University continues national, statewide recognition in 2015

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Texas Woman’s University faculty, staff, students and alumni have long touted the university’s quality, diversity, value and safety. In 2015, many others took note as TWU placed among the top universities in national and state rankings.


Texas Woman’s University has one of the most diverse student populations (among the top three in Texas and top 10 in the nation), according to U.S. News & World Report.

Safety ranks TWU among the 40 safest colleges and universities in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report ranks TWU’s occupational therapy (15th), physical therapy (27th) and library and information studies (38th) programs among the nation’s best.


TWU ranks ninth in the southern region for offering the “Best Bang for the Buck,” according to Washington Monthly.

TWU’s master of science in nursing health systems management ranks 17th among the 30 Most Affordable Nursing Administration Degree Programs in the U.S. for 2015, according to Best Master of Science in Nursing.

Quality Programs 

In ranking the nation’s Top Public Health Programs for Quality of Network, ranked Texas Woman’s University as number one. The website, which bases its rankings on student reviews, also ranked a number of TWU programs and schools second in the nation, including the master of education administration, School of Physical Therapy, physical therapy programs for financial aid, and online nursing school.

The website ranked the physical therapy program third in the nation for career support, fifth for networking and sixth for program value. Other programs ranked among the top 10 in the nation by include health care administration, seventh; nursing school according to value, ninth; health schools for financial aid, ninth; occupational therapy program according to value, 10th; and nursing schools for career support, 10th.

TWU has the best occupational therapy school in Texas and in the South according to The university’s music therapy program also is the best in Texas and ranks sixth in the South, according to the website.

The university’s online master’s degree program in nutrition ranks seventh in the nation, according to

TWU is well known for its College of Nursing, which made the U.S. News Short List of nursing master’s programs with the highest enrollment. ranks TWU second in Texas, third in the South and 13th in the nation. ranks TWU’s College of Nursing second in the nation overall, ninth in value among the nation’s top nursing programs and 10th among the best nursing schools in the nation for career support.

TWU also ranks highly in its education programs, according to The university ranks fourth in Texas for its general education and early childhood education programs, and fifth for its special education program. TWU also is in the top 10 in the state for its student counseling and elementary education programs.

In the arts, TWU Dance is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 17 in the nation, according to TWU also ranks ninth among performing arts schools in the state and 11th among the Top 25 Art Schools in Texas, according to

The Best Schools ranked TWU’s online bachelor of sociology degree program at number 17 among the 25 Best Online Bachelor of Sociology Degree Programs for 2015. TWU was the only Texas university on the list. ranks the university’s doctoral program in counseling psychology sixth in the nation. ranks the TWU counseling psychology program fourth in the state.

TWU’s School of Management ranks 11th among management (business) schools in Texas, according to


TWU Gymnastics was ranked No. 1 in the country in team GPA with an incredible 3.7947 out of 74 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions. This is the highest-ever ranking and highest team GPA in school history.

TWU received the Lone Star Conference Women’s Academic Excellence Award for the second consecutive year for having the league’s top department grade point average. TWU boasted the top GPA in basketball, soccer and volleyball.

TWU Basketball tied for 14th in NCAA Division II in team GPA with a 3.595. This is their highest team GPA ever and the second-highest ranking in school history.

TWU Softball Head Coach Genny Stidham was named Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year.

Softball senior Kendra Sancet was named Capital One Academic All-America First Team for the second straight year. She also was named the inaugural Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year Top-25 finalist.

Soccer Junior Gabby Larson was named Lone Star Conference Soccer Academic Player of the Year.

Volleyball senior Hillary Shaffer was named All-America Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Other Rankings

 According to, TWU ranks fourth among The 20 Best Colleges for Single Parents.


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