Rice University has two No. 1 spots in the 2018 edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges: best quality of life and lots of race/class interaction. Rice is also No. 2 for happiest students. Along with three rankings in the top 10, Rice was cited in six other categories in the top 20:
The rankings are based on surveys of 137,000 students at 382 top colleges. Students responded to 84 questions about academics, administration, the student body and themselves. The guide published the top 20 schools in each category.
The profile in the college guide notes that Rice “manages to foster ‘great research’ along with an ‘unbeatable sense of community'” and attributes much of that to the residential college system. The guide states that Rice provides students with a variety of “experiential learning opportunities such as internships and civic engagement” and that Rice undergrads “work extremely hard” but manage to balance schoolwork with clubs, organizations and social events. Students “value that many of their peers come from ‘diverse backgrounds,'” which “leads to an ongoing exchange of new perspectives and opinions.” According to the guide, what Rice undergrads love most is that they have classmates who are “caring.”
For more information about the rankings, visit The Princeton Review 2018 best colleges list.