UT Dallas Rises in Rankings of Best Public Universities

Editors’ Note: This feature appears as it was published in the winter 2019 edition of UT Dallas Magazine. Titles or faculty members listed may have changed since that time.
UT Dallas continued its annual climb as a selective public university in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
UTD rose to 61st in the nation among public universities, up from 73rd last year, and remains the second-best value out of all public schools in Texas. In terms of selectivity for public univer-sities, UT Dallas ranks second in Texas and 27th in the nation, according to the publication.

“Our ascent in these and other prestigious rankings reflects the rapid evolution of our University as a research institution and a fiscally sound choice for bright young minds.”
— UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson

“As we continue to grow and more wonderful faculty and students arrive, I believe we will keep rising,” Benson said.
Among the rankings for national universities — defined by the publication as schools that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and are commit-ted to producing groundbreaking research — UT Dallas is No. 129 overall and third for public universities in Texas.
For the Class of 2017, UTD ranked 58th out of 272 national universities in terms of smallest debt load at graduation. The University remains in the top 25 nationwide in terms of ethnic diversity.
In program-specific rankings, the Naveen Jindal School of Management tied for 62nd in the nationwide list of undergraduate business programs, placing third in Texas. The undergraduate engineering program of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, which tied for 80th in the nation, also ranked third in the state.