SMU was ranked 59th in the nation, according to a report made in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.
The ranking, an increase from 61st place last year, places the university third in the state, behind Rice University and UT Austin, and ties it with the University of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“SMU’s national ranking is a reflection of a dedicated effort to provide our students with the opportunity to become society’s innovators and leaders,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said. “It also reflects the contributions of high-impact research and inspired teaching by our faculty members. We are grateful for the recognition and inspired to continue SMU’s positive momentum.
“As students and parents evaluate universities, it’s important to note, however, that rankings are just one of the factors to consider in this important decision. We encourage parents and anyone considering a college education to visit institutions for firsthand evaluation of academic offerings and campus experience.”
U.S. News creates its rankings by assessing a variety of factors, including quality of education, faculty resources, graduation rates, financial resources, peer assessment scores and ratings from high school counselors.
The report can be viewed here.