Schools and Programs
Rice University's schools and programs are at the heart of the university's commitment to excellence. Each school offers the transformational education, research and outreach to achieve distinction at the national and international levels, while our university-wide programs range from a broad range of policy, public health and in a way that will have a meaningful impact on our communities.
Rice School of Architecture
The Rice School of Architecture depends on a corps of dynamic researchers and teachers who excel in a think tank environment, gravitate toward innovation and enhance the conversations so essential to the architectural discipline. To this end, we are raising funds for faculty research and student initiatives, including research travel. We continue to enhance the spaces to attract top students and faculty, including the Fabrication Lab, our hands-on workspace featuring 3-D printers, laser cutters and technological resources that give our students access to the tools of practicing architects.
Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
The Susanne M. Glasscock School continues to demonstrate how great universities and great cities can benefit and inspire each other and to make substantial contributions to the quality of education and leadership in the local community. Through our college readiness initiative, we will ensure that more secondary students — regardless of their financial backgrounds — are prepared for success at the college level and that educators have more opportunities to engage in top quality professional development. Our Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership leads our efforts to expand our influence through nonprofit research, increase our engagement with fundraisers at K-12 schools, grow our open-enrollment professional development courses and offer noncredit certificates and master’s level certificates in nonprofit management and philanthropic studies.
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Brown School of Engineering
The George R. Brown School of Engineering is dedicated to empowering students and faculty to generate lasting solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges. We will achieve this by leveraging our strengths and deepening our collaborative relationships in key areas. These include materials science, in which we have created a dedicated department and are investing in new faculty; nanoengineering, an area in which we excel and in which we are eager to grow; and energy and the environment, which we are enhancing through E2I, Rice’s universitywide energy and environment initiative.
To learn how you can support Rice engineers, please contact Sara Lillehaugen Rice, director of development, at 713-348-3189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School of Humanities
The School of Humanities offers programs in disciplines traditionally associated with the humanities — such as art, classical studies, literature, history, philosophy, languages and religion — and also pushes beyond disciplinary boundaries to explore, from a wide variety of perspectives, what it means to be human. Our current focus is on creating more equitable opportunities for students of different socio-economic backgrounds to participate in all that the school has to offer. Supporting the School of Humanities makes meaningful study-abroad experiences attainable to all of our students; impacts our ability to recruit faculty who enhance Rice’s international stature; as well as foster innovation through the Rice Seminars, which leverage a community of interdisciplinary scholars from Rice and abroad.
Jones Graduate School of Business
The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business’ mission — to develop principled, innovative thought-leaders in global communities — has never been more relevant as we educate the entrepreneurs, senior managers, strategists and academics who will tackle the challenges of the century ahead. To ensure our continued excellence, we are focusing our efforts on strengthening our entrepreneurship program, which is on its way to becoming one of the top three such programs in the world; enhancing our business minor; training K-12 principals and administrators participating in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program to be effective leaders; and providing scholarships to support future business leaders of all backgrounds.
To learn more about supporting the Jones Graduate School of Business, please visit business.rice.edu.
The Shepherd School of Music
In just over forty years, The Shepherd School of Music has become one of the most prominent music schools in the country, attracting an international student body of 300 music majors. Our illustrious faculty of artist-teachers is dedicated to the greatest possible cultivation of the talents of each individual student, and we make an enormous impact on the community by welcoming 75,000 visitors and holding nearly 400 events each year. Our top priority for the future is to fully fund the Rice University Music and Performing Arts Center, which will create a venue that will attract the most talented students and excite our audiences in Houston and beyond.
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
A small school with a global vision, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences sees the universe as its laboratory. The Wiess School is committed to opening new frontiers of knowledge, fostering collaborative relationships that leverage its strengths and sharing resources with partners in Houston and around the globe. In the coming years, the Wiess School will focus on establishing and developing interdisciplinary initiatives, particularly in the biosciences and bioengineering; attracting world-class scholars to Rice through faculty chairs, scholarships and fellowships; and ensuring that each of its departments is ranked among the best in its discipline.
School of Social Sciences
The School of Social Sciences at Rice is dedicated to challenging old assumptions, finding answers to tough questions and generating solutions that make lives better. Its vision for the future is to expand and invest in faculty; strengthen graduate education to attract the best students and enhance our research impact; and establish new endowments in support of undergraduate research, travel abroad and internships.
Rice Athletics and Recreation
Rice is dedicated to becoming the first-choice university for student–athletes who seek to maximize their potential on and off the field. The Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center, funded entirely through philanthropy, will be the signature element of a substantial upgrade to the 60-year-old Rice Stadium. Designed to attract top student–athletes to Rice and to give them the best possible experience, the 60,000-square-foot facility, located in the north end zone of Rice Stadium, will be the new home of Rice Owls Football and a resource for all student–athletes. The new facility features a football team locker room and lounge, a strength and conditioning center with full view of the stadium, a sports medicine center, an auditorium for large team meetings and coaches offices. We are also devoting significant attention to current-use funding through the Owl Club and endowed funding through scholarship, coaching and program endowments. As we work to elevate Rice Athletics to a place of broadly recognized excellence and distinction, growing athletic department revenue streams will be critical to our ability to realize our potential as a department and provide a world-class experience for Rice student–athletes.
Baker Institute for Public Policy
The James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy is one of the United States’ premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks and is known for bringing unique perspectives to some of the most important public policy changes of our time. Our goal for the coming years is to strengthen our research and analyses in the areas in which we have a comparative advantage and stand to make the greatest impact. As our initiatives expand in these areas, so will our reputation and our ability to impact critical policy decisions in the public and private sectors. Our highest priorities are to develop our Mexico Center and to attract top scholars to our Center for Energy Studies.
Kinder Institute for Urban Research
The goal of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research is to advance understanding of the most critical issues facing Houston and other leading urban centers. We conduct scientific research, support educational programs and engage in public outreach with the goal of stimulating informed decision-making and fostering the development of more humane and sustainable cities. We are directing significant efforts toward coordinating a major multidisciplinary international research program that will provide a comparative perspective on several emerging global cities, assessing their respective efforts to address the challenges they share in building equitable and sustainable cities. Another priority is to more fully involve public officials, businesses and community leaders in our research so that our work will be more closely aligned with current community needs.
Rice Public Art
Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry for which Rice University is known. By incorporating site-specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, we aim to challenge and inspire community members to experience life from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Our primary goal is to expand our capacity to integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University.
Rice 360° Institute for Global Health
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health is dedicated to generating sustainable solutions to global health challenges. Our goal is to ensure that communities around the world have access to affordable technologies that can prevent or ease the burden of disease. The institute's efforts center on bringing together an international group of faculty, students, clinicians and partners in the private and public sectors to design innovative technologies for developing communities; developing and implementing approaches that increase access to these technologies; and preparing students to lead these efforts.