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Welcome to Rice. Here, you will discover a place that is passionate about teaching, undergraduate research and leadership development. We are a diverse community and support a student body from all economic backgrounds.

Set in the heart of the nation's fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Consistently ranked among the best values in higher education, with a highly recognized and respected residential college system, Rice transforms outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities and leave their imprint on the world.


Rice's OpenStax program provides online textbooks to thousands of college students

In 2012, Rice's OpenStax free textbook program was created to provide free or low textbooks for the nation's 25 most-attended college courses. OpenStax has helped over 686,000 students save more than $68 million, with $42 million saved in the last year alone. The program's success last year helps position OpenStax to reach its initial goal of $500 million of textbook dollars saved by 2020. Multiple foundations have contributed to the growth of Openstax, with more textbooks being added on a yearly basis.

Rice professor honored for lifetime contributions to psychology

Rice Professor of Psychology Eduardo Salas has received the American Psychological Associations Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Salas was selected by APA President Susan McDonald for helping propel the field of psychology forward over his last 30 years in academia, earning over $50 million in grant funding from some of the most prestigious organizations in the field. Salas joined Rice's faculty in 2015, providing his expertise in industrial and organizational psychology to the campus community.

Rice receives $4.1 million gift to expand opportunities in Jewish Studies and the Shepherd School of Music

Rice has been given $4.1 million from the estate of the late Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain to help bolster the university's programs in Jewish Studies, and Opera Performance. The late Ms. Spain dedicated a significant portion of her estate to bettering educational opportunities in Houston, and Rice within that as a premier instituion of higher learning. Both Jewish Studies and Opera Performance will bolster interdisciplinary exploration of the humanities, and expand ways that students can gain exposure to these fields of study.

Student Profiles

Rice students are some of the most outstanding young minds in the world. Read about their academic experience and their perspectives of life at Rice.