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Forbes Ranks Texas A&M Among Nation’s Best Colleges

The magazine placed Texas A&M at No. 17 among public universities in its annual listing of the country’s premier schools.
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications September 9, 2021

Texas A&M University is ranked No. 17 among the nation’s best public universities and No. 10 among best schools in the South in Forbes magazine’s listing of the top U.S. colleges and universities.

With more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures – the largest in the state – Texas A&M is also listed among the top 40 leading research universities in the Forbes list.

The University of California at Berkeley is ranked the No. 1 public university by the magazine, and Yale University is the top private university. Private schools dominate the publication’s best rankings – Yale, Princeton and Stanford are No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, on the overall list.

This year, Forbes ranked just 600 four-year schools drawn from the nearly 2,700 degree-granting institutions in the U.S., and said its listing more accurately represents the schools that most of America’s college students attend.

Forbes’ ranking criteria includes graduation rates, student debt, return on investment, alumni data and other factors.

Texas A&M fares well in similar recent rankings. It is ranked No. 21 overall and No. 11 among public universities in Washington Monthly magazine’s annual ranking of the top U.S. colleges.

Texas A&M is the state’s only school to be ranked among the top 30 national universities and is also ranked No. 2 in Washington Monthly magazine’s listing of the “Best Bang for the Buck” schools in the South.

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