University of Dallas Named Among 'America's Top Colleges'
Annual Rankings Commend UD with Marks of Excellence
Date published: Sept. 13, 2018
As University of Dallas students flourish under the guidance of our faculty, so too
does the national reputation of the university.
Once again earning its placement among the country's best higher education institutions,
the University of Dallas recently received high marks of excellence in the 2019 edition
of The Princeton Review's popular guidebook "The Best 384 Colleges" and the annual listing of "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine. The university was also recently named by Money magazine one of
the "Best Colleges for Your Money."
"University of Dallas students are uniquely motivated to pursue a broad, liberal arts
education, learning from the classics of Western civilization in the Catholic tradition,
helping to prepare them to assume a wide variety of leadership roles in society,"
said Interim President John G. Plotts, Ed.D. "We are honored to receive such notable
distinctions from each of these publications, recognizing us once again among the
country's premier academic institutions."
UD is consistently ranked in Forbes' annual listing of "America's Top Colleges," which
just released in mid-August, and is based on postgraduate success, student debt, student
satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success. The 2018 listing ranks the university
No. 253 out of 650 of America's top institutions, earning the university:
- Placement among the top 25 Catholic institutions nationwide, and recognition as the
No. 1 Catholic institution in Texas.
- No. 173 out of all private colleges and universities.
- Fourth in North Texas alongside its peer institutions (No. 104) Southern Methodist
University, (No. 170) Texas Christian University and (No. 245) the University of Texas
The Princeton Review
Considered among the best institutions at which to receive an undergraduate education
- and identified as one of 129 "Best Western" regional institutions - the popular
college guidebook commended UD with several other notable distinctions:
- The university's Rome Program received recognition as the nation's fourth "Most Popular
Study Abroad Program."
- And for their traditional values and devout Catholic affiliation, the university was
credited with having:
- The No.1 most conservative student body in Texas, as well as the second "Most Religious
Students" in the nation.
- The sixth-largest student body of "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American
In early August, Money magazine declared UD among "more than 700 of the nation's best-performing
colleges" in its 2018-2019 ranking of the "Best Colleges for Your Money." The personal
finance publication (issued by Time Inc.) gathered its list of America's Best Colleges
by evaluating three key factors: 1) the quality of a school's education, 2) affordability
and 3) student outcomes.
Since July, the university has been included on multiple "best college" lists, among
these the Fiske Guide to Colleges, Colleges of Distinction and College Consensus,
which named the university among the "Best Catholic Colleges of 2018" and (for the
second consecutive year) among the "Best Colleges in Texas."
Learn more about UD's institutional awards and distinctions.