SMU continues to rise in rank as one of the best colleges in the country.U.S. News and World Reports places it at 56 out of 191 top tier institutions for it’s 20-11 Best Colleges guide. That’s up from 68th last year. Only two other Texas colleges rank higher…Rice University at 17th and U-T Austin, which is ranked 45th. Among the factors used in ranking inlcudes peer assessment, graduation, retention and graduation rates. For a complete list click here.