Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

Rice = ‘Best Quality of Life’

The Princeton Review may have broadcast the news, but Rice’s own students said it first: Rice is No. 1 nationally for “best quality of life.”

The ranking appears in the newly released 2010 edition of Princeton Review’s popular guidebook “The Best 371 Colleges."Rice has consistently placed in the guide’s top 10 in this category over the past several years. This year, Rice also ranks No. 8 for “happiest students,"No. 11 for “lots of race/class interaction"and No. 19 for “great financial aid.”

The rankings are based on a survey of 122,000 students attending the 371 colleges named in the book. They assessed their institutions on food, dorm comfort, campus beauty, ease of getting around campus, relationship with the local community, campus safety, surrounding area, interaction between students, friendliness and happiness of the student body, and smoothness with which the school is administered.

“We are a genuine community where every individual feels that they matter, and they do, "said Rice President David Leebron. “This is also about the quality of our campus, and it’s about having a campus with numerous trees and open, green space in the heart of a major city where students can enjoy the best of urban living. Mostly, though, Rice received that ranking from our students because they know that every student is important."