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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
  • 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…

  • May-08-2012 Read More
  • 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…

  • Jul-20-2012 Read More
  • Huan Ting from Sugar Land, TX
  • 4
  • The residential college system brings close knit relationships between all the students in each dorm. The newer dorms are cleaner and in better conditions, but the older dorms have more…

  • Apr-21-2012 Read More
  • John
  • 5
  • The residential college system is probably one of the best systems in place for dorm life. Students are placed into one of eleven colleges to kickstart their social networking with…

  • Jul-11-2012 Read More
  • Houston Student
  • 5
  • Because of the Residential College system, students should have no problem making friends at the beginning of the year and keeping friends. They won't have any problems feeling lonely or…

  • Jun-13-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dec-28-2014 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
  • Dec-27-2014 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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  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-17-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is delicious, just like any other campus.

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  • 5
  • Albert from Honey Grove, TX
  • Mar-15-2014 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Rice was actually named #2 Healthiest Dining Program according to a article.

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  • 5
  • Emile from Seattle, WA
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

    Rice actually has pretty good servery food. Although it is a bit annoying that on-campus students are forced to purchase a full meal plan, there are usually enough options available that everyone can find food that they like for each meal.

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  • 4
  • Anon.
  • Feb-02-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food is great on campus, with plenty of off campus options close by as well for when the routine needs to be changed.

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  • 4
  • Meghan
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is usually pretty good, but sometimes it gets a bit repetitive. The good thing is we have lots of serveries so you have plenty of options to decide which servery you eat at.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
  • Dec-28-2014 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
  • Jul-17-2013 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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  • 0
  • Sana from Cerritos, CA
  • Dec-18-2012 I am a current student here

    We have something better: Residential Colleges! It's like a sorority/fraternity, except it's co-ed and there's no hazing. There's still that same sense of pride and community (and T-shirts, jackets, and even Snuggies with your college's name!) that a sorority/fraternity would provide.

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  • 0
  • Kyle from Eugene, OR
  • Nov-27-2012 I am a current student here

    No greek life at Rice, but residential colleges are essentially Co-ed Frat/Sororities that every student is a part of.

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