Rankings and Recognition

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  • 1st in Texas in student retention and graduation rates — overall and for minorities
  • 1st in nation in "payback ratio" — what graduates earn compared to the cost of their college educations, Smart Money magazine
  • 1st in Texas and 8th among public universities in New York Times survey of business leaders worldwide based on the top institutions from which they recruit, 2011
  • 1st in Texas and 17th nationally as "best value" among public universities, Kiplinger, 2013
  • 4th in nation among universities based on "contribution to the public good," Washington Monthly, 2014
  • 2nd in the nation among public universities in "great schools, great prices," U.S. News & World Report, 2012
  • 2nd in nation for preparing graduates for the workforce, The Wall Street Journal
  • Top 10 in nation for return on investment, or what graduates earn in their careers compared to their college costs, PayScale
  • Top 10 in nation among public schools in earnings of alumni with 10-20 years of experience, Forbes
  • 2nd in nation in a survey of top U.S. corporations, nonprofits and government agencies, based on graduates recruiters prefer to hire, The Wall Street Journal
  • 4th among U.S. public universities and 10th overall with an endowment of more than $5 billion
  • 4th nationally among public universities in affordability combined with high quality education and high return on investment, AffordableCollegesOnline.org, 2013

Categorical Breakdown