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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.


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Our Mission

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.

Our Goals

  • To provide the best education for our students.
  • To make extraordinary contributions to knowledge that increases human understanding and welfare here and across the globe.
  • To foster creativity and innovation.
  • To be the most welcoming campus for all visitors.
  • To be the best place to work for our employees.
  • To do all we do with passion and excellence.

Our Values

Rice faculty, staff and students share values that are essential to our success as a healthy community. Those values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape Rice’s culture and come through in the way we treat each other and the welcome we extend to our visitors. These values are revealed in our name — RICE: R for responsibility, I for integrity, C for community and E for excellence.

Distinguished Academics

As one of the country’s most prominent and comprehensive research universities, Rice takes a creative, interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction as well as research collaboration. Rice is developing disruptive digital technologies that enhance our students’ on-campus experience and improve educational outcomes for learners of all ages.

World Class Research

At Rice’s founding more than 100 years ago, no one could foresee the amazing discoveries to come, like Buckyballs, nanotechnology and artificial hearts. For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more. While it’s impossible to know what will be discovered during Rice’s next 100 years, one thing is certain—the unconventional wisdom that is Rice assures that amazing things will happen.

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