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Pass through the arches of Rice University and enter an exceptional institution of higher education. We transform outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities, then act to leave their imprint on the world. Act on your future. Choose Rice.

The Sallyport

This beautiful archway is a beloved symbol of Rice that welcomes visitors to our campus. As freshmen, Rice students walk through the Sallyport as they enter the university and the world of higher education. At graduation, students pass through the Sallyport in the opposite direction as they symbolically leave the Rice community and enter the wider world.


Rice University is the most productive research university in Texas, according to a ranking that measures faculty scholarly productivity. It is also the only Texas institution to make the top 25 list nationally.

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The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art opened in 1912 with the mission to be a university with no upper limit. Almost a century later, our unwavering commitment to excellence remains.

Dare. Imagine. Dream. Push. Question. Illuminate. Explore. Act.

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Rebecca Richards-Kortum Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering Rice Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a leader in the development of noninvasive screening methods for cancer. Named to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008 — the highest honor an engineer can achieve — she is the recipient of major awards from the National Science Foundation and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Her research uses high-resolution optical imaging and fiber-optic sensors to aid in the early detection of cancer. “While I was doing rotations in graduate school, I was struck by some of the difficulties in the early detection of cervical cancer,” she says. “I was also inspired by patients whose disease was not detected until an advanced stage. I decided I wanted to devote a big part of my career to changing those statistics.” Backed by an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, Richards-Kortum heads an international team that is developing miniature, disposable microscopes that doctors can use to rapidly diagnose tumor genotypes for lung, oral and cervical cancers without conducting a biopsy. She also directs Rice’s new minor in global health technology, which includes an internship that allows students to travel to developing countries and implement new health technologies and health education programs.

“At Rice, our programs give students an opportunity to make an impact as undergraduates. It’s an opportunity to not just learn about how to change the world, but to actually change the world while you learn.”

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Richards-Kortum has received numerous teaching awards, including a prestigious grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that is designed to help professors enhance undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research. She has used her HHMI grant to develop a new introductory course in bioengineering for Rice students who are not majoring in science or engineering. The course includes hands-on activities that allow students to examine the global challenges facing the development of new vaccines to prevent infectious disease, imaging systems to detect cancer and implantable devices to treat heart disease.

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Ninety-three percent of our classes are taught by Rice faculty.


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Excellent teaching is at the heart of a great education, and Rice is home to some of the most distinguished faculty in the world.

Professor Huston is one of Rice’s most popular professors. He has won nearly every teaching award the university has to offer and was the first recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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Dennis Huston Professor of English

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Holly Heard, Assistant Professor of Sociology “Rice students ask fascinating questions. I play the devil’s advocate sometimes. I don’t let students know what I think. I challenge them. It’s important for students to understand their voice matters. It forces them to get to the answers.”



Rice students enjoy a 5:1 student–faculty ratio and a median class size of 15.

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Ninety-three percent of our classes are taught by Rice faculty. Our professors thrive on

conducting groundbreaking research within their fields and creating meaningful learning opportunities for their students.

They also bring the excitement of discovery to the classroom. Beyond teaching you the

critical concepts of their disciplines, Rice professors encourage you to develop your capacity

for original and innovative thought. You will learn to think globally, reframe questions and challenge conventional wisdom.

What you learn in the classroom is the foundation for an undergraduate experience

enhanced by internships and fellowships, as well as by engaging discussions with celebrated guest lecturers, statesmen, international policymakers and a host of other visionaries and dignitaries who routinely visit the Rice campus.

At Rice, we support you in defining excellence for yourself, then achieving it. U n d e r g r a d u at e C l a s s S i z e s Number of Students per Class









Total Undergraduates 3,319

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Total Classes per Semester 787

Intimate Classroom Instruction

Each year, Rice awards George R. Brown Teaching Prizes to faculty in support of innovative teaching projects. The recipients, who are recognized for “excellent” and “superior” teaching, are selected by recent Rice graduates.

ACT: Boldly President John F. Kennedy at Rice Stadium in 1962

First in Research “But this city of Houston, this state of Texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward and so will space. … We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. … I am delighted that this university is playing a part in putting a man on the moon as part of a great national effort of the United States. …” — President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962

Fifty years after Rice University opened its doors, President John F. Kennedy came to Rice to announce the U.S. moon mission. Rice soon established the nation’s first space science department and for decades has collaborated with NASA to explore the deepest reaches of space. Rice University is the home of pioneering discoveries. Our accomplishments range from our celebrated history of joining the nation’s quest to put a man on the moon to our current trailblazing research in nanotechnology. Rice chemists Robert Curl and Richard Smalley’s discovery of buckminsterfullerene — the third molecular form of carbon — in 1985 was one of the earliest and most influential achievements in the development of nanotechnology. Curl and Smalley were honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

With each new scientific revelation, Rice continues to prove that a great university can change the world.

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Decades after their discovery, Smalley continued to highlight the importance of exploring how things work on the smallest possible level. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the creation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative — a federal research and development program that coordinates the nanotech efforts of nearly two dozen federal agencies.

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Robert Curl ‘54 University Professor, Nobel Prize in chemisrty, 1996

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Living History Robert Curl is a nanotechnology pioneer. In 1996, he received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his codiscovery of buckminsterfullerene, a third form of carbon at the nanoscale level that is the basis for computer semiconductors, drug delivery systems, affordable solar cells and superconductors. Professor Curl has taught at Rice for nearly 50 years. His current research includes the development of instrumentation to detect genetic anomalies and the use of tunable infrared laser sources to monitor gaseous emissions from a variety of sources such as forest fires, volcanoes, automobiles and chemical plants.


