Rice University has a lot to brag about this week as two national publications have named it the best college in the state of Texas.
To come up with the rankings, Forbes looked at 650 colleges and universities' return on investment by analyzing 12 factors in five categories, including student satisfaction, academic success, amount of student debt, graduation rate and alumni career success.
In compliling a list of colleges that offer the most bang for your tuition buck, Money ranked the nation's 1,500 four-year colleges by screening those with below-average graduation rates and ranked the remaining 665 universities on 17 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings (provided by PayScale.com).
The University of Houston is No. 389 on Forbes' list, down from No. 344 last year, making it the No. 11 university in the state. It did not make it onto Money's list.
Among other Texas schools:
- The University of Texas at Austin ranked second in the state (No. 76 nationally) on Forbes' list, as well as third in Texas (No. 53 nationally) on Money's list.
- Although Texas A&M University in College Station came in as the fifth Texas university (No. 137 nationally) on Forbes' list, the university ranked second in the state (No. 24 nationally) on Money's list.
- Southern Methodist University in Dallas ranked third in Texas (No. 101 nationally) on Forbes' list, but came in eighth in the state (No. 257 nationally) in Money's rankings.
Rounding out the top five Texas schools on Forbes' list was San Antonio's Trinity University at No. 4 (No. 132 overall), and on Money's list, the top five in-state schools included Texas Tech University in Lubbock at No. 4 (No. 154 overall) and Texas Woman's University in Denton at No. 5 (No. 169 overall).
However, in a sign of how rankings differ markedly, the 2014 report from the Center for World University Rankings ranks the University of Texas at Austin as tops in Texas (as well as the No. 22 institution in the country and No. 29 in the world) while Rice is No. 108 in the world, No. 58 in the nation, and No. 5 in the state behind the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas A&M).
The University of Houston ranks 162 in the world, according to the list.