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About Southwestern

Rankings & Recognition

Southwestern University enjoys recognition by a number of college guidebooks and other ranking services for our quality of education, sustainability, value and contributions to the public good.


Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good. Southwestern is ranked 1st among Texas liberal arts colleges and in the top 40 nationwide.


Southwestern is the only undergraduate liberal arts institution from Texas in the 200 Colleges that Pay You Back, a book published by the Princeton Review. They also rated SU #8 in the country for Best Career Services


Forbes has recognized Southwestern as one of the top 200 colleges in the nation and 6th among Texas institutions. Southwestern also places in the top 50 colleges in the South. 

Colleges That Change Lives

Southwestern is one of 40 colleges included in the new edition of Colleges That Change Lives.


Kiplinger’s lists Southwestern as one of the 25 Best College Values in the West/Southwest in 2015.

Veteran Friendly

Southwestern is included in the 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

Fiske Guide

Southwestern is one of 44 colleges and universities in the country to be a named a Best Buy school in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

US News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranks Southwestern #1 National Liberal Arts Colleges in Texas.


Money’s Best Colleges lists Southwestern in the top 25 percent of four-year colleges in the nation based on value, and names it one of the 20 Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid.


USA Today College, which uses a methodology highly focused on outcomes, ranks Southwestern as the top national liberal arts college in the state of Texas. 



Read a summary of ranking methodologies and practices used by the various publications which include Southwestern University.