Rice’s Century Scholars Program matches selected incoming freshmen with faculty mentors. The student and mentor spend two years collaborating on one of the professor’s research projects.


Boundless Research

Rice is a comprehensive research university whose faculty conduct more than $100 million worth of sponsored projects annually.

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At Rice, there is no “what if” that cannot become “what is.”

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Impacting Tomorrow The BioScience Research Collaborative, a 477,000-square-foot research center, is the hub of bioscience and biotechnology research at Rice. The BRC is an innovative space where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center Institutions work together to perform leading research that benefits human medicine and health. It is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional catalyst for new and better ways to collaborate, explore, learn and lead.


Rice is home to more than 40 interdisciplinary research centers, institutes and consortia.

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As an undergraduate student, you will have numerous opportunities for research collaboration with your professors. You will encounter research opportunities in your day-to-day interaction with faculty or through structured initiatives such as the Century Scholars Program for freshmen or the Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program for upperclass students. Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement encourages students to go beyond the classroom through such offerings as the Center for Civic Research and Design, the Community Involvement Center and Leadership Rice. Our students examine the structures and replication strategies of RNA viruses, study health care utilization by migrant women in the U.S., design super circuits and explore the endangered languages of Australia. Your research opportunities are endless. S e l e c t e d R e s e a r c h CE n t e r s a n d S c h o l a r ly J o u r n a l s a t R i c e :

Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance Center for Applied Psychological Systems Center for Computational Geophysics Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy Center for Multimedia Communication Center for the Study of Languages Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality Center for Sustainability in the Built Environment Chao Center for Asian Studies Energy and Environmental Systems Institute Feminist Economics Journal

Goethe Center for Central European Studies Humanities Research Center James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Journal of Southern History Kinder Institute for Urban Research Laboratory for Nanophotonics Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Rice Bioinformatics Group Rice Design Alliance Rice Quantum Institute Rice Space Institute Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Studies in English Literature 1500–1900

Discovering the Possibilities Created to enhance future employment and educational opportunities for students, the Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Enterprise fosters research partnerships between Rice social sciences majors and faculty.

Richard Tapia University Professor Maxfield-Oshman Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics Tapia is an award-winning mathematician who is committed to encouraging minority and female students to pursue careers in mathematics and science. He has been recognized nationally with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering and with a presidential appointment to the National Science Board.

Naomi Halas Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor of Bioengineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry A world-renowned leader in the field of nanophotonics, Halas was elected a 2008 fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Her significant research advances in the innovative synthesis of nanostructures also gave the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania good reason to honor her with the 2008 NBIC Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology.


Anthony Pinn Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities Professor of Religious Studies


The author or editor of 16 books, Pinn is a major voice in African-American religious history, humanist theology and the study of race and religion. He founded the Houston Enriches Rice Education Project in 2007, and he is the founding co-general editor of The Journal of Race and Religion in the Americas. He serves on numerous advisory boards and has been named to Who’s Who in American Education every year since 2004.

{ people } From remarkable students to distinguished alumni and celebrated faculty, the Rice community is filled with extraordinary people who do amazing things — both on and off campus.


Douglas Brinkley Professor of History Brinkley, a historian and best-selling author, is an expert on contemporary American history and the presidency. The official historian for CBS News, he won the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Brinkley is the author of several biographies and the editor of Ronald Reagan’s White House diaries. He is currently writing a book on Theodore Roosevelt and conservationism.

Elora Shehabuddin Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science


Shehabuddin was named a Carnegie Scholar, a national honor that included a fellowship for innovative research. She is examining the role politically engaged Muslim women play in the transformation of Islamist politics in the 21st century.

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Roque Sanchez, Los Lunas, NM Environmental Engineering and Hispanic Studies As a Rice Century Scholar, Roque Sanchez was part of a plant biology team that researched how plants perceive and respond to environmental stress. He simulated drought-like conditions to study how a plant’s roots respond to water deprivation. But Roque’s interests stretch beyond plants. He also has a passion for preserving the Earth’s resources for future generations and led a Rice team that competed in the Solar Decathlon international design competition. Only 20 university teams from across the country were chosen to compete, based on their preliminary proposals. As one of the 20, Roque and his team received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a solar-powered house.


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The 25-member team worked on all aspects of the project, from the architecture and design to the actual development. They also secured additional funds to supplement the grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. It was a priority to keep costs low because the team wanted to make the house affordable for low-income families.

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Anthony Moore, Charlotte, NC Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Exploring Passions While canoeing through a swamp collecting tropical snails for an experiment, Anthony Moore discovered a new passion for biological research.That interest led him to a series of evolutionary genetics experiments at Rice. His research included the VKRC gene, which regulates humans’ ability to produce vitamin K — a vitamin that’s essential to the functioning of proteins involved in blood clotting and that’s linked to bone density. Prior to that, Anthony collaborated with Michael Kohn, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice, to trace the genetic hybridization of male primates by examining their mitochondrial DNA.


Eighty-five percent of the freshman class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 75 percent had combined Critical Reading and Math SAT scores of 1380 or higher.


