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Rice: Unconventional Wisdom


Dating back to the founding of Rice University, our first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, mandated that we aspire to be a world-class university of the highest standing. He envisioned students and faculty as a community of scholars, their minds exercised by spirited discourse. Therefore, an integral part of the university's mission, we seek a broadly diverse student body where educational diversity increases the intellectual vitality of education, scholarship, service and communal life at Rice. We seek students of keen intellect and diverse backgrounds who not only show potential for success at Rice, but who will also contribute to the educational environment of those around them.

We consider Houston an essential part of the education we offer to students as an urban university. As the nation's fourth-largest city and one of the busiest ports of trade, Houston offers one of the most diverse, culturally rich cities in America.

No. 1 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction - Princeton Review

No. 5 on Priceonomic's list of top 100 universities ranked by diversity

Diversity on Campus

*Undergraduate students in Fall 2016

To learn more about diversity at Rice, visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Diversity in Houston

*Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2015

To learn more about diversity in Houston, go to The Official Visitors Site for Houston: Facts and Figures website.