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Rice University is a private research university located in Houston, Texas. It was established in 1912 as The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art. The campus is spread across an area of 285 acres. The university offers more than 35 undergraduate degree programs, over 50 masters programs and over 25 doctoral programs. It is organized into the following academic divisions:
  • George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Shepherd School of Music
  • Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Rice competes in the NCAA Division I and is part of Conference USA and the Western Athletic Conference. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Rice Owls.

Profile of Rice UniversityRice University is located in a large city, in Houston, TX. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Rice University top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about the school is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at Rice University often study engineering, science, music, mathematics, and architecture and planning.

Rice University Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. In 2007, 75% of applicants were rejected at Rice University. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 640 to 730 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 780 or higher on the math SAT.

Students at Rice University benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, Rice University tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

The school offers classes to 5, 161 students (5, 084 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Rice University serves primarily full-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Rice University does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Conference USA competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"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. "Rice University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts328economics, political science, English, history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, Spanish language, . . .
Science233biochemistry, chemistry, physics, geology, biology, ecology, astrophysics, physics courses, . . .
Engineering218electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering, materials engineering
Business and Management216business management
Therapy and Counselling89psychology, cognitive science
Mathematics74mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Architecture and Planning58architecture
Computer Science and Engineering46computer and info science, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32exercise science
Religion and Philosophy29philosophy, religion
Art Studies20visual and performing arts, art studies
Education and Teaching7secondary teaching
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Family and Social Work1public policy analysis
Contact: Rice UniversityRice University

6100 S Main

Houston, TX 77005-1827

General Phone: (713) 348-0000


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