Rice University

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Postgraduate Students

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2018–19) 87
  • THE World University Ranking (2018–19) 86


  • William Marsh Rice University, formerly the Rice Institute, and commonly called Rice, was chartered in 1891 as a gift to Houston by William Marsh Rice.
  • It opened in 1912 and is a privately-funded research university with an excellent record for scholarship.
  • It was coeducational from the beginning and has a centralised admissions system, with students not required to declare a major during their first year.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Larry McMurty, novelist.
  • Eva Hoffman, novelist.
  • Howard Hughes, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
  • Nine NASA astronauts.
  • Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., Nobel laureate in Chemistry.


Rice University, 6100 Main, Houston, Texas 77005-1892, USA