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Rice University

Houston, Texas
Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA - Statue of founder William Marsh Rice with Lovett Hall in background. credit: Daderot
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Overview
Private not-for-profit
3,836 Undergraduates
15% Admissions Rate
City: Large
Private
Region: South
Division 1
Selective
Size: Small
Doctoral
Rice University
6100 S Main St
Houston, Texas
77005-1827
(713) 348-0000
www.rice.edu

Rice University, located on 300 acres of land in the middle of Houston, Texas, is a research university. It was founded by Massachusetts businessman William Marsh Rice in 1891. The university is typically listed as one of the top 20 colleges in the nation. Notable alumni include American investor John Doerr, baseball outfielder Lance Berkman, astronaut Peggy Whitson, business magnate Howard Hughes, author of “Sex and the City” Candace Bushnell and attorney George P. Bush, son of politician Jeb Bush. More than two dozen Marshall Scholars and 12 Rhodes Scholars graduated from Rice University. The official motto is “Letters, Science, Art.” The school colors are grey and blue, and the mascot is Sammy the Owl. The owl was chosen because in Greek mythology, owls of Athena are symbolic of wisdom. The grey and blue colors were selected because the founder, William Marsh Rice, traded with the North, whose color was Oxford blue, and the South, whose color was Confederate grey, during the Civil War. Rice has 14 NCAA Division I sports and competes in Conference USA as well. The varsity athletics include men’s baseball, basketball, football, golf and tennis, and women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming and track and field. There are many club sports to choose from, like crew, cricket, badminton, men’s and women’s rugby and sailing.

Location

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous MSA in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. More from Wikipedia...

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restaurants score

Students
52%

Men

48%

Women

21

Average Age of Entering Students

100%

Live On Campus

36

New Transfer Students

Admissions
15%

Acceptance Rate

35%

Enrollment Yield

1410-1570

SAT Range

18,236

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$22,061

Typical Cost

$45,608

Average Tuition

67%

Recieve Financial Aid

71%

Have Loans

$9,000

Median Debt

Academics
6.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

59

National Merit Students

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

176

Doctorates Awareded

Economics

Top Major

6

Faculty Awards

25

National Academy Members

206

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, more than 250 clubs

Greek Life:

None

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Football Conference:

Conference USA

Basketball Conference:

Conference USA

Track & Field Conference:

Conference USA

Football Division:

1

Basketball Division:

1

Track Division:

1

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