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UT Austin Climbs in Latest National Undergraduate Rankings

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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin rose to No. 38 among national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s latest undergraduate rankings, climbing four spots since last year.

Among U.S. public universities, UT Austin now ranks No. 10, up three spots from last year, and remains the top public university in Texas.

U.S. News ranked four undergraduate disciplines this year, and UT Austin earned top 10 rankings in three of them: business (No. 5), engineering (No. 10) and computer science (No. 10). The School of Nursing ranked No. 23 nationally in the first-ever undergraduate rankings from U.S. News.

“This is ultimately a story about UT’s trajectory. We continue to move ahead in many ways, improving our position among elite universities,” said UT Austin President Jay Hartzell. “We’re not done yet, and our future is very bright, even while we appreciate the recognition of our progress these rankings represent. They offer thoroughly deserved recognition for our schools and programs and are a testament to the excellence of our faculty, staff and students.”

The U.S. News ranking is one of the most widely referenced measurements of undergraduate programs and is based on 12 weighted factors. Contributing to the university’s higher ranking this year were high reputational scores and increases in six-year graduation rates, first-year retention rates and faculty resources.

UT Austin is again ranked the top university in Texas for veterans and No. 16 nationally. The university also ranked in the top 25 in two specialty categories, placing No. 19 among the country’s Most Innovative Schools and No. 25 nationally for undergraduate research.

The McCombs School of Business, in addition to its overall No. 5 ranking, earned top-10 specialty rankings in all 13 categories:

  • No. 1 in Accounting
  • No. 3 in MIS
  • No. 3 in Quantitative Analysis
  • No. 4 in Management
  • No. 4 in Real Estate
  • No. 4 in Marketing
  • No. 5 in Business Analytics
  • No. 5 in Finance
  • No. 6 in Insurance Risk
  • No. 7 in Entrepreneurship
  • No. 7 in Production Operations
  • No. 8 in Supply Chain
  • No. 10 in International Business

UT Computer Science ranked No. 10 nationally, with five top-10 specialty rankings:

  • No. 6 in Programming
  • No. 6 in Software Engineering
  • No. 9 in Artificial Intelligence
  • No. 9 in Computer Systems
  • No. 10 in Theory

The Cockrell School of Engineering ranked No. 10 nationally, with seven top-10 specialties:

  • No. 1 in Petroleum Engineering
  • No. 5 in Chemical Engineering
  • No. 5 in Civil Engineering
  • No. 7 in Environmental Engineering
  • No. 9 in Computer Engineering
  • No. 9 in Aerospace Engineering
  • No. 10 in Electrical Engineering

Other Texas universities were featured in the national rankings. Among U.S. public and private universities, Rice University ranked No. 17, Texas A&M No. 68 and The University of Texas at Dallas No. 136.