Two of Houston’s most prominent universities have earned spots on the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” in different categories.
Rice University was the standout of the group, earning two No. 1 spots for best quality of life and race/class interaction.
The rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students at 380 top colleges. Students responded to 80 questions about academics, administration, the student body and themselves. The guide published the top 20 schools in 62 categories.
Some of the nearly 4,000 students at Rice praised the university for its school-life balance and also said the environment was very inclusive.
“That quality of life supports students’ educational experience and achievement,” Rice President David Leebron said in a statement. “But we are even more gratified with our No. 1 ranking for interaction among students of different racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity at Rice isn’t just a matter of statistics, but how our students actually experience their education.”
The university also ranked on four other lists in the 2016 edition:
- No. 9 for happiest students.
- No. 14 for best health services.
- No. 16 for great financial aid.
- No. 19 for best-run colleges.
This is the ninth time Rice has ranked in either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot for best quality of life since 2007. It has ranked in the top 10 for race/class interaction eight times and for happiest students six times.
The 39,000-student university claimed the No. 2 spot for the top entrepreneurial undergraduate programs at its Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship. The university was also ranked No. 19 for race and class interaction.
Both Houston universities, along with the University of St. Thomas, also were among the best western schools.
Rice and UH haven’t been short on “best of” recognitions this summer.
Rice beat out all other Texas universities on Forbes’ ranking of the top U.S. colleges for 2015 at the No. 32 spot.
The university also ranked No. 14 on Money’s Best Colleges list and No. 120 worldwide and No. 4 statewide on the 2015 Center for World University Rankings report.
UH ranked No. 184 on the world university rankings.