The University of Texas-Pan American again this year made the list of Forbes "America's Best Colleges," which was released Aug. 11 by Forbes Magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP).
The list, which includes 610 public and private not-for-profit universities and colleges nationwide, shows UTPA rated fifth this year among the 12 Texas public universities on the list. UTPA remains the top ranked public Hispanic Serving Institution in the state and the least expensive of all 23 Texas colleges and universities - both public and private - on the list.
According to Forbes, just nine percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States are reviewed, so appearing on the list is an indication that the school meets a high standard and is among the best in the country.
Williams College, a small private not-for-profit college in Massachusetts, held the No. 1 overall spot on the 2010 list. The United States Military Academy was the highest ranked public university and rated No. 4 on the overall list.
Other public Texas higher education institutions on the list and their ranking among the 221 public institutions listed include The University of Texas at Austin (18), Texas A&M University, College Station (33), The University of Texas-Dallas (68), Texas Tech University (90), The University of Texas-Arlington (132), The University of Texas-El Paso (153), Texas State University, San Marcos (172), University of Houston (180), University of North Texas (192), Sam Houston State University (209), and The University of Texas-San Antonio (216).
Considered in the Forbes/CCAP rankings are student evaluations from RateMyProfessor.com; salary of alumni from payscale.com; listings of alumni in Who's Who in America; four-year debt load for the typical student borrower; actual four-year graduation rate and predicted vs. actual four-year graduation rate; and student nationally competitive awards received.
New variables considered in the methodology of the rankings for the 2010 list included freshman to sophomore retention rates, student loan default rates, an alumni corporate officers database, and student and alumni evaluations from the website myplan.com. Dropped from variables considered this year were awards received by faculty. Also, the weight given to the amount of student debt was reduced.
Based on previous methodology, UTPA ranked third among Texas' public universities on the 2009 list of "America's Best Public Colleges."
To see the complete list or to read more about the Forbes/CCAP "America's Best Colleges" rankings and methodology, go to http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/11/best-colleges-universities-rating-ranking-opinions-best-colleges-10_land.html?boxes=Homepagelighttop.