Who needs Harvard?
Maybe they should change those bumper stickers to say "I go to Rice — I must be happy."
That's what The Princeton Review thinks, anyway. In the Review's 2012 edition of The 376 Best Colleges, Rice University was named the No. 1 school for "best quality of life" for the third year in a row.
The rankings are based on surveys filled out by 122,000 students at each of the profiled 376 colleges. In addition to best quality of life, Rice was also No. 1 in "happiest students," No. 6 in "lots of race/class interaction," No. 5 for "school runs like butter," No. 5 for "town-gown relations are great," No. 8 for "best athletic facilities," and ranked in the top 20 for "great financial aid" and "best health services."
"I was really delighted to learn that the Princeton Review has ranked Rice No. 1 for both the quality of life and student happiness," Rice president David Leebron said in a statement. "There's nothing more important to a university than its success with its students."
Rice is also ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best Western colleges and as a top 50 "best value" colleges among private institutions.
And it's not just The Princeton Review that's in love with Rice. The Fiske Guide to Colleges last week named Rice one of 25 "best buy" private schools for its 2012 edition.
This year also marks the first time that Rice has some Houston company in the Princeton Review guide. The University of Houston was included in the 2012 edition of The 376 Best Colleges for the first time ever.