Rankings

Recognition & Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

UD has been identified as one of America’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges rankings. More specifically, the university was recognized as:

    • The highest-ranking "Best Value" Catholic institution in Texas, including the No. 4 "Best Value" in the West
    • No. 14 among 140 Western regional universities

The university also earned recognition in several other categories, including "Highest 4-Year Graduation Rate," "Most Students Studying Abroad" and "Most Students Receiving Merit Aid."

Updated: January 2019

The Princeton Review

UD is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, which features the university in the 2019 edition of its popular guidebook The Best 384 Colleges. The university earned several distinctions including:

  • The No.1 most conservative student body in Texas, as well as the second “Most Religious Students”
  • The sixth-largest student body of “Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution”
  • Recognition for having the nation's fourth “Most Popular Study Abroad Program” 

Updated: January 2019

Forbes

UD was identified as worth the investment by virtue of our placement on the 2018 Forbes listings of America’s Best Value Colleges. Our ranking places us:

  • Fourth among all private colleges and universities in Dallas/Fort Worth

UD was also identified as one of America's Top Colleges, earning the university: 

    • Placement among the top 25 Catholic institutions nationwide, and recognition as the No. 1 Catholic institution in Texas
    • No. 173 among all private colleges and universities
    • No. 4 in North Texas alongside its peer institutions (No. 104) Southern Methodist University, (No. 170) Texas Christian University and (No. 245) the University of Texas at Dallas

Updated: January 2019

Fiske Guide to Colleges

UD has been named to the 2019 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, making us the only Catholic college or university to receive such an honor in the southwestern United States. Fiske hailed UD as appealing to “those students who pride themselves on being the ‘philosopher kings of the 21st century,’ but whose roots go back to the Roman thinkers of an earlier era.” The annual college guide highlighted the university’s semester-long study abroad Rome Program, as well as its Roman Catholic affiliation and influence — and touted UD as “the best Roman Catholic college south of Washington, D.C."

Updated: January 2019

Cardinal Newman Society 

The University of Dallas is one of 29 Catholic colleges or universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society for its strength of Catholic identity and academic excellence, with an emphasis on undergraduate education.

Updated: January 2019

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 2016 Report on International Educational Exchange,” ranked UD:

  • Third 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: November 2016

PARADE

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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American Council of Trustees and Alumni — "What Will They Learn?"  

UD received an “A” in the eighth annual 2016-17 “What Will They Learn?” report 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. UD was also designated a “Hidden Gem” for requiring additional core courses, and was only one of four institutions to receive credit for every rating criterion.

Updated: January 2017

College of Distinction

UD has been recognized as a 2018-19 College of Distinction for continuing to provide students with the highest level of undergraduate education as evidenced by its exemplary commitment to student engagement, excellence in teaching, vibrant community and academic success. UD is one of three Catholic Colleges of Distinction in Texas, featured for having one of our nation’s most vibrant college communities.

Updated: January 2019

College Consensus

UD has been recognized in the Best Catholic Colleges of 2018. UD is also listed in the following categories:

  • Best Colleges & Universities of 2018
  • Best Regional Universities - West
  • Best Colleges & Universities in Texas

Updated: January 2019

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine 

UD has been recognized as one of the country's 300 best values for 2017. It is the fifth consecutive year to be included in the publication's annual list, which ranks public, private and liberal arts colleges and universities that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost.

Updated: December 2016

TheBestSchools.org

UD has been recognized by TheBestSchools.org for having the No. 1 Online Graduate Theology program in "The Top 20 Online Theology Master's Degree Programs." TheBestSchools.org 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.

Want to study the bible? The University of Dallas was listed as one of the best schools to study the bible by TheBestSchools.org in its list of "The 15 Best Colleges for Studying the Bible." 

TheBestSchools.org identified UD as the third best homeschool-friendly college in the nation. 

Updated: August 2017

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.

Best College Reviews also ranked the University of Dallas No. 18 on its list of “The 20 Best College Summer programs for Gifted Students."

Updated: July 2016

Value Colleges

Value Colleges ranked the nation’s best value online project management graduate programs, and UD's Master of Science in Information and Technology Management program ranks No. 19, placing UD among other leading schools such as Northwestern University, Penn State University and the University of Maryland.

Updated: July 2016

Top Management Degrees

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program offered by the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business is ranked sixth in Top Management Degrees’ list of the nation’s "Top 50 Doctorate in Business Management Programs." The ranking places the program among other top business schools such as Harvard University, the University of Florida and Washington University of St. Louis.

Updated: July 2016

MONEY Magazine

UD was identified as No. 22 of the "46 Best Colleges for Getting Big Merit Scholarships" by Money Magazine.    

Money declared UD “one of the nation’s top-performing colleges” in its annual ranking of the Best Colleges for Your Money, as well as one of the Best Colleges in the South.

Updated: January 2019

OnlineMBAToday.com

The University of Dallas was ranked fourth in OnlineMBAToday.com's list of the nation's "Top 10 Online MBA Degrees in Cybersecurity 2016." 

Updated: July 2016

News

UD in Service: Ph.D. Students Share 'Confessions' in South Irving

UD students not only read St. Augustine's Confessions in Rome, traveling to Ostia to marvel at the place in which, according to Book IX, St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica, had a joint mystical vision of God -- they also travel 4.4 miles from the Irving campus to read the text with residents of South Irving.

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How to Build a Shortwave Radio

As you know if you’ve read even some of our first UD Reads book, "All the Light We Cannot See," it’s possible to build a radio from random, scavenged parts, as long as you can find the necessary random, scavenged parts, as Werner does in the book. This is also essentially what Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Physics Jacob Moldenhauer did as well: He scavenged parts from the Physics Department, and built a radio.

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Thomas S. Hibbs Appointed President of University of Dallas

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees announced today that it has unanimously selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83, to serve as the university's ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.

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