Remarkable Students

Your classmates at Rice will be some of the brightest young minds from around the nation and the world. Students work hard and share the pride of attending a university that is consistently ranked one of the best in the nation.

As a member of Rice’s Baker Institute D.C. Internship Program, Kirti spent a summer working for the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

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Kirti Datla, Houston, TX Environmental Engineering and Policy Studies

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Citizens of the World Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy is one of the leading nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. With the Honorable James A. Baker, III — the 61st secretary of state and 67th secretary of the treasury — serving as honorary chair, the institute is a unique resource for Rice students. The Baker Institute has hosted such notable speakers as former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah II of Jordan, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.



Through Rice’s Office of International Programs, students arrange their study abroad experience by choosing from more then 500 programs offered in approximately 70 countries.

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Rice students have keen intellects and diverse backgrounds, and they contribute

to the education of those around them. Our student body boasts a strong national and international presence. You will matriculate with artists, mathematicians, musicians, scientists and authors.

Each year, our students intern at some of the nation’s best hospitals, businesses and labs.

They also receive prestigious scholarships and travel grants that allow them to enrich their education through study and research on several continents.

The spirit of volunteerism is also alive at Rice. Each semester the Rice Student

Volunteer Program coordinates a community service day in which hundreds of faculty and

students participate in service projects throughout Houston. Rice volunteers have repaired homes, served meals in soup kitchens and built playgrounds in city parks.

A Global University

Rice students hail from 46 foreign countries and all 50 states.

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Alysha Jeans, Wichita, KS Physics Nothing quells Alysha Jeans’ adventurous spirit. She’s been scuba diving, rock climbing and parasailing, and she celebrated her 18th birthday by skydiving for the first time. Although Alysha has been blind since birth, she refuses to be held back by her disability. Her remarkable resolve was featured in a Travel Channel documentary. She traveled to Peru with Global Explorers, an organization that offers international immersion experiences in which students with visual disabilities are paired with sighted partners. During her 10-day visit to Peru, Alysha toured Incan ruins, hiked ancient trails, camped along the Urubamba River and distributed books and soccer balls to schoolchildren in the village of Chilipahua. She explored rocky terrains by listening to the visual descriptions of her sighted climbing partner and by using her senses of hearing, touch and smell. Alysha doesn’t accept the notion that her disability should temper her activities. “A lot of people have never met someone who is blind and don’t understand that being blind is just a part of life,” she says.

“At Rice, people are great and everyone’s motivated.”

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One might think that amazing South American adventures would satisfy even the most curious adventurer for at least a little while. Not Alysha — she’s already planning to hike the trails of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Andy Miller, The Woodlands, TX Bioengineering

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Designing the Future of Medicine Andy Miller plans to use radical designs and a new way of thinking to transform the medical industry. Imagine a biopsy needle that can be inserted into multiple areas at one time, he says. Or perhaps the idea of using ultrasound waves to measure what type of hip implant would be the best fit for patients. Andy spent 10 months in Barcelona, Spain, researching industrial design as he seeks to improve the functionality of medical devices. Andy honed his interest in medical research while participating in Rice EMS, a student-run volunteer emergency response organization. “Everyone at Rice is so accepting,” Andy says. “If you want to do research, don’t be afraid to ask a professor. They’ll get you involved.”


At Rice, students can choose from more than 50 majors and 12 minors across all seven divisions of study.


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Rice students are strongly encouraged to explore their intellectual passions. You are not required to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year.

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Through Rice’s Center for Civic Engagement, our students enroll in research courses that allow them to apply their learned skills to the effort of solving real-world problems. This fall, students will work with a nonprofit organization, partner with a conservancy and team with the Houston Police Department.

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Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program


The Rice/Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scholars Program guarantees admission to Baylor College of Medicine after completion of your

undergraduate degree at Rice. Each year, up to 14 incoming Rice freshmen are selected for this program.


In 2010, Rice earned the No. 1 spot in Times Higher Education’s international ranking of materials science institutions.

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23% Our curriculum includes more than 50 majors and 12 minors across seven divisions of study. School of Architecture

One of the most prominent architecture programs in the country, the Rice School of Architecture maintains an enrollment of about 200 undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty’s 16 architects, historians and theoreticians are joined each year by renowned visiting critics, scholars and lecturers who provide additional resources to an intentionally small, intimate school.

Acknowledging the diverse aspects of the study and practice of architecture, the school provides a range of academic options, including four- and five-year undergraduate degree programs. Students in the six-year Bachelor of Architecture program enroll in a yearlong preceptorship after their fourth year, and return to Rice afterward for one final year of academic coursework.

Architecture students also have the opportunity to develop their skills and sensibilities through all-school lectures, public symposia, gallery exhibits, studio reviews, design and build opportunities, and community outreach.

George R. Brown School of Engineering

Since Rice opened in 1912, engineering has been a major facet of the university’s curriculum. The George R. Brown School of Engineering, which comprises eight academic departments and includes 19 research institutes and centers, boasts students, alumni, staff and faculty of the highest grade.

During the 2009–10 academic year alone, 10 undergraduates won federally funded graduate fellowships, as well as Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships. Of the 112 tenure-track faculty in engineering, six are memebers of the National Academy of Engineering and two are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, two faculty members received National Science Foundation CAREER Awards, the NSF’s most prestigious award recognizing junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar. Engineering undergraduates are strongly encouraged to work alongside faculty and graduate students on research projects, as well as to collaborate with students in other disciplines to solve engineering design problems in the state-of-the-art Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Undergraduates are also encouraged to enjoy global engineering experiences via research opportunities in locales such as India and Switzerland.

