UT Dallas Recognized as One of 'Best Colleges For Your Money'
July 14, 2016
Among public colleges, UT Dallas ranked 37th on Money Magazine's annual list, which evaluates colleges on educational quality, affordability and career success.
Yet another national publication has identified UT Dallas as one of the best values in American higher education. Money Magazine ranked UT Dallas 37th among public universities — one of three Texas public institutions in the top 100, along with Texas A&M University and UT Austin.
UT Dallas is among five Texas universities that were included in the magazine’s top 100 for both public and private institutions.
The University also placed 32nd among all universities on the magazine’s list of the “50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into.”
This evaluation of UT Dallas is consistent with national rankings in other publications, such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, which ranked UT Dallas as 33rd in its list of best values among the nation’s public universities.
“We are very pleased that the tremendous value that UT Dallas offers to Texas families and their students has been recognized by yet another objective national survey. These high national rankings reflect the great quality of our student body, the excellence of our faculty, our low official tuition costs combined with our powerful financial aid programs, and the success our graduates enjoy after they enter the workforce,” said Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, president ad interim. “These accolades are tributes to the entire UT Dallas community. We are grateful to our friends and supporters who have helped make these achievements possible, and are happy to share this good news with them.”
“These high national rankings reflect the great quality of our student body, the excellence of our faculty, our low official tuition costs combined with our powerful financial aid programs, and the success our graduates enjoy after they enter the workforce.”
For this year’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” list, the magazine ranked 705 schools on 24 factors. Those factors included graduation rates, affordability measures — such as the amount students and parents have to borrow — and measures of alumni success, including how much recent graduates earn.
The methodology also incorporated data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and took into account the percentage of a school’s graduates who consider themselves to be in “meaningful” jobs.
"According to a new survey by Money and Barnes & Noble College, families care most that schools help students develop the critical-thinking skills needed to succeed in a complex world and prep graduates for fulfilling careers, not simply jobs with a high salary,” said Diane Harris, editor of Money Magazine.