Money Magazine

Catholic university in the Southwest (2019)
University in Texas (2019)
Catholic institution in U.S. (2019)

Money magazine ranked St. Mary’s University the top Catholic university in the Southwest and No. 26 of all Catholic institutions in its 2019 Best Colleges ranking. The magazine also ranked St. Mary’s the second best university in San Antonio, seventh in Texas and No. 220 of 744 nationally. Schools were ranked based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ job success.

Did you know?

St. Mary’s is a nationally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution with a diverse student population of more than 3,500 of all faiths and backgrounds.

U.S. News & World Report

University in the West for Best Value (2022)
University in San Antonio for Social Mobility (2022)

The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal, as U.S. News & World Report has said. St. Mary’s was ranked fifth in the West region in the Best Value Schools rankings.

In its Best Colleges ranking, St. Mary’s tied for 10th out of 92 universities for academic quality, especially student outcomes. St. Mary’s has been included in the list of top-tier regional universities for 28 consecutive years.

U.S. News introduced a new ranking for Top Performers on Social Mobility in 2019 to evaluate which schools best serve underrepresented students. St. Mary’s tied for No. 19 in the West and ranked first in San Antonio in this analysis.

St. Mary’s also landed 4th among the Best Colleges for Veterans in the West, which includes schools that take part in federal initiatives to aid veterans and active-duty service members in funding their education. U.S. News also ranked the University’s Engineering program.


University in Texas (2021)
University in the South (2021)

Forbes magazine ranked St. Mary’s 27th in Texas and No. 128 in the South. This annual review of undergraduate institutions measures those that deliver the best academics, experiences, career successes and the lowest debt.

Did you know?

Compared to other Texas colleges and universities, St. Mary’s University provides an education that ranks highly on its return on investment to students, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The value of students’ investment in their education at St. Mary’s increases dramatically over time. Evaluating the investment 40 years from today earns St. Mary’s a spot among the top 15% of schools studied.

Equality of Opportunity Project

University in Texas (2017)

The New York Times published an interactive tool exploring economic diversity and student outcomes in U.S. colleges and universities. The tool is based on a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project, which formulated “mobility report cards” by analyzing public data on 30 million college students and their parents. It studies their pre- and post-college income to reveal just how well the school they attended prepared them for life after college.

Brookings Institution

University in Texas (2015)
University in U.S. (2015)

The Brookings Institution gave St. Mary’s a score of 99 out of 100, making it the top university in San Antonio, second in Texas and 17th nationally for how well it prepares students for careers – ahead of Harvard, Notre Dame, Yale, Texas A&M and UT-Austin. Brookings uses government and private data to analyze college value-added, considering the economic success of graduates – incomes, occupations and loan repayment rates.

Brookings Institution

Significant Return on Investment

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities found that Catholic institutions offer students a higher return on investment (ROI) just 10 years after degree completion than other private and liberal arts colleges, outpacing them by at least $15,000. Then, just five years later, Catholic colleges begin to increase their lead in ROI over all other types of institutions, including public colleges and universities. The Catholic edge becomes pronounced in the long term (40 years after degree completion), showing the highest median ROI among all types of higher education institutions — 16% higher than private nonprofit universities and 27% higher than public institutions. Read more in the ACCU newsletter, Update.

New York Times

University in U.S. (2015)

Columnist James B. Stewart wrote that many of today’s ubiquitous college rankings are flawed in that they don’t measure institutions’ true effect on students’ futures. So he shed light on the Brookings Institution’s “value added” rankings. Stewart interviewed the author of the Brookings study, Jonathan Rothwell, who isolated the highest “value added” colleges regardless of major. Stewart dubbed it the “Brookings-Common Sense” ranking.

Wall Street Journal

University in San Antonio (2018)
University in Texas (2018)

St. Mary’s lies in the upper echelon of 47 ranked colleges in Texas. Nationally, St. Mary’s tied for 495th of 1,054 schools. This ranking, established in 2016 by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, takes college resources, student engagement, graduate outcomes and learning environment into consideration.

Wall Street Journal

Colleges of Distinction

St. Mary’s appears on national, Texas and Catholic Colleges of Distinction lists. An honor, not a ranking, Colleges of Distinction has been recognizing excellence in undergraduate higher education for more than 15 years. It focuses on four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. For 2021-2022, St. Mary’s was also recognized as a College of Distinction for Career Development, as well as for its Business, Education and Engineering programs.


