UTD a ‘Top 50’ Value Among Public Universities
In Ranking by Consumers Digest Magazine


RICHARDSON, Texas (July 12, 2004) – The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is among the top 50 best values among public colleges and universities in the United States, according to a ranking in Consumers Digest magazine.

Out of the hundreds of public institutions of higher education in the U.S., UTD ranked 50th in the magazine’s value listing, which takes into account both the cost and quality of education. The top 50 list was published in the May/June issue of the magazine.

Last November, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine ranked UTD 34th in its annual listing of the 100 best values in public colleges in the U.S.

“This latest ranking by Consumers Digest is further evidence that UTD is among the leaders nationally in delivering a high-quality education at reasonable prices, which, of course, equals outstanding value – or, put another way, bang for the buck,” said university President Dr. Franklyn Jenifer. “We are delighted to be so recognized.”

In ranking the schools, the magazine applied a formula that balanced academic excellence, including standardized test scores, high school rank and grade point average of incoming freshman, with educational quality indicators, such as student-to-faculty ratio, graduation rate and percentage of faculty holding doctoral or terminal degrees, and the estimated cost of attending each college for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Besides UTD, two other Texas public universities made the top 50 list – The University of Texas at Austin (ranked 36 th) and Texas A&M University in College Station (ranked 44 th). The magazine also ranked its top 25 values among private colleges and universities, which included two Texas institutions – the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio (ranked sixth) and Rice University in Houston (ranked ninth).

The Consumers Digest report may be found at the following web site: http://www.consumersdigest.com/images/CollegeValues.pdf.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 13,700 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s web site at www.utdallas.edu.