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TCU continues to be counted among the nation’s top universities. In the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released today [Sept. 14], TCU tied at No. 80 on the list of Best National Universities, up 17 spots from its No. 97 ranking in 2020. This year’s peer assessment score — 3.1 out of 5 — is another Horned Frog milestone, besting the previous high of 2.9.

“Although an institution’s quality cannot solely be judged by any publication’s set priorities, these rankings reaffirm what we at TCU already know – our academic excellence and student experience are among the best in the country for 148 years. TCU has been a leading university because of our outstanding faculty and staff and our world-class students and alumni,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “I’m especially proud of the rise in TCU’s peer assessment score, which shows that the work of our talented faculty and staff is being recognized by our industry. I commend the entire TCU community for their leadership and hard work.”

In terms of Best Value Schools, TCU climbed to No. 87, up two positions from 2020. The ranking noted a total cost of $68,414 with an average cost of $37,344 and 36% of full-time undergraduate students receiving need-based aid. U.S. News’ Best Value Schools rankings place significant emphasis on affordability for students who may be eligible for need-based aid.

TCU’s additional 2021 ranking highlights:

  • Tied at No. 81 among Best Undergraduate Business Programs, up from No. 90 in 2020
  • Tied at No. 33 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, up from No. 38 in 2020
  • Tied at No. 50 for Best Colleges for Veterans, up from No. 63 in 2020
  • Tied at No. 61 for Best Undergraduate Teaching (not ranked in 2020)

The 2021 Best Colleges rankings assessed 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions.

View the full rankings here.

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