Rice is 87th in new Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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B.J. Almond

Rice is 87th in new Times Higher Education World University Rankings

HOUSTON — (Sept. 21, 2016) — Rice University is among the top 100 world universities in the 2016-17 rankings announced today by Times Higher Education (THE), a London-based publication that reports on news and issues related to higher education.

Rice moved up to No. 87 from No. 101 last year among 980 top universities from 79 countries in the new rankings. Rice and the University of Texas at Austin, which is No. 50, are the only Texas universities in the top 100, which includes 41 U.S. universities. The University of Oxford’s No. 1 ranking marks the first time that a U.S. school has not occupied the top spot in the 13-year history of the rankings.

THE World University Rankings are based on evaluation of a university’s teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, including such performance indicators as academic reputation survey, staff-to-student ratio, research grants, number of papers published in academic journals per scholar, number of research citations, international-to-domestic-student ratio and amount of research income earned from businesses and industry.

The complete list of THE world universities is available here.

Earlier this month Rice was ranked No. 72 in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.

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About B.J. Almond

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