Rice University
6100 Main
Houston, Texas 77005

Article by Holly Murdoch
Photography by George Hosek

Facts About Rice

Rice University’s campus is self-contained, distinguished by tree-lined streets, green spaces, and architecture. The Rice campus is 325 square acres, forested with over 4000 live-oak trees.

No city streets run through the campus; however, Rice is located next to the Texas Medical Center and is only 3 miles from downtown Houston.

The campus includes about 50 major buildings, designed over a period of nearly a century and which are representative of the changes in style of 20th century American architecture.

Rice is consistently ranked one of America’s best teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its size of only 2,850 undergraduates and 1,950 graduate students.

Rice University receives more than 10 applications for each space in the freshman class. For the class entering in Fall 2005, Rice received approximately 7,900 applications for 720 freshman spaces. There is an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 5-to-1 and Rice has the fifth-largest endowment per student among private American universities.

Residential Colleges
Undergraduate life at Rice University differs from that at many other American universities because of Rice's tradition of residential colleges. At most universities, the word "college" refers to the entire institution, the undergraduate program, or a particular academic division. At Rice, "college" is a way of life.

Approximately 76 percent of the current undergraduate student population live on campus in nine coeducational residential colleges. Students who live off maintain their college affiliations.

In the colleges, students live, dine, and study together networking, and developing leadership skills. Each college functions as a self-supporting unit, boasting its own government, intramural sports, and other social and cultural activities.

Random assignment of entering students to residential colleges ensures that each college reflects the academic, geographic, and cultural diversity of the overall undergraduate population.

Departmental Majors
Rice offers undergraduate majors in:

School of Architecture

George R. Brown School of Engineering

School of Humanities

Shepherd School of Music

Weiss School of Natural Sciences

School of Social Sciences}

Rice offers graduate Research, Ph.D., and Masters degrees in all of the above departments along with an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.
Campus Tours

Student-led tours of the campus are offered year-round at 11:00 a.m. and at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.† During the academic year, a tour is also offered at 10:30 a.m. on most Saturdays.†

Tours depart from the Office of Admission, Lovett Hall, Entrance C.† The tour will provide you with an opportunity to see academic buildings, the student center, and the residential colleges, including a student room.†

For a map of the Rice Campus visit: www.Rice.Edu/Maps

Mission Statement

The mission of Rice University, shaped largely by its founder and the first president, is to provide an unsurpassed undergraduate education in science, engineering, the arts, humanities, and social sciences;

to produce internationally distinguished scholarship and research and excellent graduate education in carefully focused areas;

to ensure that such an education remains affordable; to maintain the distinctive character of a community of learning that is relatively small in scale;

and to serve the continuing educational needs of the larger community.

Rice Athletics
Rice students enjoy watching and/or playing sports through participation in varsity athletics, club and intramural sports.

The gallery commissions artists to create installations that transform the exhibition space.


The Rice Thresher, the official student newspaper of Rice University since 1916, is published each Friday during the school year, except during examination periods and holidays, by the students of Rice University.


Philosophy at Rice University

The $22 million facility represents the heart of the Shepherd School’s rise to excellence. The grand foyer invites audiences to enter some of the finest performance spaces in the city.

Architecture has been an academic and professional curriculum at Rice University since the first class was admitted in 1912.

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University is a university-funded organization devoted to nurture science and technology at the nanometer scale.

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