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Rice University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 54 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 2 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

43% Women
57% Men


NCAA Division I-A

Conference USA

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $288,126)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $85,944)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 128 122 - -
Baseball 38 - Yes -
Basketball 15 15 Yes Yes
Football 110 - Yes -
Golf 9 - - Yes
Soccer - 26 Yes Yes
Swimming - 23 - -
Tennis 11 10 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Softball - - - Yes
Swimming and Diving - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 15.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.8%
Hispanic 9.5%
Non-resident alien 18.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 6.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 44.0%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 4
Liquor Law Violation 10
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 35

Notable Alumni

  • Annise Parker, mayor of Houston
  • Howard Hughes, American business magnate
  • Larry McMurtry, author, screenwriter ("Brokeback Mountain")
  • Lynn Elsenhans, CEO of Sunoco
  • Peggy Whitson, astronaut
  • Candace Bushnell, author and basis for TV show "Sex and the City"
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Emily from Catasauqua, PA
  • 4
  • Rice dorms are broken up into 11 colleges. You stay at the college you are assigned to for all four years (kind of like houses at hogwarts). The college becomes…

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  • Janet from Carmel, NY
  • 4
  • Rice is infamous for their college system of dividing freshman randomly into residential colleges that you spend all four years living in. There are positive and negative sides to this…

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  • Nkemjika from Pearland, TX
  • 5
  • The dorm life at Rice is unique and exciting. The summer before your matriculation into Rice, they sort all of the new students into 11 dorms randomly. That means each…

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  • Andrea from TX
  • 5
  • Very safe and friendly environment. Everyone is pretty respectful and takes care of each other. Also, if there are any maintenance issues, Housing & Dining takes care of it amazingly…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Gabriella from Sarasota, FL
  • I am a current student here

    Although the cooks are very nice and are willing to make favorite dishes from home, it isn't the same. There is a kitchen in the dorm; however, we are too busy to use it often.

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  • 5
  • Lois from Carrizo Springs, TX
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food selections are amazing! There are many dining options, including those run by students. You'll never go hungry, or get bored and if you do, there's all of Houston to choose from.

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  • 4
  • Anon
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Even if you hate campus food, Houston is just outside.

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  • 5
  • Emily from Catasauqua, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Rice has 6 serveries that are an all-you-can eat style buffet with excellent food. The chefs are award winning and like to have fun with the menus. The nice thing is, if you don't like what one servery is serving that day, you can just go to another one. They serve really nice food from fried chicken and waffles to stuffed flounder and crab bisque.

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  • 5
  • Juan from Spring, TX
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    It really all depends on taste, but Rice offers good variety within its own campus, and of course, there is surrounding Houston, where opportunities are infinite. Rice even has a system which encourages (or essentially forces) students to go out and eat in the city one night of the week.

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  • 5
  • Kevin from Houston, TX
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Food is superb. I attended the lunch visit and the food is AWESOME!! That's all I have to say.

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  • 5
  • Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
  • I am a current student here

    There are six different serveries at Rice, and with a meal plan, you can eat at any of them. Weekdays, there are three meals a day; weekends, there are two meals a day (Saturday - breakfast and lunch, dinner is on your own to encourage you to explore downtown Houston; Sunday - brunch and dinner). You will never get tired of the food here, because they have so much variety and the meal plan allows an all-you-can-eat style meal. There is always a salad bar and cereal if you do not find anything appetizing, but chances are, you will want to eat one of the new entrees served. You can also eat inside college commons areas, outside, or even in your room. Food at Rice will definitely keep you satisfied.

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  • 5
  • Andrea from TX
  • I am a current student here

    Very healthy food and a wide variety of clean, yummy options to choose from. I actually lost weight going to Rice from my increased consumption of fruits, veggies, and healthier options I was getting there.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily from Catasauqua, PA
  • I am a current student here

    There is no Greek Life at Rice, but we are proud of our Residential College System. This system is best described like houses at Hogwarts. You are assigned one of 11 colleges to become a part of for your next four years. This college becomes your family, your home, your community. Often times, you will see more students sporting their college gear (Brown, Martel, Jones, etc.) more than Rice gear. Each college has its own traditions, cheers, and pride. Unlike Greek life, it excludes nobody.

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  • 0
  • Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
  • I am a current student here

    None However, we have a residential college system where each dorm (11 in total) is like your house or family on campus. Each college has about 400 students (freshmen to seniors), faculty residential advisors, and college master(s). These small communities pretty much serve as your extended family while at Rice.

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  • 0
  • anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    None, residential colleges are more like the Harry Potter style houses, where you randomly get sorted into one for your entire time at Rice, but everyone is friendly no matter where you live! It makes the community more inclusive in my opinion.

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