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.