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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.


Baker Institute ranked the 4th best university-affiliated think tank in the world

Baker Institute The Baker Institute for Public Policy scored two top-five spots on the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. Ranked the 4th best university-affiliated think tank in the world by its peers and experts, the Baker Institute was moved up from its No. 9 ranking a year earlier. The study also ranked the Baker Institute the 2nd best energy- and resource-policy think tank in the world.

Rice to receive $7 million from Houston Endowment for urban research

Houston Endowment has awarded $7 million to Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research to greatly expand its research capacity and ability to help solve the most pressing challenges facing Houston and cities across the U.S. Sun Belt.

Professor Matthew Foster wins NSF CAREER Award

Rice University theoretical physicist Matthew Foster has won a coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, which includes a five-year grant to support his research on quantum materials. Foster's primary research interest is in condensed matter dynamics, particularly the complex behavior of “many-body systems,” like the billions of trillions of electrons that are found in even the tiniest sample of a typical metal or unconventional superconductor.

Rice is one of 16 colleges invited to the 2017 Solar Decathlon

Rice University students plan to design and build a house for the 2017 Solar Decathlon, a Department of Energy-sponsored competition to advance the art and technology of environmentally friendly dwellings. Rice is one of 16 international college teams invited to the biennial competition in October 2017 at a site to be determined. They will compete for $2 million in prize money.

Professors in the News

We take pride in the groundbreaking work our professors do, as well as their commitment to teaching undergraduates. Read about their research, awards and accomplishments.

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.