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UST Ranks Nationally in U.S. News Best College Guide 2022-2023 Guide


Due to additional doctoral programs offered, UST's Carnegie classification changed, advancing St. Thomas to the national universities category. UST is among 10% of schools reclassified.

USNews Social Mobility badgeU.S. News & World Report ranks the University of St. Thomas-Houston as a top national school in the U.S. at No. 250 (tie) in its Best National Universities category out of 443 National Universities. Schools are ranked according to performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. UST also ranked nationally No. 36 in top performers on Social Mobility. This ranking recognizes how well colleges serve low-income students in 2022 based on Pell Grant graduation rates and performance. Over the last several years, UST has launched programs aligned with its mission to serve first-generation and low-income families in Houston and Texas.

Carnegie Classification Update

Ranking in Best National Universities represents an advancement in category for UST, which previously ranked No. 18 in the Best Colleges West Regional category. This reassignment in category for UST directly relates to updates to the Carnegie classifications process.

In February 2022, Carnegie released updates to the categories, including the basic system. As a result of its revision, around 10% of the schools changed U.S. News ranking categories in this year's guide. UST was one of these. UST's Carnegie classification was modified due to the University‚Äôs conferrals of additional doctoral programs, which are restricted to no more than one under U.S. News & World Report regional definitions. Schools in the National Universities category, including the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Vermont, offer a full range of undergraduate majors plus master's and doctoral programs. Princeton University ranked #1 in the National Universities category, of which UST is now a member.

Guide Helps Students Find their Best College Fit

For students, deciding where to apply for college is not easy. This Best Colleges ranking, now in its 38th year, helps prospective students and their families compare institutions as they look for the best fit. For rankings, U.S. News & World Report calculates 10 distinct overall rankings. Their directory of institutions contains each school's rankings data and key characteristics about majors, campus life, costs of attending, and more. To learn more about how ranks are determined, visit here.