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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.


photo by Cambria Harkey Alumna Peggy Whitson to go on upcoming mission to the International Space Station

Peggy Whitson received a doctorate in biochemistry from Rice University in 1985 and has since accumulated 377 days in space, the most for any woman. Recently NASA announced she is to go on her third mission to the space station.



Helping_Hands Rice bioengineers use 3D printers to give kids a hand

Bioengineering students, staff and faculty teamed up with Marvel Universe LIVE! and Houston’s Shriners Hospitals for Children to offer a free mechanical hand to eight Shriners patients who lack all or part of one hand.



Annise_Parker Houston mayor, and Rice alumna, ranked among the best in the world

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is the only US mayor to rank in the top 10 in the annual World Mayor Prize. A native Houstonian, Parker attended Rice from 1974 to 1978 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, psychology and sociology.



Featured in 2015 Fiske Guide to CollegesRice named a 2015 'Best Buy' by the Fiske Guide to Colleges

The annual Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Rice University one of 22 "Best Buys" for 2015.



Kiplinger's 2015 rankings lists Rice as No. 1 best value in the West/Southwest

Rice University is also ranked No. 4 on Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 2015 list of best values among private universities.


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.