Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
At Rice, we learn from our world-class faculty, from each other and from people around the globe. Rice has highly respected schools of architecture, business, continuing studies, engineering, humanities, music, natural sciences and social sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. We offer robust and productive research and teaching endeavors across a wide spectrum of disciplines, with a strong focus on the student experience and outcomes.
Philosophically speaking, anyway. At Rice we understand the power of individual thought and reflection. But a small research university is made large by collaboration. With more than 40 interdisciplinary centers and partnerships with other institutions, Rice produces big results. We bring our undergraduate students into our labs to work with gifted researchers, staying true to the real definition of experiential learning.
That’s what Edgar Odell Lovett, Rice’s first president, wanted students to experience. At Rice, we take the business of knowledge seriously but this doesn’t mean we don’t have fun. We do. But in the deepest sense, we understand that only those things taken seriously are really fun. If you like this idea, you will like Rice.
Our students come from all walks of life to engage in the Rice experience and go on to become some of the world's most exceptional thinkers, researchers, professionals, athletes and artists. By embracing the Rice spirit of "no upper limit," our alumni community remains connected with the university for a lifetime of learning and support. The Association of Rice Alumni strengthens these connections through programs that unite alumni, students, faculty, parents and friends around the globe.
Year in and year out, our graduates bring the skills, morals and attributes they developed as student–athletes at Rice into their professional lives, whether they continue their careers in the professional sports arena or represent the newest generation of CEOs, doctors, lawyers, educators, consultants, entrepreneurs or managers.
Rice scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard. | Video by Brandon Martin
The Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) is intended to elevate the university’s mission of teaching, research and service to even higher levels. | Photo by Tommy LaVergne
Rice is a community of curious thinkers, passionate dreamers and energetic doers who believe that improving the world demands more than bold thought and brave action. It takes unconventional wisdom.
As one of the country’s most prominent and comprehensive research universities, Rice takes a creative, interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction as well as research collaboration. Rice is developing disruptive digital technologies that enhance our students’ on-campus experience and improve educational outcomes for learners of all ages.
At Rice’s founding more than 100 years ago, no one could foresee the amazing discoveries to come, like Buckyballs, nanotechnology and artificial hearts. For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more. While it’s impossible to know what will be discovered during Rice’s next 100 years, one thing is certain—the unconventional wisdom that is Rice assures that amazing things will happen.
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