SMU rises to 56 in <em>U.S. News & World Report</em> rankings; five-place increase is one of nation’s best

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SMU rises to 56 in U.S. News & World Report rankings; five-place increase is one of nation’s best

SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The University tied with the University of Texas-Austin with the second-highest ranking in the state.

Among 310 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago. The increase was one of the five largest among the top 100 universities.

Since 2008, SMU’s 11-place increase is one of the four largest among schools in the top 60. In other ranking categories, SMU ranks 32 as one of the best national universities for military veterans.

For the rankings, U.S. News considers measures of academic quality, such as peer assessment scores and ratings by high school counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate performance, financial resources and alumni giving. SMU ranks 24 among all national universities in alumni giving at 25 percent.

“It is gratifying for SMU to be recognized for its positive movement among the best national universities,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The ranking is an example of the momentum of the Second Century Campaign and the University’s Centennial Celebration.

“We appreciate external recognition of our progress and believe it’s valid, but we also know that rankings do not portray the whole picture of an institution and its strengths. We encourage parents and students to visit the institutions they are considering for a firsthand look at the academic offerings, the campus environment and the surrounding community to best gauge a university.”

The rankings of 1,374 institutions, including national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and regional universities, are available now online and on newsstands Friday, Sept. 23. Find the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook in stores Tuesday, Oct. 4.

September 13, 2016|News|

SMU earns an “A” for financial health in 2015 Forbes ranking

Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist UniversitySMU has received an “A” for financial stability in the latest Forbes ranking of America’s Top Colleges issued Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

The magazine issued its 2015 Forbes Financial Grades to more than 900 institutions as a measure of their fiscal health. The analysis averages data from the three most recent fiscal years available from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs) database — 2013, 2012 and 2011. Only private not-for-profit colleges were examined.

The grade measures financial fitness as determined by nine components broken into three broad categories: balance sheet strength, operational soundness, and certain other factors indicative of a college’s financial health, including admission yield.

Read the Forbes story and see the full list of ranked colleges

August 3, 2015|News|

SMU receives Top 25 rankings in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Dallas Hall at SMUSMU has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking outstanding career preparation and networking opportunities, according to The Princeton Review.

The University placed #6 among the Top 25 Best Schools for Internships and #18 among Top 25 Best Alumni Networks. It is one of 200 schools profiled by the education services company in its new book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 3, 2015).

“In this new edition of the book, we recommend the colleges we consider the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects,” The Princeton Review stated in announcing the new rankings. The Review has developed a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to create its list of the 200 colleges it profiles. ROE measures 40 weighted data points in areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

The Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.

“An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students,” reads one excerpt from the University’s entry in the new guide. “Inside the classroom, students are greeted by ‘great’ professors who continually ‘take a personal interest in you and push you to reach higher.’ Finally, it’s not just the professors who receive terrific marks. The ‘administration genuinely care[s] about the personal growth of each individual student’ as well.”

In addition, the Review writes, “the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are ‘ample internship [and job] opportunities.’ It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair…. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.”

“We salute and highly recommend Southern Methodist University and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

February 5, 2015|For the Record, News|

SMU rises 24 places in 2013 Forbes rankings

Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist UniversitySMU’s national ranking jumped 24 places in the latest Forbes survey of America’s Top Colleges issued this week.

The University is the highest-ranked in North Texas, third-highest in the state and among the top 100 universities nationwide.

The survey ranks SMU 81 out of 650 U.S. colleges and universities based on student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards. The Forbes rankings are produced annually by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.

The magazine notes that its rankings focus on the return on investment of a college degree.

See the Forbes story and the full list of ranked colleges

The institutions of higher education included in the Forbes rankings award undergraduate degrees or certificates requiring four or more years of study, and are classified by the Carnegie Foundation as doctorate-granting universities, masters’ colleges and universities or baccalaureate colleges.

July 30, 2013|News|
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