Tarleton Makes Top 50 for Social Mobility in National Rankings

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — CollegeNet’s latest rankings have Tarleton State University among the best 50 schools in the nation at supporting the social mobility of its students.

Tarleton moved to 46 of 1,114 benchmarked colleges and universities in 2022, up from 143 in 2021, putting it in the top 4 percent with institutions such as CUNY York College, San Francisco State and George Mason 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 has been our cornerstone for almost 125 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 public 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 — up nearly 14 percent from 2019 — and the Class of 2026 is the largest, most diverse and academically best prepared group of incoming freshmen in the school’s history.

Eighty-five percent of all Tarleton students receive some form of financial assistance, and almost 40 percent are Pell Grant eligible. 

CollegeNet has published rankings for nine years, analyzing tuition, students’ family income, graduation rates, median salary for five years after graduation and university endowment size.

For more information on CollegeNet’s 2022 Social Mobility Index, visit www.socialmobilityindex.org.

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.