About Rice Rice Is...
|"Rice remains a very small
university in terms of enrollment, limited in size and so carefully planned that even the
trees, which outnumber the students, are planted according to the dictates of design.
While the endowment is rich in the proverbial Texas fashion, the university seems
remarkably un-Texan; the students hail from every state and many nations, and more
faculty have received their doctorates from foreign universities than from any single
American university. The message conveyed vividly by the visual splendor of the
campus--an obvious devotion to quality, a commitment to a founding concept, a genuine
concern with human-scale activity, the sense of being in the midst of Houston, the world,
and yet set apart by the hedges-- renders the truth of poetic vision what Rice is
ultimately all about."
John B. Boles
Rice University, a 75th Anniversary Portrait
An American Institution
Dedicated to the Advancement
Of Liberal and Technical Learning
And the Progress of Mankind
In Letters Science and Art
Founded and Endowed
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
By William Marsh Rice
In Freedom for Research
To Sober Fearless Pursuit
Of Truth Beauty Righteousness
And to All High Emprise Consecrated
--inscription on every Rice diploma awarded since 1916
Known as the "Ivy of the South," Rice has a varied and
challenging academic program without some of the intense competition that often
accompanies such stature. The professors "make it clear that a university is a place
to learn from one another [rather than being] a place to compete with one another,"
says one satisfied Owl..... Says one student, "Rice offers both strong science and
humanities courses for a good, well-rounded education." Profs are respected and
accessible, "You can take a test in the morning and then eat lunch with the professor
afterwards," explains a junior studying biology. An honor code, lenient alcohol
policy, and coed housing all reflect the administration's reliance on the personal
responsibility of each student, and Rice undergrads appreciate that trust. Says one,
"the best thing about Rice is being able to find yourself socially without
compromising yourself intellectually."
--quoted from The
Princeton Review of Colleges and Universities