Comprehensive Research University
We believe knowledge is limitless. There is no "what if" that cannot become "what is," because research, creativity, innovation and scholarship are all a part of what makes Rice University so unique. We are a private, comprehensive research university, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees across seven schools. Rice's robust curriculum provides a vast array of courses leading to a holistic undergraduate experience that equips our students with the knowledge, skills and values to make a distinctive impact in the world.
Our faculty is accomplished in all areas of teaching and research. Their work has been recognized with two Nobel Prizes, a Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, Grammy Awards and numerous NSF Awards and Fellowships to name a few.
A distinguished member of the Association of American Universities, Rice is the most productive research university in Texas and among the top 10 research universities in the country according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.
Institutes, Centers, and Consortia
Rice is home to more than 40 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes and consortia, and research is a fundamental part of the Rice experience — bringing together strengths from across the university. According to the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016, Rice is ranked as a top 10 university in the world for its natural sciences and engineering research. This ranking compares the research impact of 750 major universities worldwide, across multiple disciplines. Additionally, the Baker Institute is ranked as the number 4 university-affiliated thinktank in the world by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program.