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UT Austin named the No. 2 school in Texas as college ranking saga rolls on

UT Austin named No. 2 school in Texas as college ranking saga rolls on

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UT Austin is No. 2, says new ranking. The University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

In an epic battle to be named the No. 1 school in the state, it appears Rice University has bested the University of Texas at Austin — at least this time.

Personal finance website WalletHub has released its 2020's Best College & University Rankings, just in time for the looming November 1 “early decision” college application deadline. Rice takes the No. 1 Texas spot and comes in at No. 13 overall in the U.S. UT Austin follows at No. 2 and No. 52, respectively. 

In order to determine the rankings, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes, and career outcomes.

Among Texas schools, Rice comes in first for the following individual metrics: admission rate, student-faculty ratio, graduation rate, and post-attendance median salary. The school places second for gender and racial diversity.

UT ranks second for graduation rate, third for post-attendance median salary, fourth for admission rate, and seventh for gender and racial diversity.

Here are the top 10 schools in Texas, according to WalletHub:

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

At No. 13 on the overall list, Rice shares the spotlight with prestigious institutions, coming in behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, and Columbia University.