University Mission Statement

Rice University Mission Statement, Vision & Values

William Marsh Rice University, commonly known as Rice University, is a private research university in Houston, Texas. It is situated on a 300-acre campus near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center.

Opened in 1912 after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice, Rice is a research university with an undergraduate focus. Its emphasis on education is demonstrated by a small student body and 6:1 student-faculty ratio.

Rice University Mission Statement

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contribution 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 University Vision Statement

At Rice University, we share values that are essential to our success as a healthy community. Those values guide our decisions and behaviors and shape Rice’s culture.

Rice University Values

  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Excellence