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Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking.
Rice has a plethora of traditions that make the university a unique and truly special place. Discover what makes Rice so unconventional.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is a source for information about Rice University, its peers and the educational environment. The site offers immediate access to some of the data we collect and the statistics we produce.
On May 18, 1891, Massachusetts-born businessman William Marsh Rice chartered the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art as a gift to the city of Houston, where he made his fortune. The terms of the charter required that work on the new institute would begin only after Rice's death.
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