UTD Ranks First Among Texas Public Universities on Forbes’ List of Best Value Colleges

Forbes' "definitive guide" to getting the best return on a college investment is here. UT Dallas ranks No. 1 among public universities in Texas. Among public and private universities in the U.S., UTD ranks No. 31, up from No. 61 last year. See what other Dallas-Fort Worth schools made the list.

Forbes has released this year’s list of America’s Best Value Colleges, dubbed the “definitive guide” for getting an excellent return on a college investment. North Texas made a showing, with the University of Texas at Dallas being named the best value public university in Texas.

Forbes said the 2019 ranking is focused on a human angle—citing the recent college admissions scandal and skyrocketing costs, it seems more apparent than ever that a pricey diploma favors the wealthy. However, the majority of people look for value over prestige when it comes to choosing higher education.

Both public and private institutions offering four-year degrees were evaluated, all based on quality, net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, and access for low-income students. Brigham Young University, Princeton, and the University of California, Irvine hold the top three spots.

Statewide, Houston’s private research university, Rice, came in first with a No. 21 ranking.

But, No. 31 UTD wasn’t far behind, making it the top-ranked institution in Dallas-Fort Worth on the overall list. That’s a pretty big jump from coming in 61st last year. Not to mention, when classified by only public universities, UTD places first for all of Texas.

In the school profile, Forbes said since opening in 1969, UTD has made its way to be a large public research institution in the University of Texas system.

“While no single metric or ranking can capture the full picture of our dynamic university, this particular ranking speaks highly of our value to students and their families,” UTD President Richard C. Benson said in a statement. 

Forbes created this year’s fourth annual ranking of the 300 Best Value Colleges by comparing 645 U.S. colleges and universities.

Also representing from DFW is: University of Texas at Arlington (No. 146), University of North Texas (No. 202), Southern Methodist University (No. 240), and Texas Woman’s University (No. 278).

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