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For 26 Years, Trinity University is No. 1

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

U.S. News & World Report’s college guide also gives Trinity top rankings in value and in engineering science  

by Susie P. Gonzalez

For the 26th consecutive year, the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2018” guide has awarded Trinity University a No.1 ranking in the category of institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master’s programs in the Western part of the United States.

Trinity also received a No. 1 ranking in the 2018 publication’s best value category, “Great Schools, Great Prices,” and for having a stellar engineering science program. According to the college guide, value was based on a school’s overall score in the 2016-17 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. In short, the publication    says “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”  

Trinity is included in a category of regional universities that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs while offering few, if any, doctoral programs. A total of 659 universities are ranked nationally against their peer groups in four geographic sectors – the North, South, Midwest and West. Trinity is rated as the top college out of 95 similar institutions in the West.

“For those who begin their academic journeys at Trinity University, recognition as No. 1 in the West for 26 years is easily understood and yet, it is also humbling,” said Trinity President Danny Anderson. “We take seriously our charge to educate the whole person by offering superior academic quality, personalized attention from outstanding faculty, real-world preparation, and vibrant campus life.”

In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University’s engineering science program at No.29 among the nation’s best schools where the highest degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s.

U.S. News & World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges” is one of several publications and guidebooks that have recently recognized Trinity as a premier institution.  Trinity was also ranked at No. 2 in the nation by the Princeton Review in the category of Best Science Lab Facilities, No. 2 among private colleges offering merit aid by Money Magazine, and among America’s Top 100 Colleges by Forbes magazine for stellar summer research, robust study abroad program, and innovative curriculum.

Trinity University, one of the nation's top private undergraduate institutions, is known for its superior academic quality, personalized attention with outstanding faculty, exceptional resources, real-world preparation, and vibrant campus life. Trinity is a community that encourages students to discover, grow, and become passionate, productive individuals. Located in historic, culturally-rich San Antonio, Trinity offers the most relevant education option for the 21st century. For more information on Trinity University, visit

Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] or @susiegonz.