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Recognition & Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

UD has been identified as one of America’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings. More specifically, the university was recognized as:

  • #15 among 118 other regional universities in the West Region 
  • #1 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
  • #3 among 30 other regional universities in Texas
  • #8 among Catholic universities in the Western region
  • a “Best Value School” in the West Region (one of 15 colleges and universities)

Updated: September 2015

Princeton Review

UD is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the 2015 edition of its popular guidebook The Best 380 Colleges.

The university was recognized with the following rankings in the 2015 edition:

  • #4 in the “Most Religious Students” category
  • #3 in the “Most Popular Study Abroad Program” category

Updated: August 2015


UD was named one of America’s Best Colleges in the most recent annual rankings of public and private colleges by Forbes magazine. Our ranking places us:

  • #257 among all colleges and universities
  • #9 among all Texas colleges and universities
  • #3 among colleges and universities in Dallas/Fort Worth

Updated: August 2015

Fiske Guide to Colleges

UD has been named to the 2016 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, making it the only Catholic college or university to receive such an honor in the southwestern United States.

Updated: July 2015

Fiske Best Colleges Badge

Cardinal Newman Society

The University of Dallas is one of 27 Catholic colleges or universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society for strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education.

Updated: October 2014

Cardinal Newman Society

Institute of International Education

UD ranks high when it comes to the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad for academic credit, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE). Due in large part to the number of students who spend a semester at our Rome campus, the organization, in its “Open Doors 2014 Report on International Educational Exchange,” ranked UD:

  • #3 nationally among all master’s institutions

“Master’s Institutions” are categorized by the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as colleges and universities that generally award at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees each year.

Updated: February 2015

Institute of International Education


UD was named to the PARADE magazine College A-List in their Aug. 22, 2011, issue. The survey, comprised of feedback from high school counselors across the United States, recognized the university’s liberal arts program and studio arts program as being among the top programs in the nation.

Political Theory Professors

In a national survey of political theory professors, the UD’s doctoral program in political theory was ranked 28 out of 106 other similar programs.

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UD received an “A” in the sixth annual “What Will They Learn” college ratings announced by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), which bases its ratings in large part on how many of seven specified core course requirements an institution requires in its curriculum. The university was one of 23 schools (out of 1,098 surveyed) in the nation that best prepare undergraduates for the workforce. We were also designated a “Hidden Gem” as one of only four institutions to receive credit for every rating criteria.

Updated: October 2014

College of Distinction

UD has been recognized as a 2014-15 College of Distinction for continuing to provide students with the highest level of undergraduate education as evidenced by its exemplary commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Updated: August 2014


Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

UD has been recognized by the finance magazine as one of the country's best values for liberal arts colleges in 2015. The publication's annual list ranks 300 public, private and liberal arts colleges and universities that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

UD is one of only seven Catholic liberal arts institutions and three in Texas to make the list.

Updated: December 2014


UD has been recognized by the college and university ranking website,, for having one of "The Top 20 Online Theology Master's Degree Programs." selected UD's program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Updated: June 2014

Washington Monthly

  • The University of Dallas has been recognized by the 2015  Washington Monthly College Guide as 15th among the 673 master's institutions ranked by the publication. Our ranking places us first in Dallas/Fort Worth. Among master's institutions, UD is second among Catholic colleges and third in Texas.
  • The Washington, D.C.,-based political magazine ranks universities based on their contributions to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Updated: August 2015

Best College Reviews

The University of Dallas has been named the eighth most popular Great Books program, according to the college ranking service Best College Reviews.
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