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Re: Top-10, Top-15, and Top-20 Departments
Bluntly, no. Rice has invested heavily in its program in recent years and made some very good hires. Those moves have not yet paid off in terms of graduate student placement. I think the best recent placement was at Davis-ARE and the vast majority of recent Rice PhDs have had non-academic placements. They get good jobs, but not the sort associated with ďa really prestigious program.Ē Placements may improve over time as more students are recruited and trained under the new system, or they may stagnate, especially if the newly hired faculty arenít retained. But I think the US News rankings peg Rice correctly. Your perception that they are under ranked may be an artifact of getting a lot of your information from this website, where Rice has a more active and respected presence than in the profession writ large. I think very highly of many of the faculty who have recently moved to Rice, but it takes a long time to build a department.
Originally Posted by dogbones