses in the U.S. to garner the distinction.

Rounding out the top five universities in Texas are Rice University (2), Texas Lutheran University (3), University of Texas at Austin (4), and Texas A&M University — College Station (5). Another Capital City school, Saint Edward's University, also pops up on the list of the best schools in Texas, at No. 11. 

"Texas has a lot of land, a lot of people, and a lot of need for higher education opportunities to keep the state's professionals, leaders, and workers up to date and productive," explains College Consensus managing editor Carrie Sealey-Morris in a release. The release also notes that as Texas schools continue their advancements in research, learning, and social impact, the nation is increasingly looking to the Lone Star State as a model for higher education. 

In order to determine the rankings, College Consensus aggregates data and scores from respected publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes and combines them with rankings from student review sites. The result, says the site, is a more accurate picture of where a university stands in respect to other educational institutions. 

"This ranking of the best colleges will look different from other similar rankings, simply because it’s an aggregate ranking," says the website. "Some colleges that get overlooked in other rankings get their chance to shine; some universities that hog all the glory get their proper place in the ecosystem."