|Are you ready to explore Rice firsthand? Customize your visit to include an information session, a campus tour, lunch with a current student, an academic information session and attending a class. High school seniors may stay overnight in one of our residential colleges or participate in an admission interview.
Select a highlighted date below to register for your visit.
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What You Can Do On Campus
Click on the links below to learn more about the campus visit activities that we offer.
Undergraduate Admission Information Session
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. Admission information sessions are offered on select weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from May through December, and these sessions are offered on most weekdays at 2:00 p.m. from January through April. We offer information sessions on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. from September through December, as well as during the months of April and May.
Student-led Campus Tours
Campus walking tours are led by a Rice student allowing 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. The campus tours are available year-round Mondays through Fridays at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; and most Saturdays through the academic year. On these select Saturdays, we offer tours at 10:30 a.m. All campus tours depart from the Office of Admission (located at Lovett Hall, Door C). Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the hour-long tour.
Academic Information Sessions
Come learn specifics about our robust offerings across the undergraduate schools of study at Rice. These activities are led by faculty who will share information about majors, minors, research, internships, fellowships, study abroad, and much more.
- School of Architecture Information Sessions will be offered at 4 p.m. on select Mondays and Fridays in the month of March. These sessions will include a tour of Anderson Hall.
- George R. Brown School of Engineering Information Sessions are offered on select Mondays at 2:00 p.m. throughout the year. During the spring semester, three additional Engineering information sessions will be offered on the following Fridays: March 10, March 17 and March 24.
- School of Humanities Information Sessions will be offered on select Fridays at 1:00 p.m. from January through April.
- Tours of the Shepherd School of Music will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on March 3, March 10 and March 24.
- Wiess School of Natural Sciences Information Sessions will be offered on Mondays at 11 a.m. in the month of March. Additional Natural Sciences information sessions will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13 and on Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
- School of Social Sciences Information Sessions are offered on select Mondays at 1:00 p.m. September through May. An additional Social Sciences information session will be offered at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17.
Use the calendar above to check availability on specific days.
Attend a class
Prospective students are encouraged to sample Rice’s dynamic academic opportunities by visiting classes during the academic year (September to April). Students who plan to attend a class during their visit to campus should check in at the Office of Admission prior to the class(es). We encourage students to check-in regardless of whether they are planning to participate in other campus visit activities that day. Class availability is subject to change and the most current version of the class list will be available at the front desk in the Office of Admission.
Spring 2017 Class List (January 17 - April 6): select a day below
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:
|Sept. 5, 2016 (Labor Day)
||Jan. 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King Day)
|Oct. 10 - 11, 2016 (Midterm recess)
||Feb. 9 - 10, 2017 (Spring recess)
|Nov. 24 - 25, 2016 (Thanksgiving)
||Mar. 11 - 19, 2017 (Spring Break)
Lunch with Students
During the academic year, we invite prospective students and their families to learn about campus life at Rice while dining with a current student in one of our residential colleges. Lunch Visits begin at the Admission Office at 12 PM. When you check in, you will be assigned a lunch host and grouped with other prospective students and families. Your lunch group will then be escorted to one of the serveries.
The cost for lunch is $10.00 per visitor. You will be able to pre-pay for lunch online when you register for a campus visit. Payment instructions will be included in your campus visit confirmation email. Our dining facilities do not have the ability to accept payments. The lunch program is offered during the academic year only. To register for a lunch visit, please select a date from the above calendar.
Overnight Visit (seniors only)
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 will be hosted by a current Rice student, and we’ll match you based on the information you provide when you register for your visit. Prospective students are matched based upon similar academic interests and/or similar extracurricular interests. This is an excellent opportunity to visit classes, meet students and faculty and see if Rice is a good fit for you. So, grab your sleeping bag and come spend the night at Rice! To register for an overnight visit, please select a date from the above calendar.
Note: Overnight visits are reserved for seniors in high school aged 17 and older, and are not available during the first and last weeks of the semester, the days designated for final exams, or during Rice holiday breaks. During the spring semester of 2017, a limited number of overnight visits are available and all are restricted to applicants for the next fall term.
On-Campus Interviews (seniors only)
Interviews are an excellent way for us to get to know you and for you to learn more about Rice. Although not required, we recommend that freshman applicants schedule an on- or off-campus interview. On-campus interviews take place in the Office of Admission with an admission officer or senior interviewer during the months of June through December. Off-campus interviews are offered in a variety of settings with trained Rice alumni representatives. Alumni interviewers are currently available in 46 states, 3 U.S. Territories and 29 foreign countries.
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 at 11 a.m. and/or 3 p.m. They are not available on weekends. Self-guided tour brochures are available if your group cannot be accommodated during these times.
Middle School Groups, 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.
Rice University is closed on major holidays. Please review our maps and directions when planning your visit.