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Hot student bodies trump fancy buildings: Three Texas colleges make Newsweek's Most Beautiful

Hot student bodies trump fancy buildings: Three Texas colleges make Newsweek's Most Beautiful

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Forget buildings or scenery. All the Texas schools on Newsweek's "Most Beautiful" Colleges list made it for hot student bodies. Here's Matthew McConaughey of UT fame.
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But even the legend of McConaughey couldn't beat out Texas Tech's beauty. The Red Raiders ranked 16th, two spots ahead of their Austin rivals.
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Here's a scene from Texas Tech University — not one of the reasons it's on the list.
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Newsweek & the Daily Beast's annual college rankings are out, rating national institutions of higher learning on everything from party points to best campus food to most beautiful.

It's the latter list that features three Texas schools among the top 25 in a category that recognizes both beautiful scenery and good-looking co-eds.

 Texas schools on the list included TCU at No. 21, The University of Texas at Austin at No. 18, and Texas Tech at No. 16. None of the three were recognized for campus beauty — all scraped by on their students' looks alone. 

Using ever-scientific ranking methods, Newsweek considered schools that ranked on PopCrunch's 2010 list of the 50 Hottest Student Bodies and The Best Colleges' 50 Most Beautiful Campuses. Schools' rankings on both lists were weighted equally with College Prowler's school grade for male and female attractiveness. There's also some vague component of "local atmosphere" but we're not quite sure what that means. 

The top 25 Most Beautiful schools were almost entirely confined to the West Coast and the South, with a sprinkling of the Midwest and Southwest, and absolutely zero pasty Northeasterners.

Texas schools on the list included TCU at No. 21, The University of Texas at Austin at No. 18, and Texas Tech at No. 16. None of the three were recognized for campus beauty — all scraped by on their students' looks alone. For this reason, Southern Methodist University's exclusion is remarkable.

The title of Most Beautiful went to Ole Miss, with the top five rounded out by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Alabama, Florida State University and the University of Florida.

Tell us: Do you think the Texas schools were fairly ranked?