In his 1912 inaugural address, Rice University president Edgar Odell Lovett set forth an ambitious vision for a great research university in Houston—one dedicated to excellence across the range of human aspiration. His call for a university of the highest grade which “proposed to assign no upper limit to its educational endeavor” is one which still inspires today.
Our faculty is accomplished in all areas of teaching and research. Their work has been recognized with two Nobel Prizes, a Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, Grammy Awards, and numerous NSF Awards and Fellowships. In addition, our faculty conducts more than $100 million worth of sponsored research. Because of this groundbreaking research, Rice has the Most Impactful Patent Portfolio among American research universities according to The Patent Scorecard. A distinguished member of the Association of American Universities, Rice holds the highest ranking in Texas and is among the top 10 research universities in the country according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.
Houston is a diverse and exciting city, with Rice University situated between the largest medical center in the world and one of the best museum districts in the country. The city has an abundance of green space, plays host to many international festivals and events, and is home to two airports, making travel easy and convenient.