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Two Texas universities make list of "Amazing but Overlooked" colleges you haven't considered but should

Two Texas universities make list of "Amazing but Overlooked" colleges you haven't considered but should

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The Daily Beast recognizes Rice University for its diverse student body.  Courtesy of Rice University
Texas A&M University, campus, aerial
Texas A&M University is overlooked for its social media savvy. TAMUNews.TAMU.edu
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Texas A&M University, campus, aerial

There are factors in higher education that can be measured, like "best value colleges" and "horniest college campus." But some qualities — like amazing cafeteria food (served at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas) and luxurious dorm rooms (like the too-nice-for-teenagers units at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) — are too often overlooked on those lists. 

That's where the Daily Beast comes in. On Monday, it published a roundup entitled "Amazing But Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered But Should," and two Texas schools made the cut. 

The Daily Best reckons that Texas A&M University's most overlooked quality is its "school social spirit," and applauds the Aggies for an unparalleled following on Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Facebook and Pinterest. The university uses these social media outlets "to create excitement around campus developments."

Rice University is recognized for its diversity. Less than half of the student body comes from Texas, "and more than 10 percent are foreign. Plus, Rice is racially and ethnically diverse as well: a fifth of students are Asian, a fifth are African American or Hispanic, and 5 percent are two or more races."

Do you think that the Daily Beast overlooked an institution — or a quality — on its own overlooked list? Submit suggestions here.

Which U.S. college or university do you think is overlooked? Tell us in the comments section below.