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

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Rice in the Top 20

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2010” guide ranks Rice University No. 17 among 262 schools classified as national universities — institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s and doctoral degrees and are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

U.S. News also compared schools on the basis of specific features, and Rice appears on a number of those lists:

  • No. 5 on the list of national universities whose students have the least amount of debt. Based on the Class of 2008, this list shows 42 percent of Rice students with debt, and an average debt of $11,108. Only the top two schools on the list have average debts of less than $10,000.

  • No. 11 on the “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list. Schools on this list were singled out as having recently made promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.

  • No. 11 on the “Focus on Undergrads” list. This list features schools where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.

  • No. 12 on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list. This best-value list relates a school’s academic quality to the 2008–09 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

  • No. 14 on the “Economic Diversity” list. This list is based on the percentage of Rice undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to low-income students.

  • No. 19 on the list of best undergraduate programs at engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. Two specialties in Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering are highlighted among undergraduate engineering specialties. Rice is ranked ninth in biomedical engineering and 19th in electrical engineering.