The Owl Edge
Rice will be your home for the next four years, and you can make the most of it from your first days on campus. There are a number of exciting programs and initiatives to help you take full advantage of your college experience at Rice. Below are just a few of the many opportunities that await you.
Rice students enjoy ready access to research and funding opportunities as one of the leading comprehensive universities in the world. Students can begin research as first-year students through our Century Scholars Program, all the way through graduation in our Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program. They can participate in research across all areas of campus, from the schools of study, to the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and through our 40 institutes, centers, and consortia. Students' opportunities to demonstrate their intellectual potential mean that they are well-positioned to successfully appeal for fellowships during their years at Rice.
The Residential College System is a key part of the Rice experience. Students are randomly assigned to one of 11 different residential colleges the summer prior to their first year at Rice and remain part of a residential college for their entire undergraduate experience. They join a community of anywhere between 200-400 members who share the same colors, crests, cheers, living facilities, and traditions within the larger student body. The residential colleges are a large part of the reason why students are routinely among the nation's happiest students with the best quality of life, especially since the halls themelves are considered top-notch as well.
The Initiative for Students launched in January 2015 to ensure that Rice graduates were able to achieve the goals they set for their college experience. Professional experiences, increased funding for academic opportunities, and leadership development are the main priorities of the Initiative. Rice alumni are a key component in the success of the Initiative for Students, and students will be able to connect with mentors who can relate to their experiences and help them prepare for the world that awaits them after graduation.
The Rice Center for Career Development works with students of all years on campus, of all academic interests, to help them identify their skills and opportunities that will further their professional ambitions. Students have access to a range of programs, services, and resources to help them find success upon graduation. You will be joining a long list of Rice alumni who have gone on to have long, storied careers. The Sallyportal will help connect many generations of Rice students to further career development and strengthen the Rice network.
Over 80% of Rice students perform community service during their years at Rice, and the Center for Civic Leadership helps students give back to others through organized opportunities. Students can discover, volunteer, and lead to help create change in local or global settings with the support of the Center for Civic Leadership. A Certificate of Civic Leadership is available for students who want to follow a more defined path to demonstrate their ability to affect change.
As the nation's fourth largest city, Houston has a number of world-class opportunities for students to explore. Houston's offerings have won national acclaim among such notable publications like the Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, and the New York Times. Houston's rankings apply to every aspect of quality of life, be it attractions, food, healthcare, education, or economy. Many students find that their time in Houston is so enjoyable, they continue their connection to the city and join the many companies and organizations scattered throughout city.
The Rice Program Council provides access to entertainment across campus and the city of Houston. RPC, A key organization on campus, helps manage the many events and traditions that unite students regardless of school of study, residential college, or year at Rice.
The RPC governing bodies support the Passport to Houston program, which provides free and discounted opportunities helps students explore the attractions and sights of their adoptive city. Students can use RPC funding to help design their ideal college experience during their 4 years on campus.