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Trinity University ranks best in West

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Trinity University No. 1 in Western States

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University is celebrating getting ranked best in the West by U.S. News and World Report, but it's not a big surprise. It's ranked that high for 23 years according to the annual "America's Best Colleges" guide.

The report cites the university's undergraduate and graduate programs, lecture series and study abroad programs as factors in its ranking.

Trinity isn't the only San Antonio university to make the list: St. Mary's University cracked the list at No. 21. Other college rankings put Trinity second in Texas and No. 86 in the country out of nearly 1,400 schools. 

Sharon Jones Schweitzer, Trinity University spokesperson, says,  "It never gets to be old hat. It's a great source of pride." She says the school is dogged each year in its efforts to achieve excellence through enhanced curriculums and faculty. 

She also says in the 23 years that it's received this award, student enrollment has remained about the same at approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It must be noted however that tuition since 1991 has increased threefold, from $10,200 for two semesters up to more than $34,000.

Schweitzer laughs at the years that have passed, noting that when the rankings first put Trinity at No. 1 in the West, "My hair was much bigger than it is today and I did have shoulder pads."

This year's rankings included a description on why the schools were successful. Trinity was noted for having a stellar program in undergraduate research and creative projects. Also students are increasingly participating in intensive and self-directed research and "on the job" type experiences.

Trinity also received a No. 1 ranking for offering the best value by U.S. News and World Report, which echoes its recent recognition in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 as one of 44 public or private institutions recognized for excellence in cost, academic rating, and quality of student life.