Rice Architecture ranked No. 2 among undergraduate programs


David Ruth

Rice Architecture ranked No. 2 among undergraduate programs

The Rice School of Architecture’s undergraduate program has risen to No. 2 in the nation according to new DesignIntelligence rankings.

The graduate program climbed to No. 7, up nine spots from its No. 16 ranking last year.

Rice’s undergraduate program, a mainstay in the top 10 this decade, was ranked sixth last year. It surpassed California Polytechnic State Institute, San Luis Obispo; Syracuse University; Virginia Tech and the University of Southern California in the latest rankings. Cornell University retained its No. 1 spot for the fifth year in a row.

Dean Sarah Whiting, the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, was listed first among the nation’s “25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture, Interiors and Landscape Architecture.”

“Given that we are a fraction of the size of all of the other top 10 schools, it’s particularly affirming to see our strengths recognized nationally like this,” said Whiting. “I’m very proud of the incredible education that our faculty provide here at the school.”

The annual DesignIntelligence rankings are based on survey responses from hundreds of leaders at architecture firms who have had direct experience hiring and judging the performance of recent architecture graduates. Participants were asked which accredited programs have best prepared their students for real-world practice.


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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 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life 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.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.