Honors and Rankings
U.S. News & World Report
No. 3 in West for Best Value, 2017
“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” as U.S. News & World Report put it. St. Mary’s was ranked third in the West region in the Best Value Schools rankings.
In its Best Colleges ranking, StMU was 21st of 124 schools in the West for academic quality, especially student outcomes. St. Mary’s has been included in the list of top-tier regional universities for 23 consecutive years.
Equality of Opportunity Project
No. 10 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.
St. Mary’s students succeed, the results show. Thirty-eight percent of students coming from the bottom fifth of incomes as students moved to the top fifth as adults – a figure that ranks 10th of 123 Texas colleges.
The median family income of a St. Mary’s student is $61,600, among the lowest for selective private colleges. But by age 34, a St. Mary’s alum has a median personal income of $49,700, which ranks No. 102 of 578 selective private schools.
No. 4 in Texas, No. 52 in U.S., 2016
Money Magazine ranked St. Mary’s University the best university in San Antonio, fourth in Texas and 52nd of 705 nationally in its 2016 Best Colleges ranking. Schools were ranked based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ job success.
Five Texas schools were in the top 100: Rice (No. 4), Texas A&M (13), UT-Austin (50), St. Mary’s (52) and UT-Dallas (91). StMU tied for 52nd nationwide with Columbia University in New York City.
Money also ranked StMU 13th nationally in its 2016 50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into list.
No. 2 in Texas,
No. 17 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.
New York Times
No. 9 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
No. 2 in San Antonio,
No. 14 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.
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.
No. 14 in Texas, 2017-2018
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 tied for 340 overall, out of 1,509 schools nationally, and 226th among 941 private institutions.
No. 1 in Southwest,
Best Colleges for the Money, 2018
For the third time in four years, StMU ranked first in the Southwest in the Best Colleges for the Money rankings by College Factual, affiliated with USA Today. St. Mary’s sat at 30th nationally (out of 1,327 schools) for value. In the overall Best Colleges list, StMU was 19th of 95 ranked schools in the region and 15th of 62 schools in Texas.
San Antonio Express-News
Readers’ Choice – Gold, 2016 and 2017
Back to back 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.
No. 2 in San Antonio,
No. 12 in Texas, 2018
Niche ranked St. Mary’s second of colleges in San Antonio and 12th of 74 state schools. St. Mary’s was also highly ranked among the Standout Colleges in America (5 of 166) Best Catholic Colleges in America (27 of 165) and Best Value Colleges in America (174 of 1,592).
Overall, Niche analyzed 2,623 colleges and universities in the United States, graded them and ranked 1,644 – of which StMU stood at No. 238. These rankings stem from federal data, but also factor in information from the Brookings Institution as well as student reviews to help get a clearer picture of each school’s quality.
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.
The Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s was on the Princeton Review’s national and regional lists of the Best 267 Business Schools 2018. The St. Mary’s School of Law made the list of Best 169 Law Schools 2018, as well as the Most Chosen By Older Students (No. 9 of 10) ranking.
The Princeton Review does not rank schools hierarchically in its “Best” lists because it believes all the schools it recognizes offer excellent academics and that rankings do not offer significant value to students. Each school on these lists gets a rating from 60-99 in various areas. The small, individual rankings lists are assembled from a combination of student surveys and school-reported data.
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.
No. 2 in Texas, LL.M. program
Texas Lawyer magazine listed the St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Master of Laws program as second-best in the state, after the University of Texas School of Law.
No. 102 in U.S., 2017
Since being ranked No. 1 in 2010, St. Mary’s has routinely been listed among the best master’s universities in the country. There were 632 schools in Washington Monthly’s 2017 College Guide. St. Mary’s also ranked No. 50 of 199 universities in the South for Best Bang for the Buck.
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.