University in Texas (2020-2021)

PayScale has repeatedly recognized St. Mary’s for alumni with top salary potential in their careers, and this year was no different. StMU was again among Texas’ top schools in the College Salary Report. PayScale also has St. Mary’s ranked 352 of 1589 colleges nationally.


College Factual

Top 15%
Best value nationwide (2021)

St. Mary’s University is considered one of the best schools for the money according to College Factual’s recent rankings, affiliated with USA Today. St. Mary’s has been ranked #20 in Texas. This puts the school in the top 15% for students seeking a quality education at an affordable price. St. Mary’s also earned kudos for best value among social sciences and business administration students. Explore more on the College Factual ranking report.

San Antonio Express-News

Reader’s Choice (2018)
Reader’s Choice (2017)
Reader’s Choice (2016)

Triple gold awards! The annual Readers’ Choice awards lets South Texas readers vote on their favorite institution of higher education and other categories. In 2016, St. Mary’s ended UTSA’s seven-year reign atop the College/University category.


College in San Antonio (2020)
College in Texas (2020)

Niche ranked St. Mary’s second of colleges in San Antonio and 14th of 79 Texas schools. St. Mary’s was also highly ranked among the Best Colleges in AmericaBest Catholic Colleges in America (34 of 164) and Best Value Colleges in America (189 of 1,592).

Niche’s overall rankings stem from federal data as well as student and alumni reviews to help get a clearer picture of each school’s quality.

Washington Monthly

University in U.S. (2021)

St. Mary’s has routinely been listed among the best master’s universities in the country. There were 616 schools in Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Guide. St. Mary’s also ranked No. 83 of 211 universities in the South for Best Bang for the Buck.

College Choice

University in Texas (2017)
University in West (2017)

StMU ranked No. 4 on the 51 Best Colleges and Universities in Texas list and No. 14 (of 35) on the Best Western Regional Universities list in 2017. College Choice uses data from U.S. News, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.

College Choice ranks St. Mary's No. 4 in Texas.

Princeton Review

The Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s was among 252 outstanding on-campus MBA programs on the Princeton Review’s national and regional lists for the “Best Business Schools for 2019.” The St. Mary’s School of Law made the list “Best Law Schools for 2020.”

St. Mary’s twice has been named among the top graduate schools for video game design, in 2014 and 2016, ranking 25th both years. The Computer Science Department unveiled a certificate program in educational computer gaming in 2013. This certification prepares grad students for careers in the emerging industry of game-based learning.

Texas Lawyer

LL.M. program in Texas

Texas Lawyer magazine listed the St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Master of Laws program as the best in the state.

American Bar Association

Advocacy program in the U.S. (2018-2019)

The St. Mary’s University School of Law advocacy program was ranked No. 5 nationally in 2018-2019 by the ABA. The ABA has created this award to recognize law schools that go above and beyond to help prepare their students for practice. Success in these competitions illustrates St. Mary’s commitment to providing a well-rounded curriculum and preparing students to become highly skilled lawyers.

Top 10 2019 badge american bar association

PreLaw Magazine

Law school in U.S. for Hispanic students (2018)

PreLaw magazine ranked St. Mary’s University School of Law among the best law schools in the nation for Hispanics in its “Best law school’s for diversity” article in the Winter 2018 edition. The analysis included number of minority students, the number of minority faculty and the services available to minority students.

Ranked top law schools for diversity 2018 by PreLaw magazine


Best Universities to Study Blockchain Technology

TrustNodes – a news outlet that focuses on blockchain, bitcoin, ethereum and other financial technology – named the St. Mary’s School of Law among the world’s best in this emerging field, alongside institutions such as Cornell, Cambridge, MIT and Johns Hopkins. Angela Walch, Associate Professor of Law, has become an expert in the field, and she teaches her students about the legal and ethical issues surrounding blockchain technology.

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate program in the U.S. (2018)

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) ranked St. Mary’s University’s Master of Industrial/Organizational Psychology program 11th overall out of 129 of the top master’s programs in the nation affiliated with the society. The program, which provides students with a challenging curriculum and pairs students with alumni mentors to enhance their professional development, earned fifth in Applied Experiences for Students and 15th in Curriculum.

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