No Academic Boundaries

Twenty-three percent of our students graduate with double or triple majors.

majors and Programs of Study School of Architecture Architecture, Architectural Studies

George R. Brown School of Engineering Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics

School of Humanities Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, Art History, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, English, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Secondary Education Certification, Sport Management, Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Visual and Dramatic Arts

The Shepherd School of Music Composition, Music History, Music Theory, Performance

Wiess School of N at u r a l S c i e n c e s Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics

School of Social Sciences Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Economics, Managerial Studies, Mathematical Economic Analysis, Policy Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Minors African Studies, Anthropolgy, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Business, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Energy and Water Sustainability, Financial Computation and Modeling, Global Health Technologies, Jewish Studies, Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities, Sociology

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School of Humanities

Whether you have a passion for social justice, an interest in ancient Mediterranean civilizations, a flair for the dramatic — or anything in between — the School of Humanities offers the instruction, mentorship and research opportunities that will help you realize your dreams. Humanities students enjoy ample opportunities for undergraduate research: Recent examples include the exploration of the historical uses of literacy in the South African apartheid system and a creative writing project that studied Irish mistrust and political unrest. Students also benefit from the resources and collaborative energy of 12 academic departments, four research centers, a cinema, a theatre, a renowned installation-only art gallery — and, of course, talented and accessible faculty.

Recent faculty distinctions include the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, the Yaddo Artist’s Fellowship, the Webb-Smith Essay Competition Award and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. In addition, the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index — an objective measure of faculty achievements in areas such as publications, grants and awards — has ranked the school’s history, religious studies and philosophy programs among the top 10 in the nation.

The Shepherd School of Music

One of the nation’s most prestigious major universitylevel music programs, The Shepherd School of Music is one of only eight music schools selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to participate in its prestigious Conservatory Project for each of the past five years. The school has attracted an international body of students who take applied music lessons and core music courses from some of the most accomplished faculty in the nation.


In fall 2010, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research was created to expand research in Houston and other major cities around the world thanks to a $15 million gift from Richard and Nancy Kinder.


The approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students perform together in ensembles to ensure that they learn from each other while also maintaining the highest level of musical excellence. Chamber music, studio classes, choral ensembles and orchestra concerts give students additional performance opportunities. The Shepherd School is located in Alice Pratt Brown Hall, a $22 million facility that houses practice spaces, chamber music rooms, and recording and faculty studios. The hall also boasts three of Houston’s finest performing spaces, which feature outstanding acoustics and attract audiences of more than 70,000 music lovers each year. WIE s s S c h o o l o f N a t u r a l S c i e n c e s


The Wiess School of Natural Sciences educates and inspires new generations of scientific leaders through first-rate faculty, staff and students; innovative research and education programs; stateof-the-art infrastructure; and a commitment to across-the-board excellence. That commitment was honored in 1996 when two Wiess professors won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their pioneering work in the field of nanotechnology. More recently, members of the faculty have won Packard Fellowships, Beckman Foundation Fellowships and a Small Times Magazine’s Innovator of the Year award, among many other distinctions. The school comprises six academic departments and eight institutes and centers, including the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which has generated 12 nanotechnology companies in the past eight years. Students also benefit from research partnerships with local institutions, including NASA, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine — plus foundations, museums, industries, and other universities and corporations worldwide.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences’ interdisciplinary curriculum covers such varied subject areas as anthropology, archaeology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology. With five departments, three interdisciplinary majors and five research centers, the school offers students ample opportunities to learn, explore and grow in their chosen field. In fact, it’s common to find social sciences students participating in archaeological digs in ancient cities, studying social attitudes toward race and religion, evaluating energy policy and exploring relationships between brain function and behavior.

More than a third of Rice undergraduates choose a major in the social sciences. They and the school’s approximately 90 graduate students enjoy truly exceptional teaching and mentorship. Although social sciences professors make up about 15 percent of the university’s full-time faculty, they consistently win between a third and half of all universitywide teaching awards.

Internationally Respected

We encourage an interdisciplinary and global approach to learning. More than 40 percent of Rice students have a study abroad experience before graduation.

A Great Place to Start Rice University’s hometown is the best place for recent graduates to live and work, according to Forbes. The publication ranked Houston No. 1 for its low cost of living, booming industries and high average starting salary of $44,000. The report also noted that the demand for science and technical degrees in Houston has recruited so many college graduates to the city that people in their 20s make up nearly a quarter of the city’s population. A Center of Commerce Houston is home to 5.7 million people, 25 Fortune 500 companies, the world’s largest medical center, 90 foreign consulates and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The city is also known as the energy capital of the world.

An International City Houston’s rich cultural diversity is matched by few cities in the nation. Over 90 languages are spoken across the city.

{ houston } Beyond the green hedges of Rice University lies the nation’s fourth-largest city. Whether you’re attending a fascinating exhibition in the Museum District next to our campus, participating in a public service internship or hopping on the light rail to enjoy the city’s diverse cultural, athletic and culinary offerings, you will soon see Houston as an integral part of your Rice experience.

