About Southwestern

Rankings & Recognition

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.

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Forbes names Southwestern as the #1 undergraduate liberal arts college in Texas in its 2019 Grateful Grad Colleges. 

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review Southwestern earned a coveted place among The Princeton Reviews’s 2021  Best 386 Colleges Guide .  Southwestern climbed from #3 in the past two years to #2 in the nation among Impact Schools. The Center for Career & Professional Development also rose from #6 to #3 in the nation—and keeps its position as #1 in Texas—for Career Services, with the university earning the #13 spot in the nation—and #2 in Texas—among the best schools for placing students in internships. SU garnered additional rankings as #17 in the country and #2 in Texas for Best Health Services and #20 in the country and #2 in Texas for Best Counseling Services. SU was further acknowledged in The Princeton Review’s unranked lists of Green Colleges and the 127 Best Western Colleges

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Southwestern is one of 45 colleges included in Colleges That Change Lives.

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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 100 nationwide.

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Southwestern is routinely recognized as a Veteran Friendly school and was again included in the 2019-20 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

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Southwestern is one of 12 colleges and universities in Texas to be named to the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

U.S. News & World Report

Southwestern has tied for the #1 National Liberal Arts College in Texas in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking. 


Methodologies and Practices

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