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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2019

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 the 2019 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 5 41 38
2 The University of Texas at Austin 70 126 136
3 Trinity University 112 139 155
4 Southern Methodist University 90 286 222
5 Baylor University 166 148 264
6 University of Dallas 167 244 252
7 Texas Christian University 224 172 235
8 Southwestern University 239 200 253
9 Austin College 165 327 221
10 Texas A & M University College Station 168 830 135
11 The University of Texas at Dallas 91 997 531
12 LeTourneau University 263 245 883
13 Abilene Christian University 535 462 563
14 Dallas Baptist University 446 149 671
15 Texas Tech University 450 771 532
16 University of Houston 334 527 1,019
17 Saint Edward's University 447 1,227 350
18 University of North Texas 390 864 920
19 Texas State University 620 894 672
20 St. Mary's University 493 1,103 617
21 The University of Texas at Arlington 361 831 1,215
22 The University of Texas at Tyler 449 655 1,216
23 Texas Lutheran University 833 287 921
24 Texas A & M University Galveston 621 405 1,460
25 University of St Thomas 448 1,133 1,084
26 Dallas Christian College 707 158 1,381
27 Houston Baptist University 659 770 1,055
28 Texas A & M University Commerce 832 120 1,297
29 Texas Wesleyan University 1,014 113 1,300
30 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 1,068 82 1,298
31 Stephen F Austin State University 709 654 1,085
32 East Texas Baptist University 899 386 1,115
33 West Texas A & M University 741 528 1,155
34 University of Mary Hardin Baylor 619 1,077 1,021
35 Tarleton State University 900 303 1,249
36 Texas A & M International University 978 302 1,153
37 Southwestern Adventist University 869 566 1,275
38 McMurry University 979 199 1,315
39 Howard Payne University 1,013 479 1,020
40 Sam Houston State University 867 935 884
41 Hardin Simmons University 740 1,160 989
42 Lubbock Christian University 708 1,409 954
43 Texas A & M University Corpus Christi 1,121 507 1,214
44 The University of Texas at San Antonio 576 1,079 1,499
45 Huston Tillotson University 1,122 87 1,579
46 Texas A & M University Texarkana 831 387 1,797
47 The University of Texas Pan American 941 1,102 1,154
48 Schreiner University 868 1,376 1,248
49 Concordia University Texas 865 1,318 1,334
50 Midwestern State University 940 1,132 1,353

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.