Endless Entertainment Choices More than 200 cultural, visual and professional performing arts companies call Houston home. Among them are the world-renowned Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Alley Theatre. And for the sports enthusiast, the Houston Rockets, Comets, Astros, Texans, Dynamo and Aeros offer year-round excitement.

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Sadie Turner, Spring, TX Harp Performance Harpist Sadie Turner has the world on a string. A student of Paula Page, associate professor of music at Rice and principal harp of the Houston Symphony, she made her solo debut at the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition at age 18 — and took home the grand prize. As the first-place winner in the Young Professional division of the American Harp Society (AHS) National Competition, she was named the AHS Concert Artist for the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons and has been giving solo recitals across the country. Sadie is one of eight Rice music students invited to perform in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her other accomplishments include winning the Ruth Burr Awards Competition, the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras Juanita Miller Concerto Competition and the Houston Young Artist Award, among others. As a recitalist, she has performed throughout the United States, and she has participated in the orchestral arena with the New World Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Rice University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Outside the school year, she has continued to wow audiences with summer performances at several acclaimed festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Texas Music Festival.

“As an emerging professional musician, my education and experiences at Rice have opened many doors for me. The Shepherd School of Music offers close study with world-renowned faculty and upholds the highest standards of excellence in every aspect of musicianship. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to study with such high-class musicians as Paula Page and to form

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Sadie completed her Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance at Rice University in spring 2008 and began studying toward her master’s degree in fall of the same year. Her credentials and talent are exceptional, and they are earning her a place in the hearts of music lovers everywhere — no strings attached.

relationships with colleagues and friends that will no doubt last a lifetime.”

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Brian Mathes, Midland, MI Political Science and Asian Studies

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A Global Perspective

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In his senior year at Rice, Brian Mathes won a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and attended the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences as a result. While there, he researched changing immigration relations between Taiwan and Mainland China. Rice prepared Brian in several ways to be a successful candidate for the Fulbright. During his time here, he was selected for the Republic of China Ministry of Education’s Taiwan Scholarship Program and he studied media and marketing in the Chinese market through Rice’s Transnational China Project. While an intern with BP Energy, Brian published a report on renewable energy regulation. In addition, an internship with the Taipei office of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie allowed him to hone his Chinese-to-English translation skills and learn cross-cultural business practices. Brian plans to pursue a Ph.D. related to current affairs and area studies in Chinese societies, then go into a career in public policy, working in both government and academia.


Rice’s Passport to Houston is your key to the city. Our students enjoy free, unlimited use of the Houston bus and light-rail systems. Your passport also provides free or discounted admission to a variety of theaters, museums, concerts and professional sporting events.


Vibrant Student Life

Rice students are a diverse group with impressive talents and experiences. Their expectations for contributing to campus life and the city of Houston are as ambitious as their academic goals.

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The relationships you make through the Rice residential college system will last a lifetime, and your memories will contribute to the shared Rice story — another example of what makes Rice so special.

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Expand Your Horizons Because there are no exclusionary social clubs at Rice, we are noted for the high degree of cross-cultural interaction our students enjoy.


For the last two years, the Princeton Review ranked Rice No. 1 for “Best Quality of Life,” based on factors such as campus beauty, food on and off campus, residential comfort and the university’s relationship with the community.


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On campus, Rice students are surrounded by venues for athletic events, performing and fine arts, media arts, student government, cultural and religious organizations, and community service. And they do more than just participate in activities — they have significant

opportunities to lead and direct them. Undergraduates are responsible for programming and entertainment during Orientation Week, in the residential colleges and through the Rice Program Council.

With hundreds of choices for on-campus involvement, our students don’t have to leave

campus. But being in the fourth-largest city in the country is a major reason to choose

Rice. Houston offers a full array of cultural activities just outside our hedges. And with the

Passport to Houston program, students receive free, unlimited access to METRORail and the bus system, which gives them a direct link to the Museum District, theaters, professional sports arenas, festivals, shopping and restaurants.

Boredom doesn’t exist at Rice. And there’s no upper limit on your education and personal development.

Immerse Yourself in Art

The Houston Museum District is a short walk or a quick light-rail ride from campus. You can enjoy your pick of 16 museums that include the Menil Collection, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Holocaust Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Your New Home Students are randomly assigned to one of our colleges as freshmen. You will remain affiliated with your college throughout your time at Rice. Residential college life includes individual student governments and budgets, exciting social events, fun intramural sports, creative student plays, engaging lectures and innovative courses.





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Dining Halls Dining halls are conveniently located inside or adjacent to residential colleges. Rice students enjoy delicious meals prepared by professional chefs. Whether your palate prefers pizza and veggie burgers or chickpea curry and honey-glazed ribs, we’ll be sure to satisfy your appetite. Special dietary needs can be accommodated on request.

{ colleges } Rice’s residential college system is the heart of campus life. Every Rice student, regardless of the choice to live on or off campus, is a member of a residential college. These eleven units are small communities where students live, dine and interact with faculty, staff and alumni. Within our colleges, legacies are born, traditions are celebrated and student spirit thrives.

College Masters College masters are faculty members who live with their families in houses that are adjacent to each college. Masters are a supportive resource for students. They oversee all aspects of student life, such as encouraging broad cultural and intellectual pursuits, caring for the well-being of students and ensuring effective self-governance within the college system.

