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Surprise school surpasses Rice as best university in Texas

Surprise school surpasses Rice as best university in Texas

Trinity University San Antonio
Trinity University takes the top spot among Texas schools. Trinity University/Facebook

Rice University is often named among the best universities in the nation, but a new ranking puts a San Antonio school at the top the class among all Texas universities.

On July 24, College Consensus released its annual roundup of the best universities in the state, and Trinity University takes the No. 1 spot, beating out Rice and the University of Texas at Austin, among other top-tier schools.

Since its founding in 1869, the private liberal arts school has developed a reputation for its engineering and business programs, among others. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity No. 1 in both its Regional Universities West and Best Value categories. Its 125-acre campus in San Antonio's Monte Vista neighborhood is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three campuses in the U.S. to garner the distinction.

Rounding out the top five universities in Texas is Rice University (2), Texas Lutheran University (3), University of Texas at Austin (4), and Texas A&M University — College Station (5).

"Texas has a lot of land, a lot of people, and a lot of need for higher education opportunities to keep the state's professionals, leaders, and workers up to date and productive," explains College Consensus managing editor Carrie Sealey-Morris in a release. The release also notes that as Texas schools continue their advancements in research, learning, and social impact, the nation is increasingly looking to the Lone Star State as a model for higher education. 

In order to determine the rankings, College Consensus aggregates data and scores from respected publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Forbes and combines them with rankings from student review sites. The result, says the site, is a more accurate picture of where a university stands in respect to other educational institutions. 

"This ranking of the best colleges will look different from other similar rankings, simply because it’s an aggregate ranking," says the website. "Some colleges that get overlooked in other rankings get their chance to shine; some universities that hog all the glory get their proper place in the ecosystem."