Tucked deep in the heart of Houston, Rice University has just earned its bragging rights as the best college in Texas and seventh best college in the U.S., according to data education website Niche.com.
Niche analyzed U.S. Department of Education data in addition to reviews from students, parents and alumni to assess American universities to compile their ranking.
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Niche judges the different schools across 12 categories: academics, diversity, athletics, professors, dorms, student life, value, campus, party scene, location, campus food and safety. This year, Rice University yielded A+ ratings on each of these, with one B on safety.
Last year, the prestigious university landed at No. 10 on the list for best in the nation, so it was an impressive jump up by three spots in 2020.
Of particular note on Niche, Rice University ranks #1 as the best college in America for these three schools: Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, Sports Management and Architecture.
Take a look at Niche’s top rankings for America’s best colleges in 2020:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
- Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts
- Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
- Yale University, New Have, Connecticut
- Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
- Rice University
- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
- University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
If you’re looking for a top-notch education, Rice University has been often called the “Harvard of the South,” according to Forbes. This Houston university is respected as a premier research institution with a 300-acre campus, affectionately called a “green oasis in the heart of Houston.” The one bonus if you should choose this college: the financial aid packages are considerable.
“Rice’s $6.3 billion endowment fund allows the school to give generous financial aid packages, and Rice doles $89 million in grant or scholarship aid in 2018-2019,” according to Forbes.