Athletics and Recreation
Rice's recreation and fitness options mean that students can exercise their bodies as well as their minds. More than 70 percent of Rice students are involved in some kind of athletic activity. Every level of competition is available: NCAA Division I/Conference USA, intercollegiate club sports, intramurals and college sports.
NCAA Division I Sports
Rice fields 14 men's and women's Division I varsity teams, competing at the NCAA Division 1 level and as members of Conference USA. More than half of our varsity athletes are named to the annual Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, which salutes athletes who maintain cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better.
The Rice Owls baseball team has won the conference championship 21 out of the last 22 years, and earned seven trips to the College World Series. Other conference championships from the past two years include women's swimming and tennis, as well as men's football and golf. Rice's football team has qualified for a bowl game in four of the last eight years and were champions of the 2008 Texas Bowl, the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl, and the 2014 Hawai'i Bowl.
Rice students receive free tickets to the home games of our 14 men's and women's NCAA Division I/Conference USA varsity sports teams.
Members of Rice's club sports teams play opponents from other colleges and universities from around the country, competing for championships and bragging rights. Some popular club sports are Crew, Lacrosse, Waterpolo, Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee.
Rice's intramural sports program has individual, team and college components. The college competitions earn points towards the President's Cup at the end of the year, but all intramural competitions are spirited and friendly. Several intramural sports host championship matches.
Opened in fall 2009, the Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center is a $41 million complex with two indoor basketball courts, four racquetball courts, two squash courts, cardio and weight areas, a dance studio, two outdoor-lighted basketball courts and heated outdoor recreation and competition pools.
Through the Rice Outdoor Programs and Education (ROPE) program, students may take part in sponsored outdoor treks that include everything from camping to kayaking. Students can rent equipment, sign up for trips or volunteer to lead ROPE expeditions.