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UH, Rice join other Texas universities in new ranking of best schools for future leaders

The University of Houston and Rice University both represented Houston well on an inaugural list of schools producing top leaders. Photo courtesy of

Two Houston schools just scored spots on a new list recognizing universities that are fostering future leaders.

TIME Magazine revealed its inaugural “Best Colleges For Future Leaders,” and the University of Houston and Rice University were recognized in the top 100 with UH coming in at No. 88 and Rice taking the No. 90 spot.

TIME and Statista analyzed the resumés of 2,000 top leaders in the U.S. like politicians, CEOs, Nobel winners, union leaders and more across various sectors to curate a list of the universities and colleges where they received their degrees.

The list is weighted for school size, and is led by “Ivy Plus schools'' like Harvard University — the No. 1 ranking. In addition, the top-ranked schools on the list also have business and law programs, and large research universities.

“Being recognized as one of the best colleges for future leaders is a testament to the University of Houston’s unwavering commitment to excellence in education,” Diane Chase, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, says in a news release. “This ranking reflects our dedication to research and innovation, encouraging diverse perspectives and nurturing the next generation of leaders who will shape a dynamic future for society.”

UH was also ranked as No. 44 of the top 50 public universities for “Best Value” by The Princeton Review.

UH, UT Austin (No. 14) and Texas A&M (No.23) were the only public institutions in Texas on the list, and Rice, Baylor (No. 40), and Trinity University (No. 62) also cracked the top 100.

The two schools also recently shared an accolade from The Princeton Review. Each school ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship — UH for the undergraduate list and Rice for the graduate ranking.

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