For What It's Worth, SMU Gets Its Best Score Ever on U.S News's Best Colleges List
When last we checked in with these rankings, in '08, SMU came in at No. 66; last year it dropped two slots, before rebounding on the just-released Best Colleges 2011 list to No. 56 -- its best ranking ever on the magazine's list of best national colleges. Two Texas universities come in ahead of SMU (Rice at 17, the University of Texas at 45); 12 follow -- with TCU just cracking the Top 100 list at No. 99, and the University of Texas at Dallas pulling up at No. 143. (Locally, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington are considered Tier 2 unis and thusly go unranked.)
Controversial ventures aside, Gerald Turner's nevertheless pleased with the Hilltop's high ranking this year: "The timing is particularly relevant as we prepare to celebrate the University's centennial, beginning next year, and as we remain committed to achievement at the highest levels," he says in a statement this morning.