UT Austin earns No. 6 ranking on new list of best public universities in U.S.
The University of Texas at Austin has risen in the ranks in a highly anticipated new list of the country's best universities.
Niche, an education review and ranking website, has deemed UT Austin the sixth best public university in the U.S., up from No. 8 last year. The university receives an A+ grade in five of the 12 ranking categories, including academics, athletics, and student life. It gets an A for the diversity, value, and professors, an A- for the campus, and a C+ for dorms and safety.
UT Austin also ranked highly in other categories, including:
- No. 1 of 405 Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America.
- No. 3 of 931 Best Colleges for Communications in America.
- No. 8 of 454 Best Colleges for Sports Management in America.
More individual rankings can be found here.
"The University of Texas at Austin provided a great overall university experience," a student wrote in a Niche review. "Campus life was lively, with tons of student activities and organizations available. My professors included leaders in their fields and genuinely interesting academic leaders."
Topping Niche’s national list is Yale University, followed by Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College.
UT Austin comes in at No. 2 on Niche’s list of the best colleges in Texas - but it's the best public university in the state. Here are the top 10 Texas schools:
1. Rice University (Houston)
2. University of Texas at Austin
3. Texas A&M University (College Station)
4. Trinity University (San Antonio)
5. Southern Methodist University (University Park)
6. Texas Christian University (Fort Worth)
7. Texas Tech University (Lubbock)
8. University of Houston
9. University of Texas Permian Basin (Odessa)
10. Baylor University (Waco)
“Choosing where to go to college is easily one of the most significant — and expensive — decisions of a person’s life. Niche’s mission is to ensure that every college-bound student has access to easy, transparent and free resources … to help them find their best fit,” Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of Niche, says in a news release.
A version of this article originally ran on our sister site InnovationMap.