Rice University
Houston, TX, USA

Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
52%
48%
Size of Town
Major city
In-State Students
43%
Out-Of-State Students
53%
US States Represented
53
Countries Represented
55
Ethnicity
African American
7%
Asian/Pacific Islander
26%
Hispanic
15%
White
33%
Multiracial
4%
Unknown
2%
Percent of First Generation Students
14%
Student Organizations
284
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
Yes
Cultural Student Resource Groups
Yes

Housing

0
100
72%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No
Disability Housing Available
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Owl
School Colors
blue and gray
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Conference USA
Total Male Athletes
232
Total Female Athletes
128
Intramural Sports
15
Sports Club
28
Sports Team (Men)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
Sports Team (Women)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
24-HR escort safety rides
Yes
Mobile campus emergency alert
Yes

What Students Are Saying

4.45 Average Rating
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.
Juan from Spring, TX
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.
Emily from Catasauqua, PA
The servery food is usually pretty good and there's plenty of options for people of all different dietary needs. It seems to get repetitive, but I definitely miss having the servery around when I go home. The servery is closed every Saturday night to give you a chance to explore Houston restaurants..which can get kind of expensive. Usually there's events on campus that offer free food if you go, so definitely take advantage of the one's hosted on Saturday.
Janet from Carmel, NY
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.
Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
Because each dorm has its own eatery, the cook does not have to serve a huge amount of people to serve, they are able to be creative and serve delicious food! Our dining halls do respect religious traditions such as serving fish for Catholics during lent and offering foods from different regions of the world. The only downside is that no dining halls are open on Saturday nights in the university's efforts to force the students to go beyond the hedges and eat around Houston and experience the attractions Houston has to offer.
Nkemjika from Pearland, TX
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.
Andrea from TX

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