For the eighth year in a row, Texas Wesleyan University is ranked in the No. 1 tier of regional universities in the West by the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings.
Texas Wesleyan also earned the “Best Value” distinction, which takes into account a school’s academic quality and cost of attendance.
“Our faculty and staff aspire to be a values- and student-centered university, and this recognition validates that we are reaching that goal,” President Frederick G. Slabach said. “The ‘Best Value’ distinction reaffirms Texas Wesleyan’s commitment to providing a high-quality, affordable private education,” Slabach said.
Other universities in the 2018 West rankings included Trinity University (San Antonio), Santa Clara University (California), University of Portland (Oregon) and St. Edward’s (Austin).
The University’s commitment to the "Smaller. Smarter." philosophy and to achieving the goals outlined in the 2020 Vision strategic plan played a critical role in the rankings, which were based on factors such as peer assessment and class size.
Texas Wesleyan’s student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and 100 percent of classes are fewer than 50 students.
"The ‘Smaller. Smarter.’ campaign goes beyond the marketing aspect,” Slabach said. “Our faculty and staff make Smaller. Smarter. a priority and work hard to ensure students are given individual attention and care.”
Texas Wesleyan offers a variety of athletic and academic scholarships, veteran benefits and work study programs to give students financial support.
A few of the many institutional scholarships offered to Texas Wesleyan students include the President’s scholarship, the Dean’s scholarship, and the Smaller Smarter Promise scholarship which covers 100 percent of tuition, excluding fees, for transfer students who meet all requirements.
For more information on the rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges website.
The 2020 Vision is driven by five main goals: Academic Distinction, Student Experience, Campus Enhancement, Financial Vitality and Marketing and Branding.
Over the past five years, the University has made more than $50 million in capital improvements, freshman applications have increased by 400 percent, football has returned for the first time in more than 75 years, and the university launched its first ever online MBA program.