Rice University
Region: Northern America
Country/Region: United States
Found Year: 1912
Address: 6100 Main St

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. Education has remained at the center of Rice University’s mission since the school opened in 1912. Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the resources and facilities of a premier research university. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction, research collaboration and experiential opportunities. Some of the important engineering and science developments include Rice becoming the first university in the nation with a department wholly dedicated to space science; Rice researchers joining Dr. Michael DeBakey and his Baylor College of Medicine team to produce the first artificial heart; and Rice professors Robert Curl, Richard Smalley and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of buckyballs, which introduced the new field of nanotechnology. In addition to engineering, Rice has highly respected schools of architecture, business, continuing studies, humanities, music, natural sciences and social sciences. Rice also is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank that has brought a distinctive voice to national policy dialogue, and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, a leading urban think tank that now conducts the longest ongoing study, over 37 years, of any metropolitan area in the U.S. It cultivates leadership and entrepreneurship skills in its students through the Doerr Institute for New Leaders and the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It welcomes students from all walks of life, many of them first generation, and supports their success with the Rice Emerging Scholars Program. Rice practices need-blind admission of domestic students, meets 100 percent of all admitted students' demonstrated need, and beginning in fall 2019, domestic students from middle-income families with typical assets will receive grant aid to cover at least full tuition if they earn up to $130,000 a year, and at least half tuition for families earning between $130,001 and $200,000. In addition, students with family incomes below $65,000 will receive grant aid covering not only their full tuition, but also all of their mandatory fees and room and board. Rice is consistently heralded as one of the best values in higher education. Students from all disciplines learn to work together to invent and problem solve in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Several initiatives, including the Center for Civic Leadership, link Rice students with opportunities for research and service in the country’s fourth largest city. Located on a 300-acre wooded campus in the heart of Houston, Rice is surrounded by the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, Hermann Park, Rice Village and great restaurants, and is a short MetroRail ride, courtesy of free passes, from the theater, symphony, ballet, opera and major league sports. The distinctive residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish in a community of their peers. Minority students represent more than half of the undergraduate student body, and Rice ranks highly in national student surveys for quality of life and student happiness. Rice benefits from an undergraduate student-faculty ratio of just under 6:1, a median class size of 14 and endowment of $6.5 billion.

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Mechanical Engineering
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Earth Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
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Undergraduate Programs
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
Architectural Studies
Art History
Asian Studies
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Biological Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Chemical Physics
Civil Engineering
Classical Studies
Cognitive Science
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computer Science
Earth Science (Geology/Geophysics)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Electrical Engineering Sciences
Environmental Engineering
French Studies
German Studies
Managerial Studies
Materials Science
Mathematical Economic Analysis
Mechanical Engineering
Medieval Studies
Music History
Music Theory
Natural Sciences
Policy Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Spanish/Hispanic Studies
Sport Management
Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Graduate Programs
Anthropology, MA, PhD
Applied Physics MS, PhD
Art History, PhD
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, MA, PhD
Bioengineering, MBE, MS, PhD
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, MChE, MS, PhD
Chemistry, MA, PhD
Civil and Environmental Engineering, MCEE, MS, PhD
Computational and Applied Mathematics, MCAM, MA, PhD
Computational Science and Engineering MCSSE, MA, PhD
Computer Science, MCS, MS, PhD
Earth Science, MS, PhD
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, MA, MS, PhD
Economics, MA, PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering, MEE, MS, PhD
English, PhD
Environmental Analysis and Decision Making MS
French Studies
History, MA, PhD
Joint Program in Computational Biology Training opportunities for PhD students
Joint Programs with Medical Colleges MD/PhD, MD/MA, MD/MS
Linguistics, MA, PhD
MArch, MArch in Urban Design, DArch
Master of Liberal Studies
Master of Liberal Studies MLS
Materials Science and Engineering MS, PhD
Mathematics, MA, PhD
MBA for Executives
MBA for Professionals
MBA/Master of Engineering
MBA/Master of Science (with Wiess School of Natural Sciences)
MBA/MD (with Baylor College of Medicine)
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, MME, MMS, MS, PhD
Music, BMus/ MMus, MMus, DMA
Nanscale Physics MS
Philosophy, MA, PhD
Physics and Astronomy, MST, MS, PhD
Political Science, MA, PhD
Psychology, MA, PhD
Religious Studies, PhD
Sociology, PhD
Statistics, MStat, MA, PhD
Subsurface Geoscience MS