Universities in Dallas - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities


By Chloe Lane

Updated August 2, 2022 Updated August 2, 2022

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 116th

Situated in north-east Texas with a population of 7,233,000, Dallas enters the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year in at 116th place. Considering its population size, it’s hardly surprising this bustling city is the ninth largest in the US and the third largest in Texas.

Dallas currently has two leading universities featured in the QS World University Rankings® - University of Texas Dallas and Southern Methodist University. Both have very high research output and a diverse student population, something which is reflected by Dallas’s strong ranking of 83rd in the student mix indicator.

Known for their sports teams – the Dallas Cowboys (five-time winners of the Superbowl), the Mavericks and the Rangers – for being the backdrop of the JFK assassination in 1963 and, of course, for the popular TV show of the same name, Dallas is a city that is often in the international limelight.

However, what you may not know about Dallas is it also ranks among the biggest cities in the US in terms of employment and business opportunities. With all of this in mind, it isn’t hard to see why Dallas achieved its highest indicator rank in this year’s cities ranking for desirability (64th). This indicator considers many different aspects such as the city’s safety, pollution, level of corruption and student desirability.

As you would expect from such a large US city, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in your spare time. From restaurants to museums, concerts to sports games, there is something to cater for all interests for the students of Dallas.

Are you a student in Dallas? We’d love to hear what you think.

 Internationally ranked universities in Dallas

University of Texas Dallas (521-530), Southern Methodist University (801-1000)

More about Dallas

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Texas Dallas (521-530th)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

This article was originally published in July 2019 . It was last updated in August 2022

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