Best Southwestern Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in the Southwest for 2022

There are 302 colleges and universities in the Southwest enrolling 2,592,582 students. Explore the list of top colleges in the Southwest below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Southwest offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

The  Southwest is home to nationally ranked institutions like Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Trinity University and Texas Christian University. The highest ranked college in the Southwest is Rice University and the top rated public state college is The University of Texas at Austin.


302 results

List of the Best Southwest Colleges

Rice University
R
Houston, TX
Rice University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 7,643enrollment
  • $19,215net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Southern Methodist University
S
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 12,373enrollment
  • $41,444net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Trinity University
T
San Antonio, TX
Trinity University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,677enrollment
  • $31,141net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 11,379enrollment
  • $40,220net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 50,476enrollment
  • $16,892net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1470SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.8Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Texas A & M University College Station
T
College Station, TX
Texas A & M University College Station

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 70,418enrollment
  • $19,906net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

University of Tulsa
T
Tulsa, OK
University of Tulsa

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 3,960enrollment
  • $25,333net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1330SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 4.0Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Oklahoma City University
O
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,617enrollment
  • $25,072net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1263SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA

Austin College
A
Sherman, TX
Austin College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,302enrollment
  • $24,085net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Dallas
D
Irving, TX
University of Dallas

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 2,489enrollment
  • $27,450net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.9Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
N
Socorro, NM
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,686enrollment
  • $14,834net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1370SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

University of Arizona
A
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 45,601enrollment
  • $15,620net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1350SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.43Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Southwestern University
S
Georgetown, TX
Southwestern University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 1,506enrollment
  • $29,830net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
O
Norman, OK
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 27,772enrollment
  • $21,836net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1300SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 28,669enrollment
  • $11,185net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1450SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott
E
Prescott, AZ
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 3,004enrollment
  • $36,356net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.61Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Oklahoma State University Main Campus
O
Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University Main Campus

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 24,535enrollment
  • $14,763net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1250SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15

Arizona State University
A
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in the Southwest

  • 74,795enrollment
  • $14,653net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1