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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Southwestern the No. 1 Liberal Arts College in Texas

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Southwestern remains in top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s National Liberal Arts Colleges.

U.S. News and World Report ranks Southwestern University No. 1 in Texas and 95th nationally on its 2017 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings. Southwestern is one of 239 National Liberal Arts Colleges (20 public, 219 private and not-for-profit) to make the list. These colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts.

“I am proud the University consistently receives recognition for its high quality of education and distinctive student experience,” President Edward Burger said. “We continue to focus all our efforts on our philosophy to ‘Think, Create, and Connect … To Make Meaning and Make a Difference,’ while embracing impactful learning—one that truly transforms us all. With this vision, we can move our University to even greater heights.”   

U.S. News and World Report also ranked Southwestern No. 9 in the nation in its Best Colleges for Veterans. Southwestern secured the 106th spot in the High School Counselors list of most reputable colleges in the nation.

U.S. News and World Report ranks institutions using more than a dozen measures of academic quality, emphasizing graduation and retention rates and other student outcomes. The full rankings can be viewed on the U.S. News and World Report website.