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About Southwestern

Tops in Texas

In addition to being named Texas’ leading liberal arts college by publications and ranking services, Southwestern is also a “Best Buy” and boasts a nationally ranked Office of Career Services. 

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good. Southwestern is ranked 1st among Texas liberal arts colleges and in the top 50 nationwide.


Southwestern is the only undergraduate liberal arts institution from Texas in the 200 Colleges that Pay You Back, a book published by the Princeton Review. They also rated SU #1 in the state for Best Career Services and named it one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges.


Forbes has recognized Southwestern as one of the top 200 colleges in the nation and 6th among Texas institutions. Southwestern also places in the top 50 colleges in the South. 

Colleges That Change Lives

Southwestern is one of 40 colleges included in the new edition of Colleges That Change Lives.


Southwestern University named a 2016 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Veteran Friendly

Southwestern is included in the 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

Fiske Guide

Southwestern is one of 44 colleges and universities in the country to be a named a Best Buy school in the 2015 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

US News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranks Southwestern in the top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges.


Money’s Best Colleges lists Southwestern in the top 25 percent of four-year colleges in the nation based on value.


USA Today College, which uses a methodology highly focused on outcomes, ranks Southwestern as the top national liberal arts college in the state of Texas. 



Read a summary of ranking methodologies and practices used by the various publications which include Southwestern University.