Rice University sits in the heart of Houston, Texas, on a 300-acre, tree-lined campus next to the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Museum District. Rice students are bright, curious and diverse, with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to shape the world around them. Students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate programs of study across seven schools of study – Architecture, Business, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. With 45+ research centers, 150 study abroad programs in over 60 countries, and access to a variety of internship-focused resources, students have no shortage of opportunities to explore their interests and develop their passions.
At the core of the Rice undergraduate experience is the residential college system, where students connect with each other and support each other throughout their time at Rice. Students are assigned to one of the 11 residential colleges that has their own unique culture and traditions. By focusing on a culture of care, students find an environment of collaboration over competition. Beyond the residential college system, students can join more than 300 clubs in anything that interests them, from dance groups to volunteer organizations.
As the nation’s fourth largest and most culturally diverse city, Houston delivers rich opportunities for Rice students. Every undergraduate student at Rice is given a Passport to Houston, which provides free, unlimited use of the public transportation system and access to many entertainment and cultural venues in Houston. Whether looking to try a new cuisine or spend an afternoon at the museum, students love to venture beyond the hedges to experience all that Houston has to offer.
Fun Fact: Rice and Houston have significant connections to space and space flight. As early as September 1962, President John F. Kennedy made his famous “Race to the Moon” speech at Rice University. Rice also donated the land upon which the Johnson Space Center currently sits. And on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong spoke these words – “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has Landed,” thereby making “Houston” the first word spoken from the surface of the Moon.