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U of Michigan Vs. Rice

smashinsmashin Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
edited February 2007 in College Search & Selection
In terms of engineering and flexibility of taking up a variety of courses, which is stronger? And.. overall, which would you rather go to? Rice or UOM?
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Replies to: U of Michigan Vs. Rice

  • GoBlue81GoBlue81 Registered User Posts: 3,936 Senior Member
    depends on where you want to work?

    Go to the one that's best fit for you. The two schools are so completely different there is no way you will like them both.
  • hawkettehawkette Registered User Posts: 4,863 Senior Member

    Graduation & Retention Rank
    Rice: 15th Michigan: 28th
    -% of Students expected to graduate in 6 years:
    Rice: 93% Michigan: 77%
    -% of students who do graduate in 6 years:
    Rice: 90% Michigan: 86%

    Faculty Resources Rank:
    Rice: 15th Michigan: 69th
    -% of classes with 50+ students
    Rice: 10% Michigan: 16%
    -% of classes with <20 students
    Rice: 61% Michigan: 43%
    -Faculty/student ratio
    Rice: 5/1 Michigan: 15/1

    Student Selectivity Rank:
    Rice: 11th Michigan: 22nd
    -Average SAT/ACT:
    Rice: 1330-1540 Michigan: 1220-1410
    -% of students ranking in top 10% of high school class
    Rice: 88% Michigan: 89%
    -% acceptance rate
    Rice: 25% Michigan: 57%

    Financial Resources Rank:
    Rice: 24th Michigan: 31st

    Alumni Giving % and Rank:
    Rice: 37% (13th) Michigan: 15% (105th)


    Peer Assessment Rating:
    Rice: 4.1 Michigan: 4.5

    Based on the objective data, this one is not even close as Rice is well ahead of Michigan on nearly every measure. Only on the subjective Peer Assessment does Michigan rank ahead of Rice and this is thanks to its status as a very large research institution with over 26000 undergraduates (and another 14000 graduate students).

    As GoBlue notes, these are extremely different schools. Rice, with just over 3000 undergraduate students, is barely more than 1/10th the size of Michigan. Rice’s student body is among the finest in the country and IMO, if Rice were located in the Northeast, its reputation would be many times greater and its academic prestige at the level of all but HYP. I suspect that there are very few (if any) people affiliated with or knowledgeable about Rice who would consider Michigan a peer institution. I would agree with them.
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