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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.


Houston featured as "the most diverse place in America"

In a piece published by the Los Angeles Times, Stephen Klineberg, Rice Professor and Co-Director of Kinder Institute of Urban Research, is quoted on Houston’s ascent to becoming the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the country.

Houston feature

Rice Speech and Debate nationally ranked in the top five

Rice's speech and debate team finished the year ranked No. 1 in Speech and No. 4 in Debate. In addition, team members brought home 62 individual awards this spring.

National Award for Rice Speech and Debate

Rice, once again a Forbes best value

Rice moved up 6 spaces from last year's ranking based on a number of factors, including tuition costs, school quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success.

Rice among Forbes' Best Values

Rice alumna Peggy Whitson breaks record for most cumulative days in space

Whitson has amassed a number of records during her career with NASA, but most recently set the mark for most cumulative days in space by an astronaut, most spacewalking time for a female, and oldest woman to ever fly in space.

 Rice Alumna Peggy Whitson in space

Rice's Lydia Kavraki wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

The Athena Lecturer Award is one of the most prestigious honors in Computer Science; Kavraki's selection recognized her work inventing randomized motion-planning algorithms in robotics and for the development of robotics-inspired methods for bioinformatics and biomedicine.

Lydia Kavraki Athena Award