The Rice Advantage

For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more.

At Rice’s founding more than 100 years ago, no one could foresee the amazing discoveries to come, like Buckyballs, nanotechnology and artificial hearts. For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more. While it’s impossible to know what will be discovered during Rice’s next 100 years, one thing is certain—the unconventional wisdom that is Rice assures that amazing things will happen.

Rice University moved up to No. 15 among the best national universities and remained the highest-ranked among universities in Texas in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook.

In addition, Rice appeared on a few other lists in the new U.S. News guidebook:

+ Rice is No. 14 among 50 national universities ranked as best values. Criteria for the list of “great schools, great prices” included academic quality and the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

+ Among undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a doctorate, Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering is in a six-way tie for No. 18 on the list of top 74 engineering programs.

Rice also appeared on all seven of U.S. News’ 2017 web-exclusive rankings and lists:

+ Rice is in a three-way tie for No. 19 on the list of 22 national universities selected as “most innovative schools.” The schools on this list were picked by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans asked to nominate up to 10 schools that are making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

+ Rice is No. 5 on the list of 20 national universities with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The rankings reflect schools cited most often by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked to identify up to 10 schools where faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

+ Rice is in a three-way tie for No. 20 on the list of 41 top national universities chosen by public and private high school counselors as their top college picks. The high school counselors’ input is factored separately from the peer assessment ratings by college admissions deans, provosts and presidents. The counselors were asked to take into account the insights they use to direct students to particular colleges and their general knowledge about these schools, including academic record, curriculum, faculty, programs and graduates. The counselors also rated the quality of a school’s undergraduate academic programs. The survey sample was balanced geographically nationwide and evenly distributed by state.

+ Rice is one of 26 national universities identified as valuing economic diversity, based on the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants. During 2014-2015, 16 percent of students at Rice received Pell Grants, which are awarded to students with a family income under $20,000.

+ With 12 percent international students, Rice is on a list of 40 schools with the largest proportions of international undergrads during the 2015-2016 academic year.

+ In a section that spotlights outstanding examples of academic programs, Rice is one of 36 schools noted for undergraduate research or creative projects that result in an original scholarly paper or product that can be formally presented on or off campus.

+ Rice is in a four-way tie for No. 6 on a list of 100 best national universities for veterans. Eligibility for this list requires a ranking among the top half of the best national universities, certification for the GI Bill, participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans and at least 20 fall 2015 enrolled students using GI Bill benefits to fund their tuition and fees.

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The Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum is a teaching and research resource of Rice University. The Arboretum consists of a collection of woody plants dispersed throughout the Rice University campus that represent native and introduced species suitable to the wet prairie climate of the Houston area. As an outdoor classroom spanning the Rice campus, the Arboretum supports environmentally-focused programs in biology, engineering, architecture, and literature. Dedicated on March 18, 1999, the Arboretum honors the distinguished horticulturist whose life and work were dedicated to spreading knowledge and appreciation for the trees and plants of the American Gulf Coast and northern Mexico. Learn more.