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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in is Rice University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Rice University 17 31 38
2 The University of Texas at Austin 83 161 136
3 Trinity University 119 181 155
4 Southern Methodist University 82 294 222
5 Baylor University 169 160 265
6 Texas Christian University 220 143 235
7 Austin College 159 371 221
8 Southwestern University 219 228 254
9 Texas A & M University College Station 170 760 135
10 The University of Texas at Dallas 104 790 534
11 LeTourneau University 218 216 886
12 University of Dallas 201 1,152 253
13 Abilene Christian University 552 330 566
14 Texas Tech University 413 634 535
15 Dallas Baptist University 444 202 674
16 Saint Edward's University 411 968 351
17 University of Houston 287 525 1,022
18 Houston Baptist University 616 119 1,059
19 University of North Texas 410 904 923
20 Texas A & M University Galveston 412 423 1,466
21 Texas State University 707 879 675
22 Texas Lutheran University 894 203 924
23 The University of Texas at Arlington 446 846 1,219
24 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 1,023 57 1,302
25 St. Mary's University 663 1,104 620
26 University of St Thomas 504 1,067 1,088
27 The University of Texas at Tyler 576 818 1,220
28 Texas Wesleyan University 895 180 1,304
29 Texas A & M University Commerce 851 245 1,301
30 Stephen F Austin State University 820 613 1,089
31 University of Mary Hardin Baylor 706 1,131 1,024
32 Dallas Christian College 892 56 1,386
33 East Texas Baptist University 954 331 1,119
34 Paul Quinn College 1,022 102 1,675
35 Tarleton State University 958 312 1,253
36 Lubbock Christian University 445 1,433 957
37 West Texas A & M University 962 553 1,159
38 Sam Houston State University 893 905 887
39 Southwestern Adventist University 1,082 311 1,279
40 McMurry University 1,021 279 1,319
41 Texas A & M International University 1,052 372 1,157
42 Hardin Simmons University 615 1,325 992
43 Texas A & M University Corpus Christi 953 703 1,218
44 The University of Texas Pan American 957 666 1,158
45 The University of Texas at San Antonio 664 1,034 1,505
46 Texas A & M University Texarkana 614 437 1,806
47 Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio 1,081 422 1,387
48 Huston Tillotson University 1,174 129 1,586
49 Midwestern State University 852 967 1,357
50 Angelo State University 952 966 1,451

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.