Rice University


William Marsh Rice University (Rice Institution) is a private educational institute in Texas, Houston. It is located on a 300-acre site close to the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Museum District. Rice University, founded in 1912 after the assassination of its namesake, William Marsh Rice, is a research university emphasizing undergraduate education.

Rice University's undergraduate curriculum includes over fifty majors and a dozen minors and a high amount of flexibility in pursuing various degree programmes. The university is divided into eleven residential colleges and eight academic schools: Shepherd School of Music, School of Humanities, Engineering, Social Sciences, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and School of Architecture.

It is a leading research institution that aspires to unsurpassed teaching, pathbreaking research and contributions to the betterment of the world. Rice University seeks to fulfil this mission by fostering a diverse community of discovery and learning that produces leaders. The university has a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education. 


RU's emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and a 6:1 student-faculty ratio. At Rice University, there are no exclusionary social clubs. But all students are encouraged to participate and be part of one of the 200 student organizations, including media, performance, athletic, religious, academic, political and cultural groups.

Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation Center at the university offer a wide array of services and recreational programs. This centre provides opportunities to increase knowledge and development of healthy behaviours pattern. It is designed to encourage a lifetime of wellness and health for faculty, students, and staff of the university by promoting the social, physical and emotional benefits of physical activity. The university is broadly recognized for distinction and excellence. Year in and year out, Rice University graduates brings the morals, skill and attributes they developed as athletes into their professional lives, whether they represent the newest generation of doctors, lawyers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, consultants or managers.


Rice University developed a residential college structure in 1957 after its first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, advocated it. The method was inspired by existing systems at Oxford and Cambridge in England and many other universities in the United States, most prominently Yale. Baker, Will Rice, Hanszen, and Wiess Colleges replaced the existing houses known as East, South, West, and Wiess Halls.


Following are the global rankings of Rice University.

  • By QS World Ranking, Rice University ranks 100.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Rice University ranks 147.
  • US News and World Report rank Rice University at 180.


Rice University
6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, United States

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