Tarleton State Categorically Ranks Among Top 5 Universities by WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal’s latest rankings have Tarleton State University fifth among universities highly recommended by students and recent alumni.

Recommendation scores, part of the Journal’s 2024 Best Colleges in America rankings, were developed in collaboration with research partners College Pulse and Statista. The scores put students’ experiences at the heart of the methodology in one of the largest surveys of verified U.S. students and recent alumni ever conducted.

The survey gathered views on the quality and frequency of learning opportunities, career preparation and satisfaction with learning facilities to derive an overall recommendation score. 

Tarleton earned 87/100 on the recommendation score, which measured:

  • The extent to which students would recommend their school to a friend
  • Whether students would choose the same school again if they could start over
  • Satisfaction with the value for money that their school provides

For reference, Princeton University — No. 1 overall 2024 Best College — earned a recommendation score of 84, and Brigham Young University, No. 20 overall, received the highest recommendation score of 93. Tarleton State tied with BYU-Idaho and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“We’re thrilled — and not surprised — that our students and alumni would recommend Tarleton State to their friends. The academics, the knowledge exchange, the campus life — they’re all here,” said university President James Hurley. “From their first day on campus, our students know they’re part of the Tarleton family. Their success is our top priority, and that will never change.”

A founding member of The Texas A&M University 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.