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San Antonio university scores top grade as best small college in Texas

San Antonio university scores top grade as best small college in Texas

Trinity University San Antonio
Trinity is "a university of the highest order." Trinity University/Facebook

Back-to-school time is a fine time for new college rankings, and — oh look, here they are.

Neighborhood review site Niche.com has just released this year’s college rankings, which rely on U.S. Department of Education data coupled with reviews from current students, alumni, and parents to judge American colleges on 12 factors, including academics, campus, dorm life, and professors. 

In results that look strikingly similar to last year’s list, San Antonio private liberal arts and sciences school Trinity University has made the grade among top 10 Texas schools this year, coming in at No. 5.

Once again, Houston’s Rice University was named the best school in Texas (and seventh best in the United States). The complete top 10 in Texas looks like this:

  1. Rice University
  2. University of Texas — Austin
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. Southern Methodist University
  5. Trinity University
  6. Texas Christian University
  7. Baylor University
  8. LeTourneau University
  9. Texas Tech University
  10. University of Texas — Dallas

With an overall A grade, Trinity, ranked 96th Best College in America, earned high marks nationally in some very specific categories, such as Best Christian Colleges in America (No. 7 out of 364) and Best Small Colleges in America (No. 32 or 1,014), though in the state, Trinity was ranked No. 1 of 44 for Best Small Colleges in Texas. Complete rankings for Trinity University are here.

Another list of interest for incoming freshmen is Niche’s ranking of 2022 Colleges with the Best Student Life in Texas. Top-ranked colleges have a positive, fun, and friendly student culture and a vibrant campus community, per Niche. Oddly, Trinity didn’t make the cut.

Here’s how Texas schools shake out in terms of Best Student Life:

  1. University of Texas at Austin
  2. Rice University
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. Texas Christian University
  5. Southern Methodist University

Which are the best universities in the country this year? Here’s Niche.com’s new report card for the country’s 10 best colleges, which features just one in Texas:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
  2. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  3. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  4. Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  5. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
  6. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  7. Rice University, Houston
  8. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  9. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  10. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire