2016/17 Best Colleges
The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranks SMU #56 out of 310 best national universities, the second highest ranking in Texas.
College Factual 2017 SMU Rankings (as published at USA Today)
College Factual rankings are highly focused on outcomes, including graduation rates, high salaries for graduates and low student loan default rates.
- Best Texas Colleges: #3 (out of 62)
- Best Nationwide Colleges: #108 (out of 1,387)
- Best Nationwide Colleges for Your Money: #764 (out of 1,208)
Best College Values
SMU was ranked 79 in Kiplinger’s 2017 list of Best Values in Private Colleges and in top 300 of all universities. Read More.
Forbes ranked SMU 131 out of 300 schools in its Best Value Colleges review published in 2016. The rankings are based on five general categories weighted in the order of quality, drop-out risk, graduation time, alumni salaries and skills, and each school’s gross tuition and fees. In other recent ratings, Forbes has ranked SMU 116 in “Top Colleges”, 52 in “Research Universities” and 23 in the South.
Conde Nast Traveler
Conde Nast Traveler ranked SMU #6 in 2016 of “The 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America.”
College Rank Top 25
College Rank named Perkins Chapel at SMU 16 out of 25 of the nation’s most beautiful college churches and chapels. The rankings were based on factors including student programming, campus architecture and aesthetic, tradition and history in addition to community outreach.
Latino Leaders Top 50
SMU is included among the 50 “Best Schools for Latinos” in Latino Leaders magazine’s 2016 print edition. The Top 50 schools were based on institutional information provided by universities, along with independent sources like the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), joined data by U.S. News and World Report and other reporting agencies.
The Center for World University Rankings
The Center for World University Rankings once again this year placed SMU among the top 15 percent of 1,000 universities worldwide.
Forbes Global 2000
SMU ranked No. 142 overall and No. 27 in the alumni employment category, which is assessed by the number of alumni who have held CEO positions since 2011 at the world’s top 2,000 public companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list.
The Guildhall #1
The Princeton Review ranks The Guildhall at SMU #1 for the best graduate game-design program.
The Economist ranks SMU Cox #7 in the world for faculty quality in 2016. The publication also ranks Cox #22 in the world for potential to network, and among the top 30 schools in the world for breadth of alumni network, alumni effectiveness and faculty quality.
America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities
Forbes ranks SMU #14 among "America's Most Entrepreneurial Universities." SMU is the only Texas university in the Top 20. Read more.
SMU — Most Beautiful Campus and More
The Princeton Review ranks SMU as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in "The Best 381 Colleges."
SMU placed in the Top 20 for Best Alumni Network (#13), Top Internship Opportunities (#6), Most Beautiful Campus (#14), Best Quality of Life (#11), and Lots of Greek Life (#3).
Best Texas Colleges
SMU was ranked #3 in Texas (out of 60) by College Factual, whose rankings are highly focused on outcomes, including graduation rates, high salaries for graduates and low student loan default rates. Full rankings here.