A record number of students are coming to Austin for a renowned University of Texas education, and they will join previous graduates in leaving better prepared for leadership and success when compared to other colleges and universities, according to UT’s newest ranking.
TIME Magazine named UT Austin as one of the Best Colleges for Future Leaders in the United States. UT earned the No. 14 ranking, which was highest among Texas universities and third highest among all public schools. This achievement reflects UT’s continued commitment to becoming the world’s highest-impact public research university.
TIME and Statista looked at the resumes of 2,000 top leaders in the country to see where they earned their degrees. The analysis included politicians, CEOs, union leaders, Nobel winners and more across various sectors. Notably, the research found many schools to make the list featured exceptional business and law programs, two areas where UT shines. The McCombs School of Business (No. 20 in U.S. World News & Report) and the School of Law (No. 16 in U.S. News & World Report) were listed as strong programs under the University’s inclusion on the list.
The ranking notes “what distinguishes these schools, experts say, is not necessarily that they teach students to be better leaders, but that alums receive more opportunities, and many companies have a vested interested in hiring them. Whatever a student may have learned at school, an elite diploma signals at least two things to prospective employers: survival of a difficult admissions process and a high likelihood of intelligence.”
This latest ranking adds to the University’s growing list of recognitions for academic excellence. Earlier this year, UT rose six spots in U.S. News & World Report’s undergraduate rankings to No. 32, placing ninth among national public universities and remaining the No. 1 public school in Texas. The University was also recently named the No. 2 best institution for entrepreneurship studies by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.