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Vibrant Student Life

Rice University


Rice’s new Recreation and Wellness Center opened in fall 2009. The two-story, 103,000-square-foot facility has two indoor and two outdoor basketball courts, four racquetball courts, two squash courts, cardio and weight areas, a dance studio, a 50-meter outdoor competition pool and a 2,500-square-foot outdoor recreation pool.


Rice students like to exercise more than just their brains. You’ll find just the workout you’re looking for at our student fitness center, with its weight room and squash, racquetball and basketball courts. Our facilities also include an indoor pool, a variety of exercise machines and sports leisure classes that range from kickboxing to yoga. A bicycle track occupies Rice’s western edge and a three-mile tree-lined running track surrounds the campus. R i c e ’ s 2 0 0 + STUDENT O r g a n i z a t i o n s i n c l u d e :

Aikido Club

Light Opera Society

Amnesty International

Marching Owl Band

Best Buddies

Melodious Voices of Praise (gospel)

Bhangra Team (Indian dance)

Muslim Student Association

Black Student Association

Native American Student Association

Campanile (yearbook)

Philharmonics (a cappella)

Campus Crusade for Christ

Q & A (gay/lesbian/bisexual students)

Catholic Student Association

Rice Conservative Forum

College Libertarians

Rice Cyber Sports

Engineers Without Borders

Rice Dance Theater

Fast Warp (sci-fi/gaming)

Rice Microfinance

Global China Connection

Rice Student Association

Habitat for Humanity

Rice Student Volunteer Program


Rice Thresher (newspaper)

Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice Honor Council Humanitarian Medical Outreach Jazz Ensemble Rice Radio Legalese (Pre-Law Society

Sailing Club South Asian Society Spontaneous Combustion (improv) Vietnamese Student Association Yoga Club Young Democrats

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Vibrant Student Life

Rice University

5 1 FACT

The Rice baseball team has captured 15 consecutive conference titles and earned seven trips to the College World Series in the last 12 years. The women’s track and field team has won consecutive Conference USA Championships in both indoor and outdoor track and field from 2006 to 2009.

Varsity Sports

Rice undergraduates pursue the highest levels of achievement in NCAA Division IA sports. As a Rice student, you will receive free tickets to home games. You’ll be in the center

of athletic excitement as you celebrate Owls football in our open-air stadium, catch home-run balls inside our $6.4 million Reckling Park baseball field or enlist in the Autry Army student cheering section at men’s and women’s basketball games. Club Sports and Intramurals

At Rice, club sports allow skilled athletes in nonvarsity sports to compete against similar

teams from other universities. These teams travel to away games at colleges both in and out of state and compete at the national level.

The university’s intramural sports program ensures that every interested Rice student has the opportunity to participate in competitive sports. You can sign up to learn a sport you’ve never played before or advance your skills in sports you played prior to coming to Rice.

NCAA Division I-A/ Conference USA

Club Sports













Sand Volleyball


Cross Country





Cross Country




Cross Country







Sports Trivia Bowl




Tae Kwon Do

Disc Golf

Swim Meet


Track and Field



Flag Football

Table Tennis

Track and Field



Ultimate Frisbee

Floor Hockey





Ultimate Frisbee


Water Polo

Inner Tube Water Polo



Outstanding Student–Athletes

More than half of Rice’s student–athletes were named to the annual Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which salutes athletes who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

ACT: Decisively


In 2010, Rice received 12,400 applications and enrolled 949 freshmen.


Admission & Financial Aid Our individualized, holistic and need-blind admission process evaluates an applicant’s academic competence, creativity, motivation, artistic talent, leadership potential and life experiences. In making a decision to admit or award financial aid, we are careful not to assign too much significance to a single factor such as class rank, grade point average or test scores. Our admission committee considers the overall strength and competitive nature of your current high school or college, the rigor of your course of study, letters of recommendation, essays and responses to application questions.

F i r s t- Y e a r A p p l i c a n t s H o w t o A p p ly

Your application to Rice consists of the Common Application and the Rice Common Application Supplement. Both forms can be downloaded or completed online at First-year students, international students and architecture students may apply for admission to the fall semester only. A complete application to Rice consists of the following:

Testing Requirements

Rice requires all first-year applicants to take either the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests or the ACT with the Writing Test. You should take subject tests in fields related to your area of study. I n t e r n at i o n a l S t u d e n t s

If your first language or language of instruction is not English, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Interviews

Although not required, we strongly encourage first-year applicants to schedule an interview. An interview

• the Common Application

is our chance to get to know you and

• the Rice Common Application

your chance to learn more about the

Supplement • $70 nonrefundable application

university. Interviews may be scheduled on or off campus.

fee or approved fee waiver • official high school transcript(s)


• SAT and two SAT Subject Tests or

for more information.

the ACT with Writing Test. Subject tests should be related to the applicant’s proposed division of study. • School Report

Rice University

of two admission decision plans. Early Decision

• Midyear Report (to be submitted when

Early Decision is a binding decision plan. Select Early Decision if you know that

• Rice Signature Page

Rice is your first choice and you would like

• a portfolio, for applicants to the

to complete the application process early.

School of Architecture, submitted in

Early Decision applications must be

Microsoft PowerPoint (10 MB max)

submitted by Nov. 1, 2010.

