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Dear Rice Community Action Network members:

Welcome to the first in the Rice CAN’s new Talking Points Series, which will equip you with up-to-date information about Rice developments, events and priorities so you too can be an effective advocate for Rice in your workplace and community. 

You’ve no doubt heard the growing national debate over rising college costs, so it’s good to know that Rice is a leader at providing a first-class education at a real value to our students.  In fact, Rice is one of the country’s top five best values among private schools for 2012, according to new rankings published by the Princeton Review this week.

The rankings are based on data about the quality of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, and on student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities.

According to the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best Value Colleges” Rice has a “terrific financial-aid policy” that includes need-based aid as well as merit scholarships. “Even for students who receive no financial assistance, Rice remains one of the best values in higher education,” the report said.  “With tuition set at thousands of dollars lower than Ivy League and other peer institutions, Rice walks the walk of keeping the highest caliber of education affordable for all.”

Rice admits students regardless of their ability to pay and provides financial-aid packages that meet 100 percent of their demonstrated need.  Entering freshmen from families with incomes of up to $80,000 do not have to take out loans, and Rice has limited loans to no more than $10,000 in financial-aid packages for need-eligible incoming freshmen for their four undergraduate years. 

To read the full Rice News story, click here:


When you talk to people in your community about Rice, let them know that Rice is committed to keeping its high-quality education accessible and affordable for students from all walks of life.  For more information about what makes Rice so special, check out the university’s “brag sheet” which is available on the Rice website by clicking here.

Rice Brag Sheet

Here are a few highlights of the brag sheet:

  • Consistently ranked among top 20 universities in U.S. overall and for Hispanic students

  • Top Carnegie classifications for “very high research activity” and “comprehensive doctoral program”

  • No. 2 best value among private universities

  • Two Nobel Prize winners in chemistry

  • Two active faculty winners of National Medal of Science

  • One of only three Tier One universities in Texas

  • No. 1 best quality of student life three years in a row

  • Ranked top 20 in eight graduate science degree programs and number 17 in undergraduate engineering (No. 6 in undergraduate biomedical engineering)

  • No. 1 worldwide in materials science research

  • Baker Institute the 21st ranked think tank in the US

Thank you for joining our growing network, and please share this with your friends and other potential Rice advocates.  We welcome your ideas for how we can better equip you to be an advocate, and for opportunities to tell Rice’s story.


Rice Community Action Network