Tarleton Makes Top 150 for Social Mobility in U.S. News Rankings

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings have Tarleton State University among the top 150 schools in the nation supporting the social mobility of its students.

The rankings compare the six-year graduation rate of Pell Grant students with that of non-Pell recipients. Tarleton ranks 140 among institutions nationwide.

Eighty-five percent of all Tarleton Texans receive some form of financial assistance, and almost 40 percent are Pell Grant eligible. Many — 50 percent — are the first in their family to attend a university.

“Meeting the critical need for educational opportunity and ensuring that every student reaches full potential is in our DNA,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “It’s been our cornerstone for 123 years.”

Dozens of programs ensure Texan success, including advanced hands-on learning opportunities; supplemental instruction, mentoring and tutoring; integrated intercultural experiences; student advocacy; counseling and health services; disability resources; and initiatives focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum.

One of the nation’s fastest growing regional universities, Tarleton is outpacing its peers as a first-choice destination for anyone seeking a higher education. Fall enrollment hit an all-time high over 15,000, and the Class of 2026 is the largest, most diverse and academically best prepared group of incoming freshmen in the school’s history.

“We’re honored to rank among the top 150 schools for social mobility, but we must do better,” Dr. Hurley said. “We will.”

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.