• an audition, for applicants to The

Admission & Financial Aid

First-year candidates may choose one

• one Teacher Evaluation senior midyear grades become available)

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Admission Plans

Shepherd School of Music

Regular Decision Select Regular Decision if you want to

Early Decision applicants

compare offers of admission and financial

must also submit:

assistance from more than one university

• the Common Application Early

before making your final college choice.

Decision Agreement • the Rice First Quarter Grade Report for Early Decision Applicants International applicants must also submit: • the Rice International Student Financial Statement

Regular Decision applications must be submitted by Jan. 2, 2011.

For more information on admission, go to



Rice is perennially ranked one of the nation’s best values among private colleges.

R i c e U n i v e r s i t y / B ay l o r College of Medicine Medical Scholars Program

Transfer Applicants

The Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program

students each year. Candidates are

allows up to 14 freshman candidates to be

considered only for the Fall semester; no

accepted to both Rice and Baylor College

Spring entry is offered. The deadline for

of Medicine directly from high school. An

Transfer applications is March 15, 2011

additional application for the Medical

and decision notifications are sent no later

Scholars Program is required.

than May 15, 2011.

Students who wish to be considered for

A complete transfer application to

the Rice/Baylor program must submit

Rice consists of the following:

the Common Application, the Rice Common

• Transfer Common Application

Application Supplement and the

• Rice Transfer Common Application

Rice enrolls approximately 75 Transfer

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Application to Rice by Dec. 1, 2010. The Rice/Baylor

Supplement • a nonrefundable $70 application fee or

application is available online at Applicants admitted to Rice under the Early Decision plan must commit to Rice by Jan. 2, 2011, regardless of the Baylor decision to be made later in the spring.

approved fee waiver • SAT or ACT scores • all high school and college transcripts • a transcript listing courses in progress • a recommendation letter from the dean of students at your current college • recommendation letters from two professors

2010–11 Admission calendar Early Decision

Regular Decision

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program

Shepherd School of Music

Common Application due

Nov. 1, 2010

Jan. 2, 2011

Dec. 1, 2010

Dec. 1, 2010

Rice Supplement due

Nov. 1, 2010

Jan. 2, 2011

Dec. 1, 2010

Dec. 1, 2010

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Application due

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Application is due by Dec. 1, 2010 regardless of decision plan.

Shepherd School Audition Form due


(see Music column)


Dec. 1, 2010

Optional interview requested by

Oct. 1, 2010

Dec. 1, 2010

(see decision plan selected)

Dec. 1, 2010

Last applicable SAT/SAT Subject Test date

Nov. 6, 2010

Dec. 4, 2010

(see decision plan selected)

Dec. 4, 2010

Last applicable ACT test date

Oct. 23, 2010

Dec. 11, 2010

(see decision plan selected)

Dec. 11, 2010

Notification of Rice admission decisions

Dec. 15, 2010

April 1, 2011

(see decision plan selected)

April 1, 2011

Baylor College of Medicine notification

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars admission desicions will be released in mid-April.

$300 nonrefundable enrollment deposit due

Jan. 2, 2011

May 1, 2011

(see decision plan selected)

May 1, 2011

$100 nonrefundable housing deposit due

Jan. 2, 2011

May 1, 2011

(see decision plan selected)

May 1, 2011

Past recipients include political and

a grade point average of at least 3.20 in

community service leaders; researchers

their recent college work. If admitted,

and math/science competition winners;

transfer students generally receive credit

creative and performance artists;

for courses equivalent to those offered

entrepreneurs; scholar–athletes; and

for credit at Rice. To qualify for a Rice

talented authors, poets and journalists.

degree, transfer students must attend

Awards range from $1,000 per year to

the university for four full fall and

full tuition.

spring semesters and complete at least 60 semester hours in residence at Rice.

Financial Aid An affordable, top-quality education is a cornerstone of the Rice experience. Your Rice education will bring you a lifetime return on your investment. We empower you to face real-world challenges once you have earned your degree. 2010–11 Tuition, Fees, Room and Board Tuition


options are available to students who qualify for need-based aid. A complete application for need-based aid consists of the following items: • The College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. Complete your PROFILE online at Rice’s PROFILE number is 6609. The priority filing deadline is March 1, 2011. • The Free Application for Federal FAFSA online at

Fees $651

Your FAFSA should be completed as

Room/Board $11,750

soon as possible after Jan. 2, 2011,

Rice admits students under a need-blind admission process and meets 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for admitted U.S. citizens and permanent residents. M e r i t- b a s e d A i d Rice University

Numerous grants, loans and work study

Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the

Total $45,521

Admission & Financial Aid

Need-Based Aid

Rice offers merit-based awards to students whose scholastic and personal achievements distinguish them as “impact people” within our highly competitive group of admitted students. Recipients tend to be outstanding

but not before this date. Be sure to list Rice’s FAFSA code 003604 in the College Release and Certification section. The FAFSA priority filing date is March 1, 2011. • Student and Parent 2010 IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax forms and W-2 forms. These forms should be submitted to the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) by March 1, 2011. Visit for more information. • Need-based financial aid will be

scholars with talents and personal

offered to a very limited number of

achievements that will enrich the Rice

international applicants. For further


information, please refer to our Web site.

