How did University of Texas rank on list of fittest colleges?

The University of Texas ranked 17th on a list of 50 Fittest Colleges compiled by The Active Times. File photo byLaura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The University of Texas ranked 17th on a list of 50 Fittest Colleges compiled by The Active Times. File photo byLaura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin consistently ranks highly in lists of the fittest cities in America. But how does the University of Texas stack up in a list of fittest colleges?

Turns out, pretty average.

The Active Times, a website that compiles information about travel, fitness and all kinds of active pursuits, unveiled its third annual list of the 50 Fittest Colleges in America this week.

UT nabbed the 17th position. That’s higher than Southern Methodist University (22nd) and Texas A&M University (an appalling 38th), but not as high as Rice University (seventh.)

Virginia Tech topped the list, followed by Claremont McKenna College, Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Dayton. Coming in at number 50? Skidmore College in New York.

I’m not putting a ton of stock in the list, which relies heavily on its own previous rankings, plus self-reported student opinion.

In a press release, the Active Times explains that it based its list on a number of factors, including U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges Rankings,” The Princeton Review, and comments from students about their school’s sports programs, campus dining and campus safety. They tallied in things like student happiness and participation in recreational activities.

For more information go here.

Final Ranking

1 Virginia Polytechnic Institute—Blacksburg, Va.

2 Claremont McKenna College—Claremont, CA

3 Ohio State University—Columbus, Ohio

4 Washington University in St. Louis

5 University of Dayton- Dayton, Ohio

6 Bowdoin College—Brunswick, ME

7 Rice University

8 University of Georgia–Athens, Ga.

9 Pennsylvania State University–University Park

10 Stanford University

11 University of Illinois–UrbanaChampaign

12 University of California–Los Angeles

13 University of Notre Dame

14 Michigan State University–East Lansing, Mich.

15 Gettysburg College- Gettysburg, Pa.

16 Vanderbilt University

17 University of Texas–Austin

18 University of Massachusetts Amherst–Amherst, Mass.

19 Middlebury College- Middlebury, Vt.

20 Wheaton College—Wheaton, IL

21 Scripps College—Claremont, CA

22 Southern Methodist University

23 Whitman College—Walla Walla, WA

24 University of Oregon–Eugene, Ore.

25 Kansas State University—Manhattan, KS

26 Cornell University

27 St. Olaf College—Northfield, MN

28 James Madison University—Harrisonburg, VA

29 Boston College

30 University of South Carolina—Columbia, SC

31 University of Florida

32 University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

33 Bryn Mawr College—Bryn Mawr, PA

34 University of Southern California

35 University of Wisconsin–Madison

36 Tufts University

37 University of Missouri—Columbia, Mo.

38 Texas A&M University—College Station, Texas

39 USMA West Point— West Point, N.Y.

40 University of San Diego- San Diego, Calif.

41 University of Miami

42 University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Neb.

43 Oklahoma State University-StillwaterStillwater, OK

44 University of Scranton- Scranton, Pa.

45 Syracuse University—Syracuse, N.Y.

46 Florida State University—Tallahassee, Fla.

47 University of Maryland—College Park, Md.

48 Georgia Institute of Technology

49 University of Virginia

50 Skidmore College- Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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