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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.


Rice music students will train with the NY Philharmonic

Six top string players from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music – one of the nation’s foremost orchestral training programs – will travel to New York City May 21-29 for immersive training and performance alongside members of the New York Philharmonic.

Rice's Bonnie Bartel elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Rice University biochemist and plant biologist Bonnie Bartel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences — one of the highest honors that can be conferred upon a U.S. scientist. Bartel is the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in Rice’s Department of BioSciences. Her groundbreaking research in plant biology has led to a new and deeper understanding of how plants produce and use hormones and how they sequester oxidative metabolism in subcellular compartments known as peroxisomes.

Rice alumna creates a positive change in the American South

Esther Tricoche '10, who earned her undergraduate degree in cognitive science, is an associate partner at the nonprofit New Schools Venture Fund. Additionally, Tricoche co-founded New Schools Ignite to identify market gaps in educational technology. As a part of her work, she also seeks to increase the number of black and Latino founders, chief executive officers and senior leadership teams in education technology.

$1.8M in grants supports Rice research of NASA training and selection process

Rice University psychology researchers will play a role in NASA’s future deep-space exploration, thanks to two new grants from the space agency totaling $1.8 million. The researchers will help NASA streamline its astronaut selection and training process for long-term missions and aim to reduce human-performance risks associated with long-duration space exploration.

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.