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.

Visit Registration

Select a highlighted date below to register for your visit.


Campus Visit Activities

Click on the links below to learn more about the activities that can be included in your visit:

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

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

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We recommend that your campus visit includes both an information session and a campus tour. The Undergraduate Admission Information Session is led by a Rice admission officer and is an excellent way to learn about our academic programs, student life, application process and financial aid options.

Undergraduate Admission Information Sessions

Information Session Schedule: From January through April, these sessions are offered on most weekdays at 2:00 p.m. From May through December, these sessions are offered on weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Information sessions are offered on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the months of April and May, as well as during the fall semester from September through December.

Student-led Campus Tours

Student-led walking tours of the Rice campus are available year-round (Mondays through Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; and most Saturdays through the academic year) and depart from the Office of Admission (located at Lovett Hall, Door C).

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the hour-long tour, which allows you to explore classrooms, labs, Fondren Library, athletic facilities and the student center. You will also learn about our residential college system with a visit to a dining hall and a student room.



If you're interested in an engineering major at Rice, we recommend that you include an engineering information session in your campus visit. These sessions are offered on Mondays at 2:00 p.m throughout the year.



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 a group tour, download and complete the Group Tours Request Form.

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.



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. You will be able to pre-register and pre-pay for lunch online when you register for a campus visit. Instructions about pre-paying online for lunch will be included in your campus visit confirmation email.


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 also be available at the Office of Admission for you to browse when you check in for your campus visit.

You do not need to register to attend classes that are included on our list. However, if you are visiting campus and attending classes but are not also taking a campus tour and/or attending an information session, please stop by the Office of Admission to let us know you are here. 

The Spring 2015 semester is no longer in session. To view an example of courses available during the academic year, please see below.

Download Class Lists for Spring 2015 semester:
  • 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.

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. 7, 2015 (Labor Day) Jan. 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Day)
Oct. 12 - 13, 2015 (Midterm recess) February 27 - March 6, 2016 (Spring Break)
Nov. 26 - 27, 2015 (Thanksgiving) March 31 - April 1, 2016 (Midterm recess)


OVERNIGHT VISIT (only available for high school seniors)

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!

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 the spring semester of 2015, a limited number of overnight visits are offered by invitation-only to students who are current Rice applicants. Students who are rising high school seniors should check this webpage in late August/early September for information on registering for an overnight visit in the fall 2015. 

INTERVIEWS (only available for high school seniors)

Register for an interview  

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!