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Top 5 Colleges In The Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

The metropolis of Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas has several nationally acclaimed colleges and universities. Find out which ones earn the title of the top five colleges in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

1. Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Opened in 1915, SMU has garnered numerous top national rankings through the years. A research and teaching college in Dallas with small class sizes, study-abroad opportunities and innovative programs, SMU offers undergraduate, professional and graduate degrees. Schools include business, arts, humanities and sciences, law, theology, engineering, education, human development and game development. Known for its athletic success in the 1980's on the football field, today the school is experiencing a stretch of success on the basketball court, under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. Opening in May 2014 is the George W. Bush Presidential Center featuring a library and museum.

2. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern)

Founded during World War II, UT Southwestern is a leading U.S. medical education and biomedical research institute. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 22nd in research and 31st in primary care among U.S. medical schools. Located in Dallas on a 231-acre campus in the Southwestern Medical District, the school offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees and affiliates with several hospitals in Dallas and surrounding areas. Many types of degrees are offered from radiation therapy and clinical nutrition to biology and public health.

3. University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC)

This prime center for graduate-only medical studies is located in Ft. Worth. Began in 1970 and a part of the University of North Texas system, UNTHSC has five main academic centers encompassing osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences, public health, health professions and pharmacy. Research in areas such as Alzheimer's disease, fluorescence technology, cancer, and applied genetics is performed. In fact, UNTHSC has more research funded by the National Institutes of Health than any other Texas school, performs all the DNA analysis for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is the only academic center to have access to special FBI DNA software. U.S. News and World Report named UNTHSC's College of Osteopathic Medicine number 31 in primary care.

4. Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAM-Commerce)

TAM-Commerce is located 60 miles outside of Dallas. Live on campus or commute. Its four schools have over 100 degree programs in science and engineering, agriculture, education, business/entrepreneurship, humanities, social sciences and arts. Established in 1889, this is a state college in a rural area offering graduate and undergraduate degrees backed with the TAM name.

5. Texas Wesleyan University (TWU)

A private, nonprofit, liberal-arts school in Ft. Worth, TWU was founded in 1890. Awarding both undergraduate and graduate degrees, this small school boasts a 14:1 student-to-teacher ratio with the motto: "Smaller. Smarter." Degrees are granted in a variety of areas, such as education, business and health and social sciences.

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