Forbes ranks UTPA as one of the best public colleges in the country
Posted: 08/07/2009
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Forbes has rated The University of Texas-Pan American as one of country's Best Public Colleges in its recently published "America's Best Colleges 2009" rankings.

"As I have said before, UTPA is a jewel in our midst and a lot of people don't appreciate that. This is a sterling example of the importance and value of UTPA to the region," Dr. Charles A. Sorber, UTPA interim president said.

UTPA ranked No. 32 in the top 100 list for "America's Best Public Colleges" category. Overall, the Edinburg campus was listed at 218 in the complete list of "America's Best Colleges" rankings, which profiled 600 universities and colleges from across the nation.

Taking the No. 1 spot in the overall and public colleges categories was the U.S. Military Academy. Other Texas universities that made the public colleges list included The University of Texas at Austin (No. 19), Texas A&M University - College Station (No. 23), Texas Tech University (No. 55), The University of Texas at El Paso (No. 72), and The University of Texas at Arlington (No. 84).

The second annual rankings were collected by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and were based on student evaluations of courses and faculty, post-graduate success, average student debt after four years, and four-year college graduation rates.

To read more about the Forbes' "America's Best Colleges" rankings, visit