A pair of Dallas-Fort Worth area schools have been named among the best universities in Texas, according to a new rankings list.
Niche, a school review and rating website, proclaimed Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) as the fifth and sixth-best educational institutions in the Lone Star State.
Southern Methodist University (SMU) earned an A+ grade in several categories, such as campus, professors, location and student life. The university also received an A for academics and athletics.
On a national scale, SMU achieved high placements in a number of areas, including first among Christian colleges, seventh for sports management, as well as the seventh-most conservative school in the country.
Texas Christian University (TCU) also made it into the top 10 Texas colleges list because it achieved an A+ score for dorms, student life, campus and athletics. TCU also ranked as the second-best Christian college nationwide, placing just behind SMU in the category.
Denton’s University of North Texas just barely missed out on the top 10, placing 12th in Texas despite ranking as the seventh-best public university in the entire state.
Also absent from the prestigious top 10 was the University of Texas in Dallas, which fell to the 14th spot this year after finishing ninth in the previous year of Niche’s annual report (via CultureMap Dallas).
Finishing ahead of SMU was the top-ranked Rice University (Houston), followed by the University of Texas (Austin), Texas A&M University (College Station) and Trinity University (San Antonio).
“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,” said Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of Niche.
To view the rankings in full, head over to Niche’s website.