As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. Rice faculty, staff and students share values that are essential to our success as a healthy community. Those values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape Rice’s culture and come through in the way we treat each other and the welcome we extend to our visitors. These values are revealed in our name — RICE: R for responsibility, I for integrity, C for community and E for excellence.
- To provide the best education for our students.
- To make extraordinary contributions to knowledge that increases human understanding and welfare here and across the globe.
- To foster creativity and innovation.
- To be the most welcoming campus for all visitors.
- To be the best place to work for our employees.
- To do all we do with passion and excellence.
At Rice’s founding more than 100 years ago, no one could foresee the amazing discoveries to come, like Buckyballs, nanotechnology and artificial hearts. For the past century, Rice faculty and graduates have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more. While it’s impossible to know what will be discovered during Rice’s next 100 years, one thing is certain—the unconventional wisdom that is Rice assures that amazing things will happen.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is a source for information about Rice University, its peers and the educational environment. The site offers immediate access to some of the data we collect and the statistics we produce.
On May 18, 1891, Massachusetts-born businessman William Marsh Rice chartered the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art as a gift to the city of Houston, where he made his fortune. The terms of the charter required that work on the new institute would begin only after Rice's death.