Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice University is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking. Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Rice students work with award-winning faculty and experts to answer tomorrow’s toughest questions. At university, the process extends beyond the classroom and into the field, where the research is translated into action. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate majors across six divisions of study and also offers prestigious and research oriented graduate programs that are highly selective, and attract some of the world’s brightest and most talented minds. Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is approximately 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
Over the next several decades, Rice University will comfortably secure its place as one of the world’s major research universities. Scholars from around the world will seek out Rice for its world-class infrastructure and innovative collaborations, and in turn will themselves help to shape Rice’s culture for their own research needs.
Rice has a plethora of traditions that make the university a unique and truly special place. Discover what makes Rice so unconventional. Rice is a community of curious thinkers, passionate dreamers and energetic doers who believe that improving the world demands more than bold thought and brave action. It takes unconventional wisdom.
At Rice University, “engagement” can mean many different things. It could mean Rice’s many programs of educational outreach, a natural outgrowth of the research, teaching and service of our faculty. It could refer to any of a myriad beneficial research collaborations Rice maintains with institutions across the city and around the world.
The University is in the heart of the museum district - next door to the world’s largest medical center, a short train ride to downtown and the nation’s second-largest theater district. Surrounding the campus is a world of opportunity and Rice students have free or discounted access to much of it.
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