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Rice University


On May 18, 1891, Massachusetts-born businessman William Marsh Rice chartered the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art as a gift to the city of Houston, where he made his fortune. The terms of the charter required that work on the new institute would begin only after Rice's death.


The Center for Education celebrating 29 years of working for the teachers and students of HoustonThe ultimate aim of the Rice University Center for Education is to assure more equitable, more academically rich learning experiences for all children. We work directly with teachers to assure their capacity to engage children in authentic learning, and we further enrich their teaching through workshops, courses, conferences, and publications. We conduct research on key issues in urban education, teaching and learning, educational policy. Through the dissemination of our research findings, we work to assure that those teachers, and the children they serve, are surrounded by a well-informed circle of public support.


Rice is home to more than 40 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes and consortia, and research is a fundamental part of the undergraduate experience. From experiments in laboratories to design projects in architecture studios to fieldwork and analyses, experiential learning opportunities are endless. Select incoming freshmen benefit from the Century Scholars Program, which matches them with faculty mentors to spend two years collaborating on one of the professor's research projects. Upperclassmen pursue research opportunities through a wide range of programs such as the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program, the Center for Civic Engagement and department-based projects.


They are pleased to offer you a wide variety of resources to designed to increase your presence on campus and connect you with students, alumni, faculty and staff. They invite you to utilize our job and internship databases, host information sessions, interact with students at our Fall and Spring Career Expos, and take part in our annual Chili Cook-Off.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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147 -11
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
145 -45
100 -6
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
180 -13
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Student services

  • Academic Advising
  • Campus Store
  • Career Services: the Career Channel
  • College Assistance Peer Program (CAPP)
  • Community Involvement Center (CIC)
  • Counseling Center (RCC)
  • Disability Support Services (DSS)
  • International Services (OIS)
  • Honor System
  • Honor Council
  • Student Judicial Programs
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Orientation Week
  • Peer Health Information and Support Hotline (PHIS)
  • Student Activities
  • Student Center
  • Student Financial Services
  • Student Health Insurance
  • Student Health Service: HealthInfo
  • Student Media
  • Transportation (bus service)
  • Wellness Center

Housing services

Housing Services at Rice University combines Undergraduate Housing, Residential Dining, Graduate Apartments and Summer Conference services in one department.

Library services

Fondren Library welcomes visitors. All visitors without a Rice University ID will need to present a government-issued ID at the East Entrance to gain access to the building.

  • Computers
  • Photocopiers and printers
  • Scanners
  • Borrowing
  • Borrowing privileges are available to visitors who chose to join the Friends of Fondren
  • Library material house in the Library Service Center (LSC) may be requested for in-house
  • Medical services

    The Rice Student Health Services provides preventive and outpatient clinical care for the students of Rice University. Student Health is located on-campus and is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of undergraduate and graduate students, with an emphasis on prevention.

    Campus life

    Rice’s residential college system forms the heart of campus life. The colleges are small communities where students live, dine and interact with faculty mentors.

    Sports facilities

    Men's Sports:

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross-country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    Women's Sports:
    • Basketball
    • Cross-country
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball

    Student clubs

    Rice academics is constantly evolving, and the Academics Committee is on the cutting edge of new developments. The SA Academics Committee is passionate about keeping Rice’s academics both globally competitive and true to voice of the student body.

    The SA Academics Committee initiates, facilitates, and follows up on academic initiatives across all academic majors and departments. In the past, we have initiated an official electronic transcript system, collected student feedback on a major overhaul to the registration process and hosted an outdoor research mixer that brought together Rice’s undergraduate and graduate researchers over Thai food.

    Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Rice University is a small (enrollment range: 5,000-5,999 students) coeducational higher education institution.

    Houston, Texas, United States

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