Here's some uplifting back-to-school news for you: The University of Texas Austin is still one of the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of Best Colleges.
The rankings, released Tuesday, are determined by 15 criteria ranging from financial resources to graduation rates, factors carefully selected to paint an accurate picture for incoming students.
In the national university rankings, which includes both public and private schools, UT is tied at No. 56 with Southern Methodist University in Dallas, University of Georgia in Athens, and George Washington University in D.C. In Texas, Houston's Rice University places the highest, at No. 15.
On the public schools ranking, UT comes in at No. 18 (again tied with University of Georgia) — the highest-ranking Texas school. Next is Texas A&M University, at No. 27.
The report also analyzed the best undergraduate business and engineering programs across the nation — and UT certainly stands out. The school ranks sixth for business and 11th for engineering, with the accounting and petroleum engineering programs taking No. 1 spots. Hook 'em.