2018 Best Southwestern Colleges and Universities
When most people think of the Southwest, they think of Texas and a bunch of miscellaneous states that they can’t recall. However, looks can be deceiving. For instance, without the cultural and historical contributions of this area, the United States would not be what it is today. Also, the colleges and universities in the southwest are home to some of the most innovative and groundbreaking professors in the world. These schools deserve to be praised for creating learning environments that are conducive to research and scholarship. In this piece, we will discuss the best colleges and universities that the southwestern area of the United States has to offer.
- Rice University — Located in downtown Houston between eccentric neighborhoods and the medical district, Rice house eight schools and colleges, each devoted to academic rigor. The schools of architecture, music, business, and engineering are highly respected. Rice University ranks third in undergraduate teaching and is considered a best-value choice. Annual tuition and fees cost $45,608.
- University of Texas – Austin – More than 51.331 students have chosen to attend the school ranked $56 in the nation. This campus is in the heart of the state’s capital, where music and technology merge to create a vibrant scene. UTA, as it is known, has 18 colleges within the system, and the school is known for business, nursing, and engineering. Students can choose from more than 900 clubs and organizations to round out their college experiences. This university has a 40% acceptance rate. The annual in-state tuition and fees are $10,136.
- Texas A&M University – College Station – Formerly known as Texas Agricultural & Mechanical College, this school educates nearly 60,435 students in College Station. A&M is a public research school known for its veterinary medicine, but it also has highly respected programs in business, education, and engineering. The school placed 69th in the nation. A&M has also established a campus in Qatar. In-state tuition and fees are $10,030 annually.
- Baylor University – Another private Texas school in the top 100 universities in the nation, Baylor is ranked # 75 and has a 40% acceptance rate. Students at Baylor are active volunteers in their communities, and this faith-based campus is a research university. Baylor is an excellent choice for veterans, and it’s also considered a best-value school. The annual tuition and fees are $43,790.
- Arizona State University, Phoenix – Ranked #1 in the United States for innovation three years in a row, this school offers more than 100 degrees and professional certification programs of study. You’ll find students from all 50 states and 100 countries around the world, and the student population has a 1:1 female-male ratio. It’s also a great school for veterans. Annual tuition is under $12,000.
- University of Oklahoma — This school has earned the rank of #97 among national universities in America. It is a public research school that describes itself as “a major university experience in a private college atmosphere.” Most notably, this university caps its freshman English classes at nineteen students, which was a first among large schools. OU is a member of the Big 12 conference in collegiate sports. Tuition and fees are approximately $24,500, and the university is a best-value choice school.
- Southern Methodist University — This university offers a secular liberal arts education that comes in at #61 nationally. There are seven colleges on campus, most notably business and education. The university also has a prestigious lecture program. SMU is veteran-friendly and is considered a best-value school. The acceptance rate here is 49%, and annual tuition and fees and this private school cost $52,498.
- University of New Mexico – UNW, a small, private college, is ranked 76th in the nation among liberal arts schools, and it’s also a best-value university. The School of Law here is ranked 11th nationwide, and it’s third in rural medicine. Tuition and fees run approximately $52,000.
- John’s College – This school is #76 among liberal arts schools in the nation, and the curriculum focuses on the great literature of the past. Almost 100% of the classes here have fewer than 20 students. This college has graduated some remarkable alumni such as Francis Scott Key and is considered a best-value school. Annual tuition and fees cost $52,320.
- Southwestern Christian University – Ranked at #21 among western regional colleges, this school embraces the motto “scholarship, spirit, service” in everything it does. The small school offers traditional programs of study as well as adult and online courses. The annual tuition and fees here run approximately $13,000.
- Oklahoma City University – A private school, Oklahoma City University offers students a liberal arts curriculum steep in Methodist traditions. This is a best-value choice, and the school ranks #27 among universities in the western region of the United States. The annual tuition and fees are approximately $31,000. Two universities in Oklahoma, one private and one public, rank in the top 100 universities in the nation: the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma.
- New Mexico State University – This is a top-tier school known for business, education, and engineering, but one of the most popular majors here is criminal justice. New Mexico State is in the top 200 of national universities and is also a top public school. Tuition and fees run $7,122 per year. Some of the colleges and universities in New Mexico are not ranked, but they merit looking at. One of these is below.
- University of Tulsa – Coming in at #87 in the United States, the University of Tulsa has a recognized petroleum engineering and natural sciences college, as well as four other colleges. The school also offers robust academic and co-curricular programs. The school is also considered culturally diverse, veteran-friendly and a best-value choice. Tuition and fees will cost you approximately $39,500 per year.
- Arizona Christian University – Ranked as one of the top regional west colleges, this accredited school integrates faith, fellowship and Christian service in a liberal arts program of study. Annual tuition is approximately $24,000/year.
- Prescott College – If you prefer tiny classes in a small, liberal arts environment, look to Prescott College, where you’ll learn how to create life balance while learning and serving others. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1. Female students make up 60% of the student population, Expect to pay approximately $31,000/year in tuition and fees.
- Northern Arizona University – With its main campus located in Flagstaff, this school challenges students to be creative and innovative in their studies, community service and approach to problem-solving. The school ranks among the top of Tier 2 colleges. In-state tuition is less than $12,000 annually.
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