UT named top public school in Texas by U.S. News and World Report

Students walk past the tower at the University of Texas at Austin campus on February 4, 2020. Some in-person classes resumed on campus this week after a pause at the start of the semester due to a surge in COVID-19 cases locally. (KXAN Photo/Alyssa Goard)

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — According to U.S. News and World Report, the Longhorns are the best in Texas.

The publication released its list of best colleges and universities in the country for 2022, and the University of Texas at Austin topped the public school list for the Lone Star State.

UT finished in a tie for 10th on the overall list of top public schools in the rankings, and No. 38 of all universities.

Here are the top 10 Texas public colleges and universities, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report:

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas A&M University, College Station
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • University of Houston
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville
  • University of North Texas, Denton
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Lamar University, Beaumont
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches

Rice University in Houston was named the top university overall in Texas, public or private. UT was No. 2, followed by Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M and Baylor.

U.S News uses 17 categories “related to academic excellence” to rank schools. The publication then weighs each category based on what their research says matters most. Overall scores are then developed from the categories and the rankings are made. The publication used data gathered in the spring and early summer of 2021 to make the latest version of the rankings.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, also ranked UT as the top public school in the state in their rankings.

Princeton University took top honors overall. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was the No. 1-ranked public school in the rankings and No. 20 overall. Three of the top five public schools were from California.

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