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For more information on financial aid, go to

To apply, transfer applicants should have

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West Lot 3

(resident students)

17 O’Connor field

bus stop g

14A 14B


practice field

Visitor Parking

(faculty, staff, student contract parking)

wilton rice boulevard

shepherd 17

intramural field 1

intramural field 5

bus stop A

Greenbriar Lot

West Lot 2



Bike Track

(faculty, staff, student)


intramural fields 2 and 3

laboratory/ loop road

bus stop B

university boulevard

West Lot

19 9


West Lot 4



Central Campus Garage

West Lot 1

(faculty, staff, student)

(visitors, faculty, staff)


visitor parking


West Lot 5

(faculty, staff, and student parking)



bus stop C

college way/ loop road


shakespeare street

rice village apartments at 2410 shakespeare st.







jake hess tennis stadium


41 8

intramural field 6

intramural field 7


tennis courts reckling park

lanier 68

track/soccer stadium



Entrance Gates Visit Rice

Visitor’s Entrance Bus Stops

Your visit to Rice can be customized with a campus tour, visit to a class,

One-way Road

information session or lunch with current students. High school seniors

Construction Projects

can even sign up for an overnight visit. Grab your suitcase and head to for more information!


Faculty/Staff Parking Resident Student Parking Commuter Parking Visitor Parking Accessible Parking



kent 20


graduate apartments at bissonnet street just north of campus



campanile road







alumni drive











1 36



sunset boulevard















10 62

visitor parking



bissonnet street

mandell st.

North Lot


institute ln.














Founder’s Court Visitor Lot




founder’s court

















60 61 73
















Alphabetical Listing Of Buildings


Pa r k i n g Lot s A Abercrombie Lot APB Alice Pratt Brown Hall Lot B Baker College–Housing & Dining Lot BG Biology–Geology Lot C Campanile Lot CG Central Campus Garage (Paid) FE Facilities Engineering and Planning Lot G Greenbriar Lot GA Greenbriar Annex H Hess Court Lot K Keck Lot L Lovett Lot M Main Street Lot N North Lot NC North Colleges Residents Lot SC South Colleges Residents Lot SS South Stadium Lot W West Lot

Pa r k i n g R at e s $10 maximum per day

Pay m e n t M e t h o d s Central Campus Garage: cash or credit card. Founder’s Court, North, and West Lots Visitor Section: credit card.

Abercrombie Engineering Laboratory 1 Admission Office: See Lovett Hall Allen Center for Business Activities 2. 2 President, Provost, Registrar, Cashier, Controller, Human Resources, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Vice President for Public Affairs, Vice President for Resource Development Anderson Biological Laboratories, M.D. 3 Anderson Hall, M.D. 4 Dean of Architecture Autry Court 6 Baker College, James A. 7 Baker College Masters House 8 Baker Hall, James A., III 9 Dean of Social Sciences, Director of Baker Institute for Public Policy Brochstein Pavilion, Raymond and Susan 72 Brown College, Margarett Root 10. 10 Brown College Commons 11 Brown College Masters House 12 Brown Hall, Alice Pratt 13 Dean of Shepherd School of Music Brown Hall, George R. 14 Brown Hall for Mathematical Sciences, Herman 15 Butcher Hall, Dell 16 Campus Observatory 17 Cohen House, Robert and Agnes 18. 18 Faculty Club Cox Fitness Center 19 Duncan Hall, Anne and Charles 20. 20 Dean of George R. Brown School of Engineering Facilities Engineering and 21 Planning Building Fondren Library 22 Graduate Apartments 23 Greenbriar Building 24 Hamman Hall 25 Hanszen College, Harry Clay 26 Hanszen College Masters House 27. 27 Herring Hall, Robert R. 28

main street Herzstein Hall 29 Hicks Kitchen Building 30 Humanities Building 31 Dean of Humanities Jones College, Mary Gibbs 32 Jones College Masters House 34 Keck Hall, Howard 35 Dean of Wiess School of Natural Sciences Keith-Wiess Geological Laboratories 36 Ley Student Center 37 Lovett College, Edgar Odell 38 Lovett College Masters House 39 Lovett Hall 40 Admission Office, Dean of Undergraduates, Vice President for Enrollment, Vice President for Investments and Treasurer, Welcome Center Martel Center for Continuing Studies, Speros P. 41 Dean of Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Martel College, Marian and Speros P. 42 Martel College Masters House 43 McNair Hall, Janice and Robert 44 . 44 Dean of Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Central Campus Garage Mechanical Engineering Building 45. 45 Mechanical Laboratory 46 Media Center 47 Mudd Computer Science 48 Laboratory, Seeley G. North Servery 49 O’Connor House, Ralph S. 50 Alumni Office Police Department 51 RUPD, Post Office, Naval ROTC Rayzor Hall 53 Reckling Park at Cameron Field 54. 54 Rice Children’s Campus 74 Rice College, Will 55 Rice College Masters House 56 Rice Memorial Center 57 Bookstore Rice Memorial Chapel 58 Rice Stadium 59 “R” Room Rice Village Apartments 75 Richardson College, Sid W. 60 Richardson College Masters House 61. 61 Rich Health and Wellness 62 Center, Morton L. Ryon Engineering Laboratory 64 Sewall Hall 65 South Plant 73 South Servery 66 Space Science and Technology. 67 Building Track and Soccer Stadium 68 Wiess College, Harry C. 69 Wiess College Masters House 70 Wiess President’s House 71

Contact Us Write: Rice University Office of Admission–MS 17 P.O. Box 1892 Houston, Texas 77251-1892 Call: 1-800-527-OWLS (6957) 713-348-RICE (7423) Web:

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