Rice University

WORLD RANK

2011-12
72

Houston, United States

Region: North America

  • Overall score
    59.0
  • Teaching
    45.9
  • International outlook
    39.7
  • Industry income
    36.2
  • Research
    38.0
  • Citations
    99.9

In 1900, millionaire William Marsh Rice was murdered by two men attempting to steal his fortune. They were convicted and his estate used to set up an Institute for the Advancement of the Letters, Science and Art. It opened in 1912 and gained university status in 1960. Its 285-acre wooded campus houses around 5,500 students and more than 600 academics.