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Rankings

Recognition & Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

UD has been identified as one of America’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings. More specifically, the university was recognized as:

  • #12 among 124 other regional universities in the West Region 

  • #1 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

  • #2 among 30 other regional universities in Texas

  • #7 among Catholic universities in the Western region

  • a “Best Value School” in the West Region (eighth of 15 colleges and universities)

Updated: September 2016

The Princeton Review

UD is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2016 edition of its popular guidebook The Best 380 Colleges. The university was also recognized with the following ranking:

  • #3 in the “Most Popular Study Abroad Program” category

Updated: August 2016

Forbes

UD was named one of America’s Best Colleges in the most recent annual rankings of public and private colleges by Forbes magazine. Our ranking places us:

  • #276 among all colleges and universities

  • #55 among all colleges and universities in the south
  • #7 among all Texas private colleges and universities

  • #3 among all colleges and universities in Dallas/Fort Worth

We were also identified as one of the 300 schools worth the investment by virtue of our placement on the Best Value Colleges 2016.

  • #176 among all colleges and universities
  • #2 among all colleges and universities in Dallas/Fort Worth

UD was also identified as one of “America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges” by Forbes magazine. 

  • #42 among all small colleges and universities

Updated: July 2016

Fiske Guide to Colleges

UD has been named to the 2017 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, making us the only Catholic college or university to receive such an honor in the southwestern United States.

Updated: July 2016

Cardinal Newman Society 

The University of Dallas is one of 27 Catholic colleges or universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education.

Updated: December 2015

Institute of International Education 

UD ranks high when it comes to the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad for academic credit, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). Due in large part to the number of students who spend a semester at our Rome campus, the organization, in its “Open Doors 2016 Report on International Educational Exchange,” ranked UD:

  • #3 nationally among all master’s institutions

“Master’s Institutions” are categorized by the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as colleges and universities that generally award at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees each year.

Updated: November 2016

PARADE

UD was named to the PARADE magazine College A-List in their Aug. 22, 2011, issue. The survey, comprised of feedback from high school counselors across the United States, recognized the university’s liberal arts program and studio arts program as being among the top programs in the nation.

Political Theory Professors 

In a national survey of political theory professors, the UD’s doctoral program in political theory was ranked 28 out of 106 other similar programs.

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni — "What Will They Learn?"  

UD received an “A” in the eighth annual 2016-17 “What Will They Learn?” report announced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), which bases its ratings in large part on how many of seven specified core course requirements an institution requires in its curriculum. UD was also designated a “Hidden Gem” for requiring additional core courses, and was only one of four institutions to receive credit for every rating criterion.

Updated: January 2017

College of Distinction

UD has been recognized as a 2016-17 College of Distinction for continuing to provide students with the highest level of undergraduate education as evidenced by its exemplary commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Updated: July 2016

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine 

UD has been recognized as one of the country's 300 best values for 2017. It is the fifth consecutive year to be included in the publication's annual list, which ranks public, private and liberal arts colleges and universities that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

Updated: December 2016

TheBestSchools.org

UD has been recognized by TheBestSchools.org for having the No. 1 Online Graduate Theology program in "The Top 20 Online Theology Master's Degree Programs." TheBestSchools.org selected UD's program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Want to study the bible? The University of Dallas was listed as one of the best schools to study the bible by TheBestSchools.org in its list of "The 15 Best Colleges for Studying the Bible." 

Updated: July 2016

Washington Monthly

The University of Dallas has been recognized by the 2015  Washington Monthly College Guide as 15th among the 673 master's institutions ranked by the publication. Our ranking places us first in Dallas/Fort Worth. Among master's institutions, UD is second among Catholic colleges and third in Texas.

The Washington, D.C.,-based political magazine ranks universities based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Updated: August 2015

Best College Reviews

The University of Dallas has been named the eighth most popular Great Books program, according to the college ranking service Best College Reviews.

Best College Reviews also ranked the University of Dallas No. 18 on its list of “The 20 Best College Summer programs for Gifted Students."

Updated: July 2016

Value Colleges

Value Colleges ranked the nation’s best value online project management graduate programs, and UD's Master of Science in Information and Technology Management program ranks No. 19, placing UD among other leading schools such as Northwestern University, Penn State University and the University of Maryland.

Updated: July 2016

Top Management Degrees

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program offered by the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business is ranked sixth in Top Management Degrees’ list of the nation’s "Top 50 Doctorate in Business Management Programs." The ranking places the program among other top business schools such as Harvard University, the University of Florida and Washington University of St. Louis.

Updated: July 2016

MONEY Magazine

MONEY magazine ranked the University of Dallas in its list of the “50 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid,” and UD is number one.

Updated: July 2016

OnlineMBAToday.com

The University of Dallas was ranked fourth in OnlineMBAToday.com's list of the nation's "Top 10 Online MBA Degrees in Cybersecurity 2016." 

Updated: July 2016

News

Scherer Lecturer Poses American Economy's 'Big Questions'

Father Joseph W. Koterski, associate professor of philosophy at Fordham University, will deliver the keynote for this week's University of Dallas Scherer Lecture, "A Practical Moral Vision for the American Economy," in which he addresses the state of current natural law reflected on economics.

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Rome Essay Winner Focuses on Greater Appreciation for Beauty

A new insight and awareness of beauty became the subject of the essay, titled "Learning to See," that won Aspen Daniels, BA '19, first place in the fall 2016 University of Dallas Rome Program Essay Contest, which engages students studying abroad through the university's Rome Program in describing a place they visited or an encounter they had during their study abroad semester, exploring how some part of the Rome Program curriculum better enabled them to comprehend that experience.

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Learning to See

I was shocked by the beauty I saw when I stepped inside the door, and I wondered how I could have missed this before. The church wasn't large, but it didn't need to be because a dome soared upwards above our heads, giving an impression of grandeur. Bea pointed out that the dome was topped by a "lantern," one of our key terms; as we looked around at the marble and gold, naming the different architectural decorations, we realized how much skill it had taken to craft every detail.

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