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.


Forbes names Southwestern as the #1 undergraduate liberal arts college in Texas in its 2016Grateful Grad Colleges. Southwestern is also recognized as one of Forbes’ top 50 colleges in the South.

Princeton Review

The Princeton ReviewSouthwestern is the one of only two undergraduate liberal arts institutions from Texas selected by The Princeton Review for its 200 Colleges that Pay You Back. They also rated SU 12th in the nation and number one in the state of Texas for Best Career Services, 20th in Health Services and named it number one in Texas and number three in the nation on its Best Schools for Making an Impact list.

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

Washington Monthlywm

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.


Southwestern University named a 2018 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. 

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Southwestern is routinely recognized as a Veteran Friendly school and was again included in the 2018 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

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Southwestern is one of 47 colleges and universities in the country to be a named a Best Buy school in the 2017 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

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

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USA Today College, which uses a methodology highly focused on outcomes, ranks Southwestern among the top 10 colleges in Texas.


Methodologies and Practices

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