Best Southwestern Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in the Southwest for 2021

There are 302 colleges and universities in the Southwest enrolling 2,570,236 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the Southwest below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Southwest offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  Southwest is home to nationally ranked institutions like Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Trinity University and Texas Christian University. The highest ranked college in the Southwest is Rice University and the top rated public state college is The University of Texas at Austin.


302 results

List of the Best Southwest Colleges

Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 7,124enrollment
  • $20,335net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 11,649enrollment
  • $40,404net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,637enrollment
  • $30,505net price
  • 29%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1450SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 10,918enrollment
  • $37,509net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1350SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68*Avg GPA
The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 51,832enrollment
  • $15,502net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
University of Tulsa
T
Tulsa, OK
University of Tulsa

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 4,365enrollment
  • $23,940net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1360SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 68,679enrollment
  • $19,237net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1390SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.68*Avg GPA
Baylor University
B
Waco, TX
Baylor University

Private 4 Year

8 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 17,217enrollment
  • $38,372net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.74*Avg GPA
University of Dallas
D
Irving, TX
University of Dallas

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,542enrollment
  • $26,761net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1360SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
Oklahoma City University
O
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,773enrollment
  • $24,264net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Southwestern University
S
Georgetown, TX
Southwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,434enrollment
  • $27,757net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.6*Avg GPA
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
N
Socorro, NM
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,895enrollment
  • $14,908net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1380SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
Austin College
A
Sherman, TX
Austin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,299enrollment
  • $23,824net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
O
Norman, OK
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 28,564enrollment
  • $21,804net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
University of Arizona
A
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 44,097enrollment
  • $16,580net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1360SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA
The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 28,755enrollment
  • $10,455net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1460SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Arizona State University
A
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 51,585enrollment
  • $14,081net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA
LeTourneau University
L
Longview, TX
LeTourneau University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 3,175enrollment
  • $24,609net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA