Niche ranks Rice No. 1 for best student life for 2018

Rice University is starting 2018 at No. 1 on Niche’s ranking of colleges with the best student life.

students in a conga line at the president's barbecue during O-Week 2017“Top-ranked colleges have a positive, fun and friendly student culture and a vibrant campus community,” the editors of wrote about their student-life ranking, which is based on student reviews and statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

Factors that were used for the ranking include student surveys on student life, campus quality, athletics, local area, diversity, campus nightlife, safety, full-time and part-time retention rates and six-year graduation rate.

Niche, a website geared for college applicants, claims to have “the most comprehensive data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods” and “over 100 million reviews and poll responses along with transparent statistics and comparable grades.”

Earlier this year Rice was also ranked No. 1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review on the basis of student surveys.

To view Niche’s “2018 Colleges with the Best Student Life in America,” click here.

About B.J. Almond

B.J. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.