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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.


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.

Rice student qualifies for 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

Aryeh Warmflash Kaitlyn Swinney qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Trials on Saturday’ second round of action at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas. Swinney posted a trials-qualifying time of 4:54.67 in the morning preliminaries of the 400-LCM individual medley. The sophomore from Fort Bend, Texas, can now represent Rice at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Nebraska later this summer.

Rice is featured in the New York Times for entrepreneurial initiatives

Colleges have become engaged in an innovation arms race. In this New York Times article, Rice is featured due to its high dedication to innovation by offering academic courses in entrepreneurship strategy and financing, extracurricular start-up workshops and a summer program for students seeking to start companies.

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.