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Facts & Rankings

Rankings Highlights

2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools

  • #29, George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • #11, Computer science programming languages
  • #10, Biomedical/Bioengineering
  • #14, Environmental Engineering
  • #26, Chemical Engineering
  • #20, Computer science
  • #22, Computer Engineering
  • #27, Electrical Engineering
  • #20, Civil Engineering
  • #26, Mechanical Engineering
  • #28, Materials Science
  • #39, Statistics

2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

  • #19, George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • #11, Biomedical Engineering
  • #25, Chemical Engineering
  • #34, Civil Engineering
  • #24, Computer Engineering*
  • #28, Computer Science
  • #25, Electrical Engineering
  • #15, Environmental Engineering*
  • #20, Materials
  • #25, Mechanical Engineering*

* 2021 is the latest ranking for program.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities*

  • #14, materials science

*most recent rankings

Learn more about our academic programs.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ASSE Diversity Recognition Badge

Rice Engineering is proud to have received the highest honor possible from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for its commitment to diversity. The program recognizes colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing the diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs.

  • 35.6% of undergraduate students are women
  • 23.8% of undergraduate students are underrepresented minority students
  • 14% of our 2020 entering undergraduates students are first-generation

AAU Rankings

Rice Engineering ranks as the most diverse schools among AAU institutions:

  • #14, 20.9% female faculty*
  • #8, 8.6% underrepresented minority faculty*
  • #17, 35.2% female undergraduate students*
  • #4, 21.9% underrepresented minority undergraduate students*

*Among self-reporting AAU institutions

Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.


Degrees Awarded

Annual Year

Undergraduate

Professional Master's

MA / MS

PhD

2019-20

344

172

61

90

2018-19

410

162

68

105

2017-18

378

133

65

97

2016-17

359

140

97

100

Engineering Majors

  • 2020: 1,477 undergraduate, 1,067 graduate
  • 2019: 1,466 undergraduate 1,032 graduate
  • 2018: 1,486 undergraduate, 996 graduate

First-Year Enrollment, 2020

  • Female 36%; Male: 64%
  • ACT 25th percentile: 34, 75th percentile: 36.
  • SAT 25th percentile: 1470, 75th percentile: 1560
  • Ethnicity of students: African American 7%; Asian American 23%; Caucasian 34%; Hispanic 19%; International 11%; Multiracial 4%
  • First-generation college students: 14%
  • Pell Grant recipients: 19%

Learn more about our enrollment and degrees awarded.


Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering developed a method to print objects that can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature, electric current or stress.

Research & Faculty

  • Tenure and tenure-track faculty: 140
  • National Academy of Engineering members: 8
  • National Academy of Sciences members: 3
  • National Academy of Medicine members: 2
  • Total research expenditures: $71 million (2019-20)
  • 60% of undergraduates have significant research experience by graduation

Learn more about our research and faculty.


Graduates & Alumni

  • Degrees granted (2019-20): Ph.D. 90, MA/MS 61; Professional Master's 172; Undergraduate 344
  • After graduation: Engineering 64%; Medicine 19%; Graduate arts or sciences 19%; Law 3%; Business 2%; Other 1%
  • Average starting salary of graduates: 100K+ 24%; $80-100K 18%; $60-80K 43%; $40-60K 14%

Top 10 Employment Destinations

Rice Engineering alumni go on to work across the globe at Fortune 500 companies, startups and organizations in industries including technology, medicine, business and more. These are the top placements for our recent alumni.

  • AIG
  • Airbnb
  • Epic
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Schlumberger

Top 10 Graduate School Destinations

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania