Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

What You Can Do On Campus


Are you ready to explore Rice firsthand? Customize your visit to include an information session, a campus tour, lunch with a current student and attending a class. High school seniors may stay overnight in one of our residential colleges or participate in an admission interview.

To register for an admission information session, engineering information session (offered on Mondays) and/or a campus tour, begin by selecting the year in which you plan to visit campus.

Note: If you're with an organization interested in a Group Tour, click here for information on making arrangements.

2014  2015 

Click on the links below to learn more about how to include the following activities in your visit:

The following activities are available for high school seniors only and require pre-registration:


Group Tours

High School Groups
The Admission Office offers special tours for high school groups with 5 to 40 students and up to 5 chaperones. Requests should be made at least two weeks before your planned visit. Group tours are scheduled on weekdays only in the late morning and early afternoon and are not available on weekends. Self-guided tour brochures are available if your group cannot be accommodated during these times.

To request an group tour, begin by selecting the year in which you plan to visit campus:

2014  2015 

Rice University is closed on major holidays. Please review our maps and directions when planning your visit.

Middle Schools, Community Organizations and International Visitors
The Rice Welcome Center offers special group tours for middle school students, community organizations and international visitors. Contact the Welcome Center to schedule your visit.


Lunch with Students

During the academic year, we invite prospective students and their families to learn more about Rice University while dining in one of our eleven residential colleges. Dining with one of our current students in a residential college is a great way to learn firsthand about campus life at Rice. Your lunch host will meet you at 12 noon in the Admission Office and escort you to one of our serveries.

The cost for lunch is $8.00 per person. If you are visiting campus in 2014 and would like to include lunch in your visit, please bring with you cash or a check made payable to Rice University. If you are visiting campus in 2015, you will be able to pre-register and pre-pay for lunch online. Instructions about paying online for lunch will be included in your campus visit confirmation email.

Attend a class

During the academic year (September to April), prospective students are encouraged to sample the dynamic academic opportunities that define the Rice experience by visiting classes at Rice. A class listing will be available at the Admission Office when you check in for your campus visit.

Most classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday - Friday. Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays typically last 50 minutes. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays last about an hour and 15 minutes. As a courtesy to our students and professors, visitors are asked to be present for the entire class. 

All classes posted on the Office of Admission website (typically by the end of August for the academic year) have been approved by our faculty for you to visit. You do not need to register to attend class. If you would like to attend class without attending an information session or campus tour, we ask that you stop by the Office of Admission to let us know you are here.

Download Class Lists for Fall 2014:
Please note the following:
>As a courtesy, introduce yourself as a visitor before class begins and do NOT arrive late.
>Course meetings/locations are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.
>Respect our professors by turning OFF your cell phone, staying for the duration of the class and not causing any disruptions.
Note: Class visits are not available during the first and last weeks of the semester, the days designated for final exams, and on the following student holidays:
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Sept. 1, 2014 (Labor Day) Jan. 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Day)
Oct. 13 - 14, 2014 (Midterm recess) February 28 - March 8, 2015 (Spring Break)
Nov. 27 - 28, 2014 (Thanksgiving) April 2 - 3, 2015 (Midterm recess)
Dec. 5, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015 (Winter Recess)  


The following activities are only available for high school seniors:

Overnight Visit

Register for an overnight visit 

An overnight visit in one of Rice's eleven residential colleges is a great way for prospective high school seniors to experience life at Rice firsthand. You might even room with someone from your home state or region. So, grab your sleeping bag and come spend the night at Rice!

Click here to register for an overnight visit.

Note: Overnight visits are not available during the first and last weeks of the semester, the days designated for final exams, during students' holiday breaks and throughout the month of March. During January and February, overnight visits are offered only to high school seniors who are current Rice applicants; and during April, overnight visits are offered only to admitted students.


Register for an overnight visit 

Although not required, we recommend that freshman applicants schedule an on-or off-campus interview. This is an excellent opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to learn more about the university.

On-campus interviews take place in the Office of Admission with an admission representative during the months of June through December. Off-campus interviews take place in or near your hometown in a variety of settings with trained Rice alumni representatives. Alumni interviewers are currently available in 50 states, 2 U.S. Territories and 40 foreign countries.

Register for your on-campus interview today!