The Best Colleges of Distinction in the Southwest

Colleges of Distinction has hand-picked a list of schools in the southwest that are well equipped to provide a personalized undergraduate education catered to students’ interests. Through a rigorous vetting and interview process for the 2020-2021 academic year, we have refreshed and reaffirmed that these institutions in the southwest region strive for excellence in line with the four overarching distinctions—Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes.

Schools that we have identified as top colleges —such as Oklahoma Baptist University, Saint Edward’s University, and Trinity University—vary in size, cost, location, academic offerings, and more, but they are all distinguished by their commitment to the undergraduate experience. The diversity of this college list is intentional, giving students and parents a variety of both public and private universities to consider. No matter what, they all exhibit the foundational qualities of a fulfilling undergraduate education.

Take a look below to see our honorable list of the 2020-2021 best colleges and universities in the southwest region and begin your journey toward the best school—the one that is the perfect fit for you.

The Best Colleges of Distinction in the Southwest Region