College Rivalry

Texas school claims top spot among best universities in the world

Texas school claims top spot among best universities in the world

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The University of Texas at Austin was named one of the best schools in the world. University of Texas at Austin/Facebook

Sorry, Rice. Go gig 'em somewhere else, Aggies. The University of Texas at Austin has been named the No. 1 school in the state, and No. 32 in the world by U.S. News and World Report.

While beating out other Texas schools gives UT bragging rights, the international ranking is even more impressive. Out of 1,250 institutions in 74 countries, the university was ranked No. 32 in the world, beating out schools like University of Copenhagen (No. 37);  Kings College London (No. 41); University of Tokyo (No. 57); and, yes, University of Maryland, College Park (No. 50).

Though the magazine has released university rankings for the past four years, this is the first time the magazine has included areas of study in its report. Eleven UT subjects made the grade with computer science (No. 2); chemistry (No. 10); and mathematics (No. 13) taking top billing. 

According to U.S. News, the rankings were determined by a pre-determined set of criteria such as global and regional research reputations and number of publications produced. Researchers also sent out surveys to academics around the world in order to "create a comprehensive snapshot of [their] opinions about world universities."

So just where did other Texas universities land? Rice University was closest at No. 81; Texas A&M ranked No. 118. UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas ranked No. 121; and Baylor College of Medicine came in right behind at No. 126.

Locally, the University of Texas at San Antonio ranked No. 448 on the list, with a few programs appearing in the subject rankings (chemistry, No. 223; clinical medicine, No. 222; and engineering, No. 367).

Meanwhile, nearby Texas State University at San Marcos landed all the way down at No. 1,233 out of 1250 — the very last Texas school on the list.