Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Residential Colleges

Residential_CollegesThe residential college system is the heart of campus life. Its purpose is to foster democratic self-government, faculty-student interaction, and intellectual and cultural activity outside the classroom. These ideals are fundamental to the distinctiveness and success of the Rice undergraduate experience.

Every student, regardless of the choice to live on or off campus, is a member of one of our 11 residential colleges. The colleges are small communities where students live, dine and interact with peers, faculty, staff and alumni; develop strong relationships; and contribute to the betterment of each other's lives and intellectual achievement. Within our colleges, legacies are born, traditions are celebrated and student spirit thrives.

Prior to arriving on campus, students are randomly assigned to a residential college. Each college is a microcosm of the whole student body, which ensures that the colleges are enriched by the full range of our students' backgrounds and life experiences, academic interests and talents.

  • Self-Governance
  • Mentors
  • Social, Cultural and Intellectual Pursuits
  • Sports and Competition