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TCU beats cross-town rival on new list of top 10 universities in Texas

TCU beats cross-town rival on new list of top 10 universities in Texas

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Personal finance website WalletHub has released its 2020's Best College & University Rankings, just in time for the looming November 1 “early decision” college application deadline. Texas Christian University has made it into the list of Texas' top 10 schools.

And just as important, it beat cross-town rival SMU.

TCU is ranked No. 6.

Southern Methodist University just makes it in at No. 10.

Last year, TCU failed to make the top 10, coming in at No. 12, and SMU landed at No. 5.

The only other DFW school to make new the list, University of Dallas, comes in at No. 8.

To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 colleges and universities across seven key dimensions: student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes, and career outcomes.

Rice University in Houston takes the No. 1 Texas spot and comes in at No. 13 overall in the U.S. Among Texas schools, Rice earned first place for the following individual metrics: admission rate, student-faculty ratio, graduation rate, and post-attendance median salary. The school places second for gender and racial diversity.

TCU (ranked No. 128 nationally) scored especially high in the categories of student selectivity, educational outcomes, and career outcomes.

University of Dallas (ranked No. 182 nationally) earned nods for its student selectivity rate and its faculty resources. SMU (ranked No. 217 nationally) earned applause in those two categories, as well as campus experience.

The University of Texas at Austin follows Rice as the No. 2 best school in Texas, while Trinity University comes in third. 

Here are the top 10 schools in Texas, according to WalletHub:

  1. Rice University
  2. University of Texas at Austin
  3. Trinity University
  4. Baylor University
  5. LeTourneau University
  6. Texas Christian University
  7. Texas A&M University-College Station
  8. University of Dallas
  9. Southwestern University
  10. Southern Methodist University

At No. 13 on the overall list, Rice shares the spotlight with prestigious institutions, coming in behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, and Columbia University. University of Chicago is No. 14.