Ranking SEC universities by US News global score


While the Southeastern Conference is well known for its athletics, dominating in football, baseball, and basketball year after year, the SEC is also known for upholding excellent academic standards and affordable education outside a select few of the 16 programs that make up the conference.

National rankings are important, but to gauge just how much a school can offer any student looking to embark on a rich career of their choosing, examining the global rankings for every university will provide an unmatched value structure.

Ahead of the 2024 academic fall semester, US News updated its global rankings. All but one SEC school is included in the rankings, which shows just how popular the conference remains among the global population. According to US News, more than 100 countries using 13 indicators are ranked, providing every student with a better tool to further broaden their education horizons outside of their domestic borders.

While some of the SEC global rankings may surprise some, just remember that even some state schools are ranked higher than several Ivy League institutions. With that, here are the SEC school rankings based on US News’s global score.

Note: The Unversity of South Carolina was not included in the Global rankings.


Mississippi State University

(Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

U.S. News ranking: 832nd

Location: Starkville, Mississippi

Total enrollment: 23,064

Global score: 46.0


Arkansas Razorbacks

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. News ranking: 784th

Location: Fayetteville, Arkanasas

Total enrollment: 25,317

Global score: 47.0

For more Arkansas news and analysis, visit Razorbacks Wire


Universty of Alabama in Tuscaloosa

A subdued sunset touches only a small area of the cloud cover above the Bryce Main building at the University of Alabama.

U.S. News ranking: 635th

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Total enrollment: 43,044

Global score: 50.3

For more Alabama news and analysis, visit Roll Tide Wire


Auburn University

Auburn University mascot Aubie greets fans during the Tiger Walk before the AU vs. Samford game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the AU campus in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday September 16, 2023.

U.S. News ranking: 620th

Location: Auburn, Alabama

Total enrollment: 27,670

Global score: 50.9

For more Auburn news and analysis, visit Auburn Wire


University of Oklahoma

An SEC sign is pictured on a sidewalk on the University Oklahoma campus during a celebration for OU joining the Southeastern Conference in Norman, Okla., Monday, July 1, 2024.

U.S. News ranking: 503

Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Total enrollment: 26,426

Global score: 53.8

For more Oklahoma news and analysis, visit Sooners Wire


University of Missouri

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. News ranking: 466th

Location: Columbia, Missouri

Total enrollment: 25,993

Global score: 55.2


University of Mississippi

The Grove on Ole Miss’ campus is covered in snow as a winter storm spreads across Mississippi on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

U.S. News ranking: 428th

Location: Oxford, Mississippi

Total enrollment: 24,710

Global score: 56.2


Louisisana State University

Seimone Augustus’s statue is unveiled outside of the Pete Marovich center on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.

U.S. News ranking: 425th

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Total enrollment: 31,112

Global score: 56.3

For more LSU news and analysis, visit LSU Wire


University of Kentucky

It was a beautiful, blue-sky day during the Kentucky Wildcats’ Blue White scrimmage at Kroger Field on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Kentucky. April 13, 2024

U.S. News ranking: 369th

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

Total enrollment: 33,885

Global score: 57.8

For more Kentucky news and analysis, visit UK Wildcats Wire


University of Georgia

The Winnie Davis Hall AU/UGA Medical Partnership building on the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.

U.S. News ranking: 349th

Location: Athens, Georgia

Total enrollment: 40,118

Global score: 58.8

For more Georgia news and analysis, visit UGA Wire


University of Tennessee

Tennessee Volunteer fans celebrate the Volunteers winning the National Championship during a watch party held by the University of Tennessee on campus on Monday, June 24, 2024.

U.S. News ranking: 245th

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Total enrollment: 28,377

Global score: 62.7

For more Tennesee news and analysis, visit Vols Wire


Texas A&M University

Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. News ranking: 171st

Location: College Station, Texas

Total enrollment: 64,426

Global score: 66.8


University of Florida

Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. News ranking: 106th

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Total enrollment: 48,113

Global score: 71.4

For more Florida news and analysis, visit Gators Wire


Vanderbilt University

Students walk past the Faye and Joe Wyatt Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.

U.S. News ranking: 63rd

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Total enrollment: 13,710

Global score: 74.7


University of Texas

Fireworks erupt from in front of the UT Tower during the SEC Celebration at the University of Texas at Austin on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

U.S. News ranking: 56th

Location: Austin, Texas

Total enrollment: 42,444

Global score: 75.2

For more Texas news and analysis, visit